The best cell phone deals for October 2021

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Whether you’re an Apple fan or a fan of Android, you’ll find all of this week’s best cell phone deals right here on this page. We’ve researched every carrier and trusted retailer to come up with some handy recommendations, which are great whether you’re looking for a cheap unlocked device, an upgrade, or even a new cell phone plan. .

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This week’s cell phone deals include pre-orders on the long-awaited iPhone 13; who are live now Verizon, AT&T, and other major retailers. In short, there are tons of ways to save and there’s even a free tool on the cards if you’re willing to trade.

Generally speaking, you’ll find cell phone deals in two forms — first as a one-time sale on an unlocked device, and second as part of a carrier-plan tie-in. The latter can be a bit tricky, including new cell phone plans and trade-ins on older devices, but the savings can be absolutely huge if you’re eligible. We’ve also included a third alternative – cell phone deals from prepaid carriers. These smaller carriers don’t offer huge savings on a device, but you’ll generally be planning a much cheaper cell phone, so it’s worth considering the Switch just to be sure.


As you were expecting, this is a great time to check out cell phone deals with the launch of the iPhone 13. Not only do we have four new devices coming to market right now, but the iPhone 12 and iPhone 11 are now a full $100 cheaper across the board than they were a month ago. The recent Android flagship launches from Samsung and OnePlus have given us some very high-end options as well as price cuts on the older models.

We’ve rounded up our top picks below, but if you’re looking for something a little more specific, we also have separate sections for carrier deals, unlocked phones, and prepaid phones. Simply scroll down or use the easy navigation links to go to the section relevant to you.

  • There’s a new iPhone! iphone 13 deals Available for pre-order on Friday

Today’s best cell phone deals at a glance

  • Free Verizon iPhone 13 Upgrade: A worthy trade-in. available with
  • Apple iPhone 13: Save up to $790 with an eligible trade-in at Apple
  • AT&T iPhone 13: Save up to $700 with eligible trade-ins and the new unlimited plan
  • Free iPhone 13 Pro: With eligible trade-in and new unlimited line AT&T. Feather
  • Free iPhone 12: Free with eligible trade-in, switch and new unlimited line in Verizon
  • Free iPhone 11: Free with a new unlimited data line in Verizon
  • Free iPhone SE: iPhone SE free with a new line in Verizon And AT&T
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3: Save up to $1,500 with trade-in and new line in Verizon
  • OnePlus 9 (Unlocked): $729.99 $649.99 on OnePlus
  • Samsung Galaxy S20 FE (Unlocked): $699 $599.99 on Amazon
  • Apple trade-in: Save up to $790 on a new iPhone with Business
  • Mint Mobile: iphone 12 mini with 6 months free data
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Apple iPhone 13: Free with eligible trade-in, plus up to $500 off with a switch on Verizon
Available with all new iPhone 13 devices Meaningful Introductory savings with this week’s cell phone deals on Verizon. Of particular note is the trade-in discount of up to $800 ($1,000 on the Pro model); eligible for Both New and existing customers. Switch from another carrier and Verizon will also give you an additional $500 account credit to spend on device or plan payments. also available on iphone 13 mini, iphone 13 pro, And iphone 13 pro maxView Deals

Apple iPhone 13: Free with an eligible trade-in at AT&T and the new unlimited plan
AT&T’s cell phone new 13 and 13 Mini offer trade-in discounts of up to $700 on both devices—an amount that’s actually enough to cover the full cost of the 13 Mini. This maximum savings increases to $1,000 if you trade on the 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max. There’s also a $200 discount available on AT&T on a new Apple Watch Series 7 when you buy two devices. also available on iphone 13 mini, iphone 13 pro, And iphone 13 pro maxView Deals

Apple iPhone 13: Save $100 with Pre-Order at Walmart (No Trade Required)
Walmart is offering a special $100 discount on all pre-orders right now—a nice little savings that pairs well with its expected trade-in discounts on all major carriers. If you’re shopping outside of AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and the like, it’s worth checking with Walmart to see how much your old device will get with the trade-in. View Deals

Apple iPhone 12: Buy one get $700 off the other, or save $1,000 with a trade-in at Verizon
Probably the best carrier cell phone deals on the iPhone 12 series can be found at Verizon this week. Not only is the carrier offering a huge trade-in discount of up to $1,000 if you get a device with a new line, but you can also choose to get $700 off an additional device if you wish. Huh. Just need an upgrade? Simply trade-in and keep your line for up to $440 off. also available on iphone 12 mini, iphone 12 pro, And iphone 12 pro maxView Deals

Apple iPhone 12: Save $700 on AT&T with the Trade-In and Unlimited Plan
AT&T’s cell phone deals on the 12-series this week will net you a pretty respectable savings of up to $700 with a worthy trade-in. Note, as with promotions from other major carriers, you’ll also need to choose a new unlimited plan here in addition to being eligible. However, the good news is that it’s also available at savings 12 mini, 12 Pro, And 12 Pro MaxView Deals

Apple iPhone 12: Save up to $415 with an eligible trade-in at T-Mobile
Get the Best Coverage with T-Mobile? No problem, the iPhone 12 also has great cell phone deals on this carrier. At a maximum discount of $415 with trade-in, this week’s savings on T-Mobile aren’t as good as those offered by rival carriers, however. That said, if this is your carrier of choice, you can still get yourself a nice little savings. View Deals

Apple iPhone 11: Free with a new unlimited data line on Verizon
Verizon’s cell phone deals this week don’t just cover the latest iPhone 12 devices — there are great options on older devices, too. Right now, in fact, there’s an option to score an iPhone 11 with a new unlimited data line for absolutely free. This phone is still worth $600, so it’s a great option if you’re unable to trade-in. Interested in more AT&T? You can get this device for $10 per month with similar terms. View Deals

Samsung Galaxy S21 Series: Save up to $1,200 by trading in BOGO, or Verizon
If you’re more into your Android flagship then Verizon’s latest promotions on the Galaxy S21 series are arguably stronger than those on the iPhone 12. Trade in your old device and choose a new Galaxy device with a new unlimited data line to save. Get up to $1,200 off, or, optionally, up to $800 off another device when you first buy with a new line. Note, this deal is also available on Galaxy S21 Plus And this Galaxy S21 UltraView Deals

Samsung Galaxy S21 Series: Save up to $700 on AT&T with an eligible trade-in and new unlimited plan
AT&T’s cell phone deals this week extend to the Galaxy S8 series, yet another very strong set of trade-in options. Possible discounts of up to $700 are up for grabs now, which could significantly cut the cost of these phones while not scoring you a free device. Note, this is available with a $700 trade-in deal Galaxy S21 Plus, And Galaxy S21 UltraView Deals

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3: Save up to $1,000 with trade-in, plus up to $500 with number port-in on Verizon
Trade in an older device and pick up the Galaxy Z Flip 3 at Verizon this week and a free device is on the card with potentially a carrier’s maximum discount of up to $1,000. If that weren’t the case, new customers will also receive a $500 bonus for porting over their numbers right now – a ton of credits that can be spent on both the monthly device cost and the plan cost. View Deals

Apple iPhone SE: $16/month Free with a New Line on Verizon
Verizon’s cell phone deals have included a free iPhone SE for a while, but only with a new unlimited data line. This week, however, the carrier has loosened the level of eligible plan required to score this device for free. Currently, there is no stipulation for expensive unlimited data plans, so if you’re on a budget and want a free iPhone, you can get the SE in the big red with a cheaper plan. Note, you can also get this device on AT&T for free, but only after a $200 trade-in savings (5/month with the new unlimited plan). View Deals

  • VerizonThere’s an entire section of their site devoted to phone deals.
  • AT&TAlso offers a huge range of phone deals
  • sprintCurrently offering free phones and other great phone deals

If you don’t mind changing carriers, you can find many great smartphone deals in the big four. Major carriers will often let you split the cost of the phone into monthly payments for as long as 18 to 30 months, and sometimes longer. The deals they offer often cut the price of the phone in half, sometimes even offering the phone for free.

To get these deals, you’ll typically need to add a new line and sign up for a specific mobile plan. But, as long as you are planning on getting an unlimited data plan, they may make it more affordable to get a new phone.

If you want to dive deeper into specific carriers, we have some great content for you in the form of our Verizon deals and AT&T deals pages. There you’ll find a full list of what’s available, including discounts on plans and even free phones.

unlocked cell phone deals

Apple iPhone 13: Save up to $790 with an eligible trade-in at Apple
Unlocking with your new device? Apple isn’t exactly known for great value cell phone deals, but the latest maximum trade-offs we’ve seen so far from the tech giant offer up to $790 via its official program. Simply put, it’s a huge savings and you can be seen paying just $9 for a new iPhone 13 and a big fat zero dollars for the iPhone 13 Mini. This deal too…

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