The best cell phone deals for September 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, upgrade, or even a new cell phone plan.

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This week’s cell phone deals include the biggest trade-in discounts we’ve ever seen from Verizon, excellent unlocked prices on the Android flagship on Amazon, and some of the best freebies from Visible — a major prepaid carrier.

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.


This is a good time to check out cell phone deals as well. We’ve had a crop of excellent Android flagship launches from Samsung and OnePlus, both of which have already seen decent selling prices. Plus, the iPhone 12 has been on the shelves for a while now, which means the recent promotions are more generous than the ones previously offered.

We’ve rounded up our top picks below, but if you’re looking for something more specific, we’ve also got 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.

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Today’s best cell phone deals at a glance

  • Apple iPhone 12 in Purple: now available on Verizonhandjob AT&Thandjob And Apple
  • 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
  • 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 $515 on new iPhone with Business
  • Mint Mobile: iphone 12 mini with 6 months free data
  • Visible + Free Google Pixel Buds: With Switch on Visible and Android Phone
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carrier phone deals

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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 big trade-off 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. . Just need an upgrade? Simply trade-in and keep your line for up to $440 off. also available on iphone 12 minihandjob 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 minihandjob 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 cut the cost of these phones significantly 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

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 are no prerequisites for expensive unlimited data plans, so if you’re on a budget and want a free iPhone, you can get the SE with the cheaper plan in the big red. 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 12: $799.99 $274 with an eligible trade-in at Apple

Save $525 – You typically won’t find an upfront price cut on unlocked cell phone deals on Apple devices because it’s the only retailer to stock them. However, Apple has a very competitive trade-in program with extremely generous savings. The highest possible rate right now is $540 off – the biggest discount we’ve seen from Apple so far.

iPhone 12 Pro: $999 $474 | iPhone 12 Pro Max: $1,099 $574View Deals

Samsung Galaxy S21: $799.99 $649.99 on Amazon

Save $150 – Amazon’s unlocked cell phone deals include the lowest prices yet on the latest Galaxy S21 range – a great opportunity to grab a flagship device for less. However, it’s worth noting that the standard equipment is currently out of stock urgently, so the delivery time is unfortunately about a month.
Galaxy S21 Plus: $999 $799 | Galaxy S21 Ultra: $1,199 $999View Deals

Samsung Galaxy S21: $799.99 $99.99 with eligible trade-in at Samsung

Save $700 – Like Apple, you can buy unlocked cell phone deals on an excellent range of Android flagships directly from Samsung itself. The potential savings here are even bigger, though, with a maximum savings of $700 and Samsung will take on devices with cracked screens as well. If you have a trade ready, this is your best bet.
Galaxy S21 Plus: $999 $299 | Galaxy S21 Ultra: $1,199 $499View Deals

OnePlus 9 (Unlocked, 128GB): $729.99 $649.99 at Best Buy

Save $80 – Another great alternative to an up-to-date Android flagship is the OnePlus 9 – the brand’s latest device that’s just barely a few months old. With a powerful Snapdragon 888 chip, co-designed Hasselblad camera system and 120Hz display, this is definitely the best Android device money can buy right now. Currently, Best Buy has the cheapest unlocked price on this particular handset through an activation discount. View Deals

OnePlus 8 (Unlocked, 128GB): $699 $390.96 on Amazon

Save $308 – The price of the venerable old OnePlus 8 on Amazon keeps getting lower and lower every week. It’s safe to say that this latest price cut is easily the cheapest we’ve seen so far and is an absolute steal for this device, even if it is a bit old. If you’re not worried about 5G connectivity, you’ll get a pretty impressive device, with a really ton of power, a good camera, and a great edge-to-edge 90hz display. View Deals

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE (Unlocked, 128GB): $699 $549.99 on Amazon

Save $150 – There’s another great unlocked cell phone deal from Amazon this week on the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE. Again, it’s a slightly older device but definitely don’t discount it – it’s packed with powerful components and a decent camera. Its…

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