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Save up to $700 with the best smartphone deals for May 2018

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There are many reasons you might be in dire need of a new phone, though perhaps one of the biggest complaints when it comes to any older cell phone is battery life. With companies like Apple, Samsung, OnePlus, Huawei, and Motorola recently rolling out new flagship devices, now is your chance to take advantage of slashed prices on quality smartphones that will blow your old model out of the water.

If your phone needs an update and you’re ready to score a discount on a new wireless device, here are a handful of smartphone deals available right now. The list includes a few sales on unlocked smartphones, as well as some carrier offers that can save you as much as $1,000. Getting a new phone doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg.

The best deal

Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL
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Fall is the season for new flagship phones, and we’ve already seen Samsung and Apple roll out their latest. Now it’s Google’s turn, and the new Pixel 3 is a more affordable — yet no less impressive — alternative to competing flagships that ring in at $1,000 or more. Retail pricing for the Google Pixel 3 starts at $799, which is already considerably cheaper than the $1,000-1,100 starting price of the Galaxy Note 9 and iPhone XS, but Verizon customers (or those looking to switch to Verizon) can maximize their savings by taking advantage of one of these pre-order offers:

  • Verizon: Verizon has the only buy one, get one deal going for the Pixel 3 right now, letting you snag one for free when you buy either the Pixel 3 or its larger sibling, the Pixel 3 XL, at full price.
  • Google: You can pre-order the Pixel 3 directly from Google for $799 or the Pixel 3 XL for $899 (with a monthly installment plan available if you don’t want to pay outright), and with an eligible trade-in, you can take up to $400 off. This means you could score the new Pixel 3 for as low as $400 depending on your trade-in device.
  • Best Buy: If you don’t want to buy two phones to get a discount, then Best Buy is throwing in a free $100 gift card if you order the Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL and activate your phone with Verizon.

More carrier smartphone deals

Cellular service providers regularly offer enticing incentives to get you to switch to their LTE plans. So if you’re looking for a new carrier, you can save a good chunk of change and even score a free device by taking advantage of one of the best smartphone deals from Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, or AT&T:

Unlocked smartphone deals

Carrier offers typically require you to sign up for a specific service or trade in an old device to get your discount. These smartphone deals, on the other hand, let you enjoy big savings on these unlocked mobile phones when you buy them outright:

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