Best Cell Phone Deals May 2022

Here are the very best cell phone deals of the month, all in one place.

Easton Smith
Mobile, TV, & Moving Expert
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April 28, 2022
7 min read

What’s new this spring? Not too much, it turns out. But that’s a good thing because you can still score an incredible deal on a brand new iPhone 13 Pro or Samsung Galaxy S22. AT&T, Verizon, Xfinity, and T-Mobile are offering great deals on iPhones and the newest Samsung Galaxy for new customers who trade-in eligible devices.

Read on to learn more about these amazing cell phone deals (plus a couple of deals from Mint Mobile and Boost Mobile).


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Best Xfinity Mobile cell phone deal: Get a free Moto G Pure when you switch to Xfinity

Xfinity Mobile is offering a free Moto G Pure
Pros
  • Get a free Moto G Pure
  • Uses Verizon's great network
Cons
  • Only available to new customers
  • Credits applied over 24 months

Xfinity Mobile has a few great deals going on right now for new customers. (Remember, Xfinity Mobile is available only to existing Xfinity home internet subscribers.)

The deal we're highlighting is a free Moto G Pure when you purchase the device and transfer your number within a 30 day period. Customers can purchase the new smartphone, and after transferring your number within 30 days, credits will be applied over a 24 month period. This offer ends on May 9th, 2022.

Best AT&T cell phone deal: Save up to $700 on iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max

You could buy a new Xbox Series X with all the money you save
Pros
  • Huge savings on the newest Apple iPhone
  • Get great AT&T service
Cons
  • Discount applied over 36 months

The iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max is still one of the finest phones around, with an incredible processor, good battery life, beautiful display, and a top-notch camera.

You can get up to $700 off the iPhone 13 when you purchase an eligible smartphone on a qualifying installment agreement through AT&T and trade-in an eligible smartphone within 30 days of activation. 

Best T-Mobile cell phone deal: Save $800 on the Samsung Galaxy S22 when you add a new line and trade-in an eligible smartphone

We’re loving this Samsung Galaxy deal from T-Mobile
Pros
  • Save $800 on the Samsung Galaxy S22
  • Get great AT&T service
Cons
  • Must trade-in eligible device
  • Must add a new eligible line

Save $800 on a brand new Samsung Galaxy S22 when you sign up for a new T-Mobile line and trade in an eligible device. Then go ahead and enjoy T-Mobile’s super-fast data speeds in style.

Plus, T-Mobile just rolled out a new concept called “Forever Upgrade,” which means that the value of your new phone will be locked in at $800. You can upgrade to the newest phone every two years from here on out, maintaining that $800 value.

Best Verizon cell phone deal: Save up to $400 on iPhone 13 Pro and receive a $200 Verizon gift card

Save some serious money on the iPhone 13 Pro
Pros
  • Save up to $400 when you trade in your old or damaged phone
  • Receive a $200 Verizon gift card
  • Enjoy Verizon's amazing coverage
Cons
  • Requires a new line

Save up to $400 on a new iPhone 13 Pro through Verizon Wireless when you trade-in an eligible device and upgrade and receive a $200 Verizon gift card.

Best Mint Mobile deal: Get 6 months of free service when you buy 6 months

Get an extra 6 months of free cell phone service from Mint Mobile when you buy 6 months
Pros
  • Get 6 months of service free
  • Enjoy cheap unlimited data
Cons
  • Must sign up for a 12-month plan

Mint Mobile is already known for offering incredibly cheap cell phone plans. But you know what’s even cheaper than cheap? Free.

When you sign up for 6 months of service, Mint will throw in an extra 6 months of service without charge. You'll get a full year of service for half the price. Nothing like the peace of mind that comes with taking care of your cell phone bill for a full year.

Best Boost Mobile phone deal: Get a free Samsung Galaxy A32 when you switch

Boost Mobile is offering a free Samsung Galaxy A32 to new customers who switch
Pros
  • A great 5G phone for an awesome price
  • Get Boost’s unlimited data plan
Cons
  • Must be a new customer
  • While supplies last

Boost Mobile offers powerful and affordable data plans on T-Mobile’s super-fast network.

The carrier is offering new customers a free 5G Samsung phone when they switch over to Boost Mobile. Plus, if you bring your own phone number, Boost Mobile will throw in one month of Unlimited Talk, Text, & Data.

Image Source: Boost Mobile 

Tips and tricks for finding the best cell phone deals

This is how to find cell phone deals like a pro

Here’s the golden rule of buying a new phone: never pay full price. There’s almost always a way to get the device you want with a discount, a BOGO deal, or some other promotional offer. Here’s what to look for when you’re shopping.

See if your carrier offers the latest phones for existing customers

Last year AT&T announced that it would start giving its existing customers some of the very same phone deals that it offers to new customers. Since then the other two major carriers—T-Mobile and Verizon—have followed suit.

Be sure to check your current carrier’s deals before running to a new company. It can help to actually call (so old fashioned) and tell a representative what you’re looking for (especially if you say you’re thinking of changing carriers!).

Look for refer-a-friend programs

You like your friends (most of the time) and you like saving money (all of the time), so why not put the two together? Many carriers—like Mint, Visible, and AT&T—will give you an account credit when you refer a friend.

While these account credits aren’t exactly phone deals, they do cut your monthly bill. Since many phones are bought on installments that you pay with your monthly bill, it’s basically the same thing.

Look for trade-in programs

Verizon is usually running some kind of incredible trade-in deal that will give you $700+ off your new device when you give up your old one. While not every carrier offers that kind of cash, most do have some sort of trade-in policy.

Remember, if you’re trading in an iPhone 6 with a busted screen, it’s going to be worth a lot less than a Samsung Galaxy S20+ that’s just a few years old.

Consider switching carriers to get the new customer treatment

We talked about how some carriers are beginning to offer deals to existing customers. But this is the exception to the rule. In most cases, switching to a new carrier opens up a whole new world of phone deals.

Companies often save their best deals—like iPhone BOGO offers—for those who sign up for an unlimited data plan. Besides, switching to the right company can save you money and give you more data (depending on what plan you’re on now).

Factor free streaming subscriptions and other perks into the total savings

Cell phone companies like to throw in perks to get you to sign up for their plans. Some perks are boring, like 500 MB free data when you travel south of the border. But there are other perks that are, to be honest, freakin’ awesome.

AT&T will give you a free HBO Max subscription on certain plans. T-Mobile will hook you up with a Netflix plan. And Verizon plans often give you Disney+, Hulu, and other subscriptions! These may not be directly related to your phone purchase, but they sweeten the deal for sure.

Frequently asked questions about cell phone deals

Welcome to the FAQ section, where we answer all of your burning questions about love, life, and cell phones. Well, mostly about cell phones actually.

When is the best time to look for cell phone deals?

It depends on what you want. It’s well known in the industry that Apple tends to unveil its new devices in September of each year, while Samsung usually sticks to a January release date. So, if you want a new iPhone or Galaxy phone, then those will be the times you’ll see a flurry of deals on new models.

You’ll also see a good amount of deals landing around Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and other holidays.

If you’re not interested in waiting for the right deal to land in your lap, then you can take the initiative by switching to a new carrier or adding a new line to your plan (to make it a family plan). Since pretty much every company has done away with restrictive contracts, it doesn’t really matter when you switch.

Should I switch to a different cell phone carrier to get a good deal on a cell phone?

The short answer is yes, unless you’re really happy with your current carrier.

Not only are the best deals usually saved for new customers, but many companies will also give you other incentives to “break up” with your current provider. We've put the top 3 wireless providers to the test. Check out our reviews to see how Verizon, T-Mobile, and AT&T stack up against each other. For example, T-Mobile will pay up to $650 for you to pay off your phone or phone bill with your old carrier when you switch over. AT&T and Verizon will also provide steep discounts to switch over.

What are the best upgrade cell phone deals?

There is some incentive for folks to stay with their existing carrier. Most companies will offer upgrade deals every year or two. These deals can help you keep up with the latest models from Apple, Samsung, or Google, but they might not be as substantial as the deals for brand new customers.

If you think you should be eligible for an upgrade, give your carrier a call.

What are the best refer-a-friend cell phone deals?

Mint Mobile has one of the best referral deals around. You can get up to $240 of credit when you refer up to five friends. That’s enough credit to get you a full year on Mint’s 10 GB plan! Plus, each friend that you refer will get a $15 credit for themselves. Everyone wins.

Most companies have a referral program. So, if you’ve got friends looking for a new phone plan, be sure to ask your current carrier about their referral deals. You may be able to score some credit for a new phone or to help pay your bill.

What are the best smartphones?

There are several contenders for the best smartphone on the market. But after a lot of research and analysis, we’ve come up with three devices that clearly beat out the competition.

  • Best overall performance: The Samsung Galaxy S21+ quite simply has everything. The best camera, a lightning-fast processor, an insanely beautiful display, 5G capability, and pretty much everything else you could want.
  • Best overall value: If you want a phone that balances incredible performance with a reasonable price, the iPhone 12 is the way to go. You’ll get the beautiful design and solid reliability of an Apple product for less than $1,000 factory price.
  • Best for budget: Google has snuck into the cell phone market in recent years with some phones that rival the performance of Apple and Samsung but cost half as much. The Pixel 4A is no different. You can get this surprisingly powerful phone for under $400.
Easton Smith
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Easton Smith
Easton has worked as a freelance writer and researcher for several years, reviewing health, lifestyle, and technology products. He has probably read more Terms of Use contracts than any human alive. When he’s not sitting in front of a computer, Easton spends his time camping, climbing, and volunteering with humanitarian aid organizations.

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