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Best Cell Phone Deals February 2023
Here are the very best cell phone deals of the month, all in one place.
It's a new year, which means it's the perfect time to upgrade that old phone or save some major cash on a new cell phone plan. We've saved you the hassle and rounded up this month's best cheap phones and cell phone plans so you can score an incredible deal.
AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile currently offer great deals on the newest iPhones and Samsung Galaxy with some sweet add-ons for new customers. Smaller carriers like Xfinity Mobile, Mint Mobile, and Visible Wireless are offering deals on new devices as well as discounted or free months of wireless service.
Read on to learn more about the latest cell phone deals.
- : Get $450 off new 5G iPhone devices when you switch to Xfinity
- : Buy 6 months of service and a new phone, get 6 months free
- : Get a $200 gift card when you purchase a new device and switch to Visible Wireless
- : Save up to $1,000 on eligible smartphones with a trade-in
- : Get a free iPhone and Airpods when you add a new line and trade-in an eligible device
- : Get up to $800 via a prepaid MasterCard when you switch with an eligible smartphone
- : Get your first month of Unlimited Talk & Text for only $5
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Best Xfinity Mobile cell phone deal: Save $450 on eligible 5G iPhones
- Get $450 off a new 5G iPhone
- Uses Verizon's great network
- Must be a new customer, line activation, or qualifying device upgrade
- 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 $450 off select 5G iPhones when you add a new line, become a new customer, or upgrade your device.
If you're looking to save some money on a cell phone plan, Xfinity is currently offering two lines of Unlimited for only $30/line per month. For reference, that will save you around $15 per month on each line from the original Unlimited plan monthly pricing.
Best Mint Mobile deal: Get 6 months of free service on any 6-month plan
- Get 6 months of service free
- Enjoy cheap unlimited data
- Must sign up for a 6-month plan
- Must purchase an eligible phone
Mint Mobile is already known for offering incredibly cheap cell phone plans. But you know what’s even cheaper than cheap? Free.
When you purchase a new phone with Mint and sign up for 6 months of service, Mint Mobile will give you 6 more months for free. Nothing like the peace of mind that comes with taking care of your cell phone bill for a full year for half the price!
Curious about the different plans and how to sign up for Mint Mobile? We've put together an easy guide that will walk you through selecting the right plan for you. Check it out here.
Best Visible Wireless deal: Get a $200 gift card with a new device purchase
- Get a $200 gift card
- Swap your old device for a brand new one
- Must be a new customer
Visible Wireless uses Verizons 4G and 5G networks and offers some pretty affordable cell phone plans. The company is offering new customers a $200 gift card when you transfer your number from an eligible carrier within 30 days.
Plus, if your old device is showing its age and you're ready to upgrade, Visible Wireless will trade out your old device for a brand new one!
Simply check if your old phone is eligible on the Visible Wireless site, activate your service, and Visible Wireless will overnight you a SIM card with a new phone, along with a prepaid label to send in your old phone. That's a pretty great deal if you ask us.
Best AT&T cell phone deal: Save up to $1,000 on eligible smartphones
- Up to $1,000 in credits with a phone trade-in value of $230 or more
- Up to $800 in credits with a phone trade-in value of $130–$229
- Up to $350 in credits with a phone trade-in value of $35–$129
- Discount applied over term of installment agreement
- If you cancel, your credits will stop and you'll have to pay the remaining balance
You can get up to $1,000 off various Apple, Google, and Samsung devices when you trade-in an eligible smartphone on a qualifying monthly installment agreement through AT&T .
AT&T also offers up to $800 off the iPhone 14 Pro Max, Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4, or Z Fold4 when you trade-in an eligible phone.
Best T-Mobile cell phone deal: Get a free iPhone 14 and Airpods when you add a line and trade-in
- Get a free iPhone 14 and Airpods
- Get great service
- Must add a new eligible line
- Credits applied over 24 months
- Must trade-in an eligible device on Magneta MAX plan
Get a free iPhone 14 and Airpods when you sign up for a monthly installment on a Magneta MAX T-Mobile line and trade-in an eligible device. Then go ahead and enjoy T-Mobile's super-fast data speeds in style.
Plus, Apple TV+ is now included with T-Mobile's Magneta MAX plan. When you switch, T-Mobile is offering customers 6 months of free service.
T-Mobile offers a "Forever Upgrade," meaning that your new phone's value will be locked in at $800. You can upgrade to the latest phone every two years from here on out, maintaining that $800 value.
Best Verizon cell phone deal: Get up to $800 via a prepaid MasterCard when you switch with an eligible smartphone
- Enjoy Verizon's amazing coverage
- Save up to $800
- Requires a new line & iPhone purchase
- Must trade-in eligible device
- Promo credits applied over 36 months
Save over $800 when you open a new line and bring an eligible device to Verizon Wireless.
Interested in a new Apple Watch? You can switch to Verizon and buy an eligible device or plan and get an Apple Watch Series 7 for free. Plus, $200 in additional credits.
Best Boost Mobile phone deal: Get your first month of Unlimited Talk & Text for only $5
- Get Boost’s Unlimited Talk & Text plan for only $5 for the first month
- Offer only valid for new customers
Boost Mobile offers powerful and affordable data plans on T-Mobile’s super-fast network. Currently the company is offering new customers a steal for the first month. Get Unlimited Talk & Text for only $5 for the first month! That's a whole month of unlimited service for less than a Starbucks latte.
If you're looking for a discounted device, Boost Mobile also offers up to $350 off an iPhone Xs or iPhone 11 Pro Max.
Tips and tricks for finding the best cell phone deals
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.
FAQ: cell phone plans and 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Most carriers change up the deals they offer year-round. The deals can vary, from heavily discounted devices to completely free devices. Currently, Metro by T-Mobile is offering a list of free 5G phones, including the Samsung A13 5G, moto g 5G, REVVL 6 5G, TCL 30 XE 5G, and the REVVL6 PRO 5G. This offer is while supplies last and only offered in participating stores.
Most major wireless carriers like AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile almost always offer the base model of the latest iPhone, Google, and Android devices with a trade-in program, so you can always take advantage of one of these deals year-round if you have an old device to trade.
There are several contenders for the best smartphone and brands on the market in 2023. But after a lot of research and analysis on various devices from Apple to Samsung, here are some of our favorites.
- Best overall performance: The Samsung Galaxy S20 quite simply has everything. A good camera, a lightning-fast processor, a beautiful display, 5G capability, and pretty much everything else you could want. Earlier this year Samsung also released the S22+, which has all the same features but with an even better display, performance, battery life, and camera.
- 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 Apple's beautiful design and solid reliability for quite cheaper than some of the companies' other models. The iPhone 13 is also a good way to go. For less than $800, you can get all that of the iPhone 12, but just with an even more powerful processor.
- 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 Google Pixel 5 is no different. You can get these surprisingly powerful phones for between $400-$700 depending on the model.