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Cyber Monday 2021 – The Best Phone Deals You Can Get Now

Cyber Monday 2021 - The Best Phone Deals You Can Get Now

Need an upgrade to your old phone or buy a completely new phone? Black Friday weekend and Cyber Monday are a great time to be shopping for a phone this holiday season. This is the time of year when retailers and carriers are showcasing their best deals, to attract customers. Android users can cash in on a number of excellent deals from the likes of Samsung, Google, OnePlus, and Motorola; however, Apple is a little closed when it comes to iPhone discounts. You might get a gift card or a pair of AirPods when buying an iPhone, or a carrier might offer a higher trade-in value for a “free” iPhone.

Here are all the best early Cyber Monday phone deals, so far. If possible, buy an unlocked phone, so there won’t be any strings attached to the purchase.

Apple iPhone Deals

Generally, Apple doesn’t offer price cuts on any of its iPhone models. At most, you’ll get a pair of free AirPods and/or a gift card to use toward a future purchase.

iPhone SE

  • The best deal so far is on a prepaid, 64GB iPhone SE (2020), which is now $199 at Walmart with Walmart Family Mobile — that’s a 50 percent discount on a phone with the same chipset as the iPhone 11 and will get four years of software support from Apple.
  • You can get a free pair of Beats Studio Buds in black and a virtual gift card for up to $200 if you purchase an iPhone SE and activate it on Visible Wireless. You’ll need to transfer your number and make at least three months of payments before you’ll be able to redeem your gift, however.
  • You can get 12 months of your Mint Mobile data plan for free if you port your number to Mint and purchase an iPhone SE (2020), which is available in several configurations starting at $579.

iPhone 13, 13 Mini, 13 Pro, and 13 Max13 MAX

  • You can get $300 on a Walmart e-gift card with the purchase of an iPhone 13 or iPhone 13 Mini on either AT&T or Verizon. The exact amount depends on which iPhone you choose (see below), and you can also get an additional $250 Walmart e-gift card by trading in an eligible phone. The deal runs through December 3rd, but you need to activate the new phone no later than December 3rd at 11:59 PM local time to take advantage of the deal. If you prefer to get this deal and trade-in squared away in person, you need to schedule an in-person appointment, starting as early as 5 AM on November 26th. This in-store deal also ends on December 3rd.
  • You can get a free pair of wireless earbuds and a virtual gift card for up to $200, depending on which iPhone your purchase and activate on Visible Wireless. You’ll need to transfer your number and make at least three months of payments before you’ll be able to redeem your gift, however. If you opt for an iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, or iPhone 13 Pro Max, you’ll get a pair of AirPods Pro. If you buy an iPhone 13 mini, you’ll get a pair of Beats Studio Buds.
  • You can get six months of your Mint Mobile data plan for free if you port your number to Mint and purchase an iPhone 13 Pro or iPhone 13 Pro Max, which start at $1,000 and $1,100, respectively.
  • You can get up to $1,000 off an iPhone 13 Pro, and $130 off a second-gen pair of AirPods when you sign up for the Magenta Max plan with eligible trade-ins. This deal is available to new and existing customers.

iPhone 12, 12 Mini, 12 Pro, and 12 Pro Max12 PRO MAX

  • At Walmart, you can get a Walmart e-gift card for $350 with the purchase of select iPhone 12 models on either AT&T or Verizon, though the exact amount depends on which iPhone you choose (see below). You can also get an additional $250 Walmart e-gift card by trading in an eligible phone. This deal runs through December 3rd, but you need to activate the new phone no later than December 3rd at 11:59 PM local time to take advantage of the deal. If you prefer to get this deal and trade-in squared away in person, you need to schedule an in-person appointment, starting as early as 5 AM local time on November 26th. The in-store deal also runs through December 3rd.
  • You can get a free pair of Beats Studio Buds in black and a virtual gift card for up to $200 if you purchase an iPhone 12 mini, Pro, or Pro Max and activate it on Visible Wireless. You’ll need to transfer your number and make at least three months of payments before you’ll be able to redeem your gift, however.
  • You can get six months of your Mint Mobile data plan for free if you port your number to Mint and purchase an iPhone 12, which starts at $729.

Samsung Phone Deals

This year’s Samsung phone deals aren’t much better than Apple’s: you get a free pair of Galaxy Buds 2, but there aren’t any deep price cuts unless you have some devices you can trade-in.

Google Pixel Phone Deals

  • The already budget-friendly Pixel 5A just got cheaper, with Google knocking an extra $50 off to bring its Black Friday price down to just $399. This unlocked 5G phone has all the perks of being a Pixel but without the flagship-level pricing of the new Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. What you’ll get: three years of software support (including Android 12), some water protection (IP67), a 4620mAh battery, and a best-in-class camera.
  • If you want a Pixel 6 and plan on being a Verizon customer anyway, you might as well buy and activate your phone from Best Buy for $550, a savings of $150.

OnePlus Phone Deals

  • All the OnePlus Black Friday deals seem to agree that the already budget-friendly OnePlus Nord N200 5G should be cheaper than $240, with Walmart dropping its price to a jaw-dropping $99 for Metro by T-Mobile customers. It has some fancy features like a 1080p display that refreshes at 90Hz and a 5,000mAh battery, but it only includes 64GB of internal storage. This deal is only valid online and in-store through November 28th.
  • The unlocked OnePlus Nord N200 5G is now $200 at Amazon and Best Buy.
  • The unlocked OnePlus 9, which has flagship-level features like the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor and 120Hz display, is down to $600 at Amazon and Best Buy.
  • The OnePlus 9 Pro is getting a $170 discount at Amazon and Best Buy, bringing the price of the unlocked premium flagship down to $899 in both green and silver.

Other Android Phone Deals

  • A number of retailers — including Best BuyMotorola, and Target — are offering an unlocked 2021 Moto G Stylus with 128GB of storage and a built-in stylus for $230 rather than $300. It’s a good device, whether you’re a stylus fan or not.
  • You can get the unlocked Moto G Power (2021) with 64GB of storage for $180 (originally $250) at Best Buy and Target. The 32GB model is also available from the same retailers, but we recommend paying the $10 difference to get double the storage.
  • The TCL 10L with 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage is available for $170 at Amazon through TCL, down from $250. The 256GB model is also available for $220, an $80 savings, with both deals running through November 28th.
  • An unlocked Nokia 8.3 5G is on sale for $400 at B&H Photo, down from $600. It has dual-SIM, 128GB of storage, and the PureView quad-camera system with Zeiss lenses.
  • The Sony Xperia 1 III 5G, a phone made for serious photographers, is currently getting a $100 discount at B&H Photo, dropping the price to $1,198. It supports sub-6GHz 5G and features a dual-SIM and 256GB of storage.
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