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The best phone deals in October 2021

The best phone deals right now
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The best phone deals we're seeing right now offer great bargains on today's best smartphones. We're already seeing fantastic iPhone 13 deals just days after its release date.

So if you want to upgrade your phone this fall, luckily you don't have to spend a small fortune. Whether you're looking for unlocked phone deals or wireless carrier incentives, you've come to the right place. 

We're rounding up the best phone deals you can get right now to save tons on your next daily driver. 

Wireless carriers are currently offer excellent iPhone 13 deals.

 Verizon for example is taking up to $1,300 off the new iPhone 13 when you trade-in a device and switch to their network. The Phone 13's starting price is $799 and $699 for the iPhone 13 mini whereas the iPhone Pro 13 starts at $999 and $1,099 for the iPhone Pro Max. 

Either way you slice it, you could potentially walk away with a free iPhone 13. 

Looking for something else? Check out today's best phone deals for more options:

Best phone deals right now

Best phone deals 

Best iPhone deals

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Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max: up to $1,000 off w/ trade-in @ T-Mobile
Preorder the iPhone 13 Pro Max starting at $1,099 from T-Mobile and get up to $1,000 off. What's more, T-Mobile is bundling this deal with up to $800 off in lifetime trade-in credits for future iPhone grades. To get this deal you must trade-in an eligible device and activate the iPhone 13 on a T-Mobile Magenta Max plan. Your cash-back will appear on your monthly bill over the course of 30- months. The iPhone 13 Pro Max features a 6.7 inch OLED display with ProMotion, Apple A15 Bionic processor, 5-core GPU and up to 1TB of storage. iPhone 13 pre-orders are expected to ship to arrive by September 24.

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Apple iPhone 13: up to $790 off w/ trade-in @ Apple
Pre-order the new iPhone 13 from $799 or iPhone 13 mini starting at $699 directly from Apple now and get up to $790 when you trade-in an iPhone 8 or newer. The Apple iPhone 13 features a 6.1-inch OLED display, whereas the iPhone 13 mini sports a 5.4-inch OLED display. Both phones pack Apple's latest A15 Bionic chip, a 4-core GPU and up to 512GB of storage. This is all protected by a sleek, glass aluminum design and IPX68 water resistance. Over the iPhone 12, it's 20% brighter for comfortable outdoor viewing. Advanced new cameras and 5G support. Pre-orders ship by September 24.

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Apple iPhone 13 Pro: up to $790 off w/ trade-in @ Apple
Pre-order the iPhone 13 Pro from $999 or iPad Pro Max starting at $1,099 directly from Apple now and get up to $1,000 off when you trade-in an iPhone 8 or newer. The Apple iPhone 13 Pro features a 6.1 inch OLED display with ProMotion, Apple A15 Bionic processor, a 5-core GPU and up to 1TB of storage. The iPhone 13 Pro Max offers these same specs with a 6.7-inch display. Pre-orders ship by September 24.

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Apple iPhone 13: up to $1,300 off @ Verizon
Pre-order the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro or iPhone 13 Pro Max from Verizon and get up to $1,300 off your purchase. That's $800 in trade-in credit and up to $500 when you switch to Verizon. To get this deal, you must trade-in an eligible device and activate your new iPhone 13 on a select Verizon unlimited plan.. Pre-orders ship by September 24.

Best Galaxy phone deals

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Samsung Galaxy S20 FE Unlocked: was $699 now $599 Amazon
Amazon is currently slashing $100 off the Galaxy S20 FE in Cloud Lavender. In our Galaxy S20 FE review, we noticed you still get Samsung's stunning AMOLED display that offers deep blacks and vibrant colors, while also delivering the same silky-smooth 120Hz refresh rate found in the pricier Galaxy S20s. With its versatile triple-camera, excellent performance and 5G support, the Galaxy S20 FE offers premium features at a more affordable price. 

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G Unlocked: was $1,799  now $1,599 @ Amazon
Samsung Week on Amazon knocks $200 off the Editor's Choice, Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G Unlocked. We rate it 4 out of 5 stars for its unique, useful design, vivid display, stellar camera array, and IPX8 water resistance. Specs-wise, it packs a 6.2-inch (2,268 x 832) 120Hz Adaptive Super AMOLED cover display and 7.6-inch (2,208 x 1,768) 120Hz Adaptive Super AMOLED internal screen. Powering the device is Qualcomm's Snapdragon 888 processor CPU couple with 12GB of RAM. For your storage needs, there's 256GB of storage on board.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 5G: was $999 now $925 @ Amazon
Save $75 on the Galaxy Z Flip 3 5G phone during Amazon's Samsung Week savings event. The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 5G features a 6.7 inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X (2640 x 1080) main screen at 120Hz and a 1.9 inch Super AMOLED (260 x 512) cover screen. It houses Qualcomm's Snapdragon 888 octa-core CPU coupled, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. 

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Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G Unlocked: was $1,249 now up to $600 off w/ trade-in @ Samsung
Save up to $600 off the Galaxy S21 at Samsung. It packs everything we love about the Galaxy S21 into a bigger body. It bumps you up to a 6.8-inch display, 12GB of RAM, and a high capacity 5,000mAh battery. Content creators will benefit from the S21 Ultra's pro-grade camera which captures 108MP photos and records 8K video. 

Best Pixel phone deals

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Unlocked Google Pixel 4a 5G: was $499 now $349 @ Amazon
At $150 off, the Pixel 4a 5G is one of the best smartphones for the money. It packs a 6.2-inch (2340 x 1080p) OLED display, 2.4GHz Snapdragon 765G octa-core processor, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage. This unlocked phone is GSM + CDMA / 4G LTE + 5G compatible for activation on just about any wireless carrier network.

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Google Pixel 4 Unlocked: was $799 now $387 @ Amazon
At $412 off, the Pixel 4 is at a great price. Still one of the best Android phones around, the 2019 Pixel 4 has outstanding 16MP and 12MP cameras capable of taking DSLR-quality images. The 5.7-inch OLED display is gorgeous and the minimalist design is elegant and premium. This unlocked phone is GSM + CDMA / 4G LTE + 5G compatible. 

Best OnePlus phone deals

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OnePlus 9 5G: 50% off @ T-Mobile w/ new line
Save 50% on the Editor's Choice OnePlus 9 5G when you activate a new line with T-Mobile. The phone in this deal packs a 6.5-inch (2400 x 1080) AMOLED 120Hz display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 CPU, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.

Best Surface Duo phone deals

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Microsoft Surface Duo Unlocked (128GB): was $1,399 now $429 @ Walmart
At $970 off, Walmart is practically giving away the unlocked Microsoft Surface Duo. It features dual 5.6-inch (1800 x 1350) AMOLED displays, Snapdragon 855 processor, 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. 

Hilda Scott

Hilda Scott uses her combined passion for gadgets and bargain shopping to bring you the best prices on all things tech. She has a bachelor’s degree in film and media studies from Hunter College and 11 years of tech and entertainment journalism. Her work has been featured on Tom’s Guide, iTechPost, Examiner.com, Parlemag, Enstars, and Latin Times. When she's not scouting for the best deals, Hilda’s catching up on her favorite TV shows and pro-wrestling matches.