The best new phone deals from major carriers

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If you are tired of pulling out a phone with a cracked screen and a slow processor that takes a long time to open apps, then it might be time to upgrade.

Likewise, if you’re stressing about your wireless data restrictions every month, it may also mean it’s time to upgrade. You’ve held out that long without upgrading your phone and mobile plan, so you’re clearly a conscientious spender.

Fortunately, cell phone companies are so in need of your business that they will give you some amazing deals if you want to upgrade your device or mobile plan. Here are the best deals for wireless upgrades from major cell phone companies.

Best AT&T Upgrade Offers

Whether you currently use AT&T or want to switch to AT&T from a different provider, check out how to take advantage of these deals.

Get $800 off iPhone 13

The iPhone 13 was just announced, and AT&T has already struck a deal. You can get up to $800 off an iPhone 13 if you trade in your old device and switch to AT&T, upgrade your existing AT&T data plan, or add an entirely new AT&T line.

Keep in mind that $800 is the maximum amount you can get from an iPhone 13. The newer your phone is, the more trade credit you will get. For example, I just traded in my iPhone SE (2020) and only got $400 credit off the iPhone 13.

Better than nothing, but not as much as I would have liked. If you have an iPhone 12 or iPhone 11, you will likely get the entire $800 credit applied to your account.

Get the Galaxy Z Flip3 5G for free with the trade-in program

Have you seen the ad with people listening to music on the subway, and it suddenly turns into a BTS concert? If you’ve been watching any football lately, you’ve probably seen this ad many times.

Well, this ad is all about the Galaxy ZFlip3 5G, the smartphone that you can fold in half and fit comfortably in your pocket. If you’ve never tried to fold one of these phones, I highly recommend it because it’s so satisfying.

You can get a free Galaxy Z Flip3 5G from AT&T if you trade in your old device and upgrade to an unlimited plan. If you’re already on an AT&T Unlimited plan, you just have to trade in your old phone.

Here are the AT&T mobile plans you can choose from to get the Galaxy Z Flip3 for free:

Get iPhone 11 for $10 a month (no exchange required)

If you don’t have a phone to trade with, you can jump on this AT&T deal to get the iPhone 11. At a huge discount, all you need is an AT&T Unlimited Plan to qualify for the deal.

When you buy the new iPhone 11, make sure you buy the phone in monthly payments, and the discount will be applied automatically every month.

Best T-Mobile Upgrade Deal

T-Mobile only has one deal worth mentioning at the moment, but it’s a really good deal.

Get $650 off iPhone 13

T-Mobile isn’t quite as good a deal as AT&T with the iPhone 13, but you can still get $650 off the latest phone. It’s the usual process to get a discount on iPhone 13 from T-Mobile:

First, you replace your old device. Then do one of the following:

  • Switch to T-Mobile.
  • Upgrade your existing T-Mobile line.
  • Add a new T-Mobile line.

Finally, you will buy the new phone via the payment plan.

Uncheck these boxes, and you can get the iPhone 13. At a huge discount. Your redemption balance will be automatically applied to your mobile bill each month.

Best Verizon Upgrade Offers

Verizon has been a bit bolder with its deals lately, which makes now a good time to consider upgrading your phone or plan.

Get $800 off iPhone 13

Verizon matches AT&T’s deal for the iPhone 13, offering $800 off a new device. To qualify for the deal, you’ll need to start a new unlimited line on Verizon or upgrade your existing Verizon plan.

Also, if you’ve watched Kate McKinnon’s commercial hundreds of times like me, you’ll also know that Verizon customers who already have unlimited plans can also qualify for the deal. Just make sure you buy your new iPhone 13 via the monthly installment payment option to apply the deal.

Verizon is actually sweetening the deal even more by offering a $500 virtual MasterCard and an AMC+ year as well.

Get the Galaxy Z Fold3 5G for free with the trade-in program

Similar to the AT&T deal, you can get the all-new Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G when you trade in your old device, upgrade to an unlimited plan and buy the phone with a 24-month payment plan.

If you already have a Verizon unlimited plan, all you have to do is trade in your old device and do the 24 month payment plan to be eligible.

Get a free iPhone SE (no trade-in required)

The latest iPhone SE (which is the phone I personally use) has the same processing chip as the iPhone 11 but is much cheaper. Plus the iPhone SE comes with a good old button to go back to the home screen.

You don’t have to worry about trading an old phone to qualify for this deal. You just need to start a new line on Verizon and activate your new iPhone SE on an unlimited plan.

Purchase the phone in monthly installments, and the discount will be applied automatically. Here are the Verizon plans you can choose from:

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