If you're on Verizon or AT&T, and have been thinking of upgrading to a new Galaxy phone or phablet, now may be a good time. Radio Shack
is offering the S5, with a 2-year contract (qualified upgrade or new line) for $79.99
If you already have an existing smartphone you're ready to trade in, Staples
is offering what might be
an even better deal on the S5, on Verizon and AT&T. Trade in a working smartphone and get a minimum trade-in credit of $100. With a 2-year agreement, that brings the price down to $29.99
. Sort of. The trade-in credit is issues in the form of a Staples e-cash card, which can only be used on other purchases at Staples. If you're a regular Staples customer, that's a good deal. Otherwise, maybe not.
Best Buy is offering a a special deal on the Galaxy Note 3 on Verizon. With a 2 year commitment, the Note 3 is now only $99.99
. Trade in a working Smartphone, and that drops to $49.99
. The Note 3 is about to be replaced by the Note 4, of course, but it's still a very impressive device, especially at the $50 price point. If you don't absolutely need the latest and greatest, this is a very good deal.
Finally, as we reported
several weeks ago, Best Buy
has an exclusive on the all-Electric Blue Galaxy S5. The phone has previously been available with a Blue back, but not a blue front. The all-blue version is available for Sprint, AT&T and Verizon. Prices vary by carrier.
For a limited time, the phone is available on new lines of service, with a 2-year commitment, for $99.99 on Verizon. On AT&T, the phone is $149 with a 2-year plan. Sprint will charge you only $99.99 with a 2-year commitment on a new line of service
. But an upgrade to an existing line will cost you $199.99. Sprint also has the Electric Blue Galaxy S5 Sport for $199.99 with a 2-year contract. Best Buy will also give you a $50 Best Buy gift card with any of the devices.
As with any subsidized phone, you're really paying for the phone over two years, as part of your monthly charges. But if the subsidized model works for you (and it does for many), these are among the cheapest prices we've seen on the Samsung devices.