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We've Got Your Number: 5 Smartphone Deals Worth Calling Up

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Has your iPhone become sluggish lately? Is your Verizon contract up? Perhaps you just want the latest and greatest device? Whatever your reason, these unlocked smartphone bargains are beckoning. And for even more smart devices and accessories, check out our smartphone deals.

  1. Nokia Lumia 900 16GB 4G LTE Windows Phone 7 Smartphone for AT&T Wireless
    Vendor: Amazon Wireless
    Price: 1 cent with free shipping
    Lowest By: $20

    Is It Worth It?: The Nokia Lumia 900 16GB 4G LTE Windows Phone 7 Smartphone for AT&T Wireless, in Black (pictured) or Cyan, is a solid phone, but as we learned last week, users won't be able to upgrade to the new Windows Phone 8 OS. However, for those users who prefer to stick with technology they know, the Lumia is available for just 1 cent with a new 2-year AT&T contract. This Editors' Choice pick features a 4.3" 480x800 AMOLED, 8-megapixel autofocus rear-facing camera with dual LED flash and Carl Zeiss Lens optics, 1-megapixel front-facing camera, and more.

  2. Unlocked HTC Inspire 4GB 4G Android Smartphone
    Vendor: JustDeals via eBay
    Price: $249.99 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $10

    Is It Worth It?: Here's another Editors' Choice top-flight phone: this 4G quad-band GSM phone features a 4.3" touchscreen display, an 8-megapixel camera with LED flash, Android 2.2 OS (Froyo), and more. CNET notes that the HTC Inspire 4G is "one of AT&T's best, high-end Android devices," and praises the phone for its battery life and improved camera.

  3. Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S III 32GB Android Smartphone
    Vendor: eXpansys
    Price: $759.99 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $30

    Is It Worth It?: Granted, the Samsung Galaxy S III (available in Marble White) comes with a hefty price tag, but CNET calls the device "a worthy and welcome upgrade to the Galaxy S II in every way." This quad-band GSM phone features a 4.8" touchscreen, 8-megapixel rear camera, 1.9-megapixel front camera, 1080p video recording, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, and more. You can read a more in-depth Samsung Galaxy S III review here.

  4. Unlocked Samsung Galaxy Xcover Rugged Android Smartphone
    Vendor: eXpansys
    Price: $244.99 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $13

    Is It Worth It?: This quad-band GSM phone is rugged. It's specially designed to be water-resistant to one meter for a period up to half an hour. Plus its durable body prevents dust from collecting in its ports, and scratches from hard surfaces. It features a 3.7" touchscreen display, 150MB internal memory, 3.2-megapixel camera, Android 2.3 OS (Gingerbread), and more.

  5. Sony SmartWatch for Android Smartphones
    Vendor: eXpansys
    Price: $109.99 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $10

    Is It Worth It?: This gadget looks like it's straight from Dick Tracy and hard to resist; we know how much some of you love gadgets. This SmartWatch, which comes in Black, connects to select (but not all) Android phones. You can check here for a list of compatible brands. (Scroll under "Sony SmartWatch Features.") The watch charges via USB cable and can last up to a week on a single charge. Use it to check email, Twitter, and text messages, or customize it via applications downloaded from the Android Market.

    You can also customize the strap, as eXpansys offers the Sony Wristband for Sony SmartWatch in Green, Grey, or White for $16.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest price we could find in any color by at least $3.

Lou Carlozo is a dealnews contributing writer. He covers personal finance for Reuters Wealth, and was most recently the managing editor of, and before that a veteran columnist at the Chicago Tribune.

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DealNews may be compensated by companies mentioned in this article. Unless marked as a "Sponsored Deal," the opinions expressed here are those of the author and have not been reviewed or endorsed by the companies mentioned. Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).
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Pelican Joe
Unlocked phones mean that they are NOT associated with a carrier.  Smart phone 1 (Nokia Lumia) is a subsidized locked phone.
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