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Best Phone Deals: Flagship Samsung Galaxy for $49


If you need a new handset and prefer the value of older generations, we've got you covered with the week's best phone deals. Score a super affordable Galaxy S4, an unlocked new design from Nextbit, and more.

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Galaxy S4Refurb Galaxy S4 Phone with Voice, Text, Data
Store: Fry's
Price: $49.99
Shipping: In-store pickup
Lowest By: $40

It might be a few generations behind, but as TechRadar points out, the Samsung Galaxy S4 16GB Android smartphone is still a solid buy. You'll save $40 on this refurbished Editors' Choice pick for FreedomPop. Choose from Black Frost or White Mist, and enjoy a FreedomPop free service plan with 200 minutes, 500 text messages, and 500MB of data per month. Note that stock is limited and varies by ZIP code.

This quad-band GSM phone features a 5" 1080x1920 touchscreen super AMOLED display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 (APQ8064T) 1.9GHz quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB memory, 13-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel front camera, 1080p video recording, 4G LTE connectivity, 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, and Android 4.4.2 (KitKat) OS. Note: No warranty info is provided.

iPhone 5siPhone 5s 16GB Prepaid Straight Talk Phone
Store: Walmart
Price: $149
Shipping: Free shipping
Lowest By: $63

Praised for its camera improvements over previous models, a fingerprint sensor, and updated CPU and motion-tracking chip, the Apple iPhone 5s 16GB smartphone received an 8.5 rating from CNET when it was released. For around $149, this prepaid version for Straight Talk in Space Gray or Silver is an inexpensive replacement handset or just an affordable way to provide teens with their first smartphone.

Nextbit Robin NB-RG01Unlocked Nextbit Robin 32GB Android Phone
Store: Mango Wireless via Newegg
Price: $175 via code "MPGAMER16" and MasterPass Checkout
Shipping: Free shipping
Lowest By: $52
Expires: October 8

Designed by top Android names, the Nextbit Robin 32GB 4G LTE GSM Android smartphone was overall praised and earned a respectable rating of 79 from Engadget. You'll save $52 on this unlocked cloud-centric Editors' Choice handset in Midnight. It's designed to offload apps you haven't interacted with recently, but the user data is kept local which means you can jump right back into those apps whenever you want.

It features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 2GHz hexa-core processor, 5.2" 1920x1080 (1080p) IPS LCD with Corning Gorilla Glass 4, 3GB RAM, 32GB on-board storage, 100GB online cloud storage, 13-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel front-facing camera, dual front-facing speakers, 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, USB Type-C, fingerprint ID sensor, and Android OS.

iPhone 5Refurb Apple iPhone 5 16GB Prepaid AT&T Phone
Store: Little Star Electronics via eBay
Price: $119.99
Shipping: Free shipping
Lowest By: $50

Noted for being incredibly light when it was released, the iPhone 5 16GB smartphone had a larger screen than earlier models, and an improved camera, earning it a score of 4.3 stars from TechRadar. You'll save $50 on this refurbished no-contract Editors' Choice pick for AT&T in Black, which is a great option for anyone who needs a new smartphone but doesn't want to make a huge investment. This older model is a bit dated in some ways now, but it's still a solid choice for those who don't need the latest and greatest tech in their pockets.

A 30-day Little Star Electronics warranty applies.

BlackBerry SQW100-1Unlocked BlackBerry Passport 32GB Smartphone
Store: Cell Force via eBay
Price: $199.99
Shipping: Free shipping
Lowest By: $34

With the recent news that BlackBerry will no longer make its own handset hardware, fans might want to snap up this unlocked BlackBerry Passport 32GB 4G LTE GSM smartphone in Black while they can. This Editors' Choice selection earned a score of 75 from Engadget when it was released, and was praised for its long battery life, exceptional outdoor visibility, and decent camera.

This GSM phone features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2.2GHz quad-core processor, 4.5" 1440x1440 IPS touchscreen LCD, 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, 13-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel front-facing camera, 1080p video recording at 60fps, 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, microSD slot, touch-enabled QWERTY keyboard, and BlackBerry 10.3 OS.

Staff Writer

As a college student, Julie wrote for the college newspaper and freelanced for the website College Candy. Since then she has worked as freelancer through Textbroker and has written press releases, feature pages, and other miscellaneous pieces for a software company. She enjoys writing both as a hobby and a career, and is always working on some kind of story.
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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I had my Galaxy S4 for 3 years, very solid, reliable phone.