The 5 Best Deals on Cellphones and Wireless Plans in August

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Back to school: Three words that bring dread to kids everywhere. But when you combine those three words with “sale,” you might just be able to bring joy to the student of your house. As summer break gets closer to its end, cellphone carriers are offering great back-to-school deals that can help you get your kid a shiny new toy, and, with several BOGO offers available, you could even get one for yourself.

Here are some of our favorite cellphone deals for August.

Google Pixel 3: $300 off plus BOGO from Verizon

Boasting one of the best smartphone cameras on the market, the Google Pixel 3 is a great device for your budding photographer. With this deal from Verizon, you can get the Pixel 3, or the bigger Pixel 3 XL, with a $300 discount. And that’s not all: Verizon will throw in another Pixel 3 free or give you $800 off another Pixel 3 XL.

To get this deal you’ll need to open a multi-line account or add a line to an existing Verizon account and purchase both phones on a monthly installment plan. Verizon will apply credit towards the second phone on your monthly bills.

Mint Mobile: Buy 3 months of service, get 3 more months free

If you’re not in the market for a new device, consider Mint Mobile’s big bargain on service. With Mint’s latest deal, new customers who buy three months of service on Mint’s middle-tier plan, for a lump sum of $60, can get an additional three months of service free. That works out to a rate of just $10 per month for the first half-year.

The qualifying plan for this offer includes:

  • Unlimited talk and text
  • 8GB of 4G LTE data

Mint Mobile runs on T-Mobile’s network. This deal is a great way to get service on a trusted and fast nationwide network.

iPhone BOGO deal plus $300 Visa card from AT&T

With AT&T you can buy your choice of the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, X, XR, XS or XS Max and get a second from the same group of phones free or discounted up to $750. You’ll need to purchase your devices via monthly installment plans. AT&T will then apply the discount toward your monthly bill. You’ll also have to activate two lines on a new account or add an additional line to an existing account.

If getting a free or heavily discounted iPhone isn’t enough for you, AT&T is also throwing in a $300 prepaid Visa card to sweeten the deal.

Free iPhone 8 from AT&T

Not everybody needs two phones. With this online-only deal from AT&T, you can get your hands on an iPhone 8 64GB for free — no need to buy another phone first. You’ll have to get the phone on a monthly installment plan. AT&T will apply credits to your monthly bill to offset the cost of the phone.

iPhone XR Deal from Sprint

It may seem like the only way to get a big deal on the latest generation of flagship smartphones is by taking advantage of the various BOGO deals offered by the major carriers. For the most part, this is true. However, Sprint is offering a great deal on the iPhone XR that doesn’t require two devices.

Lease the iPhone XR with Sprint, and they’ll take $16.25 off each monthly payment. This means you’ll be paying just $15 per month for your iPhone XR.

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