Handset prices always fall in the wake of the Mobile World Congress (as we mentioned in our March buying guide!), and this year is no different. Deals on the iPhone 6 headline this week's best phone deals, along with a return to Black Friday pricing for Samsung's Galaxy S5.
Refurbished No-Contract Apple iPhone 6 for AT&T
Price: $498 with free shipping
Lowest By: $151
Is It Worth It?: If you're an AT&T customer, there's no need to sign a new contract to get a sweet deal on a Apple iPhone 6. Walmart offers this current-gen iPhone refurbished for just $498, which is the best price we've ever seen for this handset off-contract and an easy Editors' Choice pick. (You can also grab a refurbished iPhone 6 Plus for $100 more, another current price low.)
The iPhone 6 features features an Apple A8 processor, a 4.7" 1334x750 Retina display, an 8-megapixel iSight camera, 1080p video capture, a 1.2-megapixel FaceTime HD camera, 802.11ac wireless, and Bluetooth 4.0. Note that no warranty information is provided.
No-Contract Nokia Lumia 635 Windows Phone for T-Mobile, AT&T, Boost Mobile, orVirgin Mobile
Store: Best Buy
Price: $49.99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $5
Expires: March 7
Is It Worth It?: Windows Phone fans have their own excellent option when it comes to no-contract deals this week. Although CNET's reviewer found the Nokia Lumia 635 a little lackluster compared to top-tier models, he concluded that "its cheap price and fun, colourful design makes it a decent choice if you're after 4G on a budget." Best Buy offers this smartphone for several carriers for $50, which is tied as the best price we've seen. (Amazon charges the same for the AT&T model.)
Features include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 1.2GHz quad-core processor, a 4.5" 854x480 IPS LCD, 512MB of RAM, 8GB of internal memory, a 5-megapixel camera, WiFi, Bluetooth, and Windows Phone 8.1.
Samsung Galaxy S5 Android Smartphone for Verizon
Price: $1 with free shipping EXPIRED
Lowest By: $199
Is It Worth It?: The newly announced Galaxy S6 is missing some of its predecessors' best features, like expandable storage (via microSD slot) and a removable battery. Luckily, you can score the previous-gen Galaxy S5 for just $1 from Amazon, with the activation of a new 2-year Verizon contract. This Editors' Choice offer is tied with our Black Friday mention and $199 under Verizon's current on-contract price.
The S5 boasts a 5.1" 1920x1080 (1080p) AMOLED touchscreen display, a 2.5GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a 16-megapixel rear camera, a 2-megapixel front camera, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, and Android 4.4 (KitKat).
Unlocked Motorola RAZR V Android Smartphone
Price: $99.99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $20
Is It Worth It?: While its specs are only so-so, the Motorola Razr V stands out for its unique Kevlar-coated back — a handy feature if you're regularly dodging bullets like James Bond, but lack his funding. This unlocked Android has dropped $30 from our previous mention to the Editors' Choice price of $100.
This GSM phone sports a 4.3" 540x960 scratch-resistant LCD, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, an 8-megapixel camera, 1GB of internal memory, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11n wireless, and Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich).
Is It Worth It?: Looking to replace your landline? With the activation of a new 1-year agreement, you can score the Vonage US, Canada, and Puerto Rico Unlimited Phone Service Plan for just $10 per month. Plus, you'll bag a $55 Costco gift card for free. Even better, this Editors' Choice offer includes activation and a phone adapter for free. Assuming you'll use the gift card, you're essentially paying $5.41 per month for your first year, and saving $120 on the adapter and activation fees alone. The plan includes unlimited local and long distance calling in the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico. A high-speed Internet connection is required and some exclusions apply.
After your first 12 months, the monthly fee is $25.99. You must subscribe to Vonage for at least 61 consecutive days to receive the prepaid card. Allow up to eight weeks (after the 61-day requirement is met) to receive the prepaid card.