Faithful readers will recall that March is an awesome month to buy last year's phones. This week, Android has taken center stage in our roundup of the best phone deals, with huge savings on unlocked and no-contract handsets.
No-Contract Samsung Galaxy S5 Android Smartphone for T-Mobile
Price: $421.92 via coupon code "BIGDEAL108" with free shipping
Lowest By: $27
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 T-Mobile for just $422 after the coupon above. (You can pay it off with 24 monthly payments of $17.58.) That's the lowest price we've seen for this phone off contract and an Editors' Choice savings of $27.
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, 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, and Android 4.4 (KitKat). Note that a SIM Starter Kit will be added to your cart for an additional $15 charge.
Refurbished Unlocked Motorola Moto X Android Smartphone
Store: Yapper Wireless via eBay
Price: $259.99 with free shipping EXPIRED
Lowest By: $240
Is It Worth It?: If you don't mind a refurb, this unlocked 2nd-generation Moto X is a steal at $260. "The new Moto X feels a thousand times better than last year's model," Engadget's reviewer said about this 2014 version. "The Moto X compares pretty favorably to premium phones like the One M8 and the Galaxy S5." You'll save $240 on this handset.
Features include a 5.2" 1920x1080 (1080p) touchscreen AMOLED display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2.5GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB internal storage, a 13-megapixel rear camera, a 2-megapixel front camera, 2160p video capture, 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, and Android 4.4 (KitKat). No warranty information is provided.
Unlocked Samsung Galaxy Alpha Android Smartphone
Store: MobilePros1 via eBay
Price: $279.99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $20
Is It Worth It?: Should the larger size of the smartphones above seem unweildy to you, opt for the more manageable Samsung Galaxy Alpha. Although CNET was unimpressed with the Galaxy Alpha's screen, the reviewer found lots of other likeable qualities in this phone: "Its processor and camera perform brilliantly, while its compact 4.7" size makes it very comfortable to hold and use in one hand." This unlocked version is a $20 savings and the lowest price we've seen.
The Galaxy Alpha sports a 4.7" 1280x720 AMOLED display, an Exynos 1.8GHz 8-core processor, 32GB of internal storage, 2GB of RAM, a 12-megapixel rear camera, a 2.1-megapixel front camera, 3840x2160 video capture, 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth, and Android 4.4 (KitKat).
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.