Used Razer Phone (unlocked) for $471 (and other phones)

Participating in the previously mentioned 20% off Earth Week promotion at Amazon Warehouse Deals is the USED unlocked Razer Phone for $471~ after the 20% off in-cart discount in “Used = Very Good” condition and for $499~ in “Used – Like New” condition. The new condition price is $700…

In other smartphone action, the USED Samsung Galaxy S8 (unlocked, 64GB) goes for $422~ with free shipping, while the USED Samsung Galaxy Note 8 goes for $648~. The previous links show only the offers eligible for the 20% off in-cart discount. For comparison, the following links show the “default” view with multiple sellers: Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy Note 8

If you are a fan of the previous generation of Sony, the USED Xperia XZ1 starts at $320 (depending on color), while the Xperia XZ1 starts at $120 (depending on color)…

On the Nokia front, the unlocked Nokia 6 starts at $155 depending on color and condition. Note that Nokia revealed a “Nokia 6.1” version a few weeks ago and that one should be coming out soon.

Motorola Moto G5 Plus for $210 [Prime only]

As flagship smartphone prices keep climbing, so is the average consumer’s interest in alternative bang for the buck smartphones. One such line is the Motorola G series, especially the “all carrier” phones, the ones that work out of the box with all four major US carriers. Among them is the G5 Plus with the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage option. And if you are a Prime member, you can buy ONE unit on sale for $210 with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon itself. This is fully unlocked with USA warranty. Amazon no longer has lockscreen ads, they just pre-install their apps and widgets on the phones.

NOTE that this phone does not have NFC (no contactless mobile payments with it) and it is microUSB power (no USB-C). At this price range, even if it had USB-C, it would likely be USB 2.0, not USB 3.*. It has a fingerprint reader and a headphone jack though which can be a plus for security and convenience.

If you are interested in bang for the buck phones discussion, save this date, on Thursday 3/29/18 at 9pm eastern, the PhoneCast YouTube channel is going to have a live-stream with another YouTube who specializes in bang-for-the-buck phones.

Google Play Android Apps: HD Camera PRO (silent shutter) 99c, Photo Studio PRO $1.99

The Google Play store now has a dedicated section of limited time sales, and among them there are two photography apps that are on sale for a limited time:

+ HD Camera PRO, a silent shutter app, by “HDM Dev Team” (Japan) for $0.99 with Android 3.2 and higher support

+ Photo Studio PRO “by KVAD Group” (Florida) for $1.99 with Android 4.0 and higher support

Huawei Mate 10 PRO (dual Leica camera) drops to $700

The new condition, factory unlocked, with USA warranty Huawei Mate 10 PRO with its dual Leica camera on the back is now down to $700 with free shipping by Amazon itself (maximum four per color per customer) and at B&H Photo.

Note that a number of three-letter US security agencies have issued a warning against Huawei and ZTE devices, so it’s up to you to decide, especially if you are working on things that you wouldn’t want potentially falling into the hands of China. Others argue that this is politics and lobbying by Huawei’s competitors. We blog, you decide!

Kodak EKTRA 32GB Smartphone with Case and Remote for $120

If you are feeling Kodak nostalgic and need an Android smartphone as well, B&H Photo is offering the new condition Kodak EKTRA 32GB Smartphone (Unlocked, Black) for $120 with free shipping and TWO free accessories: a Kodak leather case for the camera phone and a Kodak remote shutter release.

The phone has a 5″ FHD (1920 x 1080) display with 3GB RAM, the Helio X10 ten core processor, 32GB storage, USB-C, NFC (so you can pay with your cameraphone too), 21mp f2 OIS lens, and a DSLR Dial simulated on the touchscreen using vibrations.

B&H now offers Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S9* pre-orders

We rounded up the various carrier options for the brand new Samsung Galaxy S9* earlier today, but if you are a fan of factory unlocked with US warranty purchased from independent retailers, you are in luck! B&H Photo now has them available for pre-ordering as follows:

+ Samsung Galaxy S9 for $720 in four color schemes

+ Samsung Galaxy S9 PLUS for $840 in three color schemes

Pre-order the new Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ today

The Mobile World Congress party is over but the Samsung Galaxy S9* party has just began! Today is the first time pre-orders are accepted for the new Snapdragon 845 duo [remember, only the S9+ gets the dual camera], with orders shipping/delivered two weeks from today (March 16).

+ Samsung’s own website offers the S9 for $720 and the S9 Plus for $840, unlocked with USA warranty
+ optional financing available on 24 or 36 month plans
+ up to $350 trade-in credit of eligible phones
+ Unlocked with USA warranty is the best way to buy it unless you prefer a carrier or their leasing/buying/upgrade options
+ Samsung also offers carrier versions of the phone, sometimes with lower prices than the carrier themselves if you plan to buy it outright (the carriers are favoring the 18-month and 24-month plans and leases instead of outright purchases)

+ Unlocked not available for purchase yet at 3rd-party retailers like B&H and Amazon (phone manufacturers and their carrier friends intentionally delay them because … carriers)

+ Verizon Galaxy S9 for $800 outright or $33.33/mo on 24 month plan
+ Verizon Galaxy S9 PLUS for $930 outright or $38.74/mo on 24 month plan
+ up to $350 trade-in credit on eligible phones; $150 if you switch to Verizon
+ $150 off if you buy it together with a Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch

+ AT&T Galaxy S9 for $$790 outright or $26.34/mo on 30-month plan;
+ AT&T Galaxy S9 PLUS for $915 out right or $30.50/mo on 30-month plan
+ AT&T NEXT options also available;
+ up to $350 trade-in credit on eligible phones; $150 if you switch to AT&T

+ T-Mobile Galaxy S9 for $720 outright or $30/mo for 24 months
+ T-Mobile Galaxy S9 PLUS for $840 outright or $120 down plus $30/mo on 24 months
+ up to $360 trade-in o eligible phones
+ all you can eat magenta is FREE 🙂

+ Sprint Galaxy S9 for $792 outright or with 18-month Flex Lease plans
+ Sprint Galaxy S9 PLUS for $912 outright or with 18-month Flex Lease plans
+ up to $350 trade-in credit; $150 prepaid VISA if you switch to Sprint
+ note that Sprint lease plans do not pay the full price of the phone; at the end of the lease you have to pay the difference if you want to keep the phone

+ Xfinity Galaxy S9 for $720 outright or $30/mo on 24 months
+ Xfinity Galaxy S9 PLUS for $840 outright or $35/mo on 24 months

+ other regional and emerging carriers should also be announcing their offers

+ as usual, the carriers have a variety of terms, conditions, restrictions and traps when you sign up for their installment plans, so be sure to read through it all!

Pre-order the new Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ on March 2nd

The Samsung S9/S9+ was officially revealed earlier today and pre-orders are scheduled for March 2nd, and they include trade-in offers if you are willing to part with your existing smartphones (at least the ones eligible for the trade-in promotions). You can reserve and be notified but the actual pre-orders will happen on March 2nd. Which may sound like it’s in the future but it’s actually Friday at 12:01am ET! Shipment and in-store availability is March 16 (two weeks later, also a Friday obviously).

+ Samsung’s own website offers the S9 for $720 and the S9 Plus for $840, unlocked with USA warranty
+ their website will also offer carrier versions of the phone when they become available

+ AT&T offers it through their NEXT plan on a 30-month installment plan of $26~ and $30~ per month respectively

+ T-Mobile offers them on a 24-month $30/month installment plan; the S9+ has $120 down, while the S9 does not

+ Sprint offers them on a 24-month installment plan of $33/mo and $38/mo respectively

+ Verizon has 24-month installments of $33~ and $39~ per month respectively

+ other regional and emerging carriers should also be announcing their offers

+ as usual, the carriers have a variety of terms, conditions, restrictions and traps when you sign up for their installment plans, so be sure to read through it all!

Pre-order Essential Phone with new super-tiny 360 camera add-on for $500

Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone is back with a new super-tiny 360 degree camera (optional accessory, $218 on its own), and a new color of the phone, the Halo Gray with a pre-order price of $450 (ships 2/21/18).

Better yet, if you want both the phone and the new super-tiny 360-degree camera, you can buy them together as a bundle for $500 in the new Halo Gray and the existing Pure White color scheme (this combo is shipping already).

Samsung Note 8 (USA warranty, Unlocked) for $839

If you must have a Samsung Galaxy Note 8 right now but don’t want to deal with carriers and faux-contracts and carrier-branding and such, the new condition unlocked by Samsung with USA warranty Samsung Note 8 in the Orchid Gray color scheme is currently on sale for $839 with free shipping by Amazon itself with up to four per customer at the sale price. This is not a lightning deal, so expiration date unknown.

(ENDED) Essential Phone drops to $450, with 360 Camera for $500

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Prime Exclusive Phones now without Lockscreen Ads: LG G6 for $420, LG G6+ for $520

Starting today (Wednesday 2/7/18), Amazon is selling their Prime-exclusive smartphones that previously had “Lockscreen Ads” without them! If you have an existing Amazon Prime phone with “Lockscreen Ads”, an update will arrive that will disable them. If you paid out of your pocket to remove the ads, you can contact customer service and have it refunded.

As a result of the ad removal, their prices went up by $20. As of the time of writing, $420 gets you the LG G6 (32GB, Platinum) while $520 gets you the LG G6+ (128GB, Black).

These are factory unlocked, new condition and with USA warranty and with USA carriers in mind. The Moto models look like they have already been sold out. I don’t know if Amazon plans to discontinue this program once all available phones are sold out…

Only Prime members are able to buy them.

Pre-order Huawei Mate 10 PRO [w/two rear Leica lenses] + $150 Gift Card for $800 [2yr US warranty]

2018 looks like another year where the smartphone flagship wars will heat up even more. It’s Huawei’s turn now, their brand new Mate 10 PRO is available for pre-ordering for $800, the unlocked US variant but that’s not all! Two retailers are offering a $150 house gift card when you pre-order it for $800. So at B&H Photo you get a $150 B&H gift card, while at Amazon you get a $150 Amazon gift card.

This has 6GB RAM, 128GB on-board storage, 6″ 18:9 AMOLED screen, OctaCore with 12-core Mali G72, two year US warranty, 4000mah battery, 100% charge in 60 minutes, USB-C but no headphone jack, Android 8.0 and so on.

Of photography interest, the two rear lenses are “blessed” by LEICA. They are both 27mm f1.6, one is 20mp monochrome and the other is a 12mp RGB, both of the backlit CMOS kind. The front lens is a 8mp f2 but still supports RAW mode. RAW Selfies are the new big thing? 🙂

LG V30 (Unlocked, No Contract, USA warranty) for $675

If you are looking for a flagship top tier Android cameraphone with a USA warranty, factory unlocked, and without carrier requisites, B&H Photo is offering the new condition LG V30 US998 64GB Smartphone (Cloud Silver) for $675 with free shipping and handling.

Kodak EKTRA smartphone (unlocked, 32GB) for $100

It’s back in-stock again and down to $100 with free expedited shipping, it is the new condition, unlocked with warranty Kodak EKTRA smartphone (32GB, black, GSM) at B&H Photo.

Essential Phone + 360 Degree Camera for $500

I need to stop using the word “essential” because it messes up the blog search results for the Essential phone 🙂 Which brings us to the Essential Phone + 360 Degree Camera going for $500 with free shipping, in either the black or white color schemes. Limit three per color per customer.

This is an old fashioned sale, not a lightning deal. This combo went for $400 during Cyber Monday.

Kodak EKTRA 32GB Smartphone (Unlocked, Black) for $100

Feeling a bit of a Kodak nostalgia? $100 is what it takes to feed the nostalgia in a modern kind of way as B&H Photo is offering the new condition Kodak EKTRA 32GB Smartphone (Unlocked, Black) with free shipping. This is a GSM phone, no contract, North American variant. Limit up ten per customer. This is a limited time offer, expiration date unknown. This is an Android phone wit USB-C.

B&H Photo Motorola Moto G4, G5, G5S, Z Play Doorbusters

If you are looking for bang for the buck smartphones that work with all four major US carriers, B&H Photo has $25 off clip-on coupons on select models, bundled with a free Republic Wireless SIM card and six month Republic Wireless service (you don’t have to activate the service if you don’t want to). You have to manually click on the $25 off clip-on coupon which will get you a $25 off discount in the shopping cart…

+ Moto G4 Play XT1607 (16GB) in black for $85

+ Moto G4 XT1625 (16GB) in black for $95

+ Moto G4 XT1625 (32GB) in black or white for $105

+ Moto G4 Plus XT1644 (16GB) in black for $130

+ Moto G4 Plus XT1644 (64GB) in black for $170
+ this has 4GB RAM

+ Moto G5 Plus XT1687 (32GB) for $180

+ Moto G5 Plus XT1687 (64GB) for $215
+ this has 4GB RAM

+ Moto G5S Plus XT1806 (32GB) for $255
+ this has 3GB RAM

+ Moto G5S Plus XT1806 (64GB) for $325
+ this has 4GB RAM

NOT eligible for this promotion, but this is praised for its massive battery and Snapdragon 625 processor, the Moto Z Play XT1635-02 32GB goes for $260 with free shipping.

Smartphone Sales Round-Up (Unlocked with US warranty)

Not everyone wants to buy cameraphones with carrier ties, so if you are repulsed by our previous $300 off LG V30 or Pixel 2s Verizon post, we have a safe space for you in this post: these cameraphones are in new condition, factory unlocked with USA warranty…

+ Huawei Honor 6X Dual Camera for $150, three color options, up to three per color per customer
+ currently the #1 best seller in Unlocked Phones at Amazon ~ among the phones that are properly categorized that is 🙂

+ Huawei Mate 9 with Amazon Alexa and Leica Dual Camera for $400, in two colors, limit up to three per color per customer

+ Nokia 6 with Lockscreen Offers & Ads for $150 (limit one per color per customer)
+ Prime members only; the ones without ads go for $225

+ Samsung Galaxy Note 8 with $100 B&H Photo Gift card and Samsung Qi Charger for $929
+ not as good as the Black Friday deal of $780 to $800 but gets close
+ only two colors are US warranty. B&H also carries International models which are not eligible for the promotion. Only the North American models (Midnight Black or Orchid Gray). Not the Maple Syrup color!

+ the Essential Phone + 360 degree camera deal has not returned. The Black Friday sale decimated Amazon’s inventory 🙂

$300 off the LG V30 or Google Pixel 2s with 24mo Verizon Installment Plan

Two of the top Android cameraphones at the moment are having a promotion running at Verizon Wireless. The promotion is a $300 off promo credit when you purchase either the LG V30 or the Pixel 2s (Pixel 2 or 2 XL) with a 24-month installment plan. The discount will be a monthly discount during each one of the 24 months. At the end of the 24 months, you will have a $300 off discount on the phone price. You own the phone at the end of the 24 months, it is not a lease. Credit check and Verizon plan required for this.

The discount is not available on an outright purchase of the phones. Only when purchased with a 24-month installment plan. These are the “Nu Contracts” 🙂

As usual, check terms, conditions, restrictions, etc before buying.

Monday: Essential Phone + 360 Camera for $400

Cyber Monday is here and the Temptation is Real if you are Essential Phone curious! Into the Amazon Gold Box we go where it is one of the deals of the day, bundled with its modular 360-degree camera, together Essential Phone + 360 Degree Camera going for $400 with free shipping, in either the black or white color schemes. Limit one per color per customer.

The phone on its own went for $450 on sale, and the bundle with the camera I believe went as low as $500. Sale ends on Tuesday at 3am ET or earlier if sold out. Note that this does not have a headphone jack. Music comes out of USB-C or over bluetooth.

Samsung Galaxy S8 for $574, S8+ for $674, Note 8 for $800

If you are not already waiting in line for the new Samsung Galaxy S9, there are sales on the current S8 duo. The S8 goes $574 in new condition, unlocked, with USA warranty by Amazon itself (limit 2) and at B&H Photo.

In a parallel sale, the larger S8+ goes for $674 in new condition, unlocked, with USA warranty at B&H Photo and by Amazon itself (limit 2).

Meanwhile the Galaxy Note 8 (unlocked, USA warranty) has upticked from $780 to $800 at Amazon itself and B&H Photo.

At both places, if you are surfing around the listings, make sure you are looking at the North American variant (if that’s the one you want).

(ENDED) Essential Phone + 360 Camera for $399

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (USA Warranty, Unlocked) for $780

SURPRISE! The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has a big sale, the Midnight Black color scheme goes for $780 while the Orchid Gray goes for $800. These are new condition, with USA warranty, unlocked, no contract, sold & shipped by Amazon itself with up to two per color per customer! This is not a lightning deal… UPDATE: Both colors go for $780 at B&H Photo. Make sure you are buying the “North American” variant because their listing has International models too…

(ENDED) Google Pixelbook (256GB) drops to $1130

As of late 11/24/17 PM recheck, the sale ended, it is back up to $1199…

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(ENDED) Huawei sale: Mate 9 (Leica Dual Camera) + Band 2 Activity Tracker for $399

This deal du jour expired…

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Samsung Chromebook Plus for $349

And so it begins, today’s madness of posts with the Samsung Chromebook Plus discount that was promised. It is now down to $349 in new condition at Amazon by Amazon itself and Samsung itself and Office Depot and B&H Photo and Adorama.

This is a great combo if you want both a new ChromeOS touchscreen laptop and an Android tablet with a 3:2 aspect ratio and a built-in stylus. If the included stylus is too small for some of your pixel peeping, fear not, there is also a Samsung-blessed made-in-Germany Staedtler Noris Digital Samsung Pencil (EMR Technology, Yellow Black, GP-U999ERIPAAB) that is now on sale for $17 in new condition. IF the color scheme is familiar, it is the famous German pencil manufacturer. It averages 4.3 out of 5 based on 74 customer reviews. This not only works with these Chromebooks but also various other Samsung Note phones, tablets and laptops.

Speaking of others, the Samsung Chromebook PRO with the Intel processor had a parallel discount, dropping to $450 with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon itself (limit five) and at B&H Photo and Samsung itself.

PS: the Amazon same-day delivery window closes in a couple of hours, the PLUS is calling me at this price 🙂 And the discount on the Staedtler stylus is a sign 🙂 #Temptation

PS2: note that these only have two multi-purpose USB-C ports (one on each side) and a microSD slot. There are no full-size USB ports, no HDMI, no Ethernet.

Cameraphone Deals: Note 8 for $908, Essential back to $450, Moto G5 Plus (2/32) for $170

The cameras in smartphones keep getting better and better, they are no longer an afterthought or a marketing gimmick to lure consumers in with a bigger than the competitor megapixel number. Newer models are climbing all over each other in the DxoMark rankings. (as usual, it should go without saying, the Dxomark measurement are only one part of the equation, benchmarks are never the whole answer).

The Orchid Gray version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is now down to $908~ at Amazon by Amazon itself. That’s the lowest I’ve seen it there for the US warranty, US unlocked version.

Meanwhile the Essential Phone by Android’s Andy Rubin is down to $450 again in either color scheme.

Cutting the price even further, you can get the new condition Motorola Moto G5 Plus in the 2/32 configuration (2GB RAM, 32GB storage) for $170 at Costco (members only) and by Amazon itself (limit 3 per customer). This creates an oddball situation at Amazon where the model with Prime Ads actually costs more 🙂

Note that the 64GB version of the Moto G5 Plus has 4GB of RAM (instead of 2GB), that’s part of the price difference, sale or no sale. As with previous generations, these are “all carrier” phones, they work on all four major US carriers.

Pixel 2, Note 8: Buy 1 Get 1 Half-Off at VZW

Two of the top tier smartphones camera-wise are participating in an Android promotion at Verizon Wireless. It is a “Buy One, Get One for Half Off’ for the Pixel 2 or 2 XL, the Galaxy Note 8 or Samsung S8 or S8+, the Moto Z2 Force, the ASUS Zenfone AR, and more.

The Pixel 2 and 2 XL phones have a trade-in promotion on them as well, up to 50% off with qualifying trade.

As usual with cellphone carrier offers, make sure you read and understand all the terms, conditions and restrictions of their service. They have a long way to go to make their websites consumer-friendly.

In-stock now: Google Pixebook for $999

The $999 Pixelbook is now in-stock and ready to ship at Amazon by Amazon itself with up to three of them per customer at this time. This is the entry-point with 8GB RAM and Intel i5 and 128GB on-board storage.

The stylus is available for purchase separately, and it is in-stock for $99.