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How Can You Get A Free Cell Phone?

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By Chelsea Dolan

Rather than spending an average of $580 on a new smartphone, why not save that money and get one for free instead?¹ Phone carriers are offering free cell phones in exchange for your business. This means you can own a new, tech-savvy smartphone for free simply by choosing the right cell phone plan. Search online to learn more about which carriers offer phones you can get for free.

If you can avoid paying hundreds of dollars for a new cell phone, you can save money in the short and long term. To find free cell phone offers from different carriers, start an online search.

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Here are some mobile carriers with free cell phone offers.


At T-Mobile, you can get a free smartphone via 24 monthly bill credits for a limited time. All you have to do is activate a new voice line on a qualifying rate plan. From there, you’ll purchase the device through the T-Mobile 24-month Equipment Installation Plan on your new activated line. You can get up to 12 discounted devices per new line activation, and the monthly bill credit will typically appear by your second bill cycle.

Some of the plans that qualify under this incentive include Magenta, Magenta Plus, Magenta Plus Unlimited 55+, and more. Keep in mind you’ll have to pay the applicable taxes on the pre-credit device at the time of purchase.

There are six phones eligible to be free under this promotion.²



Moto e

Galaxy A11

Aristo 5



Verizon is offering a free phone when you switch or add a new line. The carrier doesn’t require you to trade-in a phone to take advantage of this deal, and there are several cell phone options for you to choose from. You can learn more about what phones qualify for a trade-in by searching online.

There are five phones eligible under this promotion.³

LG K51

Motorola Moto G Power

Alcatel AVALON V

Nokia 3 V

LG K51


There are two free cell phone incentives to check out from AT&T. Both are very different in terms of customer requirements and contact agreements. Here’s a rundown of both to help you decide which one is best for you.

Samsung Galaxy A11

If you want to get your hands on the Samsung Galaxy A11 for free, then you’ll have to get on a qualifying installment agreement with eligible wireless. You will have to pay for the phone and $30 activation fee up front, then get up to $180 in bill credits applied in equal amounts over 30 monthly installments afterwards.⁴

This phone features a large touchscreen display, triple rear camera, 8 MP front camera, and a fast charging battery. It retails for $179.99.

iPhone 12

This offer is available for both new and existing customers. You can trade in an eligible cell phone and get up to $800 off an eligible smartphone. To qualify, you’ll have to buy the iPhone 12 and either upgrade or add a new line of service. After trading in your phone and activating a postpaid unlimited wireless service, you could get up to $800 in bill credits applied in equal amounts over 30 monthly instalments.⁵

iPhone 12 has two rear cameras, a 6.1 inch display, and a Ceramic Shield providing better protection. The maximum value of this incentive would pay for the cost of the iPhone 12, which retails for $799.99.

Search Online For Free Cell Phone Offers

You don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on a new cell phone. Instead, you can get one for free directly from a mobile provider. There are tons of different phones and plans to choose from. Keep in mind these deals can change. Search online to compare each offer and learn more about how to qualify.

Chelsea Dolan