To be honest, buying a new cell phone from Amazon is not something I had ever considered. Heck, I didn't even know Amazon sold mobile phones and cell phone plans. But really, Amazon sells literally everything so why not cell phones? You can even also buy your cell phone plan and cell phone accessories from them for a pretty good price.
Below, our Top Ten reasons you should consider Amazon for your next cell phone purchase:
1. Huge selection all in one place
C'mon, it's Amazon. There are tons of phones to choose from and just about every brand on the market. They sell LG cell phones, T Mobile cell phones. Verizon, Motorola, Samsung, iPhones, and more. The selection is going to include lots of newer models as well as some of the 'oldie but goodie' models that still serve the purpose. You won't find a plethora of iPhone X's but other phones and older iPhones are commonly available. If you go direct to a carrier shop like Verizon or AT&T your phone selection will be limited to what they offer.
2. Choose the phone and THEN choose the carrier
In addition to selling you a cell phone, Amazon also allows you to select the best carrier and service plan for you, all in one place. For example, once you select this Apple iPhone 7 or Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime, then you can easily compare cell phone plans to decide whether you want to go with T-Mobile, Cricket, or another provider.
3. Trade In your Old Phone for $$$
Want to recoup some of the cash you're spending on that new and completely necessary phone? Amazon will pay you for your Trade In! The process is incredibly simple - Tell them what phone you want to trade in, ship it to them for free, and an Amazon gift card will be applied to your account. Voila! At the time of writing this article, if we trade in my daughter's iPhone 5S I can get up to $60 for the trade in! Only question is, do I really want to buy her a replacement? Hmm. I could probably sell it for more on eBay but the convenience factor offered by Amazon is worth it for me.
For more information on trading in your old cell phone, click here.
4. Skip the payment plan and Pay Less
Carriers such as Verizon and AT&T have hit upon the newest way to rip us off. They now offer us a payment plan over which to pay for our ridiculously expensive cell phones. While most major carriers are not charging interest when you opt to pay for your phone on an installment plan, the cost to you is still generally (and sadly) higher when purchasing direct from a carrier. For example, at the time of this article, this Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime is a whopping 60% cheaper if you pay in full via Amazon than if you pay in installments at AT&T. Surely the folks at AT&T and Verizon must have more purchasing power than the average Joe and can sell this phone cheaper? Sounds to me like just maybe they’re choosing not to pass their savings on to us.
4. Buy Unlocked and Pay Less
There are many advantages to buying your next phone “unlocked”, i.e. the phone is not tied to any one specific carrier. Unlocked phones are generally cheaper than their imprisoned cousins—sometimes quite a bit cheaper. Also, international travel is easier since you can insert an active SIM card with international service to your existing phone. Word of caution though—while many phones today are compatible on just about every major carrier network, some phones are only offered on specific networks. Be sure to do your homework! For more information, click here. Thankfully, most sites offering unlocked phones also tell you which carriers the phone can be used on. Hint: AT&T and T-Mobile require GSM compatible phones while Verizon and Sprint require CDMA. Once you pick your new baby simply choose your carrier. If you’re having difficulty setting up the phone on the selected carrier’s network, stop by the carrier’s local store and they can assist you with process.
5. Upgrade when you want
Ready for an upgrade but your cell phone carrier says you're not? Or maybe you're still paying for a phone on an installment plan. Buying a phone from Amazon means that you can upgrade whenever you like— you take control back for this decision. My phone isn't eligible for an upgrade via my carrier until sometime next year but I can buy this Huawei Honor 6X Dual Camera Unlocked Smartphone
any time I like. What's more, since I won't be waiting to finish paying an installment plan or waiting for the carrier to offer a discount as an incentive / trick to upgrade, I'll likely hold on to it a little longer and replace it when I'm good and ready. Ha!
6. Buy Pre-Paid and $AVE
If you’ve decided to blow the lion’s share of your mobile budget on the aforementioned “must have” new model, consider the benefits of a pre-paid approach. Pre-Paid phones allow you to control your monthly expenditure and was my go-to solution for my young son. For $30/month (the amount I chose to spend) he can call and text. Only when he has wifi, can he access the internet. You can of course also include data in your pre-paid plan. However, the important thing is I know my expense will never go over $30/month.
7. Great Prices
Once again, there is a definite difference in Amazon prices vs those offered by cell phone carriers. At the time of writing this article, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Perx is a whopping 60% cheaper on Amazon than AT&T! The Samsung Galaxy S8 is roughly 30% cheaper than buying from AT&T. As always, do your homework and comparison shopping before you buy but in general you can get a better price at Amazon.
8. Availability of More, Uh, Simple Phones
Whether the phone will be for themselves or their older parents, some people don't want to use their phones to pay bills, watch movies, and take over the world. They just want to use it to call people, maybe text, and maybe go to the internet every once in awhile. Cell phone carriers always offer one or two of these simpler phones with less bells and whistles but they make more money on the newer, more exciting tech. I encountered this problem when I was looking for a phone for my mother-in-law. At the time Amazon, hadn't yet branched out to this area yet but I wish they had. Ultimately there was only one phone that had large enough buttons and display. Amazon has a better selection of both these simpler models and older model phones and for better prices. They also offer the Jitterbug which is specifically targeted to older consumers.
9. Skip the Data Plan
If you can get by without a data plan, skipping it is a particularly cost effective approach. If you have near full-time access to wifi or you are willing to live a data-free existence in those times that you are not, you can save big. Just like the individual carriers, you can select a plan without data when you buy your phone from Amazon.
10. Transaction Safety
Some years back I needed to buy a replacement phone but I had a few months left before I would be eligible to upgrade with my carrier. (My phone had landed in a cup of hot tea and was dead as a door nail.) I refused to pay full price for the phone I wanted and had no choice but to turn to eBay. I took a chance and bought a phone that was compatible with my carrier for a reasonable price. It all worked out for me at the time but buying a phone from Amazon would have given me a much better sense of confidence that I was going to get a phone that worked.
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