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Updated 12/8: Prepaid Phones on Sale This Week: Dec 3 - Dec 9

Huawei Ascend XT2
Welcome to the latest edition of Prepaid Phone News' Prepaid Phones on Sale this Week feature. Here are the best current deals on prepaid and unlocked phones that I've been able to find online and in stores.

This week's Deal of the Week is the AT&T Prepaid Huawei Ascend XT2 16 GB LTE Android phone which is still available at its Black Friday price of $49 at Walmart. That's less half the regular price of $119.

The Ascend XT 2 runs the Android Nougat OS. It has a Snapdragon 435 SOC, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, SD Card slot, 5.5 inch 1280 x 720 px screen,  non-removable 4000 mAh battery, and 12 MP main and 8 MP front facing cameras.

Those are great specs for a $50 phone. The XT2 is locked to AT&T and will work on AT&T Prepaid or postpaid, Cricket or an AT&T MVNO without unlocking. There don't seem to be any 3rd party unlocks available for this phone currently.  There's support for the following bands: GSM 850/900/1800/1900; HSPA 850/1700/1900/2100; LTE 2, 4, 5, 12, 30.

Other outstanding prepaid deals this week include:
  • AT&T Prepaid ZTE Blade Spark 16 GB LTE Android phone $69.99 (reg $99.99) at Best Buy
  • Boost Mobile HTC One A9 32 GB LTE Android phone $89.99 (was $399.99)  at Newegg
  • Cricket Huawei Elate 16 GB LTE Android phone $64.99 at Target
  • MetroPCS ZTE ZMax Pro for $79.99 after rebate at MetroPCS stores
  • MetroPCS iPhone SE 16 GB $129, 32 GB $199 at MetroPCS stores
  • Simple Mobile iPhone SE 32 GB $159.00 (was $349.99) at Walmart
  • Straight Talk iPhone 6 32 GB (Verizon) $199.99 at Straight Talk
  • Total Wireless iPhone SE 32 GB $159.99 (reg $349.99) at Best Buy
  • TracFone Samsung Galaxy Luna (Verizon) triple-minute LTE Android phone with 1200 minutes, texts and MBs of data, one year of service, case and car charger $79.95 at HSN
  • TracFone Samsung Galaxy J3 Luna Pro (Verizon) 16 GB LTE Android phone with 1200 minutes, texts and MBs of data, one year of service, case and car charger $79.95 at HSN
  • TracFone LG Fiesta 2 (Verizon) 16 GB LTE Android phone with 1500 minutes, texts and MBs of data, one year of service, case and car charger $119.95 at HSN
  • Twigby HTC Bolt (Sprint network) 32 GB LTE Android phone $119.00 (was $484.99) at Twigby
  • Unlocked Motorola G4 32 GB LTE Android phone $139.99 (was $199.99) at B&H
  • Unlocked T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900T 16 GB LTE Android phone (new) $164.99 on eBay
  • Unlocked LeEco Le Pro3 64 GB LTE Android phone $195.00 (was $349.99) at Amazon
  • Unlocked Motorola G4 Plus 64 GB LTE Android phone on sale for $199.99 (was $299.99) at B&H
  • Verizon (or Verizon MVNO) Samsung Galaxy S5 G900V LTE Android phone (new) $151.99 on eBay
  • Verizon Prepaid iPhone SE 32 GB $199.99 (was $399.99) at Best Buy
  • Virgin Mobile LG X Charge 16 GB LTE Android phone $69.99 with airtime purchase at Target (reg $129.99)
Other current prepaid phone deals: (Except as noted all are available both online and in stores).

Amazon Online only. Free shipping on orders $25 and up.

Unlocked Motorola Moto E4 16 GB Android phone with lockscreen ads,  $99.99 ($129.99 w/o ads)  Prime members only

Unlocked LeEco Le S3 32 GB LTE Android phone $138.00 (was $199.99)

Unlocked Motorola Moto E4 Plus 32 GB LTE Android phone  $199.99 (reg $229.99)

Unlocked LeEco Le Pro3 64 GB LTE Android phone $189.99 (was $349.99)

Unlocked Motorola Moto G4 Plus 64 GB LTE Android phone $232.00 (was $299.99)

Unlocked Huawei Honor 8 64 GB LTE Android phone $318.00 (was $399.99)

Unlocked Motorola Moto Z 64 GB LTE Android phone $399.99 (was $699.99)

Virgin Mobile Samsung Galaxy J7 Perx LTE Android phone $129.99 (reg $199.99)

AT&T Prepaid (online only) free shipping on all phones.

ATT Prepaid SIM free (reg $9.99)

ZTE Maven 3 LTE Android phone free with $45 airtime purchase ($29.99 w/o airtime) ends 12/4

Samsung Galaxy Express Prime 2 (Certified Restored) LTE Android phone $59.99 ($99.99 new)

Apple iPhone SE 32 GB $149.99 with $45 airtime purchase (reg $399.99)

Apple iPhone 6 32 GB $199.99 with $45 airtime purchase (was $449.99)

B&H Online only. Also check the B&H's Deal Zone page for daily deals. free shipping.

Unlocked Motorola G4 16 GB LTE Android phone $119.99 (was $179.99)

Unlocked Motorola G4 32 GB LTE Android phone $139.99 (was $199.99)

Unlocked Motorola G4 Plus 16 GB LTE Android phone $159.99 (was $249.99)

Unlocked Motorola G4 Plus 64 GB LTE Android phone $159.99 (was $249.99)

Unlocked Sony Xperia X F5121 32 GB LTE Android phone $229.99 (was $399.95)

Unlocked Motorola Moto G5S Plus  32 GB LTE Android phone $239.99 (reg $279.99)

Factory Unlocked LG G5 RS988 32 GB LTE Android phone $249.99 (was $649.99)

Unlocked Motorola Moto G5S Plus  64 GB LTE Android phone $299.99 (reg $349.99)

Best Buy Free shipping on everything, ends 12/25/17.

AT&T Prepaid ZTE Blade Spark 16 GB LTE Android phone $69.99

AT&T Prepaid Samsung Galaxy Express Prime 2 16 GB LTE Android phone $89.99 (reg $129.99)

AT&T Prepaid iPhone SE 32 GB $149.99 (reg $399.99) in stores only

Boost Mobile LG X Charge 16 GB LTE Android phone $99.99 (reg $149.99)

20% Off Cricket airtime with purchase of Cricket SIM or phone.

Cricket Coolpad Canvas 16 GB LTE Android phone $49.99

Simple Mobile iPhone SE 32 GB $159.99 (reg $349.99)

Total Wireless iPhone SE 32 GB $159.99 (reg $349.99)

$50 off select unlocked universal phones  when purchased with a $9.99 Boost Mobile SIM and $50 Boost airtime card.

$50 off select unlocked phones (excludes BLU phones) when purchased with a $9.99 Cricket Mobile SIM and Cricket airtime.

$50 off any unlocked phone when purchased with a $1 Simple Mobile SIM and Simple Mobile airtime

Unlocked Motorola G5S Plus 32 GB LTE Android phone $239.99 (reg $279.99)

Unlocked Huawei Honor 8 64 GB LTE Android phone with free clear case $279.99 (was $399.99)

Unlocked Motorola G5S Plus 64 GB LTE Android phone $299.99 (reg $349.99)

Virgin Mobile Motorola Moto E4 16 GB LTE Android phone $59.99 (reg $99.99)

Virgin Mobile Samsung Galaxy j7 Perx 16 GB LTE Android phone $129.99 (reg $199.99)

Boost Mobile Free shipping

Dealer only deals:

4 Lines of $50 Unlimited Gigs Plan for $100 ($110 with Todo Mexico) Family plan promotion. New activations only, at least one line must be a port-in from a non-Sprint based MVNO or operator. 4 or fewer lines $100, 5 lines $130. Ends 12/29.

5 Lines of $50 Unlimited Gigs Plan for $100  Family plan promotion. New activations only, at least one line must be a port-in from a non-Sprint based MVNO or operator. 5 or fewer lines $100. Ends 1/4.

LG Stylo 3 (ends 11/8), Mot0 E4, LG X-Power or Samsung Galaxy J3 free with port-in and activation on $50 unlimited plan.

Online deals:

6 Months of Free Tidal Music and Video Streaming. To activate it, log into your Boost account and choose the "$0 Tidal 6 Month Trial" add-on. After the 6 month trial ends customer will be charged $10/month unless they cancel

Referral Program: Boost customers can now refer friends and family at refer.boostmobile.com. Referrer and referee will each receive a $25 account credit within 30 days.

Bring your unlocked phone to Boost, get a $50 bill credit, ends 1/29

Motorola Moto E4 LTE Android phone $59.99 (reg $99.99)

Samsung Galaxy J3 Emerge LTE Android phone $59.99 (reg $129.99)

LG X Power LTE Android phone $59.99 (reg $129.99)

ZTE Max XL LTE Android phone $79.99 (reg $129.99)

LG X Charge 16 GB LTE Android phone $99.99 (reg $149.99

Motorola Moto E4 Plus LTE Android phone $99.99 (reg $129.99)

LG Stylo 3 16 GB LTE Android phone $119.99 (reg $179.99)

Pre-Owned Samsung Galaxy S6 32 GB LTE Android phone $149.99 (was $199.99)

Pre-Owned Samsung Galaxy S7 32 GB LTE Android phone $199.99 (was $299.99)

Pre-owned iPhone 6 Plus 16 GB $199.99 (was $349.99)

iPhone SE 128 GB $259.99 (reg $499.99).

iPhone 6 32 GB $249.99 (was $449.99) plus new activations get a $100 account credit after the first month of service.

Cricket Free shipping

30% off all smartphones priced at $50 or higher
when you port a number to Cricket and activate on a new line of service with code  SAVE30. Excludes ports from AT&T. Ends January 13.

$50 Bill Credit when you port a number and bring your  phone to Cricket on an unlimited plan. Must make two monthly service payments within 45 days. Credit received within 60 days, ends 1/2/18

Free and Discounted phones for port-ins:  LG Fortune free, ZTE Overture 3 Free, Samsung Galaxy Amp 2 Free, CPO Alcatel One Touch Flint 99¢, CPO ZTE Sonata 3 99¢, CPO Alcatel Streak 99¢, CPO Alcatel Pixi Theatre 99¢, CPO Samsung Galaxy Sol 99¢, CPO HTC Desire 520 99¢, CPO HTC Desire 625 99¢, CPO Alcatel Streak 99¢, CPO LG Risio 99¢, CPO LG Spree 99¢, LG Harmony $9.99, Samsung Galaxy Amp Prime $39.99,  LG X Charge $49.99, Alcatel Idol 4 with VR Goggles $49.99, Samsung Galaxy Halo $79.99, LG Stylo 3 $29.99, Alcatel Idol 5 $149.99 when you port your number to Cricket.

Price below are for new activations and current customers upgrading their phones. Upgrades subject to a $25 device upgrade fee.

CPO Alcatel Streak LTE Android phone $9.99

CPO LG Risio LTE Android phone $9.99

CPO LG Spree LTE Android phone $9.99

CPO ZTE Sonata 3 LTE Android phone $9.99

CPO Alcatel OneTouch Flint LTE Android phone $19.99

CPO Alcatel Pixi Theatre 16 GB LTE Android phone $19.99

CPO HTC Desire 520 LTE Android phone $19.99

CPO HTC Desire 625 LTE Android phone $19.99

LG Fortune 16 GB LTE Android phone $29.99 (free with port-in)

CPO Samsung Galaxy Sol LTE Android phone $39.99

ZTE Blade X 16 GB LTE Android phone $49.99 (reg $119.99) (ends 11/8)

Samsung Galaxy Amp Prime 16 GB LTE Android phone $49.99

Alcatel Idol 4 16 GB LTE Android phone with VR goggles $89.99

Alcatel Idol 3 16 GB LTE Android phone $99.99

ZTE Blade X Max 32 GB LTE Android phone $99.99 (reg $149.99) (ends 11/8)

iPhone SE 32 GB $199.99 ($129.99 with port-in)

iPhone 6 32 GB $299.99 ($229.99 with port-in)

iPhone 6s Plus 32 GB $399.99 ($329.99 with port-in)

Dollar General in store only

Simple Mobile LG Rebel 2 or Samsung Galaxy On5 LTE Android phone $29 with airtime purchase (reg $19) ends 12/23

Total Wireless ZTE Majesty Pro, ZTE Majesty Pro Plus or ZTE Citrine LTE Android phone $19 with airtime purchase (reg $29) ends 12/23

TracFone  ZTE Majesty Pro (Verizon), ZTE Majesty Pro Plus (Verizon) or ZTE Citrine (Verizon, AT&T or T-Mobile depending on market) LTE Android phone $19 with airtime purchase (reg $29) ends 12/23

eBay

Red Pocket Mobile Annual plan 100 min, 100 texts, 500 MB per month $54/year (reg $60) ends 12/10

Red Pocket Mobile Annual plan unlimited voice and messaging, 2 GB per month $184/year (reg $249) ends 12/10

Unlocked AT&T ZTE Trek 2 HD K88 8" LTE Tablet (new) $109.99 Free shipping.

Unlocked Motorola Moto X2 16 GB LTE Android phone (new) $124.99 Free shipping

Unlocked Nextbit Robin 32 GB LTE Android phone (new) $129.99 Free shipping.

T-Mobile LG G3 D851 32 GB LTE Android phone (new) $145.00 Free shipping

Unlocked T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900T 16 GB LTE Android phone (new) $164.99 free shipping

Unlocked GSM iPhone 5s 32 GB (manufacturer refurbished) $169.95 Free shipping.

Verizon (or Verizon MVNO) Samsung Galaxy Note 4 N910V LTE Android phone (manufacturer refurbished) $132.07 Free shipping.

Verizon (or Verizon MVNO) Samsung Galaxy S5 G900V LTE Android phone (new) $151.99 Free shipping.

Verizon (or Verizon MVNO) iPhone 5s 16 GB (manufacturer refurbished) $157.95 Free shipping.

Family Dollar in stores only

10% off AT&T Prepaid airtime $45 and up, ends 11/11

TracFone ZTE Citrine (AT&T, T-Mobile or Verizon depending on market) $20 (reg $40), ends 11/11

FreedomPop (online only) shipping $14.99 unless otherwise noted

LTE GSM (AT&T) phone SIM 1¢ (reg $9.99) with free shipping

LTE GSM (AT&T) data-only SIM free (reg $9.99) with 99¢ shipping

BYOP Activation (Sprint phones) 99¢ (reg $19.99)

Franklin R850 (Certified Pre-Owned) Sprint LTE hotspot $19.99 (was $179.99 new) with free shipping

Netgear Mingle (Certified Pre-Owned) Sprint LTE hotspot $19.99 (was $149.99 new) with free shipping

Samsung Galaxy S5 (Certified Pre-Owned) Sprint LTE phone $99.99 with free shipping

Google Play

Buy a $649 Pixel 2 64 GB Android phone and get $100 store credit and a free Google Home Mini, ends 12/15

HSN shipping $5.95 unless otherwise noted

TracFone LG Rebel 2 (Verizon) LTE Android phone with 1200 minutes, texts and MBs of data, one year of service, case and car charger $59.95 (reg $79.99 w/o airtime) Free shipping.

TracFone Samsung Galaxy Luna Pro 16 GB LTE Android phone with with 1500 minutes, texts and MBs of data, one year of service, case and car charger $79.95 (reg $99.99 w/o airtime) free shipping

TracFone Samsung Galaxy Luna (Verizon) triple-minute LTE Android phone with 1200 minutes, texts and MBs of data, one year of service, case and car charger $79.95 (reg $79.99 w/o airtime) free shipping.

TracFone LG Sunset (AT&T) triple-minute LTE Android phone with 1200 minutes, texts and MBs of data, one year of service, case and car charger $79.95 (reg $99.99 w/o airtime) free shipping.

TracFone LG Fiesta 2 (Verizon) 16 GB LTE Android phone with 1500 minutes, texts and MBs of data, one year of service, case and car charger $119.95 (reg $99.99 w/o airtime) free shipping.

TracFone Samsung Galaxy J7 Sky Pro (Verizon) 16 GB LTE Android phone with 1200 minutes, texts and MBs of data, one year of service, case and car charger $149.95 (reg $149.99 w/o airtime) free shipping.

metroPCS Free 2-day shipping on all phones

Four Lines of Unlimited for $100 Promotion: Four lines of the $50/month unlimited talk, text and LTE data plan for $100.  Three lines are $90, two lines are $80. At least one of four lines must be a new activation. In stores only.

Free Phones for port-ins The Alcatel Fierce A30, Coolpad Defiant, LG Aristo, LG K20 Plus, Motorola Moto E4, Samsung Galaxy J3 Prime, Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime, ZTE Blade Z Max or ZTE Avid TRIO are free when you port your number that's not currently active on T-Mobile network to MetroPCS. In stores only.

Amazon Prime On Us Free phone and free year of Amazon Prime when you port your number to MetroPCS and and activate on an unlimited LTE plan.

Four Lines of Unlimited or $80 2 lines on the $50 unlimited plan for  $80. Instores only

For the phones listed below rebates require activation and are instant for in-store new activations. Mail in rebates for online purchases and instore or online upgrades require 2 months paid service.

Coolpad Catalyst LTE Android phone $89 ($19 after rebate) in stores only

ZTE Avid Trio LTE Android phone $69 ($29 after rebate) (reg $119)

Coolpad Defiant LTE Android phone $69 ($29 after rebate)

Alcatel Tru LTE Android phone $89 ($29 after rebate) (reg $109) in stores only

Alcatel Fierce 4 LTE Android phone $119 ($39 after rebate) (reg $129.99) in stores only

LG K7 LTE Android phone $119 LTE ($39 after rebate) (reg $129) in stores only

Samsung Galaxy On5 LTE Android phone $129 ($39 after rebate) (reg $139.99) in stores only

LG Aristo LTE Android phone $119 ($49 after rebate) (reg $129)

Samsung Galaxy J3 Prime LTE Android phone $129 ($49 after rebate) reg $189 in stores only

Motorola Moto E4 16 GB LTE Android phone $109 ($49 after rebate) (reg $129)

ZTE ZMAX Pro LTE Android phablet $159.99 ($79 after rebate) (reg $179.99) in stores only

Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime LTE Android phone $199 ($99 after rebate) in stores only

LG K20 Plus LTE Android phone $169 ($99 after rebate)

LG G Stylo 2 Plus LTE Android phablet $199 ($99 after rebate) (reg $219.99) in stores only

Apple iPhone SE 16 GB $129, 32 GB $199 in stores only

LG Stylo 3 Plus LTE Android phone $209 ($149 after rebate) in stores only

Samsung Galaxy S6 32 GB LTE Android phone $349 (was $499.99) in stores only

Apple iPhone 6s 16 GB $349 in stores only

Newegg Free shipping unless indicated otherwise

Boost Mobile HTC One A9 32 GB LTE Android phone $89.99 (was $399.99)

Unlocked ZTE Blade V8 Pro 32 GB LTE Android phone $139.99 (reg $199.99)

Unlocked AT&T LG V20 H910A 64 GB LTE Android phone $306.99 (reg $499.99)

Unlocked Motorola Moto Z 64 GB LTE Android phone $399.99 (reg $699.99)

Project Fi

Motorola Moto X4 32 GB LTE Android One phone $324 with activation (reg $399) ends 1/3

ShopCellDeals free shipping

Boost Mobile BYOP SIM Kit $4.99 (reg $9.99)

Boost Mobile ZTE Max XL 16 GB LTE Android phone $89.99 (reg $129.99)

Boost Mobile Motorola E4 Plus 16 GB LTE Android phone $94.99 (reg $129.99)

Boost Mobile HTC One A9 32 GB LTE Android phone $99.99 (was $399)

Boost Mobile LG Stylo 3 16 GB LTE Android phone $99.99 (reg $179.99)

Boost Mobile Pre-Owned Samsung Galaxy S6 32 GB $129.99

Boost Mobile Samsung Galaxy J7 Perx 16 GB LTE Android phone $129.99 (reg $199.99)

Boost Mobile pre-owned Apple iPhone 6S 16 GB $249.99 (was $449.99 new)

Virgin Mobile ZTE Max XL 16 GB LTE Android phone $94.99 (reg $129.99)

Virgin Mobile LG X Charge LTE 16 GB Android phone $109.99 (reg $149.99)

Virgin Mobile LG Stylo 3 LTE 16 GB Android phone $119.99 (reg $179.99)

Straight Talk Free shipping on phones $19.99 and up.

30%  off phone plus airtime bundles with code ST30OFF.  Free phones, iPhone 8, Samsung Note 8, Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus excluded, $100 maximum savings.

Free reconditioned ZTE Whirl 2 (AT&T), or ZTE Midnight (T-Mobile) Android phone with purchase of $45 airtime card

Reconditioned Alcatel OneTouch Pixi Avion (Verizon) LTE Android phone $14.99 (was $29.99)

Reconditioned LG Rebel L44VL (Verizon) LTE Android phone $19.99 ($39.99 new)

Reconditioned LG Premier L62VL (Verizon) LTE Android phone $24.99 (new $49.99)

Reconditioned LG Treasure L52VL (Verizon) LTE Android phone $29.99 (new $59.99)

Reconditioned Samsung Galaxy Luna S120VL (Verizon) LTE Android phone $29.99 (new $49.99)

LG Sunset (AT&T) LTE Android phone $39.99 (was $99.99)

Samsung Galaxy Sky (Verizon) 16 GB LTE Android phone $49.99 (was $149.99 new)

Refurbished Phone SE 32 GB $99.00

Reconditioned iPhone 6 32 GB (AT&T) $149.99 (was $449.00)

iPhone 6 32 GB (Verizon) $199.99 (was $449.00)

Target free shipping on everything through 12/23

Get an extra 5% off most items with Target Red Card

Target Gift Cards 10% Off. Can be used to buy phones and airtime. Sunday 12/3 only

$30 off Boost Mobile phones with airtime purchase, ends 12/9

Cricket Coolpad Canvas 16 GB LTE Android phone $49.99

Cricket Alcatel Pulsemix LTE Android phone with choice of Sound, Lights or Power Snapbak accessory $49.99 (reg $79.99)

Cricket Huawei Elate 16 GB LTE Android phone $64.99

Total Wireless iPhone SE 32 GB $129.99 in stores only

Total Wireless iPhone 6 32 GB $199.99 in stores only

Unlocked Sony Xperia L1 G3313 16 GB LTE Android phone with free $20 Target Gift $199.99

$30 off Virgin Mobile phones with airtime purchase, ends 12/9

Virgin Mobile LG X Charge 16 GB LTE Android phone $99.99 (reg $149.99)

Unadvertised in store only specials:

Some items have very limited availability, especially ones with prices ending in .98 which indicates a clearance item. Use Brickseek's Target Inventory Checker to check for price and availability in your area by DPCI number (after price in listings below).

Cricket SIM card  $4.99 (reg $9.99) 080-02-1641

Ting shipping $4

$25 off most phones if you go to tingpromocode.ting.com and click the Shop Devices button. Prices below reflect the $25 off discount.

Unlocked Motorola Moto E4 Plus 32 GB LTE Android phone $174 (reg $229)

Unlocked Motorola Moto G5S Plus 32 GB LTE Android phone $214 (reg $279)

Unlocked Motorola Moto X4 32 GB LTE Android phone $374 (reg $399)

Twigby online only. Plan purchase ($9 and up) required when ordering a phone.

HTC Bolt (Sprint network) 32 GB LTE Android phone $119.00 (was $484.99)

Verizon Prepaid free shipping

SIM preloaded with $45 airtime $24.99

Virgin Mobile Now through Cyber Monday

Six months service for $1/month (plus tax) when you purchase an  iPhone or bring your own and port your number to Virgin Mobile.

Free $75 Amazon Gift Card with purchase and activation of any iPhone

iPhone 6s Pre-owned 16 GB $299.99

iPhone 6 32 GB $319.99 (was $449.99)

iPhone 6s Plus Pre-owned 16 GB $349.99

iPhone SE 128 GB $379.99 (reg $499.99)

iPhone 7 Pre-owned 32 GB  $399.99

iPhone 7 Plus Pre-owned 32 GB $449.99

iPhone 6s 32 GB $449.99 (was $499.99)

Walmart free shipping on orders over $35

AT&T Prepaid Huawei Ascend XT 2 16 GB LTE Android phone $49 (reg $119)

AT&T Prepaid ZTE Blade Spark 16 GB LTE Android phone $69.99 (was $99.00)

Cricket Alcatel Onetouch Idol 3 16 GB LTE Android phone $69.99 (was $99.99)

Simple Mobile iPhone SE 32 GB $159.99 (was $349.99)

Straight Talk iPhone 6 32 GB $199.00 store pickup only

Virgin Mobile Samsung J3 Emerge LTE Android phone $59.99 (reg $129.99)

Updated 12/8: Price cuts and new items are in bold.

44 comments:

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  1. ZTE Blade Force on Boost is $99.99 from $129.99.

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  2. No Metro PCS deals?

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    1. They always have the same deal, although the free phones vary.

      Right now, the Moto E4 and Blade Max are the best value since they both have Band 66.

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  3. I think Jet.com also has the HUAWEI ASCEND XT2 for $50. Debating picking one up to use my FreedomPop sims with.

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  4. What's the big draw to FreedomPop, 5 -600 MB of "free" data?

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    1. It sounds nice, but for the reality of FreedomPop trying to trick people into signing up for junk services.

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    2. What do you mean? Some users don't use much data, or want a second line. So it's nice to get it for free. And I have never been "tricked" into buying junk services.

      I will say though, that the FP voip calling is not dependable, so I wouldn't use their free service as my main line. But I have two Xfinity mobile lines with unl voice/text. And I have two FP lines with 700meg free data. I just wish I could find a decent phone that would allow me to use both my XM and FP sims at the same time.

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  5. thanks for the news about the at&t huawei ascend xt2 at walmart. watched a recent youtube video on that https://youtu.be/tcLojApXu9E where the guy got his at walmart also (but his was not on sale, his video is dated nov.1). that video got me sold and will order. walmart app doesn't say available at my local walmart, but will do local pickup. have a $25 walmart gift card to use on this. so this is going to be a really cheap holiday gift to me. thanks again.

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    1. The XT2 is trash. You get less than half the onboard storage straight out of the box.

      As a rule of thumb, it's better to stay away from Huawei, LG, Coolpad, Blu, Sony and Alcatel phones due to their various problems.

      Just stick to more reliable brands like HTC, ZTE, Moto, Samsung and Apple, whose phones are more generally adequate (at least for now).

      Unless you only use your phone as a phone, it's better to not be adventurous until the dumpster pals get their shit together.

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    2. What $50 phone do you recommend over the XT2? The Verizon Moto E4 is the only one that's in the same class in my opinion.

      BTW,I wouldn't dismiss Huawei out of hand, my wife has been using an Honor 8 for over a year. It's been stable, fast and reliable and the cameras are excellent. Of course, the XT2 costs a sixth as much as an Honor 8 and you do get what you pay for, but the XT2 still offers a lot of value for very little money.

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    3. Personally, with all things considered, I'd go with the Trac J3 that was just on sale for $30 (now $50), and throw it on either Total's $25 plan with rolling $10 top-ups (for 15GB/mo or less on average) or Straight Talk's $55 unlimited plan (for more than 15GB/mo).

      GSM just isn't competitive enough right now to justify getting a GSM phone.

      T-mobile still has too many coverage holes, anything lower priority than AT&T Prepaid is trash during peak times, and $43 for 6GB with rollover capped at 12 is just downright disgusting.

      Other people's usage and MetroPCS coverage strength may be different than mine, but if you don't get good T-mobile coverage and you don't consistently use enough data to justify an unlimited plan, GSM pricing sucks terribly compared to Trac's Verizon offerings.

      The only thing GSM still wins on is device selection and pricing, but it just doesn't make up for their highly draconian service offerings whete you still don't even get to keep ALL the data you paid for at a price that's reasonable given our increasingly interconnected and data hungry society.

      Granted, all those problems are less to do with the XT2 than the GSM networks themselves, but they're still problems that devalue any and all GSM phones that aren't fully compatible with Verizon.

      That's the real reason I wouldn't recommend the XT2, because AT&T's miserly pricing doomed it to competitive obsolescence right out of the gate.

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    4. oh come on. xt2 is trash??? it is a great cheap phone that matches the amount of money being paid for it. plus with a $25 gift card that me got for free, it's a super cheap $25 phone for my purposes. as for storage, will put a micro sd card on it anyways. personally need an at&t backup phone and this is great. at&t is my primary provider because it has been super reliable & dependable carrier for me particularly in times of emergency. been through earthquakes, fires, numerous family medical crises with at&t on my phone. myself more than satisfied to pay $45/month (more like ~$40/month with callingmart promo codes) for at&t prepaid for the proven reliability for my situation. so getting a nice cheap at&t huawei honor xt2 as a nice backup phone is just great for me, and is more than a bargain that could not pass up. btw, have this on order at walmart for local pickup today. expecting to pick it up when get a text saying they have it later today. despite what you say because really doesn't matter what you say since you don't even use at&t, this is a great phone particularly at its current cheap price if you have at&t.

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    5. I was and still am using AT&T until my current billing period is over, and I've used it during emergencies as well.

      I've also used Cricket and H2O, so I know what the service is like at different levels of prioritization.

      The latter two were downright unusable at times, and AT&T struggled to get a signal during a hurricane.

      Since then, the speed and quality of what's supposed to be their premium in-house prepaid offering has consistently declined until I wound up getting a measely 3mbps max during non-peak daytime hours.

      I tried T-mobile as well, but hit various dead spots at times when I needed service.

      Sprint was even worse, and it only decayed since the days of Ringplus to the point where I couldn't even get a signal in my home (which used to have 45mbps Spark LTE).

      Between AT&T trying to kill off prepaid, T-mobile failing to roll out 600mhz quickly enough, and Sprint being all around terrible, Verizon's just the only reliable option.

      I never thought I'd go back to them, but half the carriers are trying to kill themselves and the other one just doesn't have the coverage.

      The mobile ecosystem is just in that sad a state, and Verizon's the only good network left.

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  6. Holy hybrid sim slots, these prices are terrible.

    They must be trying to recover from Black Friday.

    I'll wait until the Xmas sales to buy something.

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  7. Dennis, What are the easiest ways to unlock an iphone?

    (Earlier, it was mentioned that the Moto E4 has a cost of about $3 for an ebay unlock code).

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    1. What I do is go to eBay for search for an unlock for the phone I have and the carrier it's locked to, like: Verizon Moto e4 unlock. Then I pick a seller with lots of feedback given (1000 or more) and the highest positive feedback percentage (preferably at least 99%) and a price I like. Then I pay and wait for seller to respond with the code. Then I insert a SIM from a different network than the one the phone is locked to and enter the code when prompted.

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    2. iPhones don't use unlock codes. The carrier and/or Apple has to change the status in Apple's activate database from carrier locked to unlocked.
      eBay dealers have ways of getting the carrier systems to request this change. Sometimes they bribe carrier employees. Other times they just request an unlock using the carrier website. Sometimes they ask a carrier postpaid customer to request an unlock. After the Apple DB status is changed, you just insert a different carrier's SIM and connect the iPhone to WiFi or iTunes. Apple's server activates the iPhone with the SIM carrier's service.

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  8. Seems like enough people like the Ascend XT2, especially comparing it to the 6s.

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    1. If you mean the iPhone 6S, you must be joking unless you're just talking original price. There is no comparison when you look at all the specs and compare performance.

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    2. Better specs are ok if the task of the user needs it otherwise flagship phones are just 90% waste of money even if you got them buy one get one free. It's all about the benjamin$.

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    3. "Better specs are ok if the task of the user needs..."

      For me, the most important of these differentiating "tasks" is the camera. I want a great camera, and only 3 or 4 models, all around $800 + offer this. Below this, there is a huge dropoff in camera quality. Even reviews of phones like the OnePlus 5T show a marked difference, and it is a difference that isn't good.

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    4. Want is NOT a need - duh!

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    5. Your needs aren't the same as other's needs. The "better specs guy" knows what his needs are, not you, and not me.

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  9. My wife has been using the Ascend XT2 for about a year now. She loves the darn thing.

    Dale

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    1. Wow, she must be a time traveler because the XT2 only just came out.

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    2. Yeah I am married to the new Doctor Who. She is able to time travel to preview phones before they come out. It's fun.

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    3. Did you get a contract for eternity? If not, you might be the "new guy". You know how that works out :-)

      Daleks show up, "EXTERMINATE!" and end of season for you...

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    4. I always come to PPN to find new song titles for my gospel band. Thank you, PPN, "Contract For Eternity " fits the bill!!

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    5. My mistake. Ascend XT...

      Dale

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  10. I have the XT2 and it is an excellent phone! Best loud speaker on a phone I may have ever heard! One hiccup though: the firmware forces you to use "magazine cover" lockscreen. Can anyone tell me how to disable that? Posted in Ho-Fo Forums under AT&T Prepaid thread.

    http://www.howardforums.com/showthread.php/1902043-Walmart-recieves-a-new-AT-amp-T-Prepaid-Exclusive!

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    1. You start by getting a different phone.

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  11. Dennis, is there a good prepaid us sim that can roam in Europe? I’d like a few gigs of data for maps and Skype. If not, is there a Europe sim you recommend for travelers?

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    1. Project Fi, Ting GSM and Ultra Mobile are the only US prepaid operators with semi-reasonable roaming rates.

      The best bet for Europe is the 3 UK Feel At Home SIM

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    2. I thought Lycamobile had some Eu roaming ? I guess not.

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    3. They do but it's pretty expensive. 49¢/minute in Germany, Italy and the UK, $3.87/minute!! in France. There's no data roaming either

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    4. Knowroaming.com is way better option

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    5. Knowroaming is OK, but 3 UK's rates for Europe are much lower.

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  12. Just an FYI for anyone thing of getting an AT&T Prepaid phone, I'm getting throttled down to 2 to 3 mbps, sometimes with a delay of insanely high (1300+) pings before it connects to the network, all on the supposedly unthrottled $45 plan.

    It seems like they even deprioritize Gophone during the day now, since an EXACTLY 3mbps max connection speed is too conspicuously similar to the 3mbps throttle they're shoving down customers' throats on every other plan.

    My balance will be used up in a couple days, and there's no way in hell I'd ever use AT&T again.

    At least not until they upgrade their slow, decaying network up to at least 25mbps.

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  13. On the Huawei Ascend XT2, has anyone mentioned if you can place an already activated Tracfone SIM in the phone for service? Thanks!

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    1. The Ascend XT will work on AT&T MVNOs including with a TracFone AT&T SIM It will not work with TracFone Verizon SIM.

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  14. Dennis, the Ascend XT 2 resolution is 720x1280, not 720x1290.

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  15. That 129.99 iPhone 6 at Target is a lie. Just got back and they selling it for 199.99. I don’t know we’re you come up with that.

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    1. $129.99 was a typo. The correct price is $199.99. Thanks for pointing out my mistake. I've corrected the post and apologize for any inconvenience nu error may have caused you.

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