5 Cell Phone Deals: Samsung Galaxy S III for $10, Samsung Note II for $70, more

By Martin Schneider, dealnews contributor

The cell phone market is full of competition these days and next week's Mobile World Congress 2013 is sure to bring exciting new smartphones in to the mix. But until then we'll focus on the latest and greatest cell phones of the day that are seeing great deals: the HTC Droid, the LG Optimus, the BLU Deco Mini, the Samsung Galaxy Note II and the S3 to name a few. If you can't find the phone you're looking for, check out our other cell phone deals.

  1. LG Optimus L9 No-Contract Android Smartphone for T-Mobile bundled with a $50 Prepaid Refill Card
    Store: T-Mobile
    Price: $199.99 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $50

    Is It Worth It?: Of the LG Optimus L9, PCMag mentions the "great mix of features and performance" that make it a worthwhile purchase for prospective smartphone users. Now you can get your hands on the Optimus L9 and a $50 prepaid refill card for $199.99 without any contract terms. This Editors' Choice deal ties our mention from last month's as the best deal we've seen for this no-contract phone. Plus, when you take the credit into account, it's also $50 lower than the lowest total price we could find for the no-contract phone alone.

    It features a 4.7" 540x960 color touchscreen, Cortex-A9 1GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, 4GB on-board memory, front-facing camera, 1080p HD video recording, 802.11g wireless, Bluetooth, microSD card slot, and Android OS 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Note that the $50 refill card will be added to your cart at checkout.

  2. Samsung Galaxy S III 4G Android Smartphone for Verizon bundled with a $50 Dell Gift Card
    Store: Dell Home
    Price: $9.99 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $90
    Expires: February 27

    Is It Worth It?: Want a phone that is "pumped with high-performing hardware and creative software features?" Then the Samsung Galaxy S3 is an excellent choice. This deal is off the hook, if you will, and an Editors' Choice pick for being at best price we've seen with Verizon assuming you use the bundled $50 Dell gift card. To boot, it's available in three colors, White pictured.

    This quad-band CDMA 4G phone features a 4.8" 720x1280 Super AMOLED touchscreen, Snapdragon 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB memory, 8-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel front camera, 1080p video capture, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11n wireless, Google Android 4.0 OS (Ice Cream Sandwich), and more. Note that a 2-year contract is required and that a $35 activation fee applies.

  3. Samsung Galaxy S III 16GB 4G Android Smartphone for Sprint
    Store: Amazon
    Price: $69.99 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $30

    Is It Worth It?: Is the Samsung Galaxy Note II the first Android cell phone to present a true challenge to the iPhone? We sure hope so — we've all so enjoyed those Samsung commercials that poke fun at the Apple-using addicts, and Apple can sure use the competition. PCMag raves about how the Galaxy Note II "delivers everything a huge-screen smartphone should." That big screen come sat a little price, too: own it in Marble White (pictured) or Titanium Gray for $69.99 — an Editors' Choice deal.

    This CDMA phone features a 1.6GHz quad-core processor, 5.5" 1280x720 touchscreen AMOLED, 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash, 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera, MP3 and ACC playback, 4G LTE connectivity, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, 16GB internal memory, microSD card slot, Android 4.1 OS (Jellybean), and more. A 2-year contract is required and a $36 activation fee applies.

  4. Unlocked BLU Deco Mini Dual SIM GSM Cell Phone
    Store: newegg
    Price: $24.99 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $5

    Is It Worth It?: The flexibility provided by the affordably priced dual-SIM BLU Deco Mini opens up a whole vista of options. Do you need a decent backup cell phone? Is it time to get a cell phone for the kids? The BLU might well do it for you, and at newegg's price of $24.99 this phone — in Blue (pictured) or Pink — is at the lowest total price we've seen for by $5 and earns an Editors' Choice destination. This basic quad-band phone features dual SIM card slots, a 2" LCD, MP3 player, GPRS, microSD card slot, Bluetooth, and more.

  5. HTC Droid DNA 4G 1080p Android Smartphone for Verizon Wireless
    Store: Wirefly
    Price: $49.99 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $70

    Is It Worth It?: Everyone, including Wired, agrees that the unusual 1080p display of the HTC Droid DNA 4G is breathtaking: "HTC has done great design work . . . the DNA's display looks stunning." All that shines can be yours with a Verizon Wireless plan for $49.99.

    It features a 5" 1920x1080 (1080p) touchscreen with Corning Gorilla Glass 2, Qualcomm 1.5GHz quad-core processor, up to 12.8-hour talk time, 16GB internal memory, 8-megapixel rear camera with 1080p video recording, 2.1-megapixel front camera, Bluetooth 4.0, and Android 4.1 OS (Jelly Bean). A 2-year contract is required and a $35 activation fee applies.

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If you get the galaxy note 2 from sprint, absolutely do not go and visit them in store. When I did, they ran my credit and opened a "tentative" account without my permission (I have been with AT&T for 11 years now). By doing that, I was not eligible as a new enrollment for an individual plan, and would have had to pay the 2-year contract agreement price of $199. Sprint and AmazonWireless sent me back and forth, until Sprint told me they couldn't de-activate my account for 45 days.

If this has happened to you, just do the crazy ex-girlfriend thing and call back, explain the exact same thing over and over, and eventually someone will eventually call their credit department and have them remove the approval.
Just be careful, because even though I did not purchase anything or agree to any plans, Sprint still activated an account for me, most likely to prevent customers from using a third party source like AmazonWireless.

However, The deal does work, and I'm thankful you posted it!