Ring, Ring! 5 Smartphone Deals You Don't Want to Miss

By Martin Schneider, dealnews contributor

Smartphones, smartphones, smartphones! Everybody wants one, everybody needs one. If your contract is almost up or if you are interested in acquiring an unlocked smartphone, today's roundup has some terrific deals, including the LG Prada 3.0, the HTC Explorer, and the latest entry in the Samsung Galaxy series.

  1. Unlocked LG Prada 3.0 Android Smartphone
    Vendor: eXpansys
    Price: $545.99 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $34

    Is It Worth It?: Fashion label Prada has bestowed the tragically hip with a smartphone of their very own. This unlocked smartphone is an Editors' Choice pick and a current price low by $34. TechDigest weighs in: "LG's latest Prada phone ticks many of the boxes that even the most demanding of gadget fans chase." Features include a 4.3" touchscreen, 8-megapixel camera, 1080p video capture, Bluetooth 3.0, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS with future Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) upgrade, and more.

  2. Unlocked HTC Explorer Android Smartphone
    Vendor: eXpansys
    Price: $159.99 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $3

    Is It Worth It?: For a relatively expensive unlocked HTC phone options — especially compared to the Unlocked HTC One X Android Smartphone ($669.99 with free shipping, a low by $6) — pick up this unlocked HTC Explorer for just $159.99. As Wired (UK) writes, "The HTC Explorer could end up on an awful lot of shopping lists this year, and rightfully so." This quad-band GSM phone features a 3.2" touchscreen, 3-megapixel camera, Bluetooth 3.0, Google Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, and more.

  3. Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket 4G Android Smartphone for AT&T
    Vendor: Amazon Wireless
    Price: $99.99 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $50

    Is It Worth It?: With activation of a new 2-year contract, you can be the proud owner of this 4.65-oz. smartphone for AT&T for just $99.99. This GSM phone is quad-band and features a 4.5" touchscreen display, 8-megapixel camera with 4x zoom and auto-focus, 2-megapixel front-facing camera, 1080p video capture, Bluetooth 3.0, and Android 2.3.4 OS (Gingerbread). As Engadget put it, "If you like the larger screen and wouldn't mind taking advantage of some LTE goodness ... you likely won't go wrong by taking this Skyrocket for a flight."

  4. Nokia Lumia 900 4G LTE Windows 7 Smartphone for AT&T Wireless
    Vendor: Target Mobile
    Price: $19.99 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $30

    Is It Worth It?: A smartphone for under $20? Yes, that's Target Mobile calling its existing customers offering this new Nokia Lumia 900 4G smartphone for AT&T. For upgrade only, customers can enjoy the phone's 4.3" screen, 8-megapixel autofocus rear-facing camera with dual LED flash and Carl Zeiss Lens optics, 1-megapixel front-facing camera, 16GB internal memory (with additional SkyDrive cloud storage), Xbox LIVE, Zune music player, Bluetooth, Windows Phone 7.5 OS, up to 7 hours of talk time, and more. TechCrunch says, "Performance is a dream on this bad boy." What's more, this Editors' Choice pick is $30 under our mention from a few days ago and the lowest total price we've seen for this phone as an upgrade. (We've seen it for free for new AT&T customers).

    Already own the Nokia Lumnia 900 Windows 7 Smartphone for AT&T? Then you may be eligible for a $100 credit (expires April 21).

  5. Sony Ericsson LiveView Bluetooth Cell Phone Interface
    Vendor: eXpansys
    Price: $34.99 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $19

    Is It Worth It?: Do you find yourself obsessively checking your cell phone for push notifications? The Sony Ericsson LiveView Bluetooth Cell Phone Interface looks and works just like a wristwatch, so you can check up on your messages and mail in a meeting or classroom without looking like a tech-addicted monkey. It's compatible with most Android smartphones.

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