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Smartphone Savings: Free Apple iPhone 5C, Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom for $100

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Best Buy recently announced that students can get a year of talking, texting, and data for free when they buy a Sprint phone. But what if you're no longer matriculating? The five smartphone deals we're presenting today may not come with free plans, but they do offer smart savings! We'll show you how to get a free iPhone 5C, how to save $100 on the Samsung S4 Zoom, and how to score a no-contract Samsung Galaxy Light for just $150.

  1. Apple iPhone 5cApple iPhone 5C 16GB Smartphone for Sprint
    Store: Sprint
    Price: Free with free shipping
    Lowest By: $99

    Is It Worth It?: If you've been waiting for a big drop on the iPhone 5c, you can't do much better than free. To get this Editors' Choice deal, just transfer your old number to a new contract with Sprint. Engadget raves about this iPhone: "With the 5C, Apple achieves an unprecedented level of synergy between hardware and software." Running on iOS 7, the iPhone 5C sports an Apple A6 processor, a 4" 1136x640 Retina display, an 8-megapixel iSight camera, and a 1.2-megapixel FaceTime camera. Note that a 2-year contract is required, a $36 activation fee applies, and shipping may take up to two weeks.

    Not an iPhone fan? With the activation of a new 2-year contract, Sprint takes $100 off the price of a new smartphone when you transfer your old phone number. That's tied as the best such sale we've ever seen from Sprint.

  2. Galaxy S4 ZoomSamsung Galaxy S4 Zoom 16-Megapixel 8GB Android Smartphone for AT&T
    Store: AT&T Wireless
    Price: $99.99 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $100

    Is It Worth It?: If you're a shutterbug looking for a smartphone that can keep up with your desire to capture the world in photos, look no further than the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom. CNET said the Zoom's "image quality is on par with a good point-and-shoot camera, and its optical zoom makes it a more flexible camera than any other smartphone's." When you activate a new AT&T contract you'll save $100 on this hybrid smartphone, making it a clear Editors' Choice pick. Along with its 16-megapixel camera with 10x optical zoom, the Zoom features a Cortex A9 1.5GHz dual-core CPU, a 4" 1080x1920 Super AMOLED touchscreen, and 1080p video capture, all running on Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean).

    A 2-year contract is required and a $36 activation fee applies.

  3. Samsung Galaxy LightSamsung Galaxy Light 4G LTE No-Contract Android Smartphone for T-Mobile
    Store: HSN
    Price: $149.95 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $100

    Is It Worth It?: If you're on the hunt for a no-strings-attached Android phone at an impulse-buy price, then check out this Editors' Choice deal on the no-contract Samsung Galaxy Light smartphone for T-Mobile at just $150. That's a savings of $100 on this 4G handset, which features a 4" touchscreen LCD, 8GB of internal storage, 5-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, front-facing camera, and Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean).

  4. Nokia Lumia 1520Nokia Lumia 1520 4G 16GB Windows Smartphone for AT&T
    Store: AT&T Wireless
    Price: $99.99 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $99

    Is It Worth It?: Windows Phone enthusiasts, we didn't forget you! Get your hands on the brand-new Nokia Lumia 1520 for just $100 with this Editors' Choice deal. Nokia's latest offering boasts a super-fast quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor. About this CPU, The Verge said, "Windows Phone has always been an efficient and fast operating system, but the 1520 is a screamer." The 1520's other notable features include a huge 6" 1080p Corning Gorilla Glass 2 IPS touchscreen display, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of on-board storage, a 20-megapixel rear camera with a Carl Zeiss lens, and a 1.2-megapixel front camera, all running on Windows Phone 8.

    A 2-year contract is required and a $36 activation fee applies.

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DealNews may be compensated by companies mentioned in this article. Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).
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Lindsay Sakraida (DealNews)
@dealydeal Thanks for the input, we're going to remove the deal
dealydeal
How is $819 this a good deal for the 5s when the Apple site sells the contract free phone for $649 ?? Per the forums, as long as you don't activate it with the T-Mobile SIM and use, say an AIO SIM to activate it, it will be fully unlocked. But if you make the mistake of activating it with the T-Mobile SIM, it will be unlocked for international, but you need to use it for 40 days before they will unlock it domestically.