That Ringing You Hear? It's 5 Smartphone Deals Calling, Starting at 1 Cent!

By , dealnews contributor

If you haven't made the upgrade to a smartphone, this roundup is for you. More than just a telecommunications device, smartphones offer GPS location, music players, and more. We've found the best deals on Android phones, both unlocked and with contract, starting at just 1 cent. If you can't find the right smartphone for your life in this roundup, check out our daily smartphone deals for more models.

  1. Motorola DROID RAZR 4G Android Smartphone for Verizon Wireless
    Vendor: Amazon Wireless
    Price: 1 cent with free shipping
    Lowest By: $50

    Is It Worth It?: CNET raves about the Droid Spyder phone's "razor-thin design," how it is jam-packed with features, and its blazing speed. To land this Editors' Choice deal, you'll need to activate a 2-year contract with Verizon Wireless (a $35 activation fee applies), but the pictured smartphone is worth it. At just .28" thick, it features a 4.3" 960x540 Gorilla Glass-coated Super AMOLED touchscreen, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 8-megapixel rear camera, "HD" front camera, 1080p video capture, Kevlar case, 1GB RAM, 16GB internal memory, 16GB microSD card, Bluetooth 4.0, and Android 2.3 OS.

    But perhaps you want something even more current from Motorola, in which case you can look no further than the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX 4G Smartphone for Verizon Wireless. It's $169.99 with free shipping with activation of a 2-year contract (a $35 activation fee applies). CNET also praises this phone: "Despite a beefed-up battery, the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX has a slim, attractive, and durable design with the same gorgeous display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, and fast Verizon 4G/LTE data speeds as its predecessor."

  2. Unlocked BLU Dash Android Smartphone
    Vendor: eXpansys
    Price: $95 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $10

    Is It Worth It?: While this BLU model might not have the cachet of the above models, it certainly provides a relatively inexpensive way to snag an unlocked smartphone. It comes in Blue (pictured), White, Pink, or Black and features a 2.8" touchscreen LCD, microSD slot, 3.2-megapixel main camera, VGA secondary camera, dual SIM card slots, video calling, Bluetooth and WiFi capabilities, GPS, and an MP3 player.

    We also found this Unlocked BLU Q50 Samba JR GSM Cell Phone bundled with a $50 T-Mobile Prepaid Plan and Blu Watch for $50 with free shipping. Quite a bundle for the price, right? The $50 prepaid plan itself is equivalent to one month of unlimited talk, text, and web. This quad-band phone features a 1.8" LCD screen, an MP3/MP4 player, GPS, and more.

  3. Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket 4G Android Smartphone for AT&T
    Vendor: Amazon Wireless
    Price: $39.99 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $50

    Is It Worth It?: You'll need to activate a new 2-year contract to get this Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket 4G Android Smartphone for $39.99. But with specs that include a 4.5" 480x800 Super AMOLED Plus touchscreen display, 1.5GHz dual core processor, 8-megapixel camera with 4x zoom and auto-focus, 2-megapixel front-facing camera, 1080p video capture, 16GB internal memory, microSD card slot, Bluetooth 3.0, 802.11n wireless connectivity, GPS, and Android 2.3.4 OS (Gingerbread), it's worth it. CNET gives this phone a 4-star rating, calling it "powerful and beautiful" and very fast on the LTE network.

  4. Motorola Photon 4G Smartphone for Sprint
    Vendor: Best Buy
    Price: $29.99 with free in-store pickup
    Lowest By: $70

    Is It Worth It?: Once again, you'll have to sign up for a 2-year contract and pay an activation fee of $36 to be the proud owner of a new Motorola Photon 4G Smartphone. (You'll also have to pick it up at Best Buy.) But once the phone is in your hands, you'll appreciate its 4.3" 960x540 color touchscreen, NVIDIA Tegra 2 1GHz dual-core processor, 8-megapixel camera, 720p video capture, and the way it runs Android 2.3 OS (Gingerbread). CNET praises the Motorola Photon's dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor's handle on 4G speeds, and calls it a prime choice for Sprint customers.

  5. Buy One T-Mobile 4G Smartphone, Get One Free
    Vendor: T-Mobile
    Price: $0 via mail-in rebate with free shipping
    Expires: May 28

    Is It Worth It?: It's not often we see a 2-for-1 deal on smartphones of this caliber. But T-Mobile is offering just that: purchase one of six 4G smartphones — the Samsung Galaxy S II, the Samsung Exhibit 4G, the HTC One S, the Nokia Lumia 710, or the T-Mobile myTouch or myTouch Q — and you'll receive a second 4G smartphone for $0 via this mail-in rebate. That's a savings of at least $130!

Lou Carlozo is a dealnews contributing writer. He covers personal finance for Reuters Wealth, and was most recently the managing editor of, and before that a veteran columnist at the Chicago Tribune.

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Lindsay Sakraida (DealNews)
Ah of course, thank you. (I believe I was reading "cache" with a French accent when editing, haha.)
 "While this BLU model might not have the cache of the above models..." I know it's boring and pedantic, but unless you're your referring to a collection of hidden items stored away for future use, the word you want to use is "cachet".