32GB HTC One M7 (AT&T Unlocked) for $150

Things move fast in the world of smartphones, which means you can get previous flagships for less a couple of years later. But they also rarely run the latest version of Android, so you have a tug-of-war of trade-offs to make. Be that as it may, among the latest offers on eBay you can get the new condition unlocked 32GB HTC One M7 for $150 with free shipping, in either the black or silver color schemes. The seller of record is QualityCellz (99.2%).

This is the last HTC flagship before they re-embraced microSD cards with the M8. So if 32GB is enough for you, and you don’t care for a microSD slot, keep on reading. The listing describes it as “factory unlocked” but it says multiples times this is “AT&T unlocked”. So if you are planning to use it with other GSM carriers that do not operate in the AT&T universe, you may want to check the bands or your favorite Android phones first.

As a quick refresher, this is powered by Snapdragon 600 processor with 2GB RAM, a 1920 x 1080 Gorilla Glass 2 screen, and such. It originally came out during the reign of Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean).

Open-box HTC One M9 (former AT&T, unlocked) for $350 (was $300)

Things are heating up in the world of smartphones, the flagships from the established phone manufacturers are getting a lot of pressure from upstarts (companies big and small that don’t have the gravitas of the Samsung, LG, HTC, etc). That means discounting across the board. Including the open-box (new-other condition) HTC One M9 (32GB, Unlocked, was AT&T) for $350 (was $300) with free shipping. The seller is QualityCellz (99.2%), and claims it is under HTC warranty but does not provide further details… Price updated in this post on 11/10/15…

The “new-other” part says it may have cosmetic imperfections. Sounds like open-box. eBay really needs to clean up their “item descriptions” as people seem to be finding loopholes to “prettify” their listings.

Since this was an AT&T phone, if you are planning to use it on some other GSM carriers, make sure you check the bands and frequencies to make sure it works to your satisfaction.

It is contested in some Android forums as to whether one should get the M9 or go for the M8, so it’s up to you to prioritize features and prices.

Certified PreOwned Samsung Galaxy S5 for $350 with 12 months warranty [no contract; choice of AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile]

It’s a good year to be buying smartphones. So many options out there pushing prices down. Case in point, if you like the Samsung Galaxy S, and value the microSD and removable battery a lot, you can get the Galaxy S5 in certified pre-owned condition for $350 at amazon.com in your choice of AT&T or Verizon or T-Mobile. No contract – you own these the moment the payment clears!

The description says it comes with all original accessories and it is “like new”. There is also notes that it comes with a 12 month warranty! The only downside is that they are probably locked to their respective carriers, which partially leads to the lower prices you see. But if you are planning to use these as Wifi-only, not an issue.


Nokia Lumia 635 (AT&T) for $30 to $40

IF you are looking for the AT&T GoPhone version of the Nokia Lumia 635 Windows Phone, you nay get lucky and find it on clearance at a local Walgreens store for $30. This is a big YMMV since there’s no way to check inventory online and they don’t sell this on their website.

Regardless though, you can still get it at a nice price online, it is on sale for $40 with a limit of three per customer at Amazon.com. This is locked to AT&T but it is a no-contract prepaid (GoPhone) phone. You can just use it as a Wifi-only device. You don’t have to jump through hoops to do this like Verizon. This already improves upon the previous Lumia 520 which was not a bad introductory Windows Phone.

If nothing else, you can get this to explore Windows Phone or use it as a general purpose device around the home (remote control, music or audiobook or podcast player, etc). It averages a very solid 4.4 out of 5 based on 1500+ customer reviews over there. Main specs are a 854 by 480 IPS display of 4.5-inch diagonal, 512MB RAM, 8GB on-board, microSD slot, quad-core processor.

New-Other Samsung Alpha G850A (unlocked GSM) for $250

If you are not a gear-condition perfectionist, eBay seller MobilePros1 (97.5%) is offering in “new – other” condition the Samsung Alpha G850A smartphone (32GB, unlocked GSM, former AT&T phone) for $250 with free shipping, in the gold color scheme (the other two sold-out) with a limit of five per customer. No contract – you own it!

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge (SM-G925A) Unlocked (ex-AT&T) for $600

This is a limited time offer, it is currently the front page deal you see at the eBay website, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is offered for $600 with free shipping by eBay seller “QualityCellz” (99.2%). Per the listing, this is a new condition product but was opened in order to unlock it (formerly an AT&T device). It is available in black, with a limit of five per customer. The white option sold out already. This is model SM-G925A. No contract, and you can use it with any compatible GSM provider.

PS: if only I had a $600 eBay Gift Card ready to go 🙂

Refurbished Samsung Galaxy S4 with 1yr warranty (AT&T or Verizon) for $250

If you like the protection of a 12-month warranty, and like to purchase from Amazon actual (not random sellers on eBay), and you don’t like contracts, and you don’t want to have the latest model immediately, then you can get the certified pre-owned Samsung Galaxy S4, with a 12-month warranty and all accessories, in your choice of AT&T or Verizon (but NO CONTRACT) for $250 at Amazon.com by Amazon actual. This is not unlocked, it’s either AT&T or Verizon depending on your choice.

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Unlocked 32GB Fire Phone (GSM, former AT&T) for $140

If you are interested in getting the Amazon Fire Phone unlocked, and don’t want to wait for another sale by Amazon (which includes one year of Prime), you can instead get it for $140 with free shipping by QualityCellz on eBay (99.2%) with a limit of five per customer. This was a former AT&T phone, opened for unlocking per the description. There is no mention of a free 1-year Prime, so assume you are not getting that. No contract – you own the phone, you can do whatever you want with it – well, within the context of common sense that is 🙂

Refurbished HTC One Mini for $145 (GSM unlocked, no contract)

If you are comfortable buying seller-refurbished smartphones with their increased risks (versus new or manufacturer refurbished), among the latest eBay offers, you can get the seller refurbished HTC One Mini for $145 with free shipping with a limit of five per buyer. This is currently a GSM unlocked smartphone, which used to be an AT&T phone. No contract, you own the phone right away and you can use it with any GSM provider of your choice or just keep it as a Wifi-only option.

Keep in mind, Mini in this case also refers to the specs. It is not the original One flagship internals on a smaller phone. For example, this Mini is powered by the Snapdragon 400. It has a 4.3-inch screen.

32GB LG G2 (unlocked GSM, no contract) for $190

More new phones on the horizon means more deals on previous models. Case in point, the 32GB LG G2, factory unlocked GSM, in new condition, in either black or white, is offered for $190 with free shipping by QualityCellz (99.2%) on eBay. Limit five per customer. No contracts!

This is a 4G LTE (Band 1- 2- 4- 5 and 17) phone, with a 5.2″ display, 2.26 GHz quad-core processor, etc.

According to the “Questions and answers” section towards the bottom of the eBay listing, it says:

“This phone is new and comes in the original at&t box along with charger, usb cable and user guide. The box was only opened for unlocking. “

Refurbished Motorola Moto X (2nd gen, AT&T Unlocked) for $250

With so many flagship and flagship-level smartphones getting refreshed annually, more and more good deals are surfacing. Case in point, among the latest eBay Deals, you can get the manufacturer refurbished Motorola Moto X (second generation, AT&T Unlocked) for $250 with free shipping, with a limit of five per customer. The seller of record is “qualitycellz” (99.1%).

This was an AT&T phone, but now it is an unlocked, GSM obviously phone. With “clean IMEI” per the eBay listing. Model XT1097.

Refurbished Galaxy Note II (SGH-I317) for $170 [AT&T]

On the sub-$200 no-contract former-flagship front, you can get the seller refurbished Samsung Galaxy Note II SGH-I317, an AT&T phone, for $170 with free shipping, in either white or gray, with a limit of five per buyer. Per the listing, this has a clean IMEI for AT&T activation. Or you can use it as a Wifi-only device. This is two generations ago, it came out back in the Jelly Bean days.

Refurbished HTC One M8 (unlocked, former AT&T) for $300

Like to have the latest flagship smartphone but don’t want to pay full price or sign up for a two year contract? Among the latest eBay offers you can get the manufacturer refurbished HTC One M8 (factory unlocked) for $300 (was $350) with free shipping. This is offered by eBay seller “qualitycellz” (99.1%), available in two different colors, with a limit of five per customer. This was formerly an AT&T phone, but it is now unlocked.

[DEAD] LG G2 (AT&T Unlocked, No Contract) for $300 (was $250)

As of a 1/26/15 re-check, this eBay listing ended with 600 phones sold through it…
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