Unlocked Motorola Moto E (2nd gen) for $90 (3G) or $100 (4G LTE)

Motorola’s rollout of affordable bang for the buck Android phones continues with the second generation of the Moto E, which is currently on sale, GSM unlocked, at Amazon.com, with a limit of three per kind per customer. It is available for $100 4G LTE or $90 in either Global GSM or US GSM. No contract, you own it when your payment clears. You can use it as a Wifi-only device, you don’t have to sign up for a cellphone plan.

The difference however is not just the cellular radios. The 4G LTE model is powered by the Snapdragon 410, while the 3G by the Snapdragon 200. Both come with Android 5.0 (out of the box), with a 4.5-inch 960 x 540 qHD (not to be confused with quad HD), IPS, Gorilla Glass 3, 1GB RAM, 8GB on-board storage, but thankfully it has a microSD card. It takes micro SIM cards.

NOTE: if you are planning to use this with T-Mobile, the update to Android 5.1 removes Band 12 which is necessary for some T-Mobile locations. This was verified by a Motorola representative in the comments of this Amazon review.

Buy Amazon’s Fire Phone, extend your AmazonFresh subscription by an extra four months

It is well-known among bargain hunters that the new condition Amazon Fire Phone includes one year of Prime Membership with it. With a current price of $160 for the phone (no contract by the way), you are essentially getting the phone for $60, because a Prime membership is well worth the $100/year (2-day shipping, Video streaming, Music streaming, e-book library, and so forth). If you are a current Prime member, each Fire Phone extends your membership by another year (as in an extra 365 days).

What is not as well known but explained in its own paragraph in the Terms and Conditions page is that if you are already an AmazonFresh Prime member (the $300/year plan), buying and activating a Fire Phone on your account gets you an additional FOUR months added to your Prime Fresh membership.


Not only that, but the Prime memberships that come with each new Fire Phone are stackable. Meaning if you buy four new condition Fire Phones and activate them all on the same Amazon.com Prime account, your Prime membership gets extended by four more years. If your expiration was May 10, 2016 it will get bumped to May 10 in 2020.

Likewise with AmazonFresh, but instead of 12-month increments, your subscriptions are extended in four month increments.

64GB iPhone 6 Plus for $800 (unlocked; no contract)

If you are determined to get an iPhone 6 Plus now and not wait to see what Apple rolls out in September 2015, eBay seller DigJungle (99.2%) is offering the new condition 64GB iPhone 6 Plus, factory unlocked, in three color choices, for $800 with free shipping with a limit of two per customer. No contract.

It’s interesting how a 5.5-inch screen is a giant in the world of iPhones/iPods, but just another phone when you factor in Androids 🙂

Refurbished Motorola Moto X (XT1060, first gen; Verizon, GSM unlocked) for $100 to $120

It’s good to have choices. Case in point, the first generation Motorola Moto X, of the Verizon kind with its GSM unlocked, model XT1060, is offered in two conditions. For $100, you can get it seller refurbished by eBay seller “mobilepros1” (97.6%) in either black or white. Or for $120, you can get it manufacturer refurbished from the same eBay seller.

As a refresher, this is a Snapdragon S4 Pro phone, with Kitkat and plans for a Lollipop upgrade. It has a 4.7-inch screen and 16GB on-board among other things. There’s plenty written about it. No contract!

LG G Flex 2 (H950, unlocked, no contract) for $290

Start singing Duran Duran’s “The Reflex” because here comes the Flex screen! Among the latest spotlight deals on The eBay, you can get the new condition with one year LG warranty LG G Flex 2 (H950) smartphone (unlocked, 4G LTE, platinum-silver) for $290 with free shipping, no contract, and a limit of five per customer. The eBay seller offering this is QualityCellz (99.2%). Nearly 1000 units sold so far from this listing.

This phone’s claim to fame is of course its curved OLED display and shape. This was a former AT&T phone but it is sold unlocked. It can be upgraded to Android 5.1.1, and features a 5.5-inch 1920 x 1080 screen. It is powered by the SnapDrogon (ha!) 810 processor with 3GB RAM and 32GB on-board. Despite the curvature, they still managed to squeeze in a microSD slot that eats up to 128GB cards.

So many smartphone temptations these days! And you can put them to work – for $120 you can get the limited time T-Mobile plan (deadline to sign up is 9/8/15) that gets you 10GB per line per month for four lines, with unused data rolling over and smartphone hotspot finally included without annoying restrictions. If nothing else, you can designate one of those four phones/lines as a dedicated hotspot. Perhaps find one with a solid battery life for this task.

Refurbished Galaxy Note 3 (Verizon with GSM unlocked) for $190

Galaxy Note temptation if you are a higher risk shopper and willing to buy seller-refurbished products. The seller-refurbished Samsung Galaxy Note 3, a former Verizon phone with its GSM part unlocked, is offered in either black or white for $190 with free shipping by eBay seller MobilePros1 (97.6%) with a limit of five per customer.

There is no mention of warranty but they offer a 14-day return policy from receipt date. This has 32GB on-board plus micro SD. Check the bands over there if you plan to use it with a GSM provider. No contract – you own it! Around 2000 units of this sold so far according to the eBay statistics as of the time of writing.

With the new Samsung flagship phones moving away from microSD cards, this is another decision point to consider. But again, keep in mind, there’s no warranty and it is seller refurbished, higher risk means lower price. So here we are 🙂

Refurbished Samsung Galaxy S4 for $130 (Verizon with GSM unlocked)

If you are a more adventurous smartphone shopper and you are not afraid to deal with carrier topics or just want a Wifi-only device, you may be interested in this eBay offer: you get the seller-refurbished Samsung Galaxy S4 (model SCH-i545-16GB) in either white or black for $130 with free shipping. This was a Verizon phone with its GSM part unlocked. No contract! The carrier bands are listed over there if you want to make sure it will work with your carrier(s) of choice.

64GB iPhone 6 Plus (factory unlocked) for $800

If you want the current leader of the iPhone pack, among the latest eBay offers, you can get the new condition factory unlocked 64GB iPhone 6 Plus for $800 with free shipping, with a choice from three color options and a limit of two per customer. No contract! The seller of this offer is Yapper_Wireless (98.1%) which offers 30-day free returns per the subtitle of this eBay listing. The various bands are listed over there.

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!

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LG G Flex 2 (H950) Unlocked GSM for $300 [no contract]

The flex is not just an offense basketball coaches at under-talented colleges employ. It is also a smartphone. Which brings us to eBay, where the new condition LG G Flex 2 (model H950), unlocked, in the silver color scheme, is offered for $300 with free shipping, with a limit of five per buyer. The seller is “QualityCellz” (99.2%).

This was a former AT&T phone, but it has been unlocked to work with other compatible GSM providers as well. It comes with Android 5.0 out of the box and it is upgradeable to a newer version. It gets its name from the curved OLED HD display which is the main attraction of this phone. Plus it has a microSD slot that can take up 128GB, something the all new Galaxy S6 cannot do (assuming you want/need a microSD slot).

Refurbished HTC One M8 (Windows Phone; Verizon, unlocked GSM) for $190

IF you are a fan of Windows Phone and want Android-flagship hardware, there’s a compromise for that. The Windows Phone versions of the HTC One M8 is offered seller-refurbished for Verizon with its GSM cellular unlocked, going for $190 with free shipping, with a limit of five per buyer, offered by seller “MobilePros1” (97.5%). No contract!

NOTE: this is the Windows Phone M8, not the Android!

Refurbished HTC One M8 (unlocked, no contract) for $210

While the previously mentioned $100-ish prices for the HTC One M7 are tempting, if you want/need a microSD memory card, the M8 is a must, and it is among the latest eBay offers! The Seller Refurbished 32GB One M8, factory unlocked with clean ESN, but functional despite scratches and scuffmarks, is offered for $210 with free shipping, in the gray color scheme (the others sold out), by eBay seller “GuaranteeCellular” (98.7%). Limit five per customer. Nearly 1400 units sold from this so far.

As always, keep in mind that seller refurbished is a higher risk than manufacturer refurbished, so if you are a risk averse type of shopper, keep that in mind! No contract, this is a GSM phone.

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact for $390

If you are fond of Sony smartphones, they are not as ready available in the US market as some of their other consumer electronics, but eBay has almost everything, such as the new condition Sony Xperia Z3 Compact, model D5803, factory unlocked, without contract, for $390 with free shipping, in your choice of black or white. The seller is “Techno Trading House” (98.9%). This is an unlocked GSM phone, so you can use it with the usual suspects (Uncarrier, AT&T, Net10, etc). Check the bands to make sure first.

Refurbished Droid Ultra Maxx XT1080M for $115 (Verizon, unlocked GSM)

The Lenovo-Motorola generated some buzz today with a new trio of Moto X and G smartphones, but if you don’t want to wait and pay full price, the good old non-Lenovo Motorola Droid Ultra Maxx XT1080M (Verizon version with unlocked GSM) is offered as Seller Refurbished for $115 with free shipping, with a limit of five per buyer. The seller is GuaranteeCellular (98.7%), and says it comes with a clean ESN and charger. SIM not included for the GSM part. Over 2300 units sold so far from this listing. No contract!