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The latest phones in Samsung's flagship lineup, the Galaxy S23, S23 Plus and S23 Ultra, arrived in February. And while they're not the most affordable models on the market, with an $800 starting price, chances are you won't have to pay full price if you're hoping to get your hands on one. There are tons of deals and offers out there from both carriers and retailers that can save you hundreds, or even score you one for free -- especially if you have an old phone to trade in or need a new service plan. We've rounded up some of the best offers available at the moment below so you can get a new S23 in your hands for less. And with the release of the new S23 models, you can also find some great deals on the previous-gen Galaxy S22 right now as well.
Unveiled at the company's Unpacked event earlier this year, Samsung's refreshed Galaxy S lineup includes the Galaxy S23, S23 Plus and S23 Ultra. All three models retain the same screen sizes as the 2022 models at 6.1, 6.6 and 6.8 inches, respectively, with a refined external design and some modest upgrades to the camera hardware, battery sizes and internal storage of the larger two models. A special version of Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor, optimized for the new Galaxy S23 lineup, powers the new phones, which the company claims should result in faster performance.
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Whether you're excited to get your hands on one of Samsung's latest phones, or maybe it's just time to upgrade from an older phone, we'll help you save some cash on your S23 purchase. Note that the below deals and bonuses are all limited in time and could change at a moment's notice.
How much does the Galaxy S23 cost?
The three models of the Galaxy S23 are available in various storage configurations. US pricing for each model starts at:
- Samsung Galaxy S23: $800
- Samsung Galaxy S23 Plus: $1,000
- Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra: $1,200
Note that Samsung has improved the base storage for the Galaxy S23 Plus and S23 Ultra, doubling it to 256GB instead of the 128GB found in the S22 models. The base-spec Galaxy S23 model remains at 128GB, however. Both the Samsung Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23 Plus offer 8GB of RAM, while the Galaxy S23 Ultra comes with 12GB of RAM.
What colors does the Galaxy S23 come in?
As always, Samsung has clothed its latest phones in an attractive array of colors. This time, there's a selection of nature-inspired colors including phantom black, cream, green and lavender. All three S23 phones are available in those four colors regardless of where you buy them from, though Samsung is also offering four colors exclusive to its own online store. Those colors are lime, graphite, sky blue and red.
Best Galaxy S23 deals
Go straight to the source for your Galaxy S23 order and score up to $750 when trading in your old phone or device. You'll also gain access to Samsung's online-exclusive colors.
Samsung has some attractive carrier offers if you don't need an unlocked model, with as much as $1,000 off with an eligible trade-in. Finally, many of these offers can be further enhanced with discounts for students, educators, first responders, government workers and military members, veterans and their families (see Samsung's site for discount details).
Best Buy is offering savings on both unlocked and carrier models of the S23 lineup right now. If you don't want to be tied to a carrier, you can save $50 on the base model Galaxy S23, or $100 on the S23 Plus and Ultra. Best Buy claims you have to choose same-activation to get the discount, but the same price is available when you choose activate later. Best Buy also has its own trade-in program where you can score up to $600 off.
There are also carrier deals where you can save up to $1,000 on a Verizon model, or $800 on an AT&T or T-Mobile model with a trade-in and activation on a qualifying service plan.
Verizon's Galaxy S23 deal offers as much as $800 off with an eligible trade-in on an Unlimited plan, and the carrier is even accepting old or damaged phones. Switchers to Verizon will get a further $200 Verizon gift card, too. Other offers include a free Galaxy Watch 5 and Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G with purchase, though it's worth noting these cellular-enabled devices each require a new line to be added, and $100 off Galaxy Buds 2 when bundled with your phone purchase.
Buy your Galaxy S23 device on a qualifying installment agreement with AT&T and trade in your old device for up to $800 off. Better yet, to be eligible for that discount, the device you hand over can be a Galaxy S, Note or Z series smartphone from any year, in any condition, or a phone from another brand so long as it's worth at least $35. The discount will be applied via monthly bill credits over 36 months. Plus, you can get 50% off any one Samsung accessory alongside your phone purchase.
T-Mobile is offering a few ways to save on the S23 series right now. You can save $800, scoring you the base model for free, when adding a new line on a Magenta Max plan. Or save $400 when adding a new line on a different qualifying plan. And you can save up to $400 when trading in your old phone as long as you have or switch to a qualifying rate plan.
Xfinity is offering new customers $500 off their Galaxy S23 when porting in a number on a new line on a 24-month plan. And both new and existing customers can save up to $800 with a qualifying trade-in.
Walmart is offering the Galaxy S23 series with various carrier deals. Phones activated on an eligible installment plant with AT&T or Verizon will benefit from a $250 discount, plus up to $1,000 off via bill credits (AT&T only) with an eligible trade-in. Walmart also has prepaid deals with Straight Talk and Total by Verizon offering six months of free service for new customers on an unlimited plan.
Google Fi is offering its own trade-in program where you can save up to $799 on the Galaxy S23 and S23 Plus, or up to $899 on the S23 Ultra. Though unlike some other carriers, Google Fi is only accepting newer devices in good condition. The discount is applied via month bill credits over 24 months, and if you cancel service before then, you'll have to pay the remaining balance yourself.