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The top-rated unlocked Moto X4 phone has never been cheaper: $165

This Android One Edition comes with a Republic Wireless SIM card, though you can use it with any North American carrier. Plus: Save 25 percent on a seriously nice foot-massager.

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The Moto X4 is a seriously good deal at $165.

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It's crazy, is it not, to spend $1,000 for a phone when you can pay a fraction of the price for one that's... well, maybe not exactly as good, but still very good?

I posed that very question about a year ago (almost to the day, in fact), when the Motorola Moto X4 was on sale for $280. That was a pretty good deal.

Today, it's downright stellar: For a limited time, and while supplies last, B&H Photo has the unlocked Motorola Moto X4 for $164.99 when you clip the accompanying $25 coupon.

The X4 saw a summer price-drop that brought Motorola's price down to $299 and Google Project Fi's to $249. But way down here at $165? That's definitely the lowest price I've seen.

I've been using one of these as a backup phone (paired with Sprint's free year of service -- still a thing, by the way), and although my overall usage has been sparse, I definitely like the X4's design and performance.

Here are some of the standout features:

  • The X4 is unlocked and works with any carrier. It doesn't limit you to just GSM or CDMA networks, it supports both -- meaning you can go to AT&T , Sprint, T-Mobile , Verizon or any of their lower-cost partners (Cricket, Mint Mobile). B&H includes a Republic Wireless SIM card kit, but you're not obligated to use it.
  • It has a USB-C port instead of Micro-USB. The latter deserves a special place in hell, the former is the future.
  • It has a headphone jack.
  • It has a dual-lens rear camera that does a solid job creating bokeh effects.
  • It has an expansion slot for adding tons more storage on the cheap.
  • It's water-resistant and comes with Android One, meaning stock Android, not some overloaded custom version.
Watch this: Motorola's Moto X4 packs a boatload of AI goodies

What's not so great about the phone? According to CNET's Motorola Moto X4 review, the camera can be slow to load and has a few issues with wide-angle images.

To that I'll add that the X4 doesn't support wireless charging, though I stand by this $13 accessory that adds the capability.

Bottom line: If you want a midrange phone but can afford only a budget one, this is the deal to beat.

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Go ahead, stick your feet into this alien head -- er, foot massager. They'll thank you later.


Bonus deal: Recently Mrs. Cheapskate came home from a craft fair talking about a foot-massager that she and several friends had tried and loved. The price tag: a hefty $400.

Suspecting a large craft-fair markup, I started pricing these elsewhere -- and, long story short, ended up securing this deal: For a limited time, you can get the Mynt Premium air-pressure/Shiatsu foot massager for $149.99 with promo code USM26117. Regular price: $200.

I'll note straight away that there are a lot of other foot massagers on Amazon priced around $100-$125, but I don't know how they compare with this one. Here you can choose between three modes and intensity settings (with or without heat), or switch to straight-up Shiatsu if you find the air-pressure massages to be uncomfortable.

And they can be, at first, because this machine can really squeeze your tootsies. I can barely tolerate the medium setting. Overall, however, after a couple weeks testing this, I'm definitely a fan. (I suffer from occasional foot cramps, and I feel like this is helping improve blood-flow.)

The controls are a little awkward, and I wish you had timer options other than the default 20-minute setting. But, man, when those 20 minutes are done, my feet feel awesome. Your mileage may vary.

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