How to Save Money on Gifting a Cell Phone

Who wouldn’t love getting a new smartphone as a gift? Phones are incredibly expensive these days, especially flagship phones from Samsung and Apple. While receiving a phone is easy and exciting, picking out what one to give as a gift can be stressful and difficult. Check out these tips for gifting a cell phone.

Buy one get one free deals

Many retailers offer buy one get one free deals on cell phones. This is incredibly convenient for gifting a cell phone; one for you and one for them! Unfortunately, you can’t find these deals all the time. Watch out for them around the holiday season, Memorial Day or Labor Day. Typically the phone being offered are newer models of flagship phones.

Deals to switch wireless carrier

Many cell phone carriers offer deals to encourage you to switch to their network. If you don’t love your wireless carrier, you might want to consider switching to a network that gives you a free or heavily discounted phone when switching. If you like your current phone, and can use it on the new network, you can give the “free” phone to someone as a gift.

Shop around for cell phones

Just because you’re used to buying a cell phone from one place does not mean that it’s the best option. Branch out and shop around. Best Buy may have a different price than Amazon or even Target. So identify what phone you want to buy and explore all options. Often, you can get a great deal on refurbished models from Samsung or Apple directly. These refurbished models operate the same as new models, but cost less. Additionally, you can still get an Upsie warranty to protect refurbished phones.

Upsie referral code

Wherever you get the new phone, don’t let your giftee waste money on an overpriced warranty. Tell them about Upsie and save them up to 70% on the cost of coverage compared to competitors! Send them your Upsie referral code located under your My Account page. If they purchase an Upsie plan using your referral code, they will get 10% off their warranty and you will get $20 to go towards your next Upsie warranty. It’s a win-win!

Preorder the phone you want to gift

If you’re not worried about saving money on the phone, preorder it. Typically, pre orders come with bonus gifts like earbuds that are valued at a couple hundred dollars. For example, Samsung gave customers a $200 credit towards accessories for pre-orders of the Galaxy Note 20. So in one purchase, you get a gift for them and a gift for you, or two completely different gifts.

Prepare them with accessories

If gifting a cell phone is not in the cards, prepare your friend or family member for their new phone with accessories. Find out what phone they want and get shopping! Most people will want to protect their phone with a screen protector and a protective case.
A screen protector will guard the screen from scratches and small drops. It can crack like a glass screen, but will peel off to reveal a (hopefully) intact phone screen underneath. It does not protect the edges or back of the phone.
On the other hand, a protective case will guard the phone from drops, cracks on all sides and keep dust and dirt from clogging ports. Some cases come with pockets for credit cards so you can leave your purse or wallet at home. However, there’s a large difference between a protective case, designed for durability, and a fashionable case. The fashionable case will likely not give your gift receiver any protection from drops. No matter what case you get, it’s always a good idea to protect it with smartphone insurance.

Most popular smartphones in 2020

Are you set on gifting a cell phone but don’t know where to start? There are a lot of great smartphones available right now. Tom’s Guide outlined some of the best phones in 2020. These are their top five picks:
  • iPhone 11 – “Best phone for most people”
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra – “Best Android phone money can buy”
  • OnePlus 8 Pro – “Affordable Android flagship”
  • Google Pixel 4a – “Best cheap phone you can buy”
  • iPhone SE – “Best cheap iPhone”
If you gift a cell phone, you will undoubtedly be the best gift giver at the party. Use these tips to make sure you get the best deal and don’t forget the warranty! After all, a good deal will save you money now, but an Upsie smartphone warranty will save your gift receiver money later.

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