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The Slickdeals Mobile App Gets a New Look We launched our mobile app a little over two years ago and with more and more of you checking out our deals and forums on your mobile devices, we felt it was time to update our app. Some of the fu
OnePlus 2 Review: Is this the best phone for value minded Slickdealers? The design of the OnePlus 2, pictured above, is very clean and simple Here at Slickdeals we’re all about value and savings, so when the first OnePlus 1 came out, we were stoked. OnePlus was a compa
The iPhone Upgrade Program: Is It Worth Your Money? To the delight of budget-conscious Apple fans, the company launched a new iPhone Upgrade Program at its fall event on Sept. 9 that starts at just $32 a month – but what is it, and what do you get

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Most of us take our smartphone everywhere, use it constantly and also need it to last a few years, so it’s best not to go for a low budget version. With that said, paying full price on a new smartphone is no one’s idea of a good time. We’ve got great deals, coupons and specials on a wide range of smartphones from various retailers. Check back frequently to make sure you get the best price available.

There are a lot of decisions to make when it comes to picking a smartphone, starting with the OS. Apple and Android lead the market when it comes to mobile operating systems. Apple’s iOS has a full marketplace of apps and a fairly easy to use interface, while Android’s OS is more customizable and is available on a wider variety of phones, though it might not be as user friendly depending on how its customized.

Beyond the OS, you still have lots of decision to make in terms of what you want. Think about screen size, processor speed, camera quality, battery life, screen technology and overall design. Know that there are no wrong answers when it comes to these features. It’s all about what works for you and your needs.

Buying a phone these days is, frankly, a bit complicated. In the past, most mobile carriers subsidized the cost of phones so that consumers could get phones for cheap, or even free. But now most companies have done away with subsidized phones. If you buy through your cell carrier, you can typically either put down the full cost upfront (which is expensive, but often frees you from having to sign a long contract), or you can finance the cost over the course of two to three years, basically adding to the cost of your monthly bill and tying you to the carrier until the phone is paid off. The other option is to buy from a third-party seller. This is typically where you’ll see the best deals being made, but just be sure to read the fine print. You want to make sure the phone you are getting is compatible with your carrier’s network and you aren’t being tied to a network or contract that you don’t want.

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