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Update: Amazon just updated the deals and dropped many of the prices down for customers looking to upgrade. For example, the RAZR M is now also just a penny for those renewing.

If you're looking to abandon your existing carrier and move to Big Red, then the RAZR M is a great phone to choose for the transition. And now you can grab it from Amazon Wireless for only a penny (Black, White). That's a top-notch phone with Jelly Bean (4.1.x) for basically free - and it's still $99 at Verizon.

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If, for some strange reason, you'd rather have an older model, Amazon Wireless is running a number of other devices for a penny, like the RAZR MAXX, HTC Rezound, and the DROID Incredible LTE. Not sure why'd you want to buy older tech on a two-year agreement, but hey - to each their own, I guess.

The 16GB GSIII is on sale for $59 (black, brown, blue, white) and the 32GB for $129 (blue, white), down from $149 and $199, respectively. The RAZR MAXX HD is $150, which is a $30 savings over its previous price.

Hooray for cheap phones!

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://meatcastle.com/ Youre My Boy Bloo

    Dear AP,

    Please also include and clearly mark contract renewal prices as well. Not everyone changes carriers every 2 years (I do, but most don't). This makes a big difference.

    Thanks.

    • merman1983

      I would love to have this spelled out as admittedly I'm a bit ignorant. I know there's got to be a catch (why they can sell a phone for $99.98 cheaper than the carrier, but I'm not sure the extent of the shellacking I'd take. Razr M is admittedly tempting at "this price" - my spider senses tell me to wait till the weekend to pull the trigger.

      Is it clearly spelled out somewhere? I've tried searching - I mean is one of these 3rd parties better to sign up with than another (i.e. Amazon wireless vs Wirefly etc.) pros cons.

      If the S3 were $59 for renewal it'd be on its way to me now. :(

      • http://meatcastle.com/ Youre My Boy Bloo

        The prices vary by 3rd party, but basically they get commission fees (kickbacks) for bringing new customers to a carrier. They are able to apply a portion of those fees to the cost of the phone... Not to mention they are generally cheaper because they are actual retailers and know how to price and sell retail items, the carrier stores are most definitely not great at that. Also, some of the online stores do not charge taxes in certain states which is a significant portion of the purchase price.

        All in all, it is smarter in my opinion to buy from one of the online big boys (Amazon Wireless, Wirefly) because they have better customer service and laxer return policies. I have had great experiences returning phones for other phones on Amazon (I like to have the current flagship) and they have never given me grief for it. I was even encouraged by a CSR over the phone when he looked at my account!

        What my gripe was, was that the pricing is different on the websites for upgrades and new customers almost always; however, THAT IS NEVER REFLECTED IN THE ARTICLE! This pisses me off because I wish I did not have to click through to see basic info about the sale of the phone that most people would want to see, but is completely glossed over in the post.

        • merman1983

          Oh I see! Thanks for the information. Yes, very much agree because when I saw this pop up on my phone I dropped my fork, ran from the dinner table and went to my computer because I thought the Galaxy S3 was $59!!!!! .... for new only - so yea I'm right with you - this is CRITICAL information. Like I said - if the S3 was $59 for upgrades I'd have bought it without thinking but its' $129 and I guess I'm hoping for something better.

  • FrillArtist

    These contract phone posts are silly to begin with. Cheap phones that cost more over the length of the contract.

  • TheKaz1969

    I want to buy my wife a phone off-contract on Verizon to keep her unlimited data.. are there ever any great deals for off-contract phones? It looks like Amazon will knock off anywhere from $30-$100, which is not bad, but... are there ever any amazing discounts given on these (via amazon or anywhere else) ?

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