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[Deal Alert] Unlocked HTC U11 down to $344.95 ($305 off) on eBay

The HTC U11 is a phone that can't be found discounted very often. Sure, HTC has run sales on it from time to time, but the best deal we've ever seen for it was $599 with a free set of JBL Reflect Aware C headphones back on Black Friday. This latest deal takes the price down a lot further to an impressively-low $344.95.

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[Update: It's back] Deal alert: Unlocked LG V30 is down to $674.99 ($150 off) at B&H, no tax except in NY and NJ

Smartphones are getting stupidly expensive these days, with most flagships like the Pixel 2 XL, Galaxy Note8, and iPhone X costing well over $800 out the door. LG's V30 is one of those phones, though it hasn't seen the same popularity that the phones above have, at least among our readership. B&H is now offering a $150 discount on the unlocked V30, dropping the price down to a more palatable $675.

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[Deal Alert] Get $100 off Moto Z2 Play ($399), plus discounts on Moto X4 and G5 Plus

Motorola is offering some nice discounts on several devices for an after-holiday sale, including a significant $100 savings on the Moto Z2 Play.

Usually retailing for $499, an unlocked Moto Z2 Play with 64GB of storage is going for $399 at Motorola's website, in either dark gray or gold colors. Best Buy isn't offering the unlocked version, and even the unlocked version without a U.S. warranty is still $75 more expensive at Amazon.

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The unlocked LG V30 is finally available in the US

LG rolled the V30 out to US carriers almost two months ago, but the unlocked version (US998) has been missing in action. Well, now you can buy it. It's going to cost you a pretty penny, though. The unlocked V30 is going for $819.99 at B&H. There is, however, a rebate if you want to pick up some more LG gear.

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[Deal Alert] Galaxy Note8 dual-SIM is down to $739.99 ($160 off), Galaxy S8 dual-SIM is $569.99 ($155 off)

Cyber Monday is living up to its name, delivering some of the lowest prices we've seen for two Samsung devices. The unlocked dual-SIM Galaxy Note8 is just $739.99, and the unlocked dual-SIM Galaxy S8 is a similarly low $569.99. Those prices are even lower than Samsung's prices for the US unlocked models.

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[Deal Alert] Get $350 off Sprint and Verizon Galaxy Note8, S8, and S8+ over 24 months at Best Buy

Samsung's three flagships, the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, and Galaxy Note8, are fantastic phones. Unfortunately, they're also pricey, with some variants of the Note8 going over the scary thousand-dollar mark with taxes. If you're on Sprint or Verizon and you're in search of a new phone, Best Buy's latest $350 discount (over 24 months) on these devices may just be what you need.

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Bootloader unlocking appears to be disabled on some Pixel 2 phones purchased from Google [Update: Fixed]

Many people, like myself, look at Google's phones for one specific reason: they have an easily unlocked bootloader. That means when software support runs dry, or you get the itch to root/ROM, you can modify things without having to compound any potential security concerns with additional issues like exploits or undocumented software. If that's your motivation too, this news could be a small concern. Some Pixel 2s purchased directly from Google seem to have locked-down bootloaders. 

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Unlocked LG V30 is now up for pre-order at B&H for $829.99

The LG V30 is already available at a number of carriers, including AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon. But if you prefer to purchase your phones unlocked for whatever reason, you were out of luck - until now, that is. The unlocked V30 is now up for pre-order at B&H for a not-insignificant $829.99.

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[Deal Alert] Get an unlocked AT&T LG V20 for just $289.99 on eBay with $50 off coupon

The V20 is no longer the most current V-series phone from LG, but it's still a great phone. And the fact that the V30 is out only means that there are more discounts for the older model. Case in point: an eBay seller is offering up unlocked AT&T V20s up for just $289.99 with a $50 discount.

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[Update: Stay away] Deal alert: Unlocked T-Mobile LG G5 (H830T) is just $199.99 on eBay

When it was announced, the LG G5 got a lot of hate for its - let's face it - ugly design and poor build quality. But those things, which are easily alleviated by a case, overshadowed a lot of the G5's good qualities. While its exterior downfalls made its $600-700 MSRP a little ambitious, the story changes when the phone is just a fraction of that price. And with this T-Mobile/unlocked model's $199.99 sale price, the G5 is definitely worth a look.

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