The best value-for-money phones you can now get on Verizon
By Daniel P.
Nov 21, 2016, 8:54 AM
The holiday season is nearing its zenith, and our wallets are already sighing with relief that they will soon become much thinner and have to hold much less bills that will be offloaded during these shopping-crazed times.
If you are in the market for a new phone as a subscriber to America's largest carrier, there are a couple of Benjamins to be saved by scoring one of Verizon's current value-for-money propositions, instead of tying the knot with a two-year installment plan only looking for the biggest names in the biz. Check out some of the unsung handset heroes that offer the most bang for the buck on Verizon.
Verizon has had its retail pricing for the wonderful Moto Z Play Droid set at $408 since inception, which is still a very good tag, but now made the deal even better if you pay on installments (we know, right). You can get the Z Play Droid for just $10 a month for a two-year period, after a $7 bill credit. This essentially gets you the phone for $240 if you pay on installments, and you aren't getting a doozy here. The Z Play Droid is slim, compact, with 4K video recording chops, the ability to use the Moto Mods, and one of the longest-lasting batteries we've tested on a phone - definitely nothing to sniff at for ten bucks a month.
If you want to dip your toes in the Apple experience, but don't want to plunge $650 on a new 7, the iPhone SE is a great way to score a very compact Apple handset with plenty of storage, good camera and decent battery life for $400-$450, depending on whether you can make do with 16 GB or need 64 GB of internal memory. It's not a multimedia power house with this screen size and graphics subsystem, but will more than do as a daily driver for your iOS ecosystem.
With a shatterproof display and a humongous battery that may grant you the coveted weekend away from the charger, the Turbo 2 is a great companion for your next camping trip, but it won't disappoint the city dweller, too, having a fast 21 MP shooter, and a speedy Snapdragon 810 chipset, coupled to a large Quad HD OLED screen. Verizon has it for $528, or $33 a month on installments.
This one we are putting here not because the $33 a month that Verizon charges for it are some unbelievable value, but because the carrier currently runs a promo that lets you get a second one for half the price, so two S7 edge phones in the trendy Blue Coral scheme for 25% off are nothing to sniff at. The rest you know - curved Quad HD AMOLED display, 12 MP camera with ultrafast Dual Pixel focusing, waterproof chassis, and decent battery life. If you are longing for a modern Samsung phone after the Note 7 demise, the S7 edge is pretty close as far as alternatives go, and will soon gets its share of the sweet Nougat dessert.
As far as deals go, nothing beats free, and right now Verizon is offering the basic Galaxy J3 smartphone for free in installments after $7 monthly bill credits. With a 5" HD display and a Snapdragon 410 chipset, the J3 doesn't scream 3D gaming and 4K video capture, but it will do as a low-end device that covers all the basics in a decent manner free of charge.
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