It's easy to get Samsung's Galaxy Z Flip 3 5G at a $400 discount now, but there's a catch

It's easy to get Samsung's Galaxy Z Flip 3 5G at a $400 discount now, but there's a catch
Although not exactly affordable by, say, 2018 flagship standards, the $999.99 price point of the hot new Galaxy Z Flip 3 is undoubtedly one of the foldable phone's biggest strengths, undercutting its not-so-great predecessor by almost 400 bucks back at launch.

But what if we told you the 5G-enabled Snapdragon 888 powerhouse could be yours for another $400 less than that? It's true, Boost Mobile has the refined, upgraded but still flawed flip phone on sale at a measly $599.99 in a single black color with pretty much no strings attached at the time of this writing.

As far as we can tell, you don't need to open a new line of service or port in an existing number from a different mobile network operator and you certainly don't have to trade anything in to score that irresistible and presumably unbeatable discount for many months to come.

Check out the deal here

That being said, we're pretty sure you'll find unlocking the device for use on another carrier next to impossible after purchasing it from Boost, so you'll probably have to stick with the Dish-owned brand for at least a year if you actually want to get cell service out of the Galaxy Z Flip 3 5G.

Said service is currently provided by T-Mobile, mind you, but Dish is working on considerably reducing its reliance on the magenta-tinted giant following a number of very public conflicts, which means both your 4G LTE and 5G access could soon be supplied by AT&T instead. 

Either way, nationwide coverage shouldn't be a problem for bargain hunters looking to join the foldable craze right now. Granted, we don't expect Samsung's Galaxy Z Flip 3 to crack our list of the overall best phones money can buy in 2021 due to a number of noticeable weaknesses, but at $599.99, that's probably a little too much to ask.

Speaking of asking things, it might not hurt to reach out to Best Buy and check the retailer's willingness to price match Boost Mobile. A bunch of Slickdeals commenters claim to have had great success lowering the $999.99 list price by $400 that way, and it doesn't look like upfront carrier activations are an obligatory requirement. Good luck!

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