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Samsung Galaxy S21 phones are expensive, but you should never pay full price – here’s how to get the best discount

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If you're paying full price for an expensive Samsung Galaxy S21, you're paying too much.
AT&T and Verizon have good trade-in offers that let you get a Galaxy S21 for free.
If your carrier doesn't have a good trade-in offer, you should trade in through Samsung itself.

You'll often see the huge price tags next to Samsung's high-end Galaxy S21 phones, but there are a couple easy ways to pay less, and you really shouldn't ever pay the full price.

To be accurate, there's the old-fashioned way of selling your phone online to help pay for the next phone. However, some of the trade-in offers from carriers and Samsung can give you way more for your phone than selling it online, especially if it's within four years of release.

Whichever route you choose, there's never an excuse to pay full price for a Samsung Galaxy S21 these days.

AT&T and Verizon have good trade-in offers for big discounts on the Galaxy S21, but there's a big caveat

Your carrier might have a good deal, or it may have a good trade-in offer for your old phone depending on its age and condition. AT&T and Verizon, for example, will let you trade in older phones in good condition, such as the iPhone 8/X or Galaxy S8, to get the Galaxy S21 for free, just as long as you have an eligible unlimited plan. If your phone is more than four generations old, it'll have a lower trade-in value.

At the time of writing, Verizon currently accepts the following phone brands for trade-ins: RED, Google, Apple, OnePlus, Motorola, Samsung, and LG. AT&T is currently accepting trade-ins for RED, Google, Apple, OnePlus, Motorola, Samsung, LG, Asus, Huawei, Kyocera, and Razer phones.

T-Mobile will give you between $200 and $500 for your old phone, and you can find the list here.

The biggest caveat about trading in with your carrier is that you're basically entering a contract, as the trade-in discounts are applied on a monthly basis for the duration of the contract. With AT&T, it's 36 months, and Verizon and T-Mobile are 24 months. If you cancel your service with your carrier before that contract is up, you'll likely be paying monthly installments for the full remaining “balance” of your phone, and you'd be losing your trade-in value.

Samsung has decent trade-in offers to get discounts on the Galaxy S21

If you don't meet your carrier's conditions or the contract thing doesn't appeal to you, going through Samsung's website may be the better option, even if the discounts aren't as deep. The company occasionally has deals that shave a little off the price, but the more reliable way to avoid paying full price is to use Samsung's phone trade-in offers for your old phone.

So far, Samsung accepts phones from Apple, Google, LG, Motorola, and Samsung itself, of course. For example, Samsung will credit $400 for a two-year-old Galaxy S10 or an iPhone XS Max, which cuts the Galaxy S21's price from $800 to $400.

Unfortunately, Samsung's trade-in offer isn't ideal if you own Google Pixel or Motorola phones, as even current models are barely worth anything for trade-ins, according to the company's trade-in offers. Even a Motorola Razr 5G, which costs $1,200 new from Motorola and was released in September 2020, will only fetch you a paltry $190 from Samsung. And a Pixel 4 XL that originally cost $900 and was released in 2019 will only get you $200 from Samsung's trade-in offer.

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