Online Retailers Selling Smartphones
Throughout the United States, there are online retailers of all sizes selling post-paid smartphone contracts. In this write-up, seven different retailers are covered. The information presented is also available in the attached spreadsheet.
Since smaller companies with rights to 3 big carriers were deemed the ultimate target, Wirefly, Cellhut, and Mobile Source were included in the spreadsheet first. Cellhut offers just two of the big carriers, but it is still a smaller company.
Wirefly sells items like TV, Internet, and insurance, but phones are their focus. They offer the largest range of carriers, including the big four networks (Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint). Along with these carriers, nearly 20 others are offered. This is the main advantage of Wirefly. They also have many plans available for any desired phone type, amount of minutes, messages, and data, and number of lines.
Cellhut only allows customers to limit their carrier search to T-Mobile and AT&T. However, they do offer many types of phones within these carriers. Since Cellhut focuses greatly on cell phones, they have a very wide price range. They offer phones for as cheap as $1.71 and as expensive as $2,199.99.
Mobile Source offers phones from each of the big four carriers. This company sells their phones exclusively through their website. The only location is found in Boca Raton, FL. Perks of buying from Mobile Source include free shipping and a 30-day money back guarantee.
There are several larger companies that sell cell phones both online and in-store. Top examples of this are Best Buy, Target, Staples and Walmart. Each of these companies has rights at least two of the big four networks. There are other retailers that sell phones online, but many sell exclusively prepaid phones, which is not wanted for this write-up.
Best Buy carries AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and Boost Mobile phones. Along with phones, Best Buy sells many other electronic devices and is a popular store throughout the U.S. A current promotion that Best Buy is offering is the opportunity to save $150-$250 on a Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+.
Target is a company that offers groceries, clothing, and other household items along with devices like cell phones. Since they supply items from so many industries, they market their phones to customers who initially visit the store for other reasons. One current example of this is giving away a $100 gift card to be used on any item in the store with the purchase of a Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+.
Staples is an office supply store that also offers a small amount of cell phones. Carriers include AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Universal. On the Staples website, there are phones available from many price ranges. There are phones as cheap as $17.99 and as expensive as $1,499.99. This range is not as large Cellhut's but this is understandable because Staples is not as devoted to cell phone supply.
The final retailer covered in the spreadsheet is Walmart. This is one of the largest retailers in the United States, so it makes sense that they would offer a highly demanded item like smartphones. In terms of prepaid plans, there are many available carriers, but for post-paid contracts, just five carriers are available. These carriers are H2O Wireless, Sprint, Straight Talk, T-Mobile, and Virgin Mobile.
In conclusion, there are retailers of all sizes that sell smartphones online. Smaller companies like Mobile Source and Cellhut focus primarily on cell phones, while larger companies like Best Buy and Walmart see phones as just another available item in the store.