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ATT BOGO offer expanded to more flagships

ATT BOGO offers don’t come along often, but they have already arrived for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. These two smartphones from the Korean giant are the best Android smartphones we’ve seen so far, with Samsung’s best technology packed into them – everything from their 12MP back cameras with phase detection autofocus (PDAF) and f/1.7 apertures, to their incredible Super AMOLED displays and battery life make them beauties to hold and see every day.

While the original ATT BOGO for 2016 pertained to these two phones, and Verizon has had a similar offer for its own carrier-locked models, AT&T is now opening up its BOGO offer for more flagships across platforms: whether Android, iOS, or Windows Phone.

The new flagship phones qualifying for the ATT BOGO deal are the HTC One A9, Samsung Galaxy S6 Active (from 2015), Samsung Galaxy Note 5 (2015), Samsung Galaxy S6 (2015), LG V10 (2015), LG G5 (2016), and the Microsoft Lumia 950 (2015). AT&T has thrown in the Kyocera DuraForce for those who want something rugged and water-resistant that can handle any element and any situation. And yes, the offer still includes this year’s hot Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge.

The Galaxy S6, Note 5, and S6 Active are all 2015 smartphones, but they still hold up with the new 2016 flagships we’ve seen. Though the Galaxy S7 edge has a 3,600mAh battery and can slightly pull ahead of the Galaxy S6 Active, the S6 Active has a 3,500mAh battery and is one amazing smartphone. I’ve been using it for 10 months and its battery life is spectacular: I’ve been able to get 40+ hours of battery life out of it, even with pretty moderate use (and I use phones as my work horses on the job daily). The Galaxy S6 didn’t get quite as good battery life and leaves something to be desired in this department. The Galaxy Note 5, though, has a 3,000mAh battery, which should prove to be all you need to get through the day and then some. The Galaxy Note 5 features Samsung’s own Exynos 7420 processor, which has proven to overheat much less than the Snapdragon 820 found on the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge. The 2015 Samsung smartphones all feature Samsung’s Exynos processor, which is better at heat dissipation. And yet, this year’s Galaxy S7 and S7 edge have a CPU cooling system that makes them wonderful for virtual reality (VR). The choices are hard, but we’re here to help you sort through them.

We’re currently testing out the LG G5 and will have a review ready to go in some days, so we won’t say anything for now. You can see one of the challenges of using the LG G5, though, since we’ve covered this some weeks ago.

The ATT BOGO deal does come with some caveats. First, you should know that you can purchase the handset on any AT&T Next plan, but the second handset must be purchased on the AT&T Next 24 plan (for 30 months). You should also know that you’ll receive a $695 credit, so, depending on the smartphone you purchase (and its retail price), you could end up getting your second handset for free. If your second handset is slightly more expensive than the $695 rebate, you’ll have to pay the difference. AT&T will credit you $23.17 per month until the $695 has been released. In other words, you can have a 24-month deal with a smartphone where you pay for only the line and data each month (no extra phone fee). Additionally, both phones must have access to a Mobile Share Value plan or an AT&T Unlimited Plan.

ATT BOGO deals come along once in a while, though I have a feeling they’ll become more and more common as people upgrade frequently to have the latest and greatest.

Deidre Richardson (dual B.A., History and Music, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) stumbled upon tech a little later in life than expected. After picking up her first smartphone (the Galaxy S3), the rest is history. She currently writes for SamMobile, the largest Samsung fan site worldwide, as well as smartwatch site smartwatch.me.

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