For a mid-end Samsung handset, the 5G-enabled Galaxy A53 has moved unusually quickly in terms of US availability, barely going official (for the entire world) three weeks ago and already being up for grabs through Verizon, T-Mobile, and AT&T in addition to its manufacturer's regional e-store and retailers like Amazon and Best Buy.
Somewhat surprisingly, this very wide and very fast release has yet to materialize into a large number of attractive deals. Don't get us wrong, it's pretty neat to be able to score a complimentary pair of noise-cancelling Galaxy Buds Live with an already affordable smartphone, but based on the Galaxy S22 family's launch promotions, it certainly feels like Samsung could do better than that.
For what it's worth, T-Mobile can do better than to throw in an arguably outdated freebie, slashing $350 off the handset's $450 list price with a new line of service, and now Verizon can do... something to (slightly) sweeten its own Galaxy A53 5G UW deal.
This special Ultra Wideband-compatible edition of the 6.5-inch mid-ranger is normally available for $499.99, mind you, but if you're willing to open a new line on "any" unlimited Big Red plan, you're looking at saving $139.99 in the form of monthly bill credits applied to your account over a period of three years.
That's... not exactly a small fortune, but it's definitely better than nothing, and it doesn't come with a lot of strings attached. Obviously, no device trade-ins or number port-ins are involved here, and best of all, you don't necessarily have to opt for a three-year payment plan if you want to end up spending just $360 all in all (or $10 a month) for a Galaxy A53 5G UW unit in a single "Awesome Black" color.
Not at all different from its non-UW-supporting siblings, this blazing fast device packs a reasonably powerful and frugal Exynos 1280 processor, as well as a hefty 5,000mAh battery, representing Samsung's main hope of fending off Motorola and OnePlus in the increasingly crowded and competitive US mid-end arena.
Compared to something like the $400 Moto G Stylus 5G, for instance, the Galaxy A53 5G obviously lacks a built-in pen while sporting a higher-quality Super AMOLED panel with silky smooth 120Hz refresh rate technology, better cameras, but also an inferior 128GB storage space count paired with the same decent 6 gigs of memory. At the end of the day, the value for money is pretty great, especially at only 360 bucks.