Want a new smartphone without breaking the bank? Virgin Mobile is now offering both the 16GB iPhone SE and 16GB Samsung Galaxy S5 for $40 a month with no additional monthly handset repayment fees, 2GB of data, and unlimited talk and text. Spending $10 more will double your data allowance to 4GB. In both cases, you'll need to sign a 24 month contract.
For what it's worth, we’d recommend the iPhone SE over the Galaxy S5. The iPhone SE is a brand-new phone, released this year, whereas the Galaxy S5 is almost three years old. As such, it is rapidly approaching the end of its support lifecycle, and will potentially never get another software or security update.
On the other hand, the iPhone SE shares most of its hardware with last year's iPhone 6s, including processor, and camera. In our testing, we also found the iPhone SE offered better battery life than the iPhone 6s.
The Galaxy S5 does have a few benefits worth considering though, including a removable battery, expandable storage, and IP67 water-resistance.
This offer ends on January 31, 2017.