Get (almost) any Verizon phone for a penny

Amazon's limited-time sale includes the Droid Bionic, Droid Incredible 2, and Pantech Breakout 4G--but, alas, not the iPhone.

Normally $299.99, the Motorola Droid Bionic is currently on sale for just a penny.
Normally $299.99, the Motorola Droid Bionic is currently on sale for just a penny. Motorola

This one goes out to my favorite sister, who's ready to trade her aging (and recently  service-deprived ) BlackBerry for a smartphone.

From now through Monday, October 17, Amazon is offering any Verizon phone for just one cent. Shipping is free (and it's two-day shipping at that), but an activation fee may apply. (I wasn't able to find any details on that, and I see no evidence that Amazon is waiving it.)

The sale includes a whopping 31 models, including feature phones, BlackBerrys, and Android-powered smartphones. The highlight, without a doubt, is the Motorola Droid Bionic, which CNET recently awarded an Editors' Choice.

The Bionic normally sells for $299.99 with a two-year contract. Another popular 4G model, the HTC Thunderbolt, lists for $249.99. Needless to say, a one-penny purchase price is mighty tempting.

Other notable choices include the  Pantech Breakout , the HTC Trophy (the one Windows Phone in the group), and the  Sony Ericsson Xperia Play 4G . Alas, the one glaring omission is the iPhone, which would be noteworthy indeed at $.01.

Whatever model you choose, you'll be on the hook for the standard two-year contract, with monthly service plans starting at around $70 for voice and data. The deal is good for new and existing Verizon customers alike. Correction: Existing customers must add a new line of service.

So, what do you think? Too good to pass up? Or are you already  standing in line for some sweet, sweet iPhone 4S goodness ?

Bonus deal: Every so often you can snag an 802.11n router for 20 bucks. Like today: Buy.com has the TrendNET TEW-651BR Wireless-N Router for $19.99 shipped. Hard to beat!

 

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