Smartphones, like other gadgets, can also be drastically discounted or bundled for Black Friday. Indeed, wireless carriers and retail chains often advertise big savings on some of the year's top devices. Here's a quick look at what you might expect from your service providers and major retailers.
Two of the most popular smartphones of 2013 are on sale with up to $100 off the normal price. Both the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One are $100 with a two-year contract. Also, a limited edition Motorola Droid Razr HD (Stealth Black) is free with a two-year service agreement; however, quantities may be limited.
Ma Bell is discounting the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 to $99.99 when bundled with the purchase of a qualified Samsung smartphone. While it does save you $250 up front, you'll need to sign service agreements for the phone and tablet. On Thanksgiving, AT&T has the Samsung Galaxy S4 for $29.99 with a two-year plan. Come Cyber Monday, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 will be free with a contract.
Beginning Thursday, you can purchase a Samsung Galaxy S 4 mini for free (online and tele-sales) with a qualified two-year service agreement. Additionally, the LG G2 will be $49.99 with the same stipulations. Effective Monday, the deals expand to Sprint retail stores across the country.
T-Mobile is offering $0 down for a variety of smartphones, including the LG G2 and Nokia Lumia 925. What's more, you can also score a free pair of urBeats earbuds with the HTC One. All devices ordered through T-Mobile's site qualify for free shipping.
U.S. Cellular is offering 10 devices for only a penny each, including the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, Motorola Electrify M, and LG Optimus F7. The Samsung Galaxy S4 is free as part of a holiday bundle; all of the deals come with the requisite two-year service plan.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 is discounted to $39.99 with a two-year plan through AT&T or Verizon; Sprint's version is $49.99 with the same stipulation. Last year's flagship, the Samsung Galaxy S3 is 1 cent through AT&T and Verizon. Over on the prepaid front, Virgin Mobile's ZTE Awe is listed at a mere $19.99.
Walmart will toss in a $75 gift card with the purchase of an iPhone 5C or iPhone 5S. Select Android smartphones, such as the Samsung Galaxy S3 (Verizon), Samsung Galaxy Mega (AT&T), and Motorola Moto X (Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint) come with a $100 gift card.
RadioShack is will halve the price of the iPhone 5C to $49.99 for customers signing a two-year contract through AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon. Prepaid users can score savings of up to $100 off select models including the Samsung Galaxy Ring (Virgin Mobile) and LG Optimus F7 (Boost Mobile).