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Seven savvy smartphone steals for Black Friday, Cyber Monday

Want a new handset this holiday season, but waiting for a deal? CNET gathers excellent Black Friday and Cyber Monday markdowns on some of this year's stand-out phones.

Samsung Galaxy S III
Not surprisingly, the Samsung GS3 is popping up in several Black Friday sales. Josh Miller/CNET

Ah, it's that time of year again. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because you can gorge yourself on food without feeling guilty, spend time with your loved ones, and knock a stranger over at 6 a.m. in front of a department store in a frantic attempt to purchase that plasma TV.

All right, so it might not be everybody's definition of a good time, but Black Friday and Cyber Monday are grand institutions that let you save a lot of dough on some of this year's hottest electronics.

And as anyone can tell you, the better prepared you are, the smoother your experience will be shopping.

So for readers who are keen on purchasing a new phone soon, CNET gathered some excellent deals that are slated for the end of this week from retailers like Best Buy, RadioShack, and Walmart.

Though these devices vary in tier, all of them are getting deep price cuts. Handsets range from high-end flagship phones, like the Samsung Galaxy S III, to reliable midrange phones that are available contract-free, like Boost's Kyocera Hydro.

Be sure to check back throughout this week as new sales pop up or change.

Check out all of our Black Friday coverage.