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Best Black Friday 2017 deals for phones

We round up discounts on phones for every budget.

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Jessica Dolcourt
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Black Friday is one of the best times to buy a phone -- if you can find the right deal. And if the phone you want is in stock -- doorbusters tend to sell out quickly.

Here are some of the best Black Friday deals we're seeing right now. Check back; we're updating it often.

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Galaxy Note 8, S8, S8 Plus for $300 less

Target: Free $300 gift card with qualified activation of Note 8, S8 or S8 Plus, on Verizon, AT&T or Sprint. Only in stores with a Target Tech section. Sales start Nov. 22.

Best Buy: Save $300 on Note 8, S8 or S8 Plus on Verizon or Sprint (including coral blue and deep sea blue). Valid Nov. 23-25.

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Samsung's unlocked Note 8, S8, S8 Plus promo

Starting Nov. 19: Get up to $300 off toward a new, unlocked Note 8, S8 or S8 Plus with a phone trade-in.

Starting Nov. 23: The same, but with up to $400 off.

Buy them from Samsung.com.

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Moto Z2 Force for $375 (50 percent off)

The Moto Z2 Force boasts a shatterproof screen (which we tested by dropping it 28 times) and magnetic Mods that help you customize the high-end Android phone.

Now, T-Mobile has the phone on sale for just $375 off-contract -- half the original $750 asking price.

Alternatively, Sprint will throw in a free Mod -- an Amazon Alexa speaker or the Insta-Share projector -- when you switch to Sprint and lease a Moto Z2 Force. The carrier will also slash payments in half to $16.50 per month.

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Moto Z2 Play for $100 off -- or $8 a month

This great midprice phone lets you snap on magnetic accessories to the back. Best Buy and Verizon are teaming up to offer the Moto Z2 Play for $8 per month, saving you $216 overall. Offer valid from Nov. 23 to 25.

Or, you can buy the unlocked phone directly from Motorola for $400 -- $100 off the usual price. It'll work on all US cellular carriers including AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon and Sprint.

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T-Mobile's buy 1, get 1 for iPhone, Samsung, LG

Buy one phone, get one of equal or lesser value for free, through T-Mobile -- through a rebate.

Check out all the details here.

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Sprint's massive Samsung, iPhone, Moto deals

How do you like the sound of 50 percent off Samsung's best phones, and an iPhone X, 8 Plus or 8 for up to $350 off? Or, you could pick up the Moto Z2 Force Edition, the iPhone SE, iPhone 7 or 7 Plus and Essential Phone for less.

Read the fine print here.

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Verizon: 50 percent off Pixel 2, Galaxy, Moto phones

Big Red brings out the big guns by promising to chop up to 50 percent off the Pixel 2 or 2 XL, the Moto Z2 Force, or Galaxy S8, S8 Plus or Note 8 phones.

The deal kicks off Nov. 23. Verizon's details here.

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Verizon: Free Asus ZenFone V

If you make the switch to Verizon or add a new lines of service on a payment plan, Big Red will say thanks with a free Asus ZenFone V.

The Android handset normally costs $240 for a 5.2-inch screen and 23-megapixel camera.

This is strictly a limited-time offer. You'll be able to get the device online from Nov. 23 through Nov. 24, or in Verizon stores on Nov. 24.

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AT&T has BOGOs

AT&T's Black Friday page is hush-hush on deals, but there are plenty of buy-one, get-one deals to rival the competition.
Phones include:

  • Samsung Galaxy S8
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+
  • Samsung Galaxy S8 Active
  • Samsung Note8
  • LG X venture
  • LG G6
  • LG V30
  • Moto Z2 Force Edition
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US Cellular gives away 'free' phones

Sign up for an unlimited data plan and hand over an eligible phone in return (or just $10 a month), and the regional carrier will let you pocket your choice of a Galaxy S8, iPhone 8, LG G6 or Moto Z Force. The deal runs from Nov. 22 through Nov. 27. More details here.

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9 phones for under $200 from Cricket Wireless

The prepaid carrier is going full steam ahead with Black Friday deals, offering nine entry-level and midrange handsets from Samsung, LG and ZTE for under $200. For example, the Samsung Galaxy Halo sells for $80 if you switch to Cricket, and the LG Harmony for only $10 (usually $99).

More details on Cricket's Black Friday deals.

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50 percent off Galaxy phones from Sprint

The Galaxy Note 8, S8, S8 Plus and S8 Active all get the discount treatment beginning Nov. 17. New customers who switch to Sprint can get half off their monthly payment on any of these four top-shelf Galaxy phones through the Sprint Flex plan.

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Microsoft's S8 and S8 Plus prices

Head over to a Microsoft retail store to nab unlocked versions of the Galaxy S8 for $575 and S8 Plus for $675. That's $150 off, respectively. These versions pick up software like the Cortana assistant and Microsoft launcher app that includes Word, Excel, One Note and Outlook.

The sale starts Nov. 23.

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iPhone 8, 8 Plus: $250 Target gift card

If you wander into a Target store with a dedicated Target Tech section, you'll be able to nab a $250 gift card when you buy an iPhone 8 or 8 Plus with Verizon, AT&T or Sprint service.

The deals start Nov. 22.

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LG V30 deals

The LG V30 is a legitimately great phone that unfortunately falls in the Note 8 and iPhone X's shadow.

LG bundle deal: Get a $400 rebate when you buy the V30 or V30 Plus from LG's site, when you buy a second LG product, like a pair of headphones, an air purifier, TV or washer. The promotion runs from Nov. 16 through Dec. 2; you can fill up on all the details starting Nov. 16.

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LG G6 for $360 on Sprint

Sprint and Best Buy promise you LG's likable, all-screen G6 for $5 per month, a $360 saving. Prices are valid from Nov. 23 through 25.

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Huawei Mate 9 for $100 off

We called the Huawei Mate 9 the perfect phone to buy as an alternative to Samsung's recalled Galaxy Note 7. A year on, it's still a good buy, especially for $100 off retailers' asking price of the unlocked Android handset.

From Nov. 23 through 27, buy at AmazonBest BuyB&H or Newegg for $100 off.

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iPhone SE, starting at $100

Apple's budget buy, the iPhone SE is a no-nonsense, pocket-friendly Diet iPhone that's fast enough and good enough to take decent photos and do all the essentials.

Walmart: $129 (save $70), gray and gold, 32GB, Straight Talk Wireless.

Target: $100 (save $60), 32GB, Total Wireless.

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Samsung Galaxy J3 for $40 and under

The Samsung Galaxy J3 is an entry-level Android device with some likable specs and a removable battery. Holiday deals make it a smart buy for first-timers.

Target: $40, save $60. Service from TracFone.

Best Buy: $30 from Total Wireless, Simple Wireless or TracFone (save $50).

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iPhone 6 for $200

When it first came out, the iPhone 6 set the bar for what Apple's phone should be. Two years on, it lacks some of the iPhone's newest features, but still brings solid midrange features and Apple's ecosystem.

Walmart: $199, save $200. 32GB, space gray. Service through Straight Talk.

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Save $75 on Moto G5 Plus

The Moto G5 Plus is our favorite budget phone, delivering some serious bang for the buck in style, performance, features and speed.

Best Buy is selling it for $225, which is $75 off.

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Essential Phone for $25 down and $5 a month

The Essential Phone is the Android made by Andy Rubin, the guy who made Android. It's designed to pare the phone experience down to the most important elements.

Sprint: Starting Nov. 23, the carrier will slash prices to $25 down and $5 a month, while supplies last. The carrier will also throw in the Essential 360 Video Camera, a $200 add-on that snaps onto the phone to take 360 video.

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Huawei Honor 6X for $150

A reliable budget handset, the Huawei Honor 6X price drops $50 at AmazonBest Buy, B&H and Newegg. Best Buy's offer comes in lowest, at $150 rather than $200. All offers are valid from Nov. 23 through 27.

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Samsung Galaxy S7

Walmart: Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy S7 32GB prepaid smartphone, in black, for $499 (save $100).

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Moto E4 and E4 Plus

The champ in low-cost phones that punch above their weight, Best Buy has gathered the Moto E4 and E4 Plus into its Black Friday ring.

Moto E4: $50 through Virgin Mobile (save $50).

Moto E4 Plus: $100 through Verizon (save $30).

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Sony Xperia XZ Premium for $100 off

It may not have the Samsung or LG name, but the Xperia XZ Premium is a thoroughbred, especially when it comes to super slow-motion video. There are a few trade-offs, but for $599 at Best Buy, which is $100 off this unlocked phone, you may be able to cope.

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LG Q6 for $179 with Amazon Prime

From now through Nov. 27, Amazon Prime members can get an additional $50 off the 5.5-inch LG Q6, bringing the cost down to $197. The handset already sells for $229 through the Prime program, which puts ads on the phone's lock screen. It originally retails for $299.

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HTC U11 Life

The blue-tiful HTC U11 Life comes as a bundle from HTC.com. The $349 Android handset with squeezable sides gets a tiny bit sweeter with a free HTC Fetch thrown in. Valued at $20 the Fetch is a physical tag that helps you find your phone when it goes walking.

The deal runs from Nov. 21 at 12 a.m. ET through Nov. 29 at 12 a.m. ET.

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iPhone 6S and Galaxy S6 deals on Gazelle

Online resaler Gazelle is getting into the Black Friday mix with a heap of discounts, including 30 percent off the 16GB iPhone 6S Plus and Galaxy S6 (from Nov. 24 through 26).

The discounts continue on Nov. 27 and 28 with 30 percent off the 64GB iPhone 6S Plus and 40 percent off the Galaxy S6.

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Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra

This Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra deal from Best Buy gives you a 23-megapixel rear camera and a 6-inch display for $300 (save $100).

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Alcatel Idol 4S for $169

A good, simple phone with a customizable button makes the Idol 4S a value buy at $169, $301 off the usual asking price. This is a rare phone to run Windows 10. (Pictured, Idol 4S with Android OS.)

Buy it from Microsoft stores starting Nov. 23.

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ZTE flip phone for $10

Don't look for any surprises with a $10 flip phone, because, hey, it's $10. But you also save $10 on this basic prepaid handset from Walmart. Service through TracFone, air time sold separately.

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