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Amazon launches 'Penny Pincher' smartphone sale

The Internet retailer has put all of its Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T smartphones on sale for just 1 cent.


Amazon is getting a jump on Black Friday with a smartphone sale.

The Internet retailer has dropped prices on all its smartphones from Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T to 1 cent during its Penny Pincher sale. Shoppers can pick up the Motorola Droid Razr, which Verizon Wireless sells for $299 with a two-year contract, for a single penny (and the same contract obligations).

Other phones listed at a cent on Amazon's Wireless store include the Samsung Galaxy S II Epic ($199 at Sprint) and the BlackBerry Torch ($99 at AT&T). Also, buyers who activate the hotspot feature on their phone purchase will receive a $100 Amazon gift card.

The sale, which includes free two-day shipping, is valid through November 28. However, deals apply only to new subscribers; customers who already have a contract with that carrier are out of luck.

T-Mobile smartphones aren't included in the sale, nor is the Apple iPhone, which isn't available at the Amazon Wireless store.

The sale could give Google a boost in the race to surpass Apple in the number of active devices. At the iPhone 4S launch event on October 4, Apple CEO Tim Cook said it had sold 250 million iOS devices up to that point, a figure that includes iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touches.

However, more than 200 million Android devices have been activated around the world, Google announced last week at its Google Music event. Further, more than 550,000 devices are being activated every day, up from a daily tally of 500,000 in June and 400,000 in May.