Black Friday cell phone deals

CNET rounds up some of the hottest Black Friday deals for cell phones and smartphones.

The HTC Droid Incredible is just one of many smartphones on sale for Black Friday.
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Black Friday brings some amazing deals on tech gadgets, including cell phones and smartphones. However, there's a lot to sort through, so to help make it easier, we've rounded up some of the hottest deals on handsets below.

Some of these promotions are happening now or extend beyond Black Friday, so you don't have to fight the crowds in order to take advantage of the sale. Happy shopping and enjoy the holiday!

  • Through November 29, Amazon is offering a selection of Android phones from Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T for just a penny. Models include the HTC Droid Incredible, Motorola Droid X, Samsung Captivate, HTC Aria, and Samsung Intercept.

  • AT&T will have a deal of the day from November 26 to November 29. For example, on November 28, four of the carrier's messaging phones--LG Vu Plus, Pantech Link, Pantech Pursuit, and Sharp FX--will be free. On November 29, you can get the HTC Aria, RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G, Motorola Flipout, Motorola Bravo, and Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 for a penny with a new contract.

  • T-Mobile is having a buy one get one free deal on featured smartphones and affordable Android phones for new and existing customers signing up for a two-year family plan. The offers includes some of the latest smartphones, such as the T-Mobile G2, T-Mobile MyTouch 4G, HTC HD7, and the Samsung Galaxy Tab, and runs through January 18.

  • U.S. Cellular cut prices on the LG Apex, Samsung Acclaim, Samsung Mesmerize, and HTC Desire, and is giving $150 credit off future bills to anyone who adds a smartphone line.

  • Cricket Wireless reduced the price of several of its handsets. The Cricket MSGM8 II is now $49.99, the Huawei Ascend is $99.99, the RIM BlackBerry Curve 8530 is $199.99, and the Cricket Crosswave is $124.99. Cricket does not require annual contracts, but several of these handsets do require mail-in rebates to get the advertised price.

  • Verizon just announced a Black Friday promotion where customers who purchase select smartphones on November 26 will receive a Jawbone Icon Bluetooth headset (retails for $99.99) for free.

  • Sprint hasn't announced any Black Friday deals yet, but you can find a number of the company's handsets on sale at other retailers. For example, you can get the RIM BlackBerry Style for $69.99 at Best Buy (a savings of $30). Radio Shack is having a Web-only sale on the HTC Evo 4G and Samsung Epic 4G where new Sprint customers can get the 4G devices for $149.99 and $199.99, respectively.

  • Great deals can also be found at Costco, Target, and Wal-Mart, among others. Just to give you an idea of some of the sales: Costco is offering the T-Mobile MyTouch 3G Slide for a penny (originally $129.99) , and Target has the Samsung Continuum for $79.99 (originally $199.99).