If you didn’t pre-order the new iPhone X, or you haven’t already upgraded to Samsung’s latest Galaxy model, a smartphone might be on your Black Friday shopping list. GOBankingRates scoured the ads and compiled a list of the best deals to look out for when Black Friday shopping. From Target to Amazon, see which stores have the best deals on phones.
Target’s Black Friday Deals
Target came out of the gate running with their deals for Black Friday 2017. In addition to their discounted offerings on other types of merchandise, their star doorbusters surround the release of the new iPhones — offering a free $250 gift card with the activation of a new iPhone 8 or 8 Plus.
While not quite as groundbreaking as the more expensive iPhone X, the eighth generation iPhones boast a new glass design, a better camera, wireless charging and the “most powerful and smartest chip ever in a smartphone.”
Stores with Target Tech activations are offering a free $250 Target gift card with the purchase of an iPhone 8 or 8 Plus on Black Friday. In order to qualify for the deal, you’ll need to activate a Verizon Device Payment, AT&T Next, Sprint 24-Month Installments or Lease plan.
2. $300 Gift Card With Samsung Galaxy Note8, S8 or S8+ Purchase
If you’re team Android, you can score a gift card at Target for buying a new smartphone. Target is offering a $300 gift card with a purchase of one of its newest Galaxy models. This deal is only available at stores with Target Tech and with a qualifying activation.
The S8 phones are equipped with USB-C charging ports, up to 2TB of expandable storage and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. Meanwhile, the Note8 boasts an infinity display, a 6.3-inch screen and an 18.5:9 aspect ratio.
3. Get a Samsung Galaxy J3 Luna Pro for $39.99
As a limited-time doorbuster, Target will be offering the no-contract smartphone for $39.99 — a $60 savings off the original price. If you’re interested in this deal, get to your local store early, as there will be limited inventory — and no rain checks allowed.
4. Score an iPhone SE 32GB for $99.99
Apple’s no-contract smartphone will also be available for $60 off on Black Friday. Target will have limited quantities of this phone, which features a 4-inch Retina display, 12MP camera, Bluetooth and LTE coverage. No-contract plans start at $35/month.
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Costco’s Black Friday Deals
When it comes to Black Friday, this wholesale retailer believes in the philosophy of going big — and that translates over to it’s cellphone sales as well. The store is offering up a free $50 gift card for a qualified iPhone 7 purchase through T-Mobile, as well as a number of other standout deals.
5. $300 Costco Cash + Scosche Magic Mount Kit With the Samsung Galaxy S8
Verizon and Sprint customers can snag a killer deal on a Samsung Galaxy S8 at Costco during Black Friday. In addition to a $300 gift card, shoppers will get a free Scosche Magic Mount Kit (a $48.99 value) — a magnetic car mount, ideal for hands-free navigation.
6. $50 Off an Unlocked Moto G5 Plus
Costco will be offering a $50 discount on the unlocked Moto G5 Plus — both in stores and online. The smartphone comes with a high-grade aluminum design and an octa-core processor. It’s compatible with all major phone carriers.
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Cellphone Carrier Deals
When it comes to deals from carriers on Black Friday, the best is yet to come — particularly from Sprint and T-Mobile. Keep checking back as Black Friday draws nearer to see updated offerings for phones from every carrier.
7. Get Up to $350 Back on a Trade-In for the Apple iPhone X
While Black Friday deals on Apple’s latest and greatest model have yet to be released — as of Nov. 6 — you can still find significant savings on the face-recognizing, Super Retina display phone. Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile are all currently offering up to $350 back when you trade in select smartphones for the iPhone X.
Check with your contract and carrier to see exactly how much you’ll be able to get toward a new phone. Because this phone is so new and popular, you’re not likely to find better deals than these — even on Black Friday.
Google’s Black Friday Deal
In addition to their lineup of smart home devices, Google entered the smartphone world last year with the introduction of the Pixel. This year, ushering in the revamped Pixel 2, they are partnering up with various carriers to offer their phone at marked discounts for Black Friday.
8. Get Up to $410 Back When You Trade in Your Phone for a Google Pixel 2
The newest model of Google’s unlocked smartphone — which can be activated through any major phone carrier — is currently available for a heavily discounted price. That is, if you’re trading in an old phone.
You may be able to get up to $410 toward the purchase of the Google Pixel 2 by parting with your current smartphone. The water-resistant Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are equipped with Google’s voice assistant technology and are eligible for Google’s Project Fi — a no-contract plan.
Walmart’s Black Friday Deal
Some of Walmart’s biggest Black Friday cellphone deals feature two magic words: “No contract.” The retailer is serving up a number of great deals, including certain smartphones that are free to go to any carrier, on any plan, anytime.
9. Get the Straight Talk Apple iPhone 6 32GB for $199.99
One of Walmart’s early-announced Black Friday deals is the Straight Talk Apple iPhone 6, which is a prepaid smartphone. The phone’s top features include 4G LTE, a 4.7-inch retina HD display, a battery time of up to 24 hours, an 8 MP camera (and 2 MP front-facing camera) and Bluetooth 4.1 wireless technology. Score this deal ahead of Black Friday on Walmart.com.
Amazon’s Black Friday Deal
It seems Amazon is the final holdout for Black Friday deals. The massive online giant is known for waiting until the last minute to advertise their Black Friday — and Cyber Monday — deals, and Black Friday 2017 is no exception. Keep checking back as the big day gets closer to see what they have up their sleeves.
10. Snag a Certified Refurbished Phone at a Steep Discount
Amazon hasn’t yet released all of its Black Friday deals, but it is currently offering a few pre-Black Friday specials on certified refurbished phones. Score an unlocked Apple iPhone 6S in rose gold for $314.99, a Samsung Galaxy S6 SM-G920V for $204.99 or an LG Nexus 5x LG-H791 for $199.99.
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