Looking for a new phone this Black Friday? Join the club. It’s a great time to shop for electronics of all kinds. And there’s lots on offer. To help you navigate through the fray, we’ve included some of the best Black Friday phone deals from our favorite retailers.
Let’s start with the stars. This year, the Samsung Galaxy S III is going to feature high on most retailers’ Black Friday ads. Both Best Buy and Tiger Direct have it for just under $50 provided you sign up for a 2-year contract with Sprint. They’re both great prices for the top-of-the-line Android that knocked the iPhone down to the number two phone in the United States.
Target has the unlocked iPhone 4s for $499. But, frankly, it’s not worth the price. For $200 cheaper, you can get the Galaxy Nexus 4 (plus all the apps that Apple can offer and better specs). And if you’re already tied to a contract, most carriers are practically giving the iPhone 4s away for free now that the iPhone 5 is out.
For a better deal on an unlocked phone, we recommend the Samsung Galaxy SII. On Black Friday, Best Buy is selling it for just $299. It’s the older model Galaxy but it’s a great, fast phone with an HD display and the first Android phone to give Apple something to worry about.
And if you’re willing to sign a contract, Sam’s Club has it for just 96 cents if you’re willing to sign up with AT&T for 2 years and Tiger Direct will give it to you for free if you sign up with Sprint.
Speaking of last years’ models, there are a lot of great deals to be had on phone models that have stood up well to the test of time. The Motorola Droid RAZR is a great deal at Best Buy for $50 (with a 2-year contract with Verizon). It’s got one of the largest displays on the market and just about the best battery life you can find on the market today.
But if you want to get the best variety of deals, we recommend heading over to Tiger Direct. Because their sales are online only, you can shop while you’re waiting in Black Friday lines somewhere else.
This year, Tiger Direct is really peddling 2-year wireless carrier contracts and the deals are almost never ending. Sign up with AT&T and you can have the LG Optimus G for $99, The Pantech Flex for free or the Nokia Lumia 920 (the flagship Windows Phone) for $60. Choose Sprint and you can have the HTC Evo 4G LTE for $49.
There’s a lot of choice to be had out there. And what you choose may depend on your existing wireless carrier and the Black Friday phone deals line you end up in. But if you don’t find anything that you like, why not check out what’s on offer at GSMNation.com? They carry a wide variety of unlocked phones that are cheaper than most during any time of the year.