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Black Friday sales are ripe with savings on shiny new electronics. That certainly includes cell phones. Phone carriers and retailers bring their best deals to the competition, usually in the form of steep discounts or bonus gift cards. So whether you’re team Apple, Samsung, Google or something else, it’s a good time to purchase a device.
Here’s the scoop on Black Friday cell phone deals.
What are the best Black Friday cell phone deals in 2020?
Still waiting for the best 2020 cell phone Black Friday deals? So are we. Keep checking back, because we’ll post them here as soon as we get the details. In the meantime, take a look at what happened in 2019 for an idea of what you can expect this year.
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What were the best Black Friday cell phone deals in 2019?
Some of the best bargains last year came from retailers. Check out the highlights below:
Best Buy offered up to $500 off a new iPhone 11 or 11 Pro with qualified activation and trade-in through AT&T, Verizon or Sprint.
Target shoppers could score a $550 Target gift card with the purchase of a Google Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL with service through Verizon or AT&T.
T-Mobile had a buy one, get one free deal on Samsung Galaxy S10 and Note 10 (multiple models) for new and existing customers who added a new voice line.
How to decide if it’s worth it
If you’re in the market for a new cell phone, Black Friday is an optimal time to buy one. Bonus gift cards and buy one, get one free deals can help you save considerable money.
But in order to be eligible for most Black Friday phone deals, you’ll need to be on a specific plan or network. Don’t qualify? It might be worth switching carriers or plans to capitalize on a major promotion.
Cell phone deals will continue through the holiday season, so if you miss out on a deal now, you might find a comparable promotion later.
How to budget for a cell phone
While a basic cell phone is a necessity for most people, a top-of-the-line model is considered a luxury. Decide what kind of phone ticks your boxes and whether it’s going to fit into your budget as a need or a want.
Remember, it’s not just about the device. What you spend on a cell phone plan can take a large chunk out of your budget too.