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Black Friday Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 deals 2021

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 Flex Camera Module
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 Flex Camera Module (Image credit: Nick Sutrich / Android Central)

It's easy to love the Galaxy Z Fold 3 once you get your hands on it. It has a gorgeous 7.6-inch display that rivals a small tablet when unfolded, the fastest CPU available paired with 12GB of RAM, and amazing multitasking software that takes full advantage of the double-screen design.

It's also absurdly expensive: $1,800 at full price. If you want a foldable anytime soon, these Black Friday Galaxy Z Fold 3 deals may be your last chance for months to make the upfront cost a bit less brutal. Just be ready to sign up for a new carrier plan or trade in your current phone to get the best deal.

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Save up to $1,600: Through Best Buy, Verizon is offering $400 off, up to $1,000 in trade-in credit for used phones, $200 in Verizon bill credits, and free Galaxy Buds 2 with the Z Fold 3. The biggest savings is for a new phone line; the max trade-in credit for an upgrade line is $440. Still, that comes to about $960 plus tax, minus the $200 bill rebate later. That's a pretty significant discount.
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Save $400–$1,200: Best Buy and AT&T are offering $300 off the Z Fold 3 with qualified activation, dropping it to $1,500. From there, you can get an extra $800 off by trading in almost any phone, including older models like the Pixel 3a, Galaxy S8, iPhone 6s, or OnePlus 5. Get cutting-edge tech for cheap thanks to the old phone sitting in your drawer, plus free Galaxy Buds 2.
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Save up to $1,050: T-Mobile is offering $500 off if you add a new line or account, or just over a grand off if you trade in an eligible device while adding a new line. T-Mobile's list of eligible trades is smaller than other carriers', but its deal without a trade-in is higher than the competition. Plus, again, you get those free Galaxy Buds 2.
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$250 rebate + $900 credit + free Buds 2: Samsung is yet another option with a decent rebate and a major trade-in discount with the right device — which includes tablets and watches as well as phones. You can use this deal to get an Unlocked model or choose any of the major carriers, without having to add a new line for the rebate.
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Save up to $400 with no commitments: If you have no phones to trade in and don't want to mess with carrier deals and new lines, you can still get a few hundred dollars off the premium foldable by paying upfront.

Unless you're willing to switch carriers or pay more for a new phone line, Samsung is likely your best choice here. It'll give you a solid discount with a trade-in without any strings attached. Otherwise, AT&T offers the best trade-in credit without needing to own another expensive flagship, while Verizon has the best deal for iPhone users willing to switch to Android (and Verizon).

To give a peek behind the curtain at Android Central, several of our staff members use the Galaxy Z Fold 3 as their daily phone. One called it his "phone of the year", one said it was "finally giving smartphone fans what they want", and our reviewer went back to the Z Fold 3 after he finished with the Pixel 6 Pro.

They took advantage of Samsung's initial trade-in offer and got themselves this amazing foldable for a reasonable price. So far, I haven't heard any buyer's remorse from them.

If you can find the right Black Friday Galaxy Z Fold 3 deal, I'd say go for it. It's the best foldable phone available and will transform your smartphone experience.

Where will the best Black Friday Galaxy Z Fold 3 deals be?

If you're looking for a discount without a trade-in, Amazon and Best Buy have the best available deals, and they're both good sites to watch for new deals on Thanksgiving, Black Friday, or Cyber Monday.

Otherwise, Samsung continues to be the best spot for a trade-in deal, Best Buy is facilitating good carrier deals, and you could always keep an eye on the carriers' own websites: AT&T, Verizon, or T-Mobile are your best bets.

Amazon: Save a chunk of money, possible Lightning Deals to come (opens in new tab) Best Buy: All the best carrier deals, or $400 off the Unlocked model (opens in new tab) Samsung: Great discount without carrier baggage, plus fast shipping (opens in new tab)

When are the Black Friday Galaxy Z Fold 3 deals?

We don't have any advance notice of better Black Friday Galaxy Z Fold 3 deals than the ones we already highlighted. Samsung is promising its current Z Fold 3 deal through December 5 or "while supplies last", so don't wait around expecting the price to drop any lower. We also suspect the carrier deals available are the ones you're going to get. They've set the trade-in values for each phone in stone, and several hundred off in rebates is already a great deal.

The only possible new deal we expect is from Amazon, which could discount the Z Fold 3 even further. But even then, it'll likely cost more than if you traded in a recent phone with another site. So, essentially, what you see today is what you'll get for the rest of the holidays.

Michael L Hicks
Senior Editor, VR/AR and fitness

Michael spent years freelancing on every tech topic under the sun before settling down on the real exciting stuff: virtual reality, fitness wearables, gaming, and how tech intersects with our world. He's a semi-reformed Apple-to-Android user who loves running, D&D, and Star Wars. Find him on Twitter at @Michael_L_Hicks.