One thing you may not think about during Black Friday is the "hassle" of switching carriers or upgrading your phone, but that could mean that you're missing out on a pretty great offer that could really benefit you. Not a week goes by that a phone carrier isn't trying to entice people to switch over, but during big shopping events you tend to see them take these offers to the next level.
We've seen companies like Mint Mobile offer three months of service for just $20, and others have offered free phones to switch, large gift cards for trading in your current phone, and plenty of other options. This will require you to finance or lease a new phone, usually, and many times you have to either move to a new carrier or add another line in order to qualify.
Just because there are a few hoops to get through, doesn't mean you should rule it out entirely. Let's break down some of what you may be interested in.
Hey Verizon deals, can you hear me now?
Verizon is one of the largest carriers in the United States, and the way to stay big is to be flashy and offer great reasons for customers to come and stay. Many will argue that Verizon has the best service across the country or the fastest speeds, but that does come at a cost. Some of the plans are more expensive than the competition, and most of the deals require you to switch to save or add another line so you're paying more each month.
Right now, you can switch and get up to $650 off a new iPhone, buy a Galaxy smartwatch and get one half off, keep your current phone and get $250, and more. Be sure to check back often, as the deals tend to change rather often, and don't last super long when they are available.
Black Friday and Cyber Monday
Verizon has finally announced its Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. With an unlimited plan, on 11/28 only, trade in your iPhone for $400. If you are switching to Verizon, you could get $800 off select iPhones. If you get an iPhone XS 64GB you'll get $600 off and a free Apple Watch.
If you want to go with Samsung Galaxy, if you switch to Verizon on Black Friday, you can get a free Samsung Galaxy S10e in a Verizon exclusive Cardinal Red color. You can also get up to $750 off Galaxy phones. On Cyber Monday, you can get 50% off a Galaxy S10+ 1TB model. You can find all of these deals on Verizon's deals page when they go live.
With the S10e, you can also get a free Galaxy Watch while supplies last.
If you are looking to try out 5G or just want a good deal on the Moto z4, you'll be able to get it for $5 per month with the 5G mod included for free. This deal will be available from 11/28 to 12/1. Black Friday weekend will also have a $150 discount on Samsung Galaxy Tab S6.
Remember, you'll have to keep an eye on Verizon's deals page when these go live.
Get $400 off a Google Pixel 3 XL. This plan is supposed to apply to the Pixel 3 as well but isn't showing up in the store yet. Double check before you pay. You'll need to opt for the 24 financing at $22.08 per month totalling to just over $529. You can also get $300 off if you upgrade.
You can also get a similar deal on the Google Pixel 3a at $200 off or $100 off for upgrades. Of course, this is paid at $8.33 per month for 24 months adding up to just $199.
Buy one get one
There are some good buy one get one deals at Verizon as well. A lot of phones have some discount on the second device but some big examples are the Pixel 4, LG G8, and Samsung Galaxy S10e which all have big enough discount to completely pay for the second phone.
How far will T-Mobile go on Black Friday?
T-Mobile has been known to offer a deal or two, heck maybe even three from time to time. The carrier likes to go big, but not all the offers are as great as they may seem. Currently, T-Mobile is offering a free iPhone 11 Pro for those who switch over and trade in a phone, and if you prefer Android you can buy a Galaxy S10 or Note 10 and get a Galaxy S10e for free.
The carrier has finally announced its official Black Friday promotions, and is now live with the deals which include an iPhone "On Us" offer that can score you up to four free iPhone 11, alongside Apple Watch deals, up to $300 off the Pixel 4, 4 XL, and OnePlus 7T Pro with eligible trade in.
You can get four free iPhone 11 devices with a 24 month installment plan. This deal includes an unlimited plan for $30 per line.
There's also a $200 discount on the T-Mobile REVVLRY+ mid-range Android phone.
Keep in mind with all of these plans that if you cancel your service before your 24 months of payments are complete you'll be responsible for paying off the phone.
Sprint your way to a free phone (for 18 months)
Lately, Sprint has been just giving away free phones to everyone willing to ditch their current carrier and make the move. Not all phones are included, and they are only available for an 18-month lease, but free is free! Over the past few years, Sprint has invested heavily in expanding its network, so you'll want to check and see if the coverage in your area has improved as a result.
On thing to remember about the 18 month lease is that in order to buy the phone out at the end of the lease term, you'll need to pay it off in six monthly payments or one lump sum. But you'll have the upgrade option at this time as well.
Sprint has released a sneak peek at its Black Friday deals.
Free LG 4K smart TV
If you're an LG fan or just a fan of tons of screen real estate, Sprint may have what it takes to bring you in. If you lease an LG G8X you'll get the Dual Screen and an LG 49 inch 4K smart TV. You could also choose the LG V50 ThinQ in place of the G8X making this one of the first 5G Black Friday deals.
Another 5G phone on sale at Sprint is the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G down to just $20 per month with an 18 month lease.
Another notable deal gets you the iPhone 11 for $0 with an 18 month term if you trade in an iPhone 6S or newer in any condition. That's right, if you've been holding off on a new phone because your aging iPhone is a little beat up, this is your chance.
There are other sales including a Sprint Drive and a Tracker for the Safe & Found parental control service. Sprint Drive is an interesting device that can provide information about your car's health as well as roadside assistance. It also acts as a Wi-Fi hotspot for your car.
There are also a few buy one, get one discount for devices from the Samsung family, Google Pixel family, as well as iPhone discounts.
In addition to phone discounts, Sprint runs promotions from time to time that match your current wireless plan at a lower price, unlimited plans for just $25 a month, and much more. If you've written Sprint off in the past for any reason, it may be time to give them another look during this holiday shopping season.
Can AT&T remain competitive this year?
When it comes to deals at AT&T, the carrier absolutely loves to offer BOGO deals, where you need to be ready to get two devices instead of just one. This often requires the addition of one or two lines, or porting in of your current lines to be eligible. While it's really cool to get a second device free, if you don't happen to have two lines looking for a new phone at that time, it's a bit pointless.
Four free phones
So far AT&T has rolled out four phone deals alongside some other deals. You can get one of four phones free when you do all of the following: add a new line to a new or existing plan, sign up for an unlimited plan, pay the taxes for the full amount of the phone, pay the $30 activation fee, and commit to 30 term installment plan. While the phone comes out to free, it is split up into 30 monthly credits that cancel out the per month cost of the device.
It's important to keep in mind that you are making a commitment to AT&T until the phone is paid in full. If you try to get out early, you'll need to pay the remaining value of the phone.
Google Fi with a Pixel
Google Fi has joined in on the Black Friday deals with up to $500 in savings if you buy a Pixel 4 or Pixel 4 XL. Get $500 back as a service credit when you buy a Pixel 4 XL 128GB. You can also get $450 with a Pixel 4 XL 64GB and Pixel 4 128GB and $400 with a Pixel 4 64GB. If you were interested in getting phone service from Google with a phone that can make the most of the hybrid network, this is the deal for you,
What's a Mint Mobile even?
When you think of the biggest carriers in the U.S. you may not think immediately of Mint Mobile, but that shouldn't stop you from considering whatever crazy offer the carrier will unveil. Mint Mobile is an MVNO that runs on the nationwide T-Mobile network, which means you'll have great coverage throughout the country, but at a fraction of the cost.
During Black Friday 2018, Mint Mobile ran a deal that offered three months of service for just $20, and recently the carrier offered up six months of service for $60. These are some insane deals that definitely make it worth considering the switch, so be sure to be on the lookout for what Mint Mobile may be up to.
While it doesn't offer traditional phone financing, Mint Mobile does have 0% interest financing options available on a variety of phones, including the latest iPhone models, Google Pixel, and more.
To Visible or not to Visible?!
Enjoy the idea of having Verizon's coverage but don't want to fork over the money each month to get it? Well, meet Visible. The MVNO runs on the Verizon network but comes without the high costs, along with a few other things. There are some trade-offs to consider, like no physical retail locations, customer support may not be as good, tethering speeds can vary, and more, but overall you're getting largely the same speeds and coverage for less.
Currently Visible is offering your first month of service for $25, or rather, a $15 new customer discount. You'll still need a compatible phone or to buy a phone. Luckily, if you buy a phone, you can get a $200 Prepaid Mastercard Virtual Account
With the ability to get discounts by sharing your account with a feature called Party Pay, you can get four lines connected for $25 per month.
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