With Black Friday kicking off in just tomorrow, we already know all the deals from the US major carriers. This year’s shopping feast seems to be a big one, as T-Mobile prepared for us incredibly hot deals on iPhones, while Verizon is slashing the price of the Galaxy S8 by half. But which of the carriers have the most lucrative deals? Let’s take a closer look and compare Black Friday deals prepared by Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Cricket and US Cellular.
All major carriers prepared great Black Friday sales on the most desirable smartphones. But which carrier offer the best deal?
It shouldn’t come as a huge surprise that most of the Black Friday 2017 deals delivered by mobile carriers concern smartphones, with a special focus on Android flagships including the Galaxy S8, Note 8 and Pixel 2. But, it doesn’t mean that there are no bargains on the Apple iPhones.
To start from T-Mobile, the Un-carrier is the only service provider whose iPhones discounts deserve our attention. The carrier is offering a BOGO deal on every iPhone except the iPhone X. What’s more the deals are pretty straightforward with a small number of strings attached. Subscribers on One Plan are eligible for the promo, providing that they add an extra line for $10. But quite interestingly, you can cancel the line after two months.
Both iPhones need to be purchased on the Equipment Installment Plan, which divides their overall cost into 24 equal monthly payments. T-Mobile will cover the cost of the second device in the form of a prepaid MasterCard card, which will be sent to you in two months’ time. When you receive the card, you can get rid of the second line, or pay off both handsets and switch to a different carrier.
The list of phones covered by the BOGO promo isn’t limited to iPhones and includes: the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, Samsung Galaxy S8, Samsung Galaxy S8 Active, Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus, Samsung Note 8, LG G6, LG V30 and the LG V30 Plus.
When it comes to Verizon, the carrier delivers the hottest deals on all the most wanted Android flagships. However, in order to benefit from the discounts you need to stay loyal with Verizon for two years. Just like T-Mobile, Verizon is also offering BOGO deals on phones but the reimbursement is paid in the form of 24 bill credits. This means that you can’t leave the carrier for the next two years, otherwise you will lose a part of the discounted price.
At Verizon you will only need to buy one phone not two like at T-Mobile. The list of eligible devices includes: the Google Pixel 2, Google Pixel 2 XL, Samsung Galaxy S8, Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus, Samsung Galaxy Note 8, or Moto Z2 Force. Furthermore, the Big Red is also offering deals on a rich selection of accessories, the most eye-catching of which are a $80 discount on the big Google Home, $30 discount on the Google Home Mini and a $99 rebate on the UE Boom normally worth $200.
Verizon’s Black Friday deals will be available online since Thursday, while on Friday they will become accessible in local stores.
Furthermore, the Big Red will also give a $100 rebate on select Android phones, $400 or more when you enroll to an unlimited data plan. Between November 23rd and 26th, this bargain will apply to the Galaxy S6 and S7, Pixel and Pixel XL, LG G6 and V20, Moto Z Force, and Kyocera Dura Force Pro.
Whereas between November 25th and 26th, that deal will also cover the Galaxy S8 and S8+, Note 8, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, LG V30, Moto Z2 Force, and ASUS ZenFone AR.
Just as in the case of Verizon, Sprint’s Black Friday sale also focuses on half-price Android phones. However, unlike the Un-carrier’s and Big Red’s offers, Sprint’s deals don’t require purchase of the devices, instead you simply lease the phones for two years with a 50 percent rebate. When you do simple math you will quickly notice that most of the pricing is nearly unbeatable. For instance, the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus (or its Active variant) may be yours for just $15.62 and $17.71 per month, respectively. Meanwhile, the Galaxy Note 8 will cost you only $20 per month.
Moving on to US Cellular, between Wednesday Nov 22nd and Monday November 27th, the carrier will be offering premium smartphones for free, providing that you trade-in an eligible handset and sign up for an unlimited data plan. Only then you may grab the Samsung Galaxy S8, LG G6, Moto Z Force or the iPhone 8 at no cost. The list of the phones you may trade in exchange for one of the mentioned above devices includes: the Samsung Galaxy S6 and up, LG G6, LG V20, LG V30 or iPhone 6 and up. In case you don’t have an eligible handset, you can still benefit from the promo, but then each of the phones will cost you $10 per month.
Starting November 20th and up to November 26th, Cricket Wireless (AT&T’s prepaid subsidiary) is granting its customers with cool rebates on ZTE and LG phones. To celebrate this year’s shopping madness, the carrier will offer the ZTE Blade X and Blade X Max for $49.99 and $99.99, respectively. Normally, the handsets are priced at $119.99 and $149.99. The discounts apply to both switchers and existing customers. The phones differ only in terms of size factor and storage, the Max variant has 32GB of native storage space instead of the basic 16GB and a half inch bigger display than the standard model.
If you opt for LG phones, then you should know than switchers will be granted with extra discounts. If you decide to leave your existing carrier, the LG Fortune may be yours for free, or you may get the LG X Charge for $49.99 or the Stylo 3 for just $29.99, while the LG Harmony is within your reach for $9.99. New and existing subscribers may buy the LG Fortune for $29.99, the X Charge for $99.99, the Stylo 3 for $129.99 and the LG Harmon for $59.99.
Truth to be told, AT&T delivers the weakest deals. The carrier isn’t really offering any worth attention promos on smartphones. Instead, they simply try to tempt people to sign up for Direct TV Now by offering a free Apple TV if you agree to prepay for the four months of their streaming service. Although AT&T has its own edition of the BOGO deal concerning the Galaxy S8, it isn’t directly associated with Black Friday 2017. The promo allows you to buy two Galaxy S8 phones at the price of one, but you need to sign up for the 30-month AT&T Next plan. AT&T will cover the cost of the second handset via bill credits.
Summing up, if you need a new iPhone you should definitely visit T-Mobile. In case you opt for an Android smartphone, then you should head over either to Sprint or Verizon. All of the deals allow you to grab two top-notch phones at the price of one. Lastly, those in need for a cheap phone should shop at Cricket Wireless, which is offering plethora of budget-friendly devices, some of which may be yours for free if you switch to the carrier.