Black Friday is officially tomorrow, but we’re already swimming in deals. There are great savings on phones out there, but to save you time we’ve done some of the hard work and put together a line-up of the best deals currently available on Samsung Galaxy phones, iPhones, Google Pixel phones and more.
So, what about these gift cards? Well, if you’re thinking about changing carriers or adding a new line to your current service, most providers have offers in place where you can get a free new Samsung Galaxy or iPhone if you trade in your old phone year-round. But if you decide to head to Walmart this Black Friday, you’ll find they’re offering a $450 Walmart eGift Card with any iPhone XS or $400 on XS Max upgrade or at Best Buy you can get up to $500 off an iPhone 11, 11 Pro or Pro Max. We’ve got more of the best upgrades and unlocked discounts, including from Amazon and Target, in our article below, so read on.
For even more Black Friday shopping deals, see our roundup of the best deals under $30, best deals for $100 and under, and if you’re a big spender, check out our list of best Black Friday deals under $250.
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(As always, prices here are accurate at the time of publication but are subject to change.)
What are carrier installment plans?
Before we dive into the deals, it’s important to quickly clarify what exactly you’re signing up for with carrier installment plans. If you’re not buying unlocked, nearly all of these offers require you to upgrade on one of these plans, which means you’re agreeing to pay your carrier (AT&T or Verizon for the bulk of these deals) a monthly fee for your phone for 24 to 30 months depending on the plan. After that point, the phone is yours.
This is different than leasing programs like Sprint’s Flex, in which after a shorter period of 18 months, the carrier still owns the phone. After that period is done, you can either keep paying for six more months to own the phone, buy it out in one shot or return it and upgrade.
These agreements can help keep your phone’s total price low, but they also function as a way to keep you tied to the carrier. If you do want to switch, however, keep in mind that the remaining balance becomes due, often at the regular, nondiscounted monthly rate.
The good news is that most carriers have year-round deals to get you to switch, frequently offering to pay out your existing installment plan balance if it means you’ll leave your current carrier and join their network.
Black Friday iPhone deals
If you’re not sold on getting a new iPhone 11, 11 Pro or 11 Pro Max and are good with getting last year’s still-impressive iPhones, Walmart has a pretty tempting offer. While it isn’t discounting the iPhones’ list price, it is offering a $450 virtual gift card with the purchase of an XS and a $400 gift card if you buy an XS Max or iPhone XR.
You don’t need to trade in your old phone to get the offer, but if you do you can save up to another $250 depending on the phone and condition (an iPhone 8 Plus 256GB or newer will get $250). The trade-in will need to be done in stores, which will offer a similar discount and offer the deal between Nov. 28 and Dec. 1 at 11:59 p.m. local time. Sprint users will also be able to do this deal in stores.
The online portion of the deal runs from 10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Nov. 27, through 6 p.m. ET on Thanksgiving, Nov. 28 and then again Sunday, Dec. 1 at midnight E.T through 2:59 a.m. ET on Tuesday, Dec. 3.
Note: You will need to purchase the phone on a carrier payment plan. Read our iPhone XS review
Walmart is doing a similar, smaller deal for the iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max. While it is not offering the same amount for the latest iPhones, $300 is still a solid offer especially considering you don’t have to trade in your phone or switch to a new provider.
The deal for the latest iPhones follows the same times and restrictions as the XS and XS Max. If you want to do a trade-in, you’ll need to head into a Walmart store between Nov. 28 and Dec. 1.
AT&T and Verizon users can do this deal online or in stores. Sprint users will also be able to do this deal, but need to go into stores. Read our iPhone 11 review……….Read More>>