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Cell Phone Black Friday 2019 Deals: Are They Worth It?

Last year, select phones came with a $300 Walmart gift card at Walmart.
Sept. 30, 2019
Black Friday, Cell Phones, Shopping, Utilities
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The best cell phone Black Friday deals typically come from retailers rather than carriers. Last year, electronics sellers and wholesale clubs offered gift cards valued from $150 to $400 with purchase of new phones, such as the iPhone XS and Samsung Galaxy Note 9. Check out our cell phone deal breakdown below.

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Best Black Friday cell phone deals, 2019

Still waiting for the best 2019 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 2018 for an idea of what you can expect this year.

Best Black Friday cell phone deals, 2018

In 2018, Black Friday cell phone deals proved generous — mainly for shoppers with the right networks or plans. Here’s a look back at some of the top promotions:

  • Walmart offered in-store shoppers a $300 gift card with purchase of select Apple and Android phones, including the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, Samsung Galaxy S9 and Samsung Galaxy Note 9.
  • Walmart also gave away a $400 gift card with purchase of the Phone 8, 8 Plus or X in stores.
  • Target threw in a $300 gift card with qualified activation of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 on Verizon or AT&T.
  • Best Buy knocked $400 off the Google Pixel 2 XL or $200 off the Pixel 3 and 3 XL when activated on Verizon.

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