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

This year, some retailers are offering gift cards valued from $200 to $550 with the purchase of new phones.
Nov. 25, 2019
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The best cell phone Black Friday deals typically come from retailers rather than carriers. This year, electronics sellers and wholesale clubs are offering gift cards valued from $200 to $550 with purchase of new phones, such as the iPhone 11 and Samsung Galaxy Note 10. Check out our cell phone deal breakdown below.

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Best Black Friday cell phone deals, 2019

Get a gift for yourself and someone on your list with buy one, get one free deals on Samsung and iPhone models, or score a gift card with your purchase to tackle the rest of your holiday shopping list.

  • AT&T: Get your choice of an iPhone XR (64GB), Samsung S10e (128GB), Google Pixel 4 (64GB) or LG G8X ThinQ for free when you activate a new line on a qualifying installment plan. Deal available November 22 through December 5.
  • T-Mobile: Buy one, get one free on Samsung Galaxy S10 and Note 10 (multiple models). Deal available to new customers and existing customers who add a new voice line.
  • Best Buy: Up to $500 off a new iPhone 11 or 11 Pro with qualified activation and trade-in through AT&T, Verizon or Sprint.
  • Target: Get a $550 Target gift card when you purchase a Google Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL with service through Verizon or AT&T.
  • Costco: Get a Samsung Galaxy S10 with Verizon for $429.99 ($420 off).

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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