NerdWallet is here to help you win Black Friday, while leaving your budget intact. We spend the time, you save the money. Visit regularly for tips and announcements about the best holiday deals from your favorite retailers. Black Friday is Nov. 24.
If last year is any indication, finding a discounted iPhone 8 with no strings attached might prove difficult this Black Friday. Retailers last year were offering $250 gift cards with the iPhone 7, or a free iPhone 7 in exchange for an old smartphone and a two-year commitment. Android users should have an easier time finding deals.
It’s always a good idea to read the fine print when looking at cell phone deals. Often you’ll find that a good deal on a phone means jumping through several hoops and possibly a long-term commitment to a wireless carrier to get the full benefit. You might be able to save money upfront but lose out in the long run.
NerdWallet members can free up money in their holiday budgets by lowering their cell phone, cable and internet bills. See how much you could save.
Best Black Friday cell phone deals 2017
Still waiting for the best 2017 Black Friday cell phone 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 2016 for an idea of what you can expect this year.
Before you purchase an extra warranty for a cell phone (or any electronics you buy on Black Friday), see if your credit card offers a complimentary extended warranty.
Best Black Friday cell phone deals 2016
- Verizon offered a free high-end smartphone when you traded in particular older models, provided you stay with Verizon for two years
- Sprint offered 50% off the new HTC Bolt handset (which retailed at $600) with the activation of a new line of service
- If you bought a 256 gigabyte iPhone 7 from Best Buy, you got a $250 Best Buy gift card
- Walmart’s Black Friday deals included a $250 gift card when you bought any Apple or Samsung phone, provided you agreed to pay off the phone with a monthly installment plan from AT&T or Verizon.