Black Friday is still a major shopping day in the United States, but the rise of online shopping has extended sales and specials into Cyber Monday and, for many retailers, weeks on end. The big four U.S. wireless carriers all take part in this annual sales ritual, but not all of them are promoting Black Friday deals in the run-up to Nov. 23.
Here’s a roundup of the Black Friday deals and other ongoing sales being promoted two days before the big day. Interested customers should closely read the fine print for each offer and be diligent in understanding the terms.
Some of the carriers might be keeping further details under wraps and announcing special days on Black Friday, but it’s unlikely.
AT&T has a landing page for Black Friday, but doesn’t appear to have any special offers beyond its current, ongoing promotions. AT&T is featuring a $60 bill credit for customers who purchase a new smartphone and an Apple Watch Series 3 or Series 4 with cellular service. It’s also offering up to $750 in bill credits that can be applied toward the retail price of an iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus or iPhone XR for new or existing customers that also purchase an Apple iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max.
AT&T is also preparing for what it’s calling “gifts of galaxy,” five days of daily online-only deals starting on Cyber Monday. The carrier hasn’t released full details yet, but it will be offering a different gift each day for customers that buy select Samsung Galaxy smartphones.
The nation’s fourth-largest wireless carrier has more than a dozen devices on its holiday deals page. The limited-time offers run Nov. 21 through Dec. 2. Sprint is offering deals for devices from Apple, Samsung, LG and Motorola. Deals include a free iPhone XR, iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus for customers who lease another device, $100 off Apple Watch Series 4 or Apple Watch Series 3 when customers add a new line of service, and a deal that effectively drops the price of a 6th generation iPad down to $100 via bill credits when customers add a new line of service.
Sprint has also slashed monthly payment rates for the Samsung Galaxy Note9 to $20, the Galaxy S9 to $5 and the Galaxy S9+ to $10. Customers can also get a free LG 49-inch Smart LED TV with the purchase of the LG V40 ThinQ. The carrier is offering lease deals for the LG GPadF 8.0, LG V30+, LG G7 and the LG Stylo.
T-Mobile’s holiday deals hub features smartphones from Samsung, LG, OnePlus and T-Mobile’s carrier-branded REVVL 2 and REVVL 2 Plus. The carrier is offering up to $750 off via monthly bill credits when customers add a line of service and trade in an eligible device. T-Mobile is offering the $750 promotion on flagship smartphones from Samsung, Apple, LG and others.
T-Mobile launched its latest holiday sales the Friday before Black Friday, calling them “Magenta Friday deals.” T-Mobile customers can also get $200 off via monthly bill credits when they purchase two smartwatches (and service plans) such as the Apple Watch Series 4. The carrier has accessories on sale too, including wireless earbuds from Skullcandy and speakers from JBL and Ultimate Ears.
Verizon announced its plans for Black Friday earlier this week and it appears to be the only carrier offering legitimate limited-time offers exclusively on Black Friday. Verizon customers who sign up for a two-year contract can get $400 off a Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Apple iPhone X, Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, Galaxy Note9 and the LG V40 without trading in a device. This deal only runs on Black Friday, but Verizon is extending the offer through the weekend, but cutting the savings down to $200 off.
The carrier is also offering $300 off the newest iPhones to customers that add a new line or service and the latest iPad for $99 when purchased with a two-year contract for service. Verizon is also promoting the new Palm starting online on Thanksgiving and in store on Black Friday with an offer for $150 off on a two-year contract.