Big Deals on Black Friday Phones

Of all the major sales on Black Friday, the mobile phone deals may go down as the most sought-after as well as the most infamous, thanks to a viral video from 2012 showing customers brawling over smartphones in a Georgia Walmart. If you’re heading into the fray this year, we’ll do our best to arm you with information, but you’re on your own from there.

The most popular smartphone right now is the iPhone 5, and it will probably stay that way until the next iPhone makes its first appearance. The downside to the iPhone? Forget Black Friday exclusives, this thing never goes on sale unless you’re locking in to a big contract. Not until there’s a new version and they drop the price on the old one.

If you’re still dying for an iPhone and you want to get some sort of deal for all your trouble on Black Friday, scout around for retailers that are offering the iPhone at regular price but are throwing in a store gift card. This is how retailers like Walmart get around fixed Apple prices. You may be able to score up to a $75 gift card, which is nothing to sneeze at in the holiday shopping season.

As far as the other popular smartphones go, if you’re willing to take on at least a two-year contract, you can get yourself a pretty good deal on an impressive mobile phone. The prices on the Samsung Galaxy line in particular hit rock bottom on Black Friday with a variety of providers, including Sprint and Verizon. The Galaxy is among the mobile phones that is actually available for free on Black Friday if you lock in for at least two years. Other free phones include the HTC One X and the Droid Razr from Motorola.

If you’re not prepared to enter into a contract for the sake of cheap cell phone deals, your best option may be the Virgin Mobile HTC One, available from Amazon. This highly-ranked Android phone has a prepaid option and was available on last year’s Black Friday for just $50.

The most important thing to do before heading out to go shopping for Black Friday phones is to tape your knuckles. No, we kid. (But maybe.) The actual most important thing to do is research what sort of contract meets your needs. How much airtime, long distance, texting and data. Don’t get suckered into a bigger monthly payment just to save $20 at the check-out.