The Best Black Friday Smartphone Deals

Look for trade-in promotions from most major retailers this November

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Black Friday is right around the corner. This year, most major retailers have already kicked off massive promotions on the latest smartphones ahead of Black Friday, which is on November 26th. Since most sales have already been announced, right now is the best time to upgrade your great smartphone at a reduced price. Large retailers and mobile phone carriers are offering generous discounts, trade-in offers and buy-one-get-one (BOGO) deals on all this year’s hottest phones.

We’ve rounded up the best Samsung and Apple smartphone deals you can find this Black Friday holiday season.

Samsung Smartphone Deals

Most providers are offering some form of trade-in promotion for the entire Galaxy S21 and Galaxy Z phone line-up. One of the best deals comes directly from Samsung, which is discounting the Galaxy S21 to just under $250.

Samsung Galaxy s21 pink inbody
Credit: Samsung

Samsung Galaxy S21 5G

Samsung

Samsung offers a relatively steep discount, with eligible trade-ins reducing the price to just $249.99.

Verizon

For new Verizon customers, eligible trade-ins can reduce your price by up to $700 when choosing the unlimited monthly data plan; existing Verizon customers can still save big: up to $440 off the Galaxy S21 5G.

  • Samsung Galaxy S21 5G 
    • New Customers – Sale Price: $99.99 w/ eligible trade-in | Reg. Price: $799.99
    • Existing Customers – Sale Price: $349 w/ eligible trade-in | Reg. Price: $799.99
black Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G on white background
Credit: Samsung

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G

For higher specs – a larger and brighter screen, a 40MP front-facing camera, a larger 5,000 mAh battery for all-day use – you can opt to get the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G.

Samsung

Once again, Samsung has a killer deal for the Galaxy S21 Ultra line. Order directly from the company’s website and trade in an eligible phone to save up to $700 off the regular price.

AT&T

With an eligible trade-in, you can save up to $800 at AT&T if you pick an Unlimited plan or update.

Verizon

Open a new Verizon line with an Unlimited plan you can save up to $1,000 on the S21 Ultra when you trade in your old or damaged phone.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 5G on white background
Credit: Samsung

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 5G

Samsung

Samsung is offering the best deal on their new Galaxy Flip3 5G. Save up to $700 when you snag your new phone from their website.

Target

Target is offering a free $200 Target Gift Card and up to $250 off when you activate a new line in stores through AT&T.

  • Samsung Galaxy Flip3 5G — Sale Price: $999.99 + $200 Gift Card (new line and in-store activation required)  | Reg. Price: $999.99

T-Mobile

T-Mobile is offering the phone for Free with an eligible trade-in through Magenta Max. You can also pick up a free pair of Galaxy Buds2 as a bundle. This is a limited-time deal, so act fast before it ends.

Walmart

Apple iPhone Smartphone Discounts

If you are still looking to get your hands on the iPhone 13, the best and easiest option is to go directly through your carrier’s website. At AT&T, you can save up to $800 on Apple’s latest smartphones. Similarly, T-Mobile’s offer gives customers free AirPods and a full year of Apple TV+ with the purchase of a new iPhone 13. If you’re a loyal Walmart shopper, the retailer is offering up to $750 in eGift Cards on select iPhones, which is just as good as a cash discount if you shop frequently at Walmart.

apple iphone 13 on white background
Credit: Apple

iPhone 13

AT&T

Trade an eligible device and pick up the iPhone 13 from AT&T for free.

  • iPhone 13 (128GB) – Sale Price: Free w/ eligible trade-in | Reg. Price: $799.99

T-Mobile

There are a few stipulations to this offer, but it’s a great way to pick up a new iPhone 13 at a highly discounted rate and score a free pair of Apple AirPods.

Verizon

There are a few ways to save at Verizon — trade in an old phone to get $800 off with a new line or get up to $440 off with an eligible trade in when you upgrade your line and enroll in an Unlimited plan.

various colors of the iphone 13 mini on white background
Credit: Apple

iPhone 13 mini

Apple’s iPhone 13 mini offers quality specs for an affordable price.

AT&T

Trade an eligible device and pick up the iPhone 13 from AT&T for free.

Verizon

Trade in an old phone to get up to $700 in credit when you add a new line, or get up to $412 off when you upgrade your current line and enroll in an Unlimited plan.

iPhone 13 mini
Credit: Apple

iPhone 13 Pro

AT&T

Eligible trade-in devices could net you the powerful iPhone 13 Pro at no cost.

  • iPhone 13 Pro — Sale Price: Free w/ eligible with trade-in | Reg. Price: $999.99

Verizon

Save up to $1,000 when switching to Verizon and enrolling in an Unlimited plan; existing customers can save $440 on the iPhone 13 Pro. Both one-time payments and monthly installments are eligible for savings.

  • iPhone 13 Pro — Sale Price: Free w/ eligible trade-in | Reg. Price: $999.99
iphone 12 pro max
Credit: Verizon

iPhone 13 Pro Max

Verizon

Trade in your old or damaged phone with any Unlimited plan and save up to $1,000 when opting for Verizon as a new customer; existing customers can save $440 on the iPhone 13 Pro Max.

  • iPhone 13 Pro Max — Sale Price: $99.99 w/ eligible trade-in | Reg. Price: $1,099.99

AT&T

Trade-in an eligible phone, you can save up to $1,000 off the price of the iPhone 13 Pro Max for new and existing customers. As is often the case, you’ll need to pay via an installment plan and will earn you monthly bill credits toward your new device.

Great Deals on Older Smartphone Lines

If you don’t need the latest and greatest, Walmart and Target have some noteworthy deals on older smartphone models:

Walmart

Save 50% with activation & purchase on installment plans of Apple and Samsung phones through Straight Talk or Total Wireless.

Target

Target is offering enticing gift card deals with in-store activation of a new iPhone, along with up to $250 off an iPhone with a new line, or up to $50 when you upgrade.

Verizon’s Black Friday Promotions for New Users

As is tradition, Verizon currently has an amazing promotion that will make it a breeze to get your hands on this year’s hottest new phones.

When switching to Verizon, you can get up to $1,200 off with select trade-ins if you opt for an Unlimited plan. For more bang for your buck, some Unlimited plans — such as Play More and Get More — come with a subscription to Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+. To sweeten the deal, Verizon is offering up to $800 more to help pay off your phone when you switch to the carrier.

This is a limited-time deal, so go ahead and check out Verizon’s current promotions on their website to get a look at the eligible phones.

Do iPhones and Samsung Galaxy Phones Go On Sale for Black Friday?

While Apple rarely offers Black Friday discounts, you can count on major phone carriers such as AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile to offer incredible discounts on iPhones during Black Friday sales. To qualify for iPhone discounts, you usually need a qualifying trade-in device and/or enroll in one of their mobile plans.

Samsung phones are also popular during Black Friday because we often see big discounts from phone carriers as well as from Samsung’s website. You can expect to see sales for older models like the Samsung Galaxy S20 as well as newer models like the Samsung S21 or the Galaxy Z Flip and Fold phones.

When Do Black Friday Smartphone Deals Start?

You can start shopping for smartphone deals now from major retailers and mobile carriers. Some deals may only be available closer to Black Friday, so keep your eyes out and mark your calendars if you see a deal you are excited about.

Where Can I Find the Best Smartphone Deals on Black Friday?

The biggest discounts will often come from slightly older smartphone models, as retailers want to get rid of older inventory to make room for newer models. However, we may still see some recent model phones on sales, too. Your best bet at finding amazing deals will be from phone carriers like AT&T and Verizon, who have historically offered the phone for “free” if you sign up for a plan and/or include a trade-in device. Of course, you can also find great sales on unlocked phones from major retailers such as Best Buy, Amazon and Walmart.

Get Updates on the Latest Black Friday Smartphone Deals

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Our editors strive to ensure that the information in this article is accurate as of the date published, but please keep in mind that offers can change. We encourage you to verify all terms and conditions of any product before you apply.

Prestin Minter

Prestin Minter brings a fresh face to finding the best deals. For the past 3 years he's worked as a copywriter and content creator, harnessing his technical writing skills. He's an avid horror fan; a father to his pet snake, Queso; and is currently a freelance writer for Slickdeals.

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