With the release of the iPhone 12 Pro and new Android models like the Samsung Galaxy S21, S21 Plus, and S21 Ultra, there are sure to be lots of phone deals come Black Friday 2021.
There are essentially two ways to buy a cell phone: through a carrier or buying an unlocked device. Traditionally carriers like Verizon, T-Mobile, and AT&T have had the best prices on phones. But buying through a carrier means being locked into a two-year deal on service, which isn’t always a money saver. Buying an unlocked phone from Apple, Best Buy, Walmart, or Target is generally more expensive upfront. But buying this way gives you a lot more control over the type of monthly plan and expenses you incur, which can save money in the long run. We don't know much about the 2021 Black Friday sales, so here is a look back at the best deals of 2019:
Remember, the absolute best way to get a deal on a new cell phone is to switch carriers or upgrade to an unlimited plan. But make sure you read the fine print on your old contract and your new one, there are some pricey stipulations you need to know about before signing on the dotted line. Another savings tip: check out the trade-in value for your current cell phone. You can potentially save even more or get a free gift card on top of your discount.
If you don't want to be locked into a phone contract, you can always buy a phone outright from a store like Best Buy, Target, or Walmart. You'll likely find the best price on a device at one of these stores on Black Friday, but you'll have to buy the phone outright on the spot.