UPDATE: With Black Friday now behind us, these special bargains have now expired.
The day after Thanksgiving is always the biggest shopping day of the year. In order to draw in even more customers, retailers and wireless carriers are going to offer special deals on a wide variety of smartphones.
Black Friday is the start of the official holiday shopping season, and as most Americans have the day off, a great deal of shopping gets done. The day acquired its nickname because it’s the day retailers’ do so much selling that they are supposed to get out of the red and go into the black — meaning their businesses are profitable for the year.
In this time of economic problems, companies are working harder than ever to draw in consumers, and Black Friday sales are an important part of this.
Some retailers are having “door buster” sales, intended to get shoppers in brick-and-mortar stores early. For example, Best Buy will offer the first ten customers of the day Verizon’s Samsung Fascinate for free with a two-year wireless contract.
Target stores are going to have the Apple iPod touch for $225, with a $30 gift card sweetening the deal. Wal-Mart will have this same model at the same price, but with a $50 gift card.
There are more deals on mobile devices available online. For example, eCost is promising to sell the Apple iPhone 4 with 16 GB of storage for $200 with contract and the Apple iPad with 16 GB of storage for the same price. These deals will be available only during brief times on Friday, though.
Apple only has a sale one day a year: Black Friday. This time, the company is offering at least $21 off the regular price of all the versions of the iPod touch. It has also taken $41 off the price of all versions of the iPad.
Apple also has special deals on a range of mobile accesoroes. In addition, accessory dealers Proporta and Griffin are also having one-day sales.
Deals from Wireless Carriers
As most Americans buy their mobile phone from their wireless carrier, it’s not surprising that these companies usually have Black Friday specials.
AT&T’s many deals on BlackBerry, Android OS, and Windows Phone devices are described in this article:
T-Mobile’s specials are mostly for families, and come in the form of a BOGO offer for smartphones:
In addition, the online retailer Wirefly is holding a sale of smartphones from all four of the top U.S. carriers:
U.S. Cellular is in the middle of a week-long sale on the carrier’s entire lineup of Android OS-powered smartphones. New customers who purchase one of these devices or existing customers who add a smartphone line to their Belief Plan will get a $150 credit off future bills.
Verizon and Sprint have yet to announce any Black Friday specials.