Holy Black Friday, there are so many smartphone and tablet sales going on until Cyber Monday, it's hard to tell which ones are the best deals. We at Wireless and Mobile News are keeping track of all the best deals for smartphones and tablets around for AT&T, Verizon Wireless and Sprint.
Before you get into an anxiety mode, breathe, and calmly figure out what you want to buy, for whom and why. You can also decide if you prefer to go in person to the store or by online. You also should decide which carrier you want.
We have discovered some general rules as far as price goes. For new customers you can get the best deals from online coupons (such as our $50 Off AT&T Wireless with Plan deal)or from online retailers such as Amazon Wireless, Wirefly, or Lets Talk. However, there are fewer discounts for renewing customers from online retailers and that's when you'll want to check out the individual carrier sales which are starting on Thursday for Verizon Wireless and Friday at 12.01 am for AT&T.
The top-of-the-line smartphones for Verizon Wireless have 4G LTE fast data access. The two top choices are the HTC Rezound and Droid RAZR which are running neck and neck with some reviewers rating the RAZR higher while others rating the HTC Rezound better. We think that the best Verizon Thursday/Black Friday deal is the Motorola Xoom 32 GB 10.1" tablet for $199 with a contract.
For new customers the best deal is the Amazon Wireless Penny-Pincher sale. Be advised that Amazon sometimes sells-out and puts certain models on backorder.
The top-of-the-line smartphones for AT&T are the HTC Vivid and Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket from AT&T. AT&T promotions starting on Black Friday include many popular smartphones for a little as one cent which are more of the mid-level and out for a few months models( touchscreens, Windows 7, BlackBerry Torch, HTC Inspire and Samsung Infuse 4G) AT&T recently announced the buy the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 and get a free Samsung Galaxy SII or Skyrocket deal through January 7, 2012.
For new AT&T customers the best deal is the Amazon Wireless Penny-Pincher deals for most models. Amazon sometimes sells-out and puts certain models on backorder. You should at least two places and read the fine print for fees to make sure you have the best deal
Sprint has some great offers directly for the Samsung Nexus S 4G which is best deal for renewing customers while Amazon Wireless often offers the best deals on most smartphones except for the iPhone 4 or 4S which is very seldom discounted because the carriers have to pay a premium to Apple to be blessed by the iPhone.