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Best Black Friday Smartphones: Pay 1 Cent for a Phone, Get a $100 Gift Card

Walmart leads the pack with "for profit" promotions, and we've also found unlocked deals for iPhone and BlackBerry fans.
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From surfing the Web to playing the latest games, there's nothing you can't do with the right smartphone by your side. And with these Black Friday deals, there's no excuse for sticking by your busted handheld. So whether you're an iPhone devotee or an Android addict, we've gathered the best deals for your perusal. Also, be sure to check back often as we'll continue to update this page with all the latest best Black Friday smartphone deals.

  1. Unlocked BlackBerry Z10Unlocked BlackBerry Z10 16GB Smartphone
    Store: BlackBerry
    Price: $199 via coupon code "BFEMAILZ10" with free shipping
    Lowest By: $79
    Expires: December 2

    Is It Worth It?: The Z10 is the BlackBerry smartphone fans have hungered for, says CNET, and coupon code "BFEMAILZ10" cuts the unlocked model to $199, an all-time low for this phone. It features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 4.2" 768x1280 display, 16GB internal storage, 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, and BlackBerry 10 OS.

  2. Samsung Galaxy LightSamsung Galaxy Light 4G LTE No-Contract Android Smartphone for T-Mobile bundled with MyCharge Voyage 1,000mAh External Battery Pack, Avanquest App Pack, and Hypercel Car Charger
    Store: Newegg
    Price: $159.99 with free shipping EXPIRED
    Lowest By: $5

    Is It Worth It?: From an extended battery to a car charger, this no-contract phone comes with everything you could possibly need and yet it's still at least $5 cheaper than buying everything individually elsewhere. The phone features a 4" touchscreen LCD, 1.4GHz processor, 1GB RAM, 5-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, and Android 4.2.2 OS (Jelly Bean).

    If you have the accessories HSN offers just the Samsung Galaxy Light 4G LTE No-Contract Android Smartphone for T-Mobile for $149.95.

  3. $100 Walmart Gift Card with Select Smartphones
    Store: Walmart
    Price: From 1 cent with free shipping
    Lowest By: As much as $100

    Is It Worth It?: Who can't find something to buy with a Walmart gift card? You can even buy milk at the mega-retailer. That's why we're fond of this sale, which includes a $100 gift card with a ton of phones when you renew a 2-year contract. Assuming you use the credit, that puts several models at all-time price lows. Eligible phones start at just 1 cent, but more noteworthy models — like this Samsung Galaxy SIII 16GB Android Smartphone for AT&T in White or Blue for $29 — range from $20 to $200.

  4. HTC One Mini 16GB 4G Android Smartphone for AT&T
    Store: Walmart
    Price: 1 cent with free shipping
    Lowest By: $50

    Is It Worth It?: Smartphone deals don't get any better than this and value-wise, the HTC Mini is an absolute steal at this price. Engadget calls it "the most appealing non-flagship smartphone we've seen," whereas CNET says it's more than just a shrunken HTC One and a "nearly flaweless midrange stunner." Standout features on this Editors' Choice phone include a 4.3" 720x1280 color touchscreen, 16GB internal storage, Beats Audio, 1.6-megapixel front-facing camera, 1080p video recording, and Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean).

  5. iphone dealiPhone 4 8GB Prepaid Phone for Virgin Mobile
    Store: RadioShack
    Price: $100 in-store
    Lowest By: $100
    Expires: November 30

    Is It Worth It?: If you go the no-contract route, you could potentially save hundreds of dollars every year on your wireless bill. The trouble is, many people don't like shelling cash out upfront for a phone. Enter this iPhone 4 deal: It's an older model, but still solid. And at just $100, there's no risk in giving the contract-free option a try. This Editors' Choice phone features an Apple A4 processor, 326-ppi (pixel per inch) Retina 3.5" display running at 960x640, gyroscope, front- and rear-facing cameras, 5-megapixel camera with LED flash, 720p video capture at 30 fps, 802.11n wireless networking, and dual microphones.

  6. iphone dealApple iPhone 5C 16GB for Sprint
    Store: Best Buy
    Price: $48 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $52

    Is It Worth It?: While those who are willing to fend crazed shoppers in-store will be able to get this phone for $45 at Walmart with a $75 gift card, this is a pretty great offer for us lazy bums who want to stay at home. This phone features an Apple A6 processor, 4" 1136x640 Retina display, 8-megapixel iSight camera, 1.2-megapixel FaceTime HD camera, 1080p video capture, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, and dual microphones.

  7. Samsung Galaxy S4 4G Android Phone for Sprint, AT&T, or Verizon
    Store: Best Buy
    Price: Free with free shipping
    Lowest By: $100

    Is It Worth It?: When it comes to Android universe, many phones have a hard time standing above the rest. But then there's the Samsung Galaxy S4, which TechRadar calls "the most powerful and desirable device Samsung has created yet." And thanks to Thanksgiving, this hot phone is now completely free with a new contract. It features a 5" 1080x1920 touchscreen Super AMOLED display, 4G LTE connectivity, 1.9GHz quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB memory, 13-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel front camera, 1080p video recording, accelerometer, compass, barometer, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi, and Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) OS.

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Emily Dovi is a former DealNews Features Editor. She occasionally switched from red to black to pen some of DealNews' features. Follow her on Twitter at @emilydovi.
Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).
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1 comment
littlecamacho
Was anyone able to get in on the BlackBerry Z10 $199 deal? I placed an order and received a confirmation email but nothing else. I emailed them to check the status of my order and didn't receive a response. Just wondering if anyone received their order. Thanks.
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