If you happen to be eligible for a new or renewed wireless contract, then you're in luck, as we've found some excellent Editors' Choice smartphone deals. There are also prepaid and contract-free options, depending on your needs. Be sure to book mark this page, as we'll be updating it throughout the weekend with the latest smartphone deals!
- Samsung Galaxy Note II 4G Android Smartphone for AT&T bundled with a $100 Walmart eGift Card
Price: $249.99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $100
Expires: December 1
Is It Worth It?: Available in Black or White, the Samsung Galaxy Note II is a "powerful, boundary-pushing device," according to CNET. What's more, assuming you use the credit, this is the lowest price we've ever seen for any Samsung Galaxy Note II. This NFC-enabled, 1.6GHz quad-core processor smartphone boasts a luxurious 5.5" 1280x720 touchscreen AMOLED LCD "terrific for videos, games, and reading," a 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash, a 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera, 16GB internal memory, a microSD card slot, and runs Android 4.1 OS (Jellybean). Note a $36 activation fee applies.
Don't love the Note II? You'll still earn a $100 Walmart eGift card with the purchase of any smartphone (see below) with a new 2-year contract, making for the best offer we've seen on phones at Walmart since last Black Friday.
- Samsung Galaxy S III 4G Android Smartphone for AT&T Wireless bundled with a $100 Walmart eGift Card
Price: $99.99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $200
Expires: December 1
Is It Worth It?: While you still have to pay the $36 activation for a new 2-year contract, the Samsung Galaxy S III 4G Android Smartphone for AT&T Wireless in White (pictured) or Blue comes with a bonus $100 Walmart eGift Card, which puts Samsung's latest device at an all-time low. (We saw it yesterday without any gift card for $50 shipped.) This "Ferrari of the Android circuit" is a GSM 4G phone with a massive 4.8" 720x1280 Super AMOLED touchscreen, and packs a Snapdragon 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 2GB RAM, and 16GB memory. Its 8-megapixel rear camera and 2-megapixel front camera also shoot 1080p video. The Samsung Galaxy S III also boasts GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, and runs Google Android 4.0 OS (Ice Cream Sandwich). Bonus: it comes with the Samsung Galaxy S III Accessory Bundle!
Alternatively, if you just don't want to shell out the $100, Amazon offers the Samsung Galaxy S III 4G Android Smartphone for AT&T in Marble White, Red, or Blue for $24.99 with free shipping.
- Nokia Lumia 920 4G Windows Phone 8 Smartphone for AT&T Wireless bundled with a $100 Walmart Gift Card
Price: $69.99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $30
Expires: December 1
Is It Worth It?: While we predicted that there wouldn't be any "net profit" smartphone deals this Black Friday, we're very happy to be wrong. If you use the $100 credit that comes with this Nokia 920 deal for $70, then you're essentially making money off the transaction. (That is, assuming you'd opt to sign a 2-year contract with AT&T anyway.) With $30 profit, that makes this the best deal we've seen for this 4G phone. While thicker and heavier than most trendy smartphones these days, CNET calls the Nokia Lumia 920 "the most powerful, feature-rich Windows phone available." It has a 4.5" 1280x768 touchscreen display that responds to gestures even while wearing gloves, as well as an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera, and Windows Phone 8 OS. A $36 activation fee applies.
- Free Refill Cards with Select T-Mobile Prepaid Phones
Price: From $149.99
Shipping: Free shipping
Is It Worth It?: While we've seen refill bundles in the past for prepaid phones, rarely have they come with such large values. T-Mobile offers a $50 or $100 refill card for free with select models, including the Samsung Galaxy Exhibit 4G Prepaid Android Smartphone for T-Mobile (pictured), which comes with a $100 T-Mobile Refill Card for $199.99. That beats our mention from two weeks ago (which was $20 cheaper, but only included a $50 refill card). Moreover this is the best such bundle we've seen for this phone, which TechRadar says is one of the cheapest prepaid handsets you can get for use with a 4G network. It features a 3.7" touchscreen, 1GHz processor, WiFi, Bluetooth, microSD card slot, and Android 2.3 OS (Gingerbread).
- HTC One V Android Smartphone for Virgin Mobile
Store: Virgin Mobile
Price: $49.99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $50
Expires: November 26
Is It Worth It?: This contract-free phone for Virgin Mobile has dropped $50 in price since last week, settling in at the lowest total price we've ever seen. It's also a current low by $50. While this isn't of the upper echelon of Android phones, PCMag says that the HTC One V is "comfortable to hold, has a nice-looking display, and runs Android 4.0 'Ice Cream Sandwich,' along with HTC's Sense 4.0 extensions." It features a 3.7" 480x800 touchscreen LCD, single-core processor, 5-megapixel camera, and 4GB memory.