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Black Friday phone deals 2021: the best deals still live on Apple, Google and more

Black Friday phone deals: quick links

Yes, Black Friday is technically over but, that doesn't mean the best Black Friday phone deals are over! We're seeing fantastic prices on the Google Pixel 6, Samsung Galaxy S21, iPhone 13 and plenty more extending over the weekend.

You can take advantage of some fantastic discounts, and we're continuing to see bargains from big retailers and carriers, saving you some key bucks on both unlocked devices and full phone contracts.

Whichever phone family you prefer, our Black Friday phone deals guide will get you up to speed on everything you need to know to save some of your hard-earned cash as you shop for your brand new device.

Of course, this hasn't been a normal Black Friday for either consumers or retailers as stock issues surface at a greater rate than prior years. That means we're seeing some standout phones struggle to cope with stock and delivery dates.

We're updating this page regularly with the best deals as they drop, so feel free to bookmark and revisit throughout the weekend.

This isn't the end to the deals either, as there will be a host of fresh Cyber Monday deals in a couple of days, so if you've not spotted the right handset discount for you, keep an eye out for Cyber Monday phone deals.

The best Black Friday phone sales at a glance

Today's best Black Friday phone deals

Apple iPhone 13: save up to $800 with a trade-in, plus $1000 with a switch at Verizon

Apple iPhone 13: save up to $800 with a trade-in, plus $1000 with a switch at Verizon
There's not one, but two fantastic deals currently available at Verizon on the iPhone 13. First up, both new and existing customers can get up to $800 with a trade-in on an eligible unlimited data plan. Switching over from another carrier? You'll get an additional gift card worth up  to $1000 as a welcome bonus too. This combination makes it a fantastic offer.

Apple iPhone 13 Pro: get an $100 gift card and free AirPods when you switch at Visible

Apple iPhone 13 Pro: get an $100 gift card and free AirPods when you switch at Visible
If you want a bit extra with your iPhone 13 Pro, Visible could be the best option right now. All new customers will get a free pair of Apple AirPods Pro and, if you switch to Visible you'll also get a $100 gift card which you can use at a huge list of retailers. That's a fantastic combination of added incentives.

Apple iPhone 11: $499

Apple iPhone 11: $499 free with eligible trade-in at Apple
Apple directly has one of the best trade-in schemes for the iPhone 11 right now, offering a free device with eligible trade-ins. Of course, as the device is pretty affordable now, even cheaper smartphone trade-ins will save you a considerable amount on this device right now.

Apple iPhone 12: $20

Apple iPhone 12: $20 $15/mo with an unlimited plan at AT&T
AT&T's got a great saving on the iPhone 12 which you don't even need to trade-in to access. Simply pick up a device with a new line on an unlimited data plan and the carrier will cut your monthly device installment down by a whole $5 per month. That's a price cut of $180 over a 36-month plan duration - a nice little price cut that's good if you don't happen to have a decent phone to trade. Note, savings are also available on the 12 Mini.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3: $1194

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3: $1194 $899.99, plus free Galaxy Buds 2 and wireless charger
Samsung is also bringing big discounts to the Galaxy Z Flip 3, knocking a couple of hundred dollars off the price tag. That means you can now pay just $899.99 for the device plus, like the Z Fold 3 deal above, you will also get a free pair of Galaxy Buds 2 and a wireless charger thrown in.

Trade-in: get up to $600 off in addition

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra: $1429

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra: $1429 $1099.99, plus free Chromebook 4
The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra was the last flagship Note device Samsung made, which makes it a really powerful device. with this discount, you can get it for only $1099.99 and, Samsung will also throw in a free Chromebook 4 which is a really impressive free gift to be getting.

Trade-in: get up to $275 off in addition

Google Pixel 6: save $200 with any unlimited plan + get up to $700 off with a trade-in at Verizon

Google Pixel 6: save $200 with any unlimited plan + get up to $700 off with a trade-in at Verizon
The Google Pixel 6 is the latest Android mega device and therefore, one we see being very popular this year. With this promotion from Verizon, you'll automatically get $200 off if you take up an unlimited data plan. Plus, you'll also get up to $700 off with a trade in discount. You can also get the exact same promotion on the Google Pixel 6 Pro.

Google Pixel 6: save 50% on the Google Pixel 6 with an unlimited data plan at AT&T

Google Pixel 6: save 50% on the Google Pixel 6 with an unlimited data plan at AT&T
AT&T is offering a big discount on the Google Pixel 6 when you take out an unlimited data plan. There is a 50% discount up for grabs, leaving you paying only $10.28 a month for the device. That's a hefty saving and one of the cheapest overall options right now.

Google Pixel 6 Pro: save $200 on an unlimited plan + save up to $700 when you trade-in at Verizon

Google Pixel 6 Pro: save $200 on an unlimited plan + save up to $700 when you trade-in at Verizon
Verizon has one of the best trade-in offers for the Google Pixel 6 Pro this Black Friday. If you take out an unlimited data plan, you'll automatically save $200. On top of that, you'll save up to $700 when you trade in a handset. That combination adds up to a pretty hefty discount.

Google Pixel 5a: save $50 on an unlocked device at Google Store

Google Pixel 5a: save $50 on an unlocked device at Google Store
The Google Pixel 5a is an already very affordable device so big discounts are mostly out of the question. With this offer, you'll save $50, only having to pay $399 for the device. While not a giant saving, it does make an already cheap device even more affordable. 

Today's best iPhone deals

Apple iPhone 13: save up to $800 with a trade-in, plus $1000 with a switch at Verizon

Apple iPhone 13: save up to $800 with a trade-in, plus $1000 with a switch at Verizon
There's not one, but two fantastic deals currently available at Verizon on the iPhone 13. First up, both new and existing customers can get up to $800 with a trade-in on an eligible unlimited data plan. Switching over from another carrier? You'll get an additional gift card worth up  to $1000 as a welcome bonus too. This combination makes it a fantastic offer.

Apple iPhone 13 mini: save up to $700 with a trade-in, plus up to $800 with a switch

Apple iPhone 13 mini: save up to $700 with a trade-in, plus up to $800 with a switch
The iPhone 13 mini from Verizon is a great way to go if you're on a tighter budget. With this device, you can still get the $700 trade-in bonus but also, there is a $800 added bonus for switching from another carrier. That combination could score you up to $1500 in overall savings this Black Friday.

Apple iPhone 13 Pro: save up to $1,000 with trade-in plus $800 when you switch at Verizon

Apple iPhone 13 Pro: save up to $1,000 with trade-in plus $800 when you switch at Verizon
After the pricier but more impressive iPhone 13 Pro? With this plan, you'll be able to get a maximum of $1000 by trading in an old device. On top of that, you could also get an additional $800 just by switching over from another carrier. This is an especially nice bonus considering how expensive the iPhone 13 Pro is.

Apple iPhone 12: buy one get one $699.99 off with an unlimited data plan at Verizon

Apple iPhone 12: buy one get one $699.99 off with an unlimited data plan at Verizon
Verizon has a slightly different offer on the iPhone 12. If you pick out an unlimited data plan, you can get a second one $699.99 off. While the trade-in discounts we normally see do feel like better value, this could be the perfect option if you're after multiple devices.

Apple iPhone 12: $20

Apple iPhone 12: $20 $15/mo with an unlimited plan at AT&T
AT&T's got a great saving on the iPhone 12 this week which you don't even need to trade-in to access. Simply pick up a device with a new line on an unlimited data plan and the carrier will cut your monthly device installment down by a whole $5 per month. That's a price cut of $180 over a 36-month plan duration - a nice little price cut that's good if you don't happen to have a decent phone to trade. Note, savings are also available on the 12 Mini.

Apple iPhone 12: free $200 gift card with switch at Visible

Apple iPhone 12: free $200 gift card with switch at Visible
Visible isn't offering any discounts or trade-in schemes with the iPhone 12, instead you can get a $200 gift card for switching over to the network. That's a great option to capitalise on if you were already considering making the jump over to Visible.

Apple iPhone 11: $499

Apple iPhone 11: $499 free with eligible trade-in at Apple
Apple directly has one of the best trade-in schemes for the iPhone 11 right now, offering a free device with eligible trade-ins. Of course, as the device is pretty affordable now, even cheaper smartphone trade-ins will save you a considerable amount on this device right now.

Apple iPhone 11: $23.34

Apple iPhone 11: $23.34 $13.89/month with a new unlimited plan at AT&T
AT&T is offering a pretty considerable reduction in the price of an unlimited data plan on the iPhone 11. Right now, it will only cost you $13.89 a month, down from $23.34. It is well worth mentioning that this isn't the lowest we've ever seen the iPhone 11 fall at AT&T but, it is a big saving.

Apple iPhone SE: $16.66/mo

Apple iPhone SE: $16.66/mo free with a new unlimited plan at Verizon
The iPhone SE is Apple's cheapest handset which allows you to get some really good offers on the device. Verizon is currently offering it free with a new unlimited data plan. What's especially good about this is that it doesn't even require a switch to Verizon or a trade-in to get you that price.

Today's best Samsung phone deals

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3: $1949

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3: $1949 $1,549.99, plus free Galaxy Buds 2 and wireless charger
This is a huge saving on Samsung's latest foldable smartphone and is only $50 than the lowest price it has ever fallen. However, the discount isn't the only selling point here. Samsung is also throwing in a free pair of Galaxy Buds 2 and a free wireless charger making this the best overall Z Fold 3 deal yet.

Trade-in: get up to $600 off in addition

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3: $1194

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3: $1194 $899.99, plus free Galaxy Buds 2 and wireless charger
Samsung is also bringing big discounts to the Galaxy Z Flip 3, knocking a couple of hundred dollars off the price tag. That means you can now pay just $899.99 for the device plus, like the Z Fold 3 deal above, you will also get a free pair of Galaxy Buds 2 and a wireless charger thrown in.

Trade-in: get up to $600 off in addition

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra: $1429

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra: $1429 $1,099.99, plus free Chromebook 4
The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra was the last flagship Note device Samsung made, which makes it a really powerful device. with this discount, you can get it for only $1099.99 and, Samsung will also throw in a free Chromebook 4 which is a really impressive free gift to be getting.

Trade-in: get up to $275 off in addition

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 128GB: $1,199.99

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 128GB: $1,199.99 $899.99 at Amazon
Save $300
– The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra gives you smartphone power supreme. It's got one of the best screens you'll find on a phone, and that'll help you both enjoy content and create content on its powerful camera system. These Black Friday discounts see the price come below $1,000.

Samsung Galaxy S21 128GB: $799.99

Samsung Galaxy S21 128GB: $799.99 $699.99 at Samsung
This upfront saving on the standard Samsung Galaxy S21 brings it to just $50 off its cheapest price ever - a great price considering how high demand is on all the top devices right now. If you're looking for a solid Android flagship that ticks all the boxes you simply can't go wrong with this fantastic 2021 device.
Trade-in: get up to $550 off in addition

Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus 128GB: $999.99

Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus 128GB: $999.99 $849.99 at Samsung
If you're looking for a device with a bit more screen real estate, consider this week's Black Friday Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus deals. This one's got an even bigger $150 saving, and that's just $50 off its lowest price ever. Some of the colors on this device are currently on back order until mid-December, so we'd act quickly if you're interested in delivery this side of 2022.
Trade-in: get up to $550 off in addition

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3: $500 gift card, plus up to $1,000 off with a trade-in at Walmart

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3: $500 gift card, plus up to $1,000 off with a trade-in at Walmart
Walmart's offering a $500 gift card with all AT&T Galaxy Z Flip 3 purchases this Black Friday - a deal that stacks with the already fantastic trade-in rebate of up to $1,000 off. Easily one of the biggest discounts on this device yet, this is a great opportunity to bag yourself a cheap foldable and get a huge bonus on the side. Note, this deal applies to both AT&T and Verizon carrier devices and you'll need a select new unlimited data plan to be eligible.

Samsung Galaxy A32 5G: Free for first month then just $15 a month at Boost Mobile

Samsung Galaxy A32 5G: Free for first month then just $15 a month at Boost Mobile
This Samsung Galaxy A32 5G offer is perfect for those simply after a really cheap phone. It is completely free for the first month and then, only $15 a month from then on. For that price, you'll get a 2GB plan with unlimited calls and texts but you do also have to spend $99.99 upfront for the phone. 

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3: $999.99

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3: $999.99 $849.99 at Amazon
Save $150 -
You can get a decent price cut on Samsung's newest foldable devices this week at Amazon - the first we've seen yet from the retailer. Going unlocked certainly has its advantages and we'd recommend these devices to anyone who's looking for a device that's at the very cutting edge of mobile technology. They're rocking extremely powerful chips, excellent cameras, and screens that are yet to be matched by any other company yet.

Samsung Galaxy S21: save $200 on any unlimited plan and save a further $700 with a trade-in at Verizon

Samsung Galaxy S21: save $200 on any unlimited plan and save a further $700 with a trade-in at Verizon
Verizon has the best trade-in discount for the Samsung Galaxy S21 this Black Friday. You can save $200 automatically just for taking out an unlimited data plan. Then, if you decide to trade-in a device as well, you can save a further $700. As a combined value, that's a hefty saving.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus: save $200 on any unlimited plan and save a further $800 with a trade-in at Verizon

Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus: save $200 on any unlimited plan and save a further $800 with a trade-in at Verizon
Just like the two other Samsung Galaxy S21 devices, with the Plus you can automatically save $200 just by taking out an unlimited data plan. Then, on top of that, there is a further $800 up for grabs by trading in an old device.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra: save $200 on any unlimited plan + a further $1000 with a trade-in at Verizon

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra: save $200 on any unlimited plan + a further $1000 with a trade-in at Verizon
The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is one of the company's most expensive but also most powerful devices. Verizon is offering a big trade-in discount here with up to $1000 off available. On top of that, you will also save an extra $200 simply by taking out an unlimited data plan. That's a big saving, knocking a good chunk off your costs.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3: save $200 on unlimited plans + a further $1000 with a trade-in at Verizon

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3: save $200 on unlimited plans + a further $1000 with a trade-in at Verizon
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 is expensive. In fact, it is one of the priciest devices you can buy right now. That's why trying to get the biggest saving possible is a must. With Verizon's trade-in offer, you'll save up to $1000 depending on what you're trading in. Plus, you'll get a $200 saving just by taking out an unlimited data plan.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3: save $200 on unlimited plans + a further $800 with a trade-in at Verizon

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3: save $200 on unlimited plans + a further $800 with a trade-in at Verizon
Just like most of the other Samsung devices, Verizon has one of the best offers right now for the Z Flip 3. You'll save $200 just by taking out an unlimited data plan. Then, on top of that, you'll also get up to $800 off with an eligible trade-in discount.

Samsung Galaxy S21: get an $100 voucher + free Beats Studio Buds when you switch at Visible

Samsung Galaxy S21: get an $100 voucher + free Beats Studio Buds when you switch at Visible
Visible has stepped up its game for Black Friday throwing in two free gifts. Firstly, if you bring your number over from another carrier, you'll get an $100 voucher that you can use at a long list of retailers. On top of that, all new customers will also get a free pair of Beats Studio Buds.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus: get a $200 voucher + free Beats Studio Buds when you switch at Visible

Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus: get a $200 voucher + free Beats Studio Buds when you switch at Visible
Just like on the Samsung Galaxy S21, Visible is offering two free gifts when you purchase the Plus model. You'll get a $200 gift card when you bring your number over from another carrier. On top of that, you'll also get a free pair of Beats Studio Buds simply by buying the device.

Samsung Galaxy S21: $800 off with trade-in on unlimited data plan

Samsung Galaxy S21: $800 off with trade-in on unlimited data plan at AT&T
AT&T is currently offering an excellent offer on the Samsung Galaxy S21 if you're looking to trade-in. You can get up to $800 off with eligible trade-ins if you slect an unlimited data plan. That's a pretty impressive saving, massively knocking your costs down.

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE: get the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G free with an unlimited data plan at Verizon

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE: get the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G free with an unlimited data plan at Verizon
The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE is an older device from Samsung but a great option from Verizon right now. With this promotion, you can get the device for free if you sign up for an unlimited data plan with Verizon. Considering this is the 5G version of the device, this is a fantastic promotion.

Samsung Galaxy A42: get it free with an unlimited data plan at Verizon

Samsung Galaxy A42: get it free with an unlimited data plan at Verizon
Verizon has a great offer for the Samsung Galaxy A42 right now. If you take out an unlimited data plan, you'll get the device completely free. While this is by no means Samsung's best device, it is a great choice for those simply looking for something affordable with mid-range specs.

Today's best Google Pixel deals

Google Pixel 6: save $200 with any unlimited plan + get up to $700 off with a trade-in at Verizon

Google Pixel 6: save $200 with any unlimited plan + get up to $700 off with a trade-in at Verizon
The Google Pixel 6 is the latest Android mega device and therefore, one we see being very popular this year. With this promotion from Verizon, you'll automatically get $200 off if you take up an unlimited data plan. Plus, you'll also get up to $700 off with a trade in discount. You can also get the exact same promotion on the Google Pixel 6 Pro.

Google Pixel 6: save $150 with an activation on Verizon at Best Buy

Google Pixel 6: save $150 with an activation on Verizon at Best Buy
Currently, one of the biggest discounts you can get this Black Friday on the Google Pixel 6 comes from Best Buy. If you do an activation today, you can save $150 on the price of the device. That leaves you only paying $549.99 for the handset. However, this price is only available on Verizon.

Google Pixel 6: get an $100 voucher + a free pair of Google Pixel Buds when you switch at Visible

Google Pixel 6: get an $100 voucher + a free pair of Google Pixel Buds when you switch at Visible
Visible has really stepped up its promotions this year, offering two incentives when you buy the Google Pixel 6. All new customers will get a free pair of Google Pixel Buds and, if you switch from another carrier bringing over your number, you'll also get a $100 gift card that you can spend at a host of retailers and shops online.

Google Pixel 6: save 50% on the Google Pixel 6 with an unlimited data plan at AT&T

Google Pixel 6: save 50% on the Google Pixel 6 with an unlimited data plan at AT&T
AT&T is offering a big discount on the Google Pixel 6 when you take out an unlimited data plan. There is a 50% discount up for grabs, leaving you paying only $10.28 a month for the device. That's a hefty saving and one of the cheapest overall options right now.

Google Pixel 6 Pro: save $200 on an unlimited plan + save up to $700 when you trade-in at Verizon

Google Pixel 6 Pro: save $200 on an unlimited plan + save up to $700 when you trade-in at Verizon
Verizon has one of the best trade-in offers for the Google Pixel 6 Pro this Black Friday. If you take out an unlimited data plan, you'll automatically save $200. On top of that, you'll save up to $700 when you trade in a handset. That combination adds up to a pretty hefty discount.

Google Pixel 6 Pro: save up to $800 when you trade-in at AT&T

Google Pixel 6 Pro: save up to $800 when you trade-in at AT&T
AT&T also has a big trade in discount for the Google Pixel 6 Pro. Take out an eligible unlimited data plan and trade in an old device and you could save up to $800 on this handset. While not as impressive as Verizon's trade-in promotion, this is still a great discount to go for right now.

Google Pixel 5a: join Google's phone subscription plan and save $233 at Google Store

Google Pixel 5a: join Google's phone subscription plan and save $233 at Google Store
Google has an interesting promotion on the older Pixel 5a right now. Join Google's phone subscription plan and you can get the Pixel 5a, device protection and, the ability to upgrade after two years for just $15 a month. Google claims this is a $233 saving compared to how much this would normally cost you making it a really affordable option.

Google Pixel 5a: save $50 on an unlocked device at Google Store

Google Pixel 5a: save $50 on an unlocked device at Google Store
The Google Pixel 5a is an already very affordable device so big discounts are mostly out of the question. With this offer, you'll save $50, only having to pay $399 for the device. While not a giant saving, it does make an already cheap device even more affordable. 

Today's best of the rest phone deals

OnePlus 9: $729.99

OnePlus 9: $729.99 $599.99 at Amazon
Save $130 -
The OnePlus 9, the company's excellent mid-range 2021 flagship, is now at its lowest ever price at Amazon. With a powerful Snapdragon 888 chip, fully 120Hz display, and Hasselblad co-designed triple-lens camera system, the OnePlus 9 is easily one of our top choices for an Android flagship right now. 

OnePlus 8T: $599.99

OnePlus 8T: $599.99 $499.99 at Amazon
The OnePlus 8T is a fantastic smartphone for anyone looking for a powerful, yet affordable smartphone. With this deal, you'll save $100 on the device, only paying $499.99 for it at Amazon. While not the lowest price ever, it is a pretty big saving on an already well-priced device.

OnePlus 9: $729.99

OnePlus 9: $729.99 $599 at Amazon
Save $130
- While Samsung often stands out as the best option for Android, OnePlus is an extremely worthy competitor. Amazon is currently offering one of the brand's best devices - the OnePlus 9 - for only $599. That's down from $729.99 making it a brilliant saving on this mid-range powerhouse. If you've had the Google Pixel 6 in your mind as your next device, this will be possibly its best competitor for price and features.


Black Friday phone deals: FAQ

iPhone 13, Samsung Galaxy S21, OnePlus 9 on grey background

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When will Black Friday phone deals start?

Black Friday falls on November 26 this year but phone deals kicked off way earlier than that date. It's been an increasingly prevalent trend over the past few events for retailers to offer promotions up early - even as soon as late October in some cases. Things tend to particularly heat up from Thanksgiving week onward - that's when Verizon launched its Black Friday flash sale in 2020 for example.

As a general rule of thumb, we recommend keeping your eyes peeled from the beginning of November onwards if you're looking for that next upgrade. As always, we'll be updating this page with all the best Black Friday phone deals as they land, so don't hesitate to bookmark and revisit.

Keep in mind that many retailers are experiencing some stock issues this year, especially around key flagship phones. With this in mind, we might see some delays in delivery times from some retailers on leading devices. 

Is Black Friday a good time to buy a phone?

Yep, it's a great time to buy a device - both carrier and unlocked types in fact. It's generally around when most people's contracts tend to expire so the big carrier's tend to offer up big trade-in options and new plan tie-ins to entice people to renew their contracts. Unlocked devices, especially at Samsung Android flagships, also tend to be sold for their lowest prices all year round over Black Friday. 

What types of Black Friday phone deals should I expect?

Cell phone deals are essentially divided into two categories - those made available via the big carriers (like Verizon and AT&T), and those on unlocked devices.

The biggest Black Friday phone deals (on paper, anyway) are always from the carriers themselves. It's not uncommon to be able to score a free flagship device from these companies if you get one in conjunction with an unlimited plan. The kicker here is the plans themselves are super pricey - often costing upwards of $2,000 over two years, so definitely do the math before you jump in with a 'free' device.

More accessible deals can be found on unlocked devices - which are often sold by big online retailers like Amazon and Best Buy. These are most common on Android devices (Apple is the only retailer for unlocked iPhones) and can range anywhere from $200 to $400 off, depending on the model. Bear in mind you'll need to pick up a cell phone plan separately here - although it's easy to get a really cheap prepaid plan. 

Black Friday phone deals: our 3 top tips

1. Research devices

Firstly, do a little bit of research and narrow down your choices - our best phone 2021 buyer's guide is a great place to start. You don't have to know exactly which device you want to go for, but having an idea of what options are out there and your budget is going to save you precious time over Black Friday. We'd also recommend our large number of excellent phone reviews on this site for more detailed breakdowns on each device.

2. Be prepared to switch

The biggest and baddest Black Friday phone deals will nearly always be from the carriers themselves - companies that love to offer free devices with their unlimited data plans. The catch here is these deals are often only available to new customers and/or via an eligible trade-in. If you are prepared to switch and pay for a pricey unlimited plan, however, then the rewards are often significant. 

3. Price comparison

Relevant for unlocked deals in particular; it pays to do a bit of price checking before the big day itself. Interested in picking up that new Galaxy S21 unlocked at Amazon? Check in every few days to see the going price before the event. It could in fact go on sale early. Or, it could get a price cut on Black Friday that appears to be a good deal but in fact might not be that great. Either way, if you track the price beforehand you'll be able to judge for yourself how good this year's Black Friday phone deals are.

What are the best phones right now?

  • TechRadar's top pick: Galaxy S21 Ultra
  • Best iPhone: iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • Best value iPhone: iPhone 13
  • Best budget iPhone: iPhone 11
  • Best value Android: Galaxy S21
  • Best budget Android: Galaxy S20 FE
  • Black Friday wildcards: OnePlus 9, Google Pixel 6

We'd recommend the stellar iPhone 13 series and Galaxy S21 series for iOS and Android users respectively. Not only are these latest ranges fantastic, but they're also crowd favorites and the devices likely to generate the best Black Friday phone deals this year. Most users will be well catered for with the Galaxy S21 or iPhone 13, but If you're looking for the best of the best, check out the Galaxy S21 Ultra and iPhone 13 Pro Max - absolutely amazing devices. 

Those on a budget should consider the now older (but still excellent) iPhone 11 and Galaxy S20 FE, both available now for relatively cheap prices unlocked. Finally, we wouldn't rule out the OnePlus 9 - a great alternate Android pick that'll definitely see some good price cuts and the Google Pixel 6 - the latest device from the company. It's unlikely we'll see big deals on the Pixel 6 over Black Friday, but we're hopeful either way.

Who has the best Black Friday phone deals?

  • Verizon - huge trade-ins, free iPhone 13s, switching offers, and more
  • AT&T - superb trade-in options with up to $1,000 off
  • Amazon - the top destination of unlocked Black Friday phone deals
  • Best Buy - also great for unlocked phones, plus big activation rebates
  • Walmart - offers exclusive discounts on iPhones, plus prepaid options
  • Mint Mobile - free plan months for new customers with iPhones
  • Visible - free gift cards for new customers on iOS and Android devices

Here's a quick rundown of the top retailers we expect to offer the best phone deals over Black Friday. If you're aiming to fly solo this November then we'd recommend following the links above and bookmarking the relevant pages. 

Alternatively, you could simply bookmark this page, sign up for our emails, or simply check-in at TechRadar regularly to see the latest. We'll of course be reviewing all the hottest new phones, posting news, as well as updating our pages very regularly with the latest info so you won't miss a thing.

If you'd like to do some further reading, recommended are our main cell phone deals, iPhone deals and Verizon deals pages, where you'll find the very best offers available right now, this week.

Alex Whitelock

Alex is deals editor at Future PLC and an all-around expert at one thing - saving readers as much cash as possible while scoring them the best products for their needs. With content that's always packed full of helpful information, no-nonsense expertise, and of course deals, Alex has also written for other leading sites such as T3 and GamesRadar. At work, you'll find him mostly covering computing, gaming, and advising people on how to save on their cell phone plans. Outside of work, you'll find him playing guitar, indulging his love for music, or down at the local climbing gym mostly hanging off boulders far too difficult for his abilities.