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The best Black Friday phone deals of 2018

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Cyber Monday 2018 weekend has given us plenty of phone deals, whether you're searching for an iPhone or a Google Pixel or a Samsung Galaxy phone. We'll keep updating this phone deals page through Cyber Monday on November 26.

Online retailers have stretched their offers over the whole weekend (while supplies last), and many are extending them to Cyber Monday - just be aware that some of them could sell out before then. 

Be sure to check in over the weekend as we update this page with more discounts. Keep reading for this year's best Cyber Monday smartphone deals!

iPhone deals

iPhone XR / XS / XS Max / X / 8 / 8 Plus: Buy one, get one up to $750 off from AT&T
AT&T is offering a buy-one-get-one deal on new iPhones with a qualifying service and new line. The deal is available on iPhone 8 and newer, and will discount the second iPhone by up to $750.View Deal

Lease one of the latest iPhones, get an iPhone XR free on Sprint
Lease a 64GB iPhone XR on Sprint for free - or, to be clear, a $31.25/month credit reducing the XR lease to $0. If you want a different iPhone, you can apply that credit to an iPhone XR with more storage, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max or iPhone X.View Deal

iPhone X 64GB prepaid on Straight Talk: $999 $899 on Jet
Get last year's iPhone X 64GB - a vanishing model now that the iPhone XS is out - for $100 off. This is for a prepaid phone with Straight Talk.View Deal

Buy an iPhone 8 / 8 Plus / iPhone 7 / 7 Plus: Get a $50 gift card
Should you want to get an older iPhone straight from the source on Apple's online storefront, you'll nab a $50 gift card to use there. This deal lasts through November 26.View Deal

iPhone 7 128GB: $549 $100 over 2-year plan on Sprint
Sign up for a 2-year plan with Sprint and get an iPhone 7 128GB for $4.17/month (which shakes out to just over $100 total). View Deal

Samsung deals

Samsung Galaxy S9 64GB unlocked: $719 $519 on Amazon
Samsung isn't the only retailer discounting the Galaxy S9. Now you can get an unlocked 64GB version of this flagship phone for $200 off on Amazon - and the discount also applies to the 128GB (now $569) and 256GB (now $639) models, too.View Deal

Galaxy S9 64GB unlocked: $719 $519 from Samsung
As expected, Samsung is setting up a hefty discount for its flagship smartphone, taking $200 off the list price. You save more by trading in an old phone, but check on Samsung's website to discover whether your older model qualifies.View Deal

Galaxy S9 64GB dual SIM unlocked $719 $590 on Amazon
If you wanted the dual SIM version in the Lilac Purple hue (other colors cost a fraction more), it can be yours for over $100 off the regular price.View Deal

Note 9 128GB unlocked: $999 $799 from Samsung
Samsung is dropping a significant discount on the Note 9, its ur-flagship with an included stylus. This deal cuts 20% off the list price for $200 in savings. You can save even more money by trading in an old phone - check Samsung's website to see if yours qualifies.View Deal

Galaxy S9 64GB: $719 $319 from Samsung w/ Verizon activation
This is the best deal we've found, so long as you're ready to sign up with Verizon. If so, you can get a new 64GB Galaxy S9 for $319. View Deal

Galaxy S9, S9 Plus and Note 9: $300 off with carrier activation
This Best Buy deal knocks $300 off the list price of a Samsung Galaxy S9 (regularly $719), S9 Plus (regularly $839) or Note 9 (regularly $999) if you sign up with Verizon, AT&T or Sprint. This is a doorbuster deal, so rush in on Black Friday, starting early at 5PM on November 22, if you want this discount.View Deal

Samsung Galaxy Note 9: $300 Target gift card with activation
Getting $300 to Target when buying a Note 9 or Note 9 Plus is a good deal if you're already planning more shopping at the retail chain. Just keep in mind you'll have to sign up with Verizon or AT&T to seal the deal, which you can do from November 23 to 25.View Deal

Google Pixel deals

Google Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL: $200 Target gift card w/ activation
If you'd rather get cash to spend at your favorite retail chain, you can get a $200 gift card for picking up a Google Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL by signing up with Verizon, AT&T or Sprint upon purchase. This deal is live from November 23 to 25.View Deal

Android deals

Huawei Mate 10 Pro 128GB unlocked: $529 $474 on Jet
Now that the Mate 20 Pro has been released, get even more of a discount on its predecessor, the still-powerful Mate 10 Pro. This deal gets you 128GB of storage and 6GB of RAM. View Deal

Huawei Mate SE 64GB unlocked: $249 $219 on Amazon
If you're looking for an affordable smartphone, pick up a Huawei Mate SE with a $40 off discount. This model comes with 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM - not the best specs on the market, but enough to keep you chatting and browsing the web.

Moto X (4th Generation) 32GB: $259 $179 at Amazon
Moto are value-packed phones that feature the closest thing to a stock Android experience beyond Google's much more expensive Pixel phones. This Prime Exclusive deal will net you a Moto X for a sizeable $80 discount.View Deal

64GB Razer Phone 1: $699 $399 on Microsoft
Now that the new Razer Blade 2 is out, you can get last year's model (which is still solid) for a whopping $300 off. For the price of a midrange phone, you get a gaming powerhouse with a 5.7-inch 120hz refresh rate screen, 64GB of space (upgradeable to 2TB with MicroSD) with a still-decent Snapdragon 835 chip.View Deal

LG G6+ (128 GB, Unlocked): $799 $399 at Amazon
The LG G6+ was one last year's sleeper hit phones, and while it might be a tad old, it's still a great handset. Now is a great time to pick one up as this deal takes 50% off the regular price for $400 in savings.View Deal

Moto E 16GB unlocked: $129 $99 on Jet
When you need the most basic of phones, here's one you can get for dirt cheap - and now with a $30 off discount. It's not flashy, but the Moto E's basic functionality will keep you connected.View Deal

How to get the best phone deals on Cyber Monday

There are a few good rules to follow when hunting down the best Cyber Monday deals. First up: take your time and do your research. Make sure you've found the best price available before you click the buy button, or you'll be regretting instead of rejoicing.

Before you even start poking around online storefronts, do the responsible thing and set your budget. How much money are you willing to part with? Stick to that number. 

Next, set your sights on which phone (or phones) you want to keep an eye on for a Cyber Monday deal. Don't get distracted by enticing deals on phones you haven't researched.  

Patience and research is crucial to making sure you buy the right model and the right generation. There's nothing worse than believing you scored a great deal only to find you snagged the leading device...from last year.

One last step to prepare: before Cyber Monday kicks off, check the sticker price of the phones you'll be considering. Scan the OEM's own site (Apple, Google, Samsung, etc) as well as big retailers like Amazon and Best Buy. 

This gives you a clearer idea of just how much you'll save once the discounts start rolling in. But even if you're starting your smartphone search right before Black Friday, don't worry – we'll be here to help you find the very best offers in the middle of the shopping holiday, too. Let's find you a great deal!

Best Cyber Monday phone deals predictions for 2018

There are a couple basic tenets of Cyber Monday deals we should get out of the way. First, you're probably going to get better deals on Android phones than iPhones. That's been the case in years past, and it'll probably hold true for Cyber Monday 2018.

Second, this year's newer phones (especially those that have just been announced) may not see much, if any, discounting. Instead, look for the phones they're replacing: with the LG V40 and iPhone XS on the market, we may see good prices for the LG V35 and iPhone X, respectively. 

If you can help it, don't take out a phone contract before Cyber Monday begins. Carrier and network Cyber Monday deals tend to slash up-front and monthly costs.

Speaking of carriers, they might be the only ones offering discounts on the newest phones. Check out what Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint are offering on the latest and greatest devices, but keep in mind that some of the better deals may require you to turn in your old phone.

Carriers might be the only way you'll get discounts on iPhones. As they have in years previous, Apple may try to entice buyers by pairing gift cards with full-price phones.

As for Android phones, the Samsung Galaxy S9 didn't sell too well when it launched earlier this year, which leads us to expect some solid discounts for unlock S9 phones in order to move inventory. The newer Galaxy Note 9 may see price cuts, but they likely won't be as generous. 

Two-for-one deals should also start appearing, so if you have someone in your family who needs to upgrade, that’s your best bet for savings.

Sometimes the best savings is in amped up value. Older phones will see the biggest price drops. Is it not available anymore? No problem. Amazon and other resellers will continue to sell out of print phones.

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