Now that everyone and their cousin's friend are preparing for Thanksgiving and the national shopping day that follows (Black Friday), we're starting to see some great deals popping up, especially from carriers looking to sway over new customers.
One such carrier, US Cellular, announced today that it will be offering "door-busting" bargains on all four of its Android phones in celebration of Black Friday, beginning November 22 and ending on the 29th. Their deals aren't really mind-blowing in comparison with some of Wirefly's recent deals, but they're quite a bit cheaper than US Cellular's regular prices:
- Samsung Mesmerize - $99.99 after an $80 mail-in-rebate
- HTC Desire (see our review here) - $49.99 after an $80 mail-in-rebate
- LG Apex - $0.00 after an $80 mail-in-rebate
- Samsung Acclaim - $0.00 after an $80 mail-in-rebate
In related news, Verizon Wireless will be rewarding customers who add a new 3G smartphone to their existing plans by subtracting $9.99 from their monthly bill, the same cost as adding a line. The deal is valid from November 19 (tomorrow) to January 7, 2011, and the $9.99 credit will expire after two years. That's about $240 saved per line, enough to buy yourself the latest and greatest when your two-year contract is up. Hey - maybe by that time, the mythical Verizon iPhone will have come out... as if any of us Android users care.
Press releases from both carriers await you below.
U.S. CELLULAR GIVES HOLIDAY SHOPPERS A JUMPSTART
ON ‘BLACK FRIDAY’ DEALS WITH ANDROID SALE
Bundled Belief Plans, Cutting-Edge Phones and Rewards Make the Season Bright
CHICAGO (Nov. 18, 2010) – It’s never too early to score high-tech holiday bargains. U.S. Cellular is rewarding gift givers with deals on the hottest phones in the industry four days before the busiest shopping weekend of the year. Starting Nov. 22, U.S. Cellular’s Android Sale slashes prices on its complete lineup of Android-powered smartphones, including the Samsung Mesmerize (a Galaxy S phone), HTC Desire, LG Apex, and Samsung Acclaim. All of these cutting-edge devices are backed by the industry-leading initiatives of The Belief Project and U.S. Cellular’s high-speed nationwide network.
“You don’t have to wait until the day after Thanksgiving to get amazing products at great prices, which provide unmatched value when combined with all the benefits of The Belief Project from U.S. Cellular,” said Edward Perez, vice president of marketing and sales operations for U.S. Cellular. “You can start bargain hunting before the busy weekend, avoid the crowds and get cool devices all week long.”
From Nov. 22 through Nov. 29, both the LG Apex and Samsung Acclaim will be free after an $80 mail-in rebate. The carrier’s latest Android-powered offering, LG Apex, has a stylish and functional design and also offers a QWERTY keyboard that slides out to make typing and texting easy. The Acclaim is equipped with a 3.2-inch touch screen and also has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Its 3.0 megapixel camera and camcorder make sharing pictures and videos with friends a snap.
Also during the sale, the Samsung Mesmerize, a Galaxy S phone, will be available for $99.99 after an $80 mail-in-rebate. The Android-powered Mesmerize features a brilliant 4-inch Super AMOLED™ touchscreen, making it easier to play games and watch movies in bright environments. Customers can get the popular HTC Desire smartphone for $49.99 after an $80 mail-in-rebate. The Desire delivers a 5-megapixel, autofocus camera with flash, integrated GPS and is Wi-Fi capable.
The much-anticipated Samsung Galaxy Tab will land in U.S. Cellular stores on Nov. 19. The mobile tablet will retail for $399 after a $100 mail-in rebate and two-year contract. The Galaxy Tab’s large 7-inch touchscreen creates a web browsing experience that is more like a PC, and the vibrant graphics and 1 GHz processor deliver games with dazzling clarity. The Galaxy Tab is loaded with Samsung’s Media Hub that optimizes movies and TV shows to fit the brilliant display and can also be a convenient e-reader with free downloadable applications from Kindle and Nook. It’s the perfect gift for those craving a multimedia, messaging and music experience.
Launched in October, The Belief Project is an array of innovative initiatives like “no contract after the first” with upgrades to the newest phones at promotional prices every 18 months. Customers automatically get valuable rewards just for being a customer that can be used for even faster phone upgrades in as little as 10 months. Rewards can also be used to get additional lines, phones, accessories, and ringtones.
The Belief Project also features a variety of value-packed monthly plans. For the person who emails and downloads more than they talk, the new Primary Plus Plan for $69.99 per month would make the ideal gift. It comes with 5GB of data, including unlimited text, picture and video messaging, free GPS Navigation, 450 voice minutes and free incoming calls, nights and weekends and mobile-to-mobile.
Adding the kids to the family’s plan is also easy and affordable. What better way to reward them for being good all year than with a phone to stay in touch? U.S. Cellular offers a Premium Plus Family Belief Plan that includes unlimited minutes and messaging and 5 GB of data per line, so they don’t have to worry about the fact that their teens are texting their friends all day long. A recent Nielsen study reported that the average teen is sending and receiving nearly 3,400 text messages per month.
“A Belief Plan is like giving yourself the gift of peace of mind,” Perez said. “Our associates are standing by to explain the unique benefits of being a U.S. Cellular customer, like Overage Protection, Overage Cap and Battery Swap, and help find the right devices and plans for you.”
For more information about the Android Sale and The Belief Project, visit a retail store or uscellular.com.
About U.S. Cellular
U.S. Cellular is committed to fixing wireless one project at a time. The Chicago-based carrier, named one of Forbes Magazine’s 2010 “Most Trustworthy Companies,” recently unveiled The Belief Project, a series of industry-first, innovative solutions designed to elevate the customer experience. The Belief Project complements U.S. Cellular’s growing catalog of cutting-edge phones, all backed by its high-speed nationwide network. To learn more about U.S. Cellular, visit one of its retail stores or uscellular.com. You can also check out U.S. Cellular on Facebook.
ADD A SMARTPHONE ON THE NATION’S LARGEST AND MOST RELIABLE 3G NETWORK AND SAVE BIG
BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – Black Friday and the holiday shopping rush are right around the corner, and Verizon Wireless is giving customers an early incentive to share the nation’s largest and most reliable wireless voice and 3G data network. Beginning Nov. 19, customers can add a new 3G Smartphone on a secondary line and receive a credit equal to the cost of adding a line to a Nationwide Family SharePlan. The $9.99 monthly credit for the new line can save customers nearly $240 per line over the life of the two-year contract.
“This is an ideal option for customers with a spouse or child wanting to move to a smartphone,” said Marni Walden, vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless. “The Verizon Wireless portfolio has a host of options from which to choose, including the recently announced Samsung Continuum™, the DROID PRO by Motorola or the BlackBerry Bold – all perfectly suited for work or play.”
To take advantage of the Smartphones Talk Free promotion, customers will need a Nationwide Family SharePlan starting at $69.99 monthly access for 700 Anytime Minutes and add a $29.99 data plan for each additional smartphone. Customers currently on a Nationwide Family SharePlan may have a total of up to five lines, and receive the promotional credit on each new line that uses a new smartphone. The $9.99 credit expires after 24 months. The offer ends Jan. 7, 2011.
For more information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s most reliable and largest wireless voice and 3G data network, serving more than 93 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with more than 79,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.