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Last Updated: December 7th, 2011

A few days ago, we received a mystery package from the good folks at RadioShack. Inside the package were three phones - the Samsung Stratosphere on Verizon, HTC EVO Design 4G on Sprint, and Samsung Infuse 4G on AT&T. Since these phones are ours to do with what we please, we've decided to do what we always do when we end up with extra goodies: give them away.

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Since we have three phones to hand out, we're going to make each contest quick and dirty. Each one will last for one day, and one day only.

RadioShack's Pre-Black Friday Sale

Before we get into the giveaway details, we want to give a shoutout to the guys at RadioShack. They have an awesome pre-Black Friday sale currently going with over twenty-five phone from AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon all going for absolutely free. Here is a shortlist of some of the deals that you can catch between now and Wednesday:

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Keep in mind that this deal ends on Wednesday, November 23, so if you're looking to score a new phone for nothing, you better hurry!

What You Get

samsung-stratosphere

First on the list is the Samsung Stratosphere, which is basically a Verizon branded Epic 4G with LTE. Either way you look at it, it's a solid mid-range device, sporting a slide-out QWERTY and blazing fast mobile connection. Here are the full specs:

  • 4-inch 480x800 Super AMOLED display
  • 1GHz single-core Hummingbird processor
  • 512MB RAM
  • Physical QWERTY
  • 4GB built-in storage, microSD card slot
  • 5MP rear shooter, VGA front
  • Android 2.3.x with Touchwiz
  • Verizon LTE

Sure, it's no powerhouse, but it is packing LTE under the hood, and it's going to be free to one lucky reader. With that kind of price tag, can you really complain?

How To Win

This contest is now over. Here is our winner, selected at random:
  • killinem313 from Milan, TN

Congratulations - you will be contacted for your information in the near future!

Everyone else - keep participating and stay tuned to Android Police so that you don't miss our upcoming giveaway announcements. You can follow AP on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and RSS.

Update: And here's our winner!

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In light of Thanksgiving, you need only answer one simple question to enter:

What is the number one thing about your Android device that you're thankful for?

That's it. Just drop your answer in the comments before 12:00PM PT Tomorrow, November 22, 2011. At this point, we're planning on picking the winner at random, but that could change, so make your answer count!

Since this is a Verizon phone, this contest is for US residents only.

Good luck!

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, and musician. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6- or 7-string, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Tim

    Free Turn by Turn! I would get lost without it.

  • Sean

    definitely web browsing and the customization of it

  • Jon

    I couldn't live with-out the super awesome Google Maps on Android!

  • joe

    flashlight

  • PezLee

    Making my phone my own.

    'This is my [Android]. There are many others like it, but this one is mine. My [Android] is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life. Without me, my [Android] is useless. Without my [Android], I am useless...'

  • Pete

    The number one thing about my Android device that I'm thankful for is to be able to entertain myself by surfing the web, playing games, and making my life much easier.

  • Maria

    I love how I can customize my phone that is perfect for ME

  • Patrick

    That I am running Gingerbread on a 2 year old Eris.

  • http://@mikegenova mike genova

    im thankful for google letting me store all 40 gigs of my music on their servers, FOR FREE nonetheless. enabling me to listen to my music anywhere anytime!

  • http://www.bevonfindley.com Bevon

    I am thankful for the customization. Being able to change themes, buttons, launchers and text as i see fit to match my needs and personality.

  • sammy sasoon

    roms im a flashahaolic

  • Tito Reyes

    Its better than an Iphone

  • Dick Ripple

    I am thankful for Flash Player so I can have late night wank sessions anywhere. Like Steve said "Android phones are for porn."

  • Justin Cavazos

    4g tethering..... love data on the go... or its a good backup if internet goes out

  • Nathan

    The ability for me to build my own apps for it.... With iPhone I have to buy $$$ to apple, to use an app that I build myself

  • http://darshankaria.com Darshan Karia

    I can write app for android without needing a specific OS, unlike iPhone, in which case you require Mac OS X to be able to develop app for it... (to use Xcode to be precise)

  • http://genesischess.com/ Micah

    I'm thankful that my android phone is able to escape the clutches of carriers and manufactures. (I am thankful for the cyanogen team)

  • brgulker

    Ian thankful for being always connected to everything I care about.

  • Matt

    I am thankful for the Navigation. I use it everyday for work.

  • Aki I.

    voice search. hands down.

  • https://plus.google.com/u/0/115702592090481623913/posts Micheal Banning

    The ability the custom rom, root, theme and flash android to any network anytime. I had a droid X - miui it broke, droid x2 - eclipse v1.3 its acting buggy on crickets network, so now i have a droid 2 global - ics build of miui :) I would love to get my hands on one of these :P

  • Alec

    The ability to customize to my hearts content.

  • Drootz

    I am thankful for google maps as I used to get lost pretty frequently, and sine I travel quite a bit, this has saved my butt more than a few times.

  • Bal

    the wide variety of android phones available with the many different hardware and carrier options

  • http://vanamburggroup.com David VanAmburg

    My communications are no longer locked down by monopoly mentality. Now my wife gets Android and asked for a Stratosphere.

  • Omar Saeed

    Definetly the widgets and customization.

  • js

    I am thankful for being able to check my email.I

  • lastdaysoldier

    the greatest thing about my android is it makes my apple loving friends O so Jealous....

  • sbpetro

    I'm thankful that it is not related to anything Apple!!!!

  • Myo WIn

    one word..Open Source.....without AOSP, there is none of the android magic we are thankful to have.. :)

  • Jonathan

    I am most thankful for the ability to easily manage my calendar. Since starting college, I have relied so much on my schedue in my phone and the Google cloud.

  • B J Books

    Most thankful for my 4G connection

  • Olliedcy

    In case we forget. The phone! The ability to make a call. For help if necessary.

  • Jesse Clark

    I love that anytime I grow bored with my phone, I can flash a new rom or tweak the layout until I have a brand new phone.

  • Joe TH

    The Ability to customize/access almost everything (and you can get it for free) !!!

  • Marcos Amano

    I know that I can't win cuz I'm from Brazil but, the most important thing to me it's that I can customize my phone and give a personal look to make him different of any other smartphone in the world. But, if I wanna change, it's so simple to do!

  • Kevin

    Wireless tether -- internet anywhere I want in the country and no cable costs.

  • Tom

    What is the number one thing about your Android device that you're thankful for?

    The community

  • dave s.

    customization... I don't have to conform to the masses and my phone can represent who I am

  • TheBigShamrock

    Easily it's the ability to always find a quick solution to any problem. I can always find an app or a way to use my phone to solve a problem or find a more efficient way to get things done!

  • Brian Steier

    I'm thankful for the ability to change keyboards. If I was stuck with the iOS keyboard I would kill myself! I'm also thankful for the community and their unmatched willingness to help the less fortunate out. Sure, you may be called a noob, but you'll get an answer and options of where you can find what you're looking for.

  • Adam

    customizability. complete and utter control of nearly every aspect of the device in my hands.

  • Hector E. Gaxiola

    I'm thankful for forum apps, I would be bored to death without them

  • Mark G.

    I am thankful for SPEED!!! 4g + android = instant connectivity!

  • koreanninja

    Internet on the go!

  • Calvin

    That the phone works the way it is supposed to. Ive you used several different phones across several different companies and operating systems. My android is the first one that has done everything in the phones description. And it does so much more.

  • http://tgbmusic.com Ryan Duncan

    I love the seemingly infinite customization I can do with my phone! Homescreens, themes, widgets, I change my screens almost weekly and it never looks like I just have my app drawer open!

  • Shaun

    I am thankful for the Internet on the long boring nights at work.

  • UrbanEggman

    I am thankful for not wasting any time anymore, every minute is filled with an app or something fun.

  • deathbringerdante

    It's the portable computer, camera, gps, internet device, music player, and phone packed into one package thus limiting the number of devices I absolutely need on me at all times to just one.

  • Navid S

    Choice! The ability to root, rom and skin my phone and do whatever I want with it!

  • http://www.kevinsprecher.com Kevin Sprecher

    I am thankful for the ease of customization. I can make my phone different from the masses. That's one reason I switched from the iPhone.

  • BillR

    The best thing about my Android device is that it is running an Open Source operating system (based on Linux), giving further strength and validation to the Open Source model and community, as a whole.

  • LChupacabras

    The number one thing about my Android device that I'm thankful for would have to be multitude of different ways to customize my device to be exactly how I want/like it. :D

  • ithrewitontheground

    I am thankful for my droid incredible's beautiful screen.

  • William owens

    I love the app market. Provides me with options to fully customize my phone to how i feel.

  • Eric

    ability to stay in touch with friends who are far away!

  • Tony Moya

    im thankful for all the many, many, many, great features it has to offer :D

  • Thomas K.

    Google Maps and GPS. I use it all the time. I have not used my portable GPS since I got my OG Droid.

  • George

    I live in NoVA where the traffic battles for number 1/2 between LA. GPS with traffic....AWESOME.

  • Vince

    The number one thing I'm thankful for is vanilla Android (still rocking the OG DROID)

  • Sid Poss

    I'm thankful that I don't have IOS

  • Brad

    One word....Google. How can you go wrong with a OS developed by the greatest company ever?

  • Christopherc

    I am in complete contol of this open source hackbeast!!

  • Tomas

    So much customization that I know nobody in the world has the same setup going as I do. A point that no iphone user can make!

  • Matt

    I'm thankful for the ability to customize. Most of us sign a 2 year contract for our phones and being able to switch launchers, keyboards, etc. allows us to keep our phones feeling fresh. A good thing when hardly a week passes without a new phone to lust after...

  • http://www.openintro.com OpenIntro

    I'm thankful that Android provides me with options. Options for hardware. Options for customization. Options for openness.

  • Daniel

    About a week ago after being on an Android device for years I got an IPhone. I used it for 4 days. I can honesty say the one thing I missed the most were widgets. The ability to get instant viewing of information from your homescreen. If I win. I will give my IPhone 4 to android police so they can destroy it as they see fit.

  • flamesbladeflcl

    Custom Roms are fun, I love being able to use stock android. Being able to keep up on google reader/twitter. reading manga on my tablet. hell having my hp touchpad run android itself. Netflix pandora google music. having LTE for fast speeds. I love android so much.

  • http://pastorgadget.wordpress.com Pastorgadget

    I am thankful for the way it allows me to keep in touch with my family, even if they can't join with me to share a Thanksgiving meal. I am especially thankful for being able to keep in sync and in touch with my beautiful wife throughout our hectic days.

  • http://pastorgadget.wordpress.com Pastorgadget

    I am thankful for the way it allows me to keep in sync and in touch with my family, even if they can't join with me to share a Thanksgiving meal.

  • Jeff Wright

    The freedom of choice and how android has made all the other mobile os builders have to step up their game or be left in the dust thank you android

  • http://www.facebook.com/VirtuaLIntel william techmaster coleman

    I am thankful for android's creation. Without the android OS, I'd still be using a blackberry (tragic, I know).
    Android has done many things for me. it has saved me from complete boredom at the doctors office by providing me with wonderful games such as angry birds and Megastunt mayhem, kept me from smashing someones face in at the bus stop by providing me with instant tunes via pandora, and it's even made my life easier by easily blocking exes texts.

    Without android, I wouldn't be where I am no. I<3 you android.

  • Steve Duncan

    I'm thankful for Android because it made my change over from a Blackberry so painless.

  • Dennis Ketchum

    The mute feature!

  • Jesta

    I could not go without my phone's customization, allowing me to do whatever I please with it.

  • grandcanyontennessee

    Swype, which I'm using now.

  • Rob

    Linux. Android has put linux in the hands of the common person in a way that no other linux distribution has managed.

  • David

    I'm thankful to have freedom in the app market.

  • http://www.spanish-soul.com Ali

    Made by Samsung, with google heart in it...

  • Suf!@n

    hmmm
    Marketplace
    Customization
    Freedom
    Facebook
    Custom ROMS
    Widgets
    many more.....

  • http://www.theintroverteer.com Griffin

    I am thankful for the wonderful developers who have created all the awesome apps for Android. Without them, my device would be useless...

  • Kaedith

    I'm thankful for root and all the customization and functionality that can be had and harnessed between apps and everything else on my Android phone

  • aj34

    Twitter. I am addicted to this app.

  • Midian

    Not only am i thankful for the size of my phone but the ability to change when and how i please. Taking bits and pieces form each OS that i want. Its the little things that count.

  • rajesh

    i am thankful because its not apple.

  • youarealwaysthereMD

    Drop down notifications. Hands down (no pun intended).

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000143543714&sk=info Jeremy Gomez

    I'm thankful to be able to personalize my Android in so many ways to fit who I am. It's not just a cell phone. It's a collage of my interests, activities, social life, travel spots, etc, on a device that is small enough to fit into a pocket. :)

  • J.L.

    Thankful for Widgets

  • KEVIN L.

    Google integration.

  • Josh

    custom ROM's... vanilla android ftw on the droid X

  • https://plus.google.com/u/0/109461272003962705610/posts Mike Brehmer

    I am thankful for Android's innovation in creating a mobil O/S that has the potential to replace all of my other technology based devices. Keep it up Google!

  • StirCwazy

    The android community, which gives me the choice to pick what I want. Without developers like we have today we wouldn't have these choices. So hats off to the community and the developers that make it possible.

  • Enderdad

    I am thankful for Android providing an open source operating system in which users are encouraged to hack/modify any part of their phone that they wish and having an amazing community of developers and followers!!

  • Jonathan

    The one thing I'm grateful for is not the device itself, but the people that stand behind it.

  • Danny

    The thing i love the most is the accessibility to everything i need from the palm of my hand. You can do pretty much anything from an android device now a days... I only choose my PC over my tablet if i absolutely have to.

  • Jay

    GPS and of couse Angry Birds

  • Matt

    The ability to change or tweak any facet of the user experience.

  • Mutt

    Customization! That's what I like the most.

  • geekguy231

    I am so thankful that my android device has an open development platform. If there is something that I want my phone to do, I can fire up eclipse and make an application. For instance before I knew about the away message applications, I made my own. I love that I can make an application for any feature that I find missing, and not worrying about having to pay to develop.

    This is why I am thankful for my Android Device.

  • rwall

    The ability to load mods.

  • Matthew Jensen

    I am thankful for a device running stock Android with no bloatware and no crappy skin on it

  • TCStehle

    Thankful that Android allows for custom ROMs so that I can have a "new" phone anytime I want. Makes that 20 months between upgrades much easier!!

  • Kree Terry

    MIUI, well more of the fact that i can change nearly anything about it that i choose to.

  • Dan Bekas

    I can check my fantasy football scores on the go!

  • Louis Oplawski

    Social Networking

  • Chris H

    I am thankful for the openness of Android OS and the Android Community for providing amazing mods and software that allows anybody to contribute regardless of their experience or knowledge.

    Thank you Android Community!

  • Gary

    gaming and the ease of customization

  • Josue

    BOREDOM KILLER !!! best feature

  • TrevP

    Convergence of my digital life. It's my music player, my GPS, my notebook, my serial port tester, SPL Meter, home automation remote, garage door opener, video player, game console, G+ access, and countless other things. I have no idea how I functioned without it.

  • Rick Smith

    Open Source! Possibilities with Android never end thanks to some great programmers.

  • Gary

    The capability to be connected to the internet wherever I'm at.

  • Kelly H

    Customization! If there is something the phone doesn't do out of the box, there's an app for that! I am always upgrading my phones features and functionality and I love how you can tweak anything to be just right.

  • https://plus.google.com/u/0/106590241327894514636/posts Caleb Escamilla

    as a soldier im thankful for android music (google music) and Google maps...having to go to a new town sucks every time but my android helps me get around town when i have no clue were anything is and listen to music that i love all at the same time

  • brandon fitzpatrick

    open source android which makes able for me to do with my phone what i please to do new launcher dialers messaging apps custom rom kernals etc.. make me enjoy my phone so much more... oh and of coarse verizions 4g, one word amazing!!!

  • EllenRN

    My droid is my first smartphone, so I'm thankful for everything! I love being able to access the web whenever I need anything.

  • Ray

    The fact that I can have 10 different ROMs on it in a single day if I so wish, all giving me a different experience.

  • ChrisW

    It might sound like something dumb but the camera on my phone is what I am most grateful for, without it I wouldn't be able to capture special moments in my son's life.

  • Ryan O.

    The one thing about my Android phone that I'm so thankful for is being able to schedule my workdays with google calendar. If I didn't have something so easy to use, and not to mention the fact that it syncs with my gmail account, I'd be far less productive.

  • Coco hime

    Freedom, definitely. I would hate to be forced to use a certain market/launcher/font/ect. Having the ability to customize everything to my fancy is one of Android's strongest points.

  • Nick D.

    The ability to choose my own keyboard ... unlike certain other operating systems that shall remain unnamed.

  • http://www.mtagsports.com Channing

    GPS and internet.
    I feel naked without them now, just like going out without my wallet.

  • SLayernet

    I am thankful for my smartphone to feed my addiction for "Instant Gratification". If I didn't have my smartphone my lips would turn white, I'd start itching, and jonesing.
    My smartphone is my drug of choice

  • Jack C.

    Customization With modifier, Roms, and the ability to do away with apps I don't want and need.

  • chris swan

    GPS is wonderful. I love knowing where I am all the time. :)

  • http://415designs.com Noshitsky

    I am thankful for it being an open source os with a huge dev community that are passionated by the potential of the platform . I Dig that! :)

  • http://www.juicedsystems.com Dylan Smith

    I am thankful for my android roms!

  • Bretton Key

    For me it's my mobile twitter app. Twitter was first just hobby but now it's hard to go a day without tweeting and it's so much fun from my Android powered device...

  • http://twitter.com/kway4204 Kyle Way

    I know I am almost late! But I would love this!

  • http://www.genfoto.com Jim

    that it is so open to customization

  • David Droddy

    No. We're all set with an Incredible and an Incredible 2

  • samuel

    my favorite thing is the keyboard on my G2

  • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

    The winner has been posted. Congratulations!

  • SemiAutoAZ

    I am most thankful for my SAMOLED+ display on my Charge and the ability to see it in direct sunlight! Simply amazing.

  • https://plus.google.com/107578475734229635225/posts Drew C.

    I am thankful for G+ and G Music integration

  • Patrick Maguire

    Ok. The winner has been picked so we don't need to post here anymore. This comment thread is over... Happy Thanksgiving

  • Margaret Taylor

    It is soooo easy to use!!