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.


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


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!


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, musician, and cyclist. 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-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Matt Birk

    Checking my security camera's from anywhere, with a FREE app, lightning quick with LTE

  • Shaun Wright

    The thing I am most thankful for is that my Android device is whateverI need or want it to be, whenever I need or want it. Period. Thanks to all of the Android developers.

  • Timothy Roberts

    I'm thankful for the technology itself, I love to watch the android system grow and become more of our lives with every new app that comes out. Android--forever forward!

  • Bruce

    Customizationability. (is that even a word?)

  • Joaquin Perez

    It just made my life simpler! I'm thankful for that!

  • Brent


  • Basar

    GPS, the best thing ever created!

  • http://yourabf.org James Pierzina

    I am thankful that my android lets me stay connected with the dev community that pushes the hardware and software to it's limits

  • mushypizza

    I am thankful for having a portable device where I can surf the web, check facebook, text, and call. It's like an all-in-one communication device.

  • Jay Lewis

    The Open Source of it all... couldn't do half the damn things on an iPhone that u can do on a Android OS......ROMS - MIUI, Cyanogen etc.

  • Jonathan Lundstrom

    I'm most thankful for all the developers who make their apps free on the android markets.

  • David S


  • Charles

    GPS, music, and phone, all in one device.

  • Andrew

    #1 thing I'm thankful for with my android is the access to a flourishing Dev community. With out that I couldn't do nearly as many cool things with my phone.

  • Joe Chisenall

    I am thankful of my widgets and my phones sweet love connection to my gmail. I'll never lose anyones number even if I lose my phone!

  • Robin Gray

    Twitter....it helps me keep track of my family

  • Freak4Dell

    The number one thing I am thankful for on my Android phone is customization. If there's something I don't like, chances are, I can fix it rather than learning to get used to it.

  • anthony

    Reading for sure, RSS - Read It later, oh and I should also say i love it as a 'babysitter' for my 4 year old so I can make dinner

  • Stephen

    I'm most thankful for the physical keyboard on my Droid, can't imagine doing without!



  • http://www.facebook.com/dlatino489 Diego Ordonez

    I am Thankful for the customization potential of my sweet android device

  • Dan

    It's not a walled garden. I can install apps from the market, from amazon, or directly from a developer's web site.

  • Jared

    GPS and Google maps

  • don inbody

    I'm thankful for the ease it is to do things on my android phone, the easy customization, the syncing of all Google services, and of course the big selection of both paid and free apps and multitasking

  • StevenG

    Complete control

  • Will C

    I'm thankful that my wife doesn't know how to use it.

  • Eric

    I am thankful for all the dev's and their hard work at making these devices all they can be.....in turn I guess I am thankful for the openess of Android which allows the dev's to do their magic.

    Most of all I am thankful for all of you.

  • Kev

    Im thankful for the endless possibilities it gives me to express myself from the themes to the animated notification pull down. I love everything and thankful its open source.

  • don inbody

    I'm thankful for the syncing of all Google services, and of course the big selection of both paid and free apps and multitasking

  • Ravi

    that it is neither iPhone nor WindowsPhone :).

    OTA Podcast sync.

  • Christoph

    Quick access to Wikipedia, where ever I am at... may it be a discussion at the dinner table or just browsing this great encyclopedia: my Android phone never lets me look stupid... :-)

  • Nymul B

    I am thankful that I can sync my phone with all of Google services OTA and that the OS is open-source!

  • Keith

    The way almost everything can be customized/ changed to exactly what I want

  • Andy in Indy

    I am thankful for the "Androidness" of my devices: the settings for my App are in the app, I know what is going to happen when I push the buttons instead of feeling like it is russian roulette, I can customize the phone without having to "jailbreak" it, and know that the community will try to build less expensive options to the overpriced apps.

  • djembeman

    Turn by turn directions as good as a Garmin! And 4G LTE! My wife is getting the Stratosphere, so it would be great if we could win it. She needs a QWERTY to replace her LG Ally.

  • Mike

    The ability to customize to my hearts content!

  • http://facebook.com/keithpilbeam Keith Pilbeam

    The fact that I even have a working phone as it is. It's awesome that my phone has GPS, 4G, blah blah blah. But the fact that I have a working device as it is, is plenty enough. :]

  • http://www.facebook.com/barbie.doll.keri Keri Newsom

    I would definitely have to say the Starburst ROM my boyfriend put on for my Epic 4g Touch. Without it, I would still have major issues with my signal. It's fixed a few bugs on this phone. (:

  • Cristina O’Neill

    After switching from blackberry over a year ago, I'm thankful for every little thing about Android. Most imortantly,that it actually works!
    And Thank You, AP!

  • ItsMillerTime

    Most thankful for options: standard, custom, old, new FW\ROMs from devs and providers. Always somebody tweaking and updating something somewhere.

  • http://www.unwiredmedic.com Christopher Matthews

    I'm thankful for having an Android phone. It's best feature is that it doesn't run iOS.

  • Tyler C

    I'm most thankful for Android being an extraordinarily open and versatile yet highly integrated platform that allows me to install the ROMs of my choosing and connect every aspect of my waking life into a superfluous and enjoyable digital experience unrivaled by any other platform in existence. It all lies in the integration, kudos to you Google, my friend.

  • http://mgamerzproductions.com Mgamerz

    I am thankful for the maps application. It is by far one of the biggest reason I got my phone. I could already text with Google Voice, but the maps application is great for finding places to go on dates with my girlfriend.

  • James

    Definitely the GPS. I have the navigational aptitude of a piece of cheese.

  • http://thebteampodcast.com Gadget Man 007

    Cheesy answer: It's an excuse (not that I need one) to read AP.

    Funny answer: If can transform into a jet and fly me to a private island.

    Real answer: Wireless tether.

  • Ben

    I am thankful for the fact that my HTC Incredible is not made by Apple.

  • Justin

    Developers and their custom roms

  • Jordan

    I am thankful for the ability to use Java to create applications for Android.

  • John

    After playing with a new iphone 4S for the past two weeks (work phone, not mine), I have come to appreciate how integrated my Google accounts are on my personal Android device. It keeps me and my whole family connected and organized.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8YprCzWm0g JS

    The number one thing that I am thankful for? It would have to be the custom roms that I can flash at will, thanks in large part to the weekend warriors who tweak their roms for fum.

  • AllyourDSParebelongtous

    Call logging to my google calendar. That's worth at least 45 minutes a day that I can spend playing angry birds instead.

  • Chad D

    I'm thankful it doesn't have an apple logo on it!

  • Michael

    I'm thankful for the GO Dev Team! They're great!

  • squigey

    The ability to customize my phone.

  • Jason

    That I can use customs ROMs so my phone always stays up to date with security, features, and functionality.

  • Jonathan

    The freedom to change it and to learn from doing so. Without breaking the law. Without asking carrier permission. Without having to install 3rd party hacks.

  • http://briguy.me Brian Hickey

    I am syncing my entire online life to my offline life in one convenient device.

  • Ted Lovejoy

    I love that it's not just a phone, but a Communications Device. I'd be lost without it.

  • Joel

    I am thankful for the ability to make my phone, *MY* phone, via custom ROMs, widgets, and other extensive personalization options.

    (said by the guy who changes his wallpaper at least two or three times a week)

  • noother84

    I'm thankful for having the ability to install my apps on multiple devices. I have apps shared between my phone, my wife's phone and our tablet.

  • vicky

    I'm thankful that my android device lets me stay in touch with those that matter to me in a smooth, sleek, and multifaceted fashion. Whether it be a simple phone call friend or a niffty huddle with my parents, android helps me stay connected in the way I want to be connected, how I want to be connected, and when I want to be connected. And that's what I'm trueky thankful for.

  • James


  • http://billysellshomes.com Billy Bohmholdt


  • http://facebook.com/jlutz4 Josh Lutz

    I am most thankful for not being limited to the apple market. i am most thankful for having more freedom than any apple user!

  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com Cody

    I'm thankful for the community. Thanks to them I've got a phone that's optimized to the point that the battery lasts twice as long as the phone coming stock, the low call volume is fixed as are several bugs that were visible out of the box, and I know how to fix other problems with a quick search. I say give a hand to the Android Community!

  • http://pdqautomovers.com Gary Patrowicz

    Best part of android is the ability to customize with 3rd party roms and still have all the functionality + more than a stock device

  • Jon


  • https://www.sendoutcards.com/kstar54 kstar54

    I am thankful Android exists and I don't have to follow all the Apple sheep.

  • Spiral_ouT

    I am thankful for the MUSIC capabilities of my Android device. Google Music, Advanced equalization with dynamic range compression, virtual room effects, sliding db levels, ect. As a musician, I'm thankful everyday I found Android and couldn't dream of going back to iOS or Blackberry.

    There are many other amazing qualities that make Android the best mobile platform to date, but for me, its the music that will keep me an Android user for the foreseeable future.

  • http://twitter.com/GrahamS88 Graham S

    I am most thankful for the constant internet connection! Verizon's netowrk is phenomenal. I love having 3G (still running the OG Droid) in areas where friends on other carriers do not.

  • Jose

    Who doesn't love the originality that Google makes to sepreate themselves from the (dullness that iwhores don't make) and all the creativity they put into their roms

  • Tanner H

    the open source of android and the deving that goes with it

  • Matt

    Openness. The ability to do whatever I want with my phone.

  • Rob

    I am, without a doubt, thankful that Android is NOT an "i-Device"! :D

  • mike sanchez

    That its not an I- something.

  • eric

    Thankful customizability. Everything from roms to different battery icons. ;)

  • alok

    I am thankful for tethering.

  • Daniel Vera

    I am thankful that Android exists but the number one thing I'm more thankful about android is the ability to sync my contacts to gmail.

  • http://www.thepixelpuse.com aj

    I'm thankful that I got my parents to buy "one of those crazy touch phones". Android 1 : Old people 0. Happy Holidays!

  • moccor

    The number one thing I'm thankful for is the customization. Android phone's are completely our's, we can do what we want to them, with ease.

  • yella

    Im most thankful for being able to do above and beyond what i need to do with simplicity..I hate windows mobile!!

  • chiahead52

    I am thankful that android is open source and customizable in so many ways

  • james

    I am most thankful for a platform that supports freedoms of the developers and the users.

  • Arun

    Being able to customize everything about the look and feel to my liking!

  • Bill

    Cyanogenmod 7 & S2e. It allowed me to get additional life from my HTC Desire.

  • Oliver Schaper

    It's not made and controlled by Apple.

  • http://wiki.cyanogenmod.com/wiki/HTC_Incredible_2:_Full_Update_Guide Htimez2

    I am thankful that I can customize and am not forced to have home screens with just apps and that I have the ability to add widgets and other things I see fit for my phone.

  • Matthew

    Customizing it.

  • FB

    Web browsing!

  • boomy

    GPS hands down. I don't even know how I would navigate a city of any size otherwise..

  • http://facebook.com/rchao1 Richard Chao

    The ability to converge devices successfully (mp3 player, camera, hotspot, gps, portable game console) in one device <3

  • Keir

    I'm thankful for my DX's ability to be rooted. Without that, we wouldn't have any custom ROMs, especially CM and anything 2nd-init related, and we'd all be stuck with Blur and bloatware. Root keeps my phone usable, so I'm thankful for that.

  • Phillip Sanchez

    I'm thankful for GPS and mobile internet. My life is incomplete without it.

  • jose juan

    I like my android device cause is and open source. You can customize your phone w/ widgets apps roms

  • Alex

    Internet! Nothing else will keep me awake during a boring lecture...

  • Compnird

    I am thankful for the Camera! Cell phone cameras have come a long way and with 2 kids it's very nice to always have a camera (and video) available to capture those special moments that would otherwise be confined to memory only.
    Always having my Droid phone on me ensures I always have a camera. :)

  • Joshua Burton

    I am most thankful for the gps on my phone. I don't need to carry aroung a multitude of devices just to get where I'm going. All I need is my phone!

  • Donna P

    I really need to be able to access the web.

  • Andrew B.

    How easy it is to tweak and make just the way I want it.

  • Calie M.

    How many wonderful apps are available!

  • Stefan Schnake

    My android allows me to keep in touch with an ever changing world at a faster pace that I ever thought possible.

  • James wilhite

    I am thankful for my screen. My current phone has a very badly cracked screen. I am waiting to upgrade my phone so my phone is very limited right now. Having a cracked screen on my phone has made me very thankful for it.

  • David G.

    I am thankful for the Android OS!

  • B-Unit

    ANDY- He just has a great personality, he has so many accomplishments and outfits.


  • SeemeNow23

    I am thankful for the front facing camera on my android device. It enables me to skype with my dad who is stationed in Iran whom I haven't seen in 2 years. Since the time zones are different and his schedule may vary, it is nice to see his face whenever he has a chance to call.

  • http://www.theandroidsite.com Ben Marvin

    Cloud sync. I'm thankful that I never EVER will have to post to Facebook "Hey, I lost all the contacts in my phone, message me with your numbers".

  • Tony

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

    I'm thankful for having a device that allows me to have complete control over what I want it to do, look like, and perform. I didn't get much of that when I used an iPhone so I'm very thankful for having decided to switch over to Android.

  • Tom

    I love widgets the most on my android.

  • Woof

    I am thankful for everything my Android allows me to do.

  • benett

    The mobile internet. The reason I got a smart phone in the first place.

  • James

    I'm most thankful for a platform that supports the freedoms of developers and users.

  • Ethan

    I am most thankful for GMail, having access from anywhere is awesome.

  • Michael Wong

    I am most thankful for having Data on my Android Phone. The Droid Bionic is my first smartphone, so having internet on the go is an extreme plus for me!

  • Baris Bicer

    The web capabilities! Things that I can no longer live without like Plume, Hotmail, Gmail, Google+, Opera Mobile, etc. etc.

  • Hal Motley

    This why I sometimes hate damn U.S competitions! Anyway Flash is the feature I'm grateful for.

    If by some random flook I win, please give the phone to someone else! XD

  • Darren

    I'm thankful for Google navigation. It's helped me out of a jam more than once.

  • Bulletproofheeb

    I'm thankful for the synchronized calendar and contacts. I'm so forgetful that without it I'd probably miss half of my events.

  • abel acosta

    Im thankful for being able to visit the best android information web site (androidpolice.com) from my android device

  • jaywk

    I'm thankful that it's fully customizable.

  • Cylence

    Diversity. There's a phone for just about everyone. It might not be perfect thanks to meddling phone companies and incompetent brand managers/product designers, but we have much better options than the other OS' out there.

  • Henry

    Die Internet

  • Sylar

    Texting to keep in touch with people because I am hearing impaired.

  • Jesus Otero

    What is one thing about your Android device that I'm thankful for?
    The customization. I love tweaking things to my liking, makes me feel like I have ultimate power.

  • Austen

    Root/roms. because using the same thing over and over gets boring. love to switch it up/.

  • Kevin Mahoney

    Definitely the customization that comes with Android. I could never imagine having an iPhone.

  • http://youtube.com/theiinocent Anthony Treviso

    I am most thankful for a speedy phone due to the many hard working people over at XDA. I am a crack flasher and it wouldn't people possible without the developers.(HTC Inspire)

  • andrew

    Custom roms, duh.

  • JoeJoe

    Ability to customize, unlike that other phone.

  • Andrew

    Number one thing for me is access to the source code.

  • Deepak

    I am super thankful for my android device that allows me to root, hack and load custom roms and tweak it like crazy, thus allowing me to indulge my inner-nerdism.

  • Jason

    I am most thankful for how it keeps me connected to my family and friends.

  • http://smisa27.deviantart.com/ SeanM

    Wow..just one thing I am grateful for on Android? I guess the one thing I am grateful for is that it's customizable. Unlike another company who shall remain anonymous.

  • TehHuff

    Constant communication via multiple platforms (text, IM, e-mail, and lastly phone calls ;-P )

  • Tim

    The part of my accepts phone that I am most thankful for is the simplicity and customization such as: widgets, roms, settings, pretty much everything an iPhone can't do

  • Adam

    GPS. I drive about 150 miles a day and without my GPS I would be lost 90% of the time.

  • Cody

    That it is open!(and not made by apple...)

  • William

    Custom Roms.

  • Jeff Weaver

    Flexibility! Android allows me the much needed ability to use MY phone the way I want to use it!!! I use it to keep in touch with my congregation (I'm a minister), via twitter, email, facebook etc. In addition, I can use my Logos software that gives me synced access to all my (4200+) reference books, bibles, commentaries etc. I can't wait for Dec 2012 when I will be able to upgrade to a new Android OS!!! Unless you want to help me out with that!!

  • casen brashear

    The ability to share any file i want over bluetooth

  • Ronnie

    I'm thankful for Google maps navigation! I'd be lost without it! Gotta love the games to pass the time too

  • Devoid75


  • Theheirarchy

    Its not an iPhone! Also turn by turn!

  • Carl Stein

    GPS. It is my most used feature! So necessary!!!!

  • Detonik

    im thankful for the gps the games and the fact i don't have to sync it to get what i want on it

  • http://www.facebook.com/MrCreePer03 Mr. Creeper

    That it's not an iPhone.

  • JayKay

    Keeping in contact with friends and family via phone, google voice, text message, email, skype, twitter, or facebook.

  • Danster

    Android devices are the best for me because of their integration with Google services. I use a Chrome book, Google Docs, Translate, Maps and Gmail. It helps with school work a lot!

  • Shawn

    I am thankful that my phone allows me to stay in contact with my friends and family, and through Android I am able to do so in a way that is customized to me!

  • Doug Fiedor

    Voice commands and texting. I cannot see very well and that has saved me a great deal of time.

    There's a lot more about Android that I like, but the voice commands part is something I always use a lot.

  • R.S.