If you love the feeling of saving money and getting deals, but hate the idea of battling crowds at chaotic retail stores this Black Friday, Google's Play Store has some deals for you. Tons (and we mean tons) of apps and games are on sale today (many on sale till Monday) in celebration of the holiday. We've compiled a ginormous list of deals for you below, and will be updating the list throughout the day as we discover more deals. Just click on each app or game to see its Play Store listing.
It's coming. Black Friday (and Cyber Monday), an event so important to retailers in the US that the physical trampling retail employees to death hasn't stopped it. People go nuts for this stuff. And, when you see the "$100/$75/50%/3-hour-only sale" sign plastered onto something, bleary-eyed and over-caffeinated at midnight, or frantically deciding what to put in your digital cart on Monday morning before heading to work, making a bad decision can be all too easy. It's something that we've all probably done with a product of some kind at some point - it's too good to pass up.
And that's how good, honest people end up with ancient Toshiba Thrives, or some off-brand Chinese tablet no one's ever heard of.
Ah, Black Friday. The biggest (and most malevolent) shopping day of the year. A day of good deals, hateful people, and... other stuff. If you're willing to brave the all that for a new phone, Sam's Club has you covered this year, with the Galaxy S III going for less than a buck with a new two-year agreement.
From what we gathered by calling a few different Sam's stores, this is good for all four carriers (so long as your local Sam's has them all). The ad doesn't specify, but it would just be silly to sell them for this cheap on one or two carriers and not the others.
Thanksgiving is over, but you know what that means - Black Friday is now officially in full effect, and we're seeing some pretty good deals, some of which are getting snatched up in mere seconds (cough, $199.99 Toshiba Thrive).
One of such BF deals is the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc X12 with AT&T 3G frequencies for $319.99. The MSRP is listed at $549.99, and the price before today was somewhere around $370, so if you're looking for a slim and sexy Android Gingerbread device without signing a contract, this phone may very well be for you.
The Arc, which we absolutely loved at CES this year, features the following:
- 1GHz Scorpion CPU (MSM8255)
- Adreno 205 GPU
- 512MB RAM
- 512MB internal storage
- 4.2" 854x480 TFT display
- 8.1MP camera with F2.4 aperture, 720p recording, and Mobile Bravia Engine technology
- full HDMI out with HDMI CEC
- Android 2.3
Did I say good? I meant absolutely incredible (though, unfortunately, only for new customers): every single phone at Amazon Wireless sold by Verizon Wireless, AT&T, and Sprint is going for just 1 penny.
Yup, even such $299 monsters as the HTC Rezound 4G and the DROID RAZR, along with the Galaxy S II variants (including the Skyrocket) are all priced down to a cent above free.
97 phones in total are participating in this Penny Pincher promotion, which is scheduled to go through Cyber Monday (November 28th), giving you ample time to pick up the best cell phone deals of the year.
If you thought Amazon's recent deals on all AT&T Android phones and all Verizon Droids were good, just wait 'til you see what they've got in store for the holidays. Amazon Wireless' Black Friday deals are now up, though without a definitive end date - instead, the deals will be available while supplies last. Of course, it goes without saying that Amazon Wireless does not charge tax in most states (except for KY, KS, NY, ND, and WA) and has free shipping, beating out carriers' own retail stores any day.
Today, a T-Mobile representative emailed us about a big holiday BOGO (buy one, get one free) Black Friday promotion the company is launching this holiday season. This promotion will feature all Android smartphones, the Galaxy Tab, as well as WP7 devices, although it's worth pointing out that the Tab unfortunately does not qualify as one of the free devices.
The BOGO is good for all T-Mobile family plans, including Even More and legacy customers who activate two or more lines, and for those who upgrade at least one eligible line.
The deal will start November 26th and will last well past the holiday season - January 18th.
Mirroring Best Buy's and Office Max's Black Friday deals, The Shack will be offering Sprint's version of the 7" Samsung Galaxy Tab for $50 off retail, which means you can pick up the device on contract for $349.99. Unlike Best Buy and Office Max, however, The Shack's sale starts early: tomorrow, November 21st and lasts through November 24th.
The promotion does not mention whether the discount will apply to the off-contract $599.99 version, which, frankly, makes a lot more sense to me than having to pay $30 a month for a data plan on contract.
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.