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Best Black Friday cell phone plan deals 2020

Best Black Friday cell phone plan deals 2020
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The best Black Friday cell phone plan deals called, and we answered. The Black Friday sale day has ended, but some last chance bargains remain below, which means now is the time to switch to one of the best cell phone providers and grab yourself a new phone while you’re at it. We’ve been hunting down the best deals from across the web, with offers and savings from all the big carriers like Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile, along with smaller companies like Mint Mobile and Visible.

With Black Friday now over, most of the best Cyber Monday cell phone plan deals are arriving. This means that you shouldn’t be scared of buying something, only to have a better deal crop up straight away once you’ve hit the pay button (never say never though). We’ve seen great deals on the best smartphones out there, like the iPhone 12 and Samsung Galaxy S20. We’ve also seen enormous discounts on flashy models like the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G and budget options like the iPhone SE.

It’s not just about the phones though, the best Black Friday cell phone plan deals are a fantastic time to switch to a better cell carrier if you’re having a bad time with your current network. If your current provider has poor coverage in your area, see our cell phone coverage maps article to find the best carrier in your area.

This Black Friday we’ve been covering deals on everything from computers and printers to the best Black Friday refrigerator deals. We’ve also got a roundup of all the best offers on our best Black Friday USA deals page too. 

Please note that all deals have now expired - you missed Black Friday 2020!

Verizon Wireless deals

AT&T deals

T-Mobile deals

Samsung Deals

Mint Mobile Deals

Mint Mobile is the little network that could, offering short term cell phone contracts at bargain prices, It's also owned by Ryan Reynolds, which is already more than  enough reason for us to get on board. If you need more than his devilish good looks from your phone provider, check out these Mint Mobile deals.

Xfinity Mobile Deals 

Xfinity Mobile is Comcast’s cell phone network and while it might not be as big as the main providers, it still offers excellent service thanks to it’s flexible and affordable cell plans. 

When is Black Friday this year? 

Black Friday always takes place on the Friday after Thanksgiving, which means that it will be on November 27 this year. In truth though, Black Friday is such an enormous event that it’s no longer restricted to just the day itself - in fact this year we’ve seen retailers spreading their Black Friday deals out across the whole of November. The best deals will likely still be on the day itself, and on Cyber Monday (the Monday after Black Friday), but it’s still worth keeping your eyes peeled during the run up to Black Friday. 

Black Friday is the biggest shopping event of the year, with major retailers and online stores putting out amazing deals and huge savings on their products to entice shoppers into spending big in the run up to Christmas. Basically everything you could ever think of buying goes on sale during Black Friday, so whether you’re looking for home computer deals or a new refrigerator, Black Friday has you covered.

Is Black Friday the best time to buy a new cell phone plan? 

It’s all well and good finding the best Black Friday cell phone plan deals, but is Black Friday the right time to upgrade your cell phone plan at all? Cell phone plans last for a couple of years in most cases, so you’re going to be stuck with it for a while. This means you shouldn’t rush into a new cell phone plan unless you’re sure it’s right for you.

Normally we wouldn’t expect newer models to have such aggressive discounts out of the gate, but this year manufacturers and retailers have taken a different approach. We’re seeing great deals on the newest handsets in an effort to drive sales after a difficult year for the tech industry off the back of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. As a result, we’re seeing deals on the latest models too including the Samsung Galaxy Note20 Plus, iPhone 12, and Google Pixel 5. 

Smartphones from earlier in the year, like the Samsung Galaxy S20, will also likely be featured in the Black Friday sales. What we’re saying here is that if you don’t mind grabbing a 6-12 month old smartphone, you’ll be able to make some substantial savings.

Early Black Friday cell phone plan deals

While Black Friday isn’t quite here yet, we thought we’d get a head start and track deals from all the major cell phone providers now, so you can decide if you want to jump in now or wait for the Black Friday extravaganza to begin. We’ve separated the deals by provider so you can easily find a deal with the network of your choice.

If you’re not sure which cell phone provider has the best coverage in your area, check out our cell phone coverage maps guide, which shows you how to access each networks maps and find out who is the best provider in your areas, both for 5G and 4G signal.

What we’re expecting to see on Black Friday?

If last year's sales are anything to go by, we’d expect to see some pretty hefty discounts on the entire range of current gen smartphones including the iPhone 11, Samsung Galaxy S20, and OnePlus 8 to name but a few. Most of this year’s smartphones came out in the earlier half of the year, and we’ve got rumors of new models coming soon including the iPhone 12. This means manufacturers and cell phone providers will be looking to shift some stock in time for next year’s models, which makes Black Friday the perfect time to snag a deal on a current gen handset.

At the same time, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic can’t be understated, and many smartphone companies have taken hefty hits to their bottom line this year due to manufacturing issues and reduced spending. This could go either way, as they may look to offer smaller than usual discounts to recoup losses, or huge deals to entice shoppers back out. Only time will tell here, but we expect the later.

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Ian Stokes is a writer with a varied background - from academic publishing through to video games journalism. In fact the only thing he doesn't enjoy writing about is himself.