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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

Free iPhone SE with a new Verizon line: Free iPhone + 50% off activation
This is an enticing offer from Verizon. Switch your line and get a free smartphone in the process. Not just one of those throwaway phones either, its the excellent iPhone SE that's normally worth $400.  You also get half-off Verizon's activation.
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Get a $450 Verizon voucher when you switch your existing phone and number over to Verizon Unlimited. If you’re thinking of switching networks and aren’t sure what smartphone you want yet, take advantage of this deal and get $450 to spend when you do choose.View Deal

AT&T deals

Get the iPhone 12 Mini for free with AT&T: or up to $700 off all iPhone 12 models
This deal applies to both new and existing AT&T customers and basically gives you the iPhone 12 Mini for free, or $700 off one of the other iPhone 12 models. Just trade in your old handset when you pick up a new line (or upgrade a current one).
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Get an iPhone 11 for half off when you switch or upgrade with AT&T: Was $20 per month now $10 per month.
The iPhone 11 is a fantastic smartphone with a stylish design, excellent performance and a great camera. iPhone 12 might be the new hotness, but the iPhone 11 is a steal for basically $300 total. Trade in and you can get this down to $5 per month too.View Deal

Save $700 on Samsung Galaxy Note20 5G when you trade in and set up a new line (or add to an existing one). There are a few conditions here, but this is still a phenomenal deal. You have to buy the handset outright along with a new line and trade in an old phone, then you get $700, paid in monthly credits to your account.View Deal

T-Mobile deals

Save up to $950 on iPhone 12 Pro when you join and trade in with T-Mobile
Join T-Mobile and activate a new line to get $950 off on the iPhone 12 Pro when you trade in your old iPhone. This is a great way to upgrade to the latest model and save some extra cash. Exact savings depend on the model you trade in.View Deal

Get the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G for free with T-Mobile when you buy a 5G Samsung phone and activate two lines. The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G is a slightly cheaper and less powerful revision of the S20, offering the same stylish design, 5G capabilities and edgeless screen. Another great deal from couples and friends.View Deal

Samsung Deals

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G from Samsung: $1999 now $999
Save $1000 on Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G  and  experience the ground-breaking 7.6-inch AMOLED foldable screen. You can either buy unlocked, or choose from Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, or Sprint.View Deal

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.

iPhone SE and Unlimited Data Plan for $45 per month with Mint Mobile
Want to get an iPhone SE on T-Mobile's phenomenal 5G network, but don't want to pay T-Mobile prices? Then grab the iPhone SE on an unlimited plan with Mint Mobile for just $45 per month.View Deal

Get six months for the price of three with Mint Mobile
Choose Mint Mobile and you can get an unlimited data plan for the equivalent of $15 per month., or go for a limited data plan and save even more. Mint runs on the T-Mobile network too, so you know you're getting quality 5G speeds.
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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. 

Save $250 on any iPhone 12 with Xfinity Mobile
Order any model of  iPhone 12 with Xfinity Mobile along with a new line and save $250. This discount is paid in 24 monthly credit payments. Xfinity Mobile runs on Verizon Wireless’ network, so you can expect reliable service and expansive 5G coverage.
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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.

Expired Black Friday cell phone plan deals

Pick up an iPhone 11 or iPhone 11 Pro for free with T-Mobile when you sign up to a monthly plan and trade in an eligible smartphone. The iPhone 11 and 11 Pro are both fantastic handsets with a premium design - the pro costs more, but the camera upgrade is worth the price.  This is an in-store only offer as you'll need to trade in your old device.

Get two iPhone 12 Pro and two lines of unlimited 5G for just $100 per month with T-Mobile
This is the perfect deal for an Apple loving couple, as you can get two brand new iPhone 12 Pro smartphones for the price of one. We loved the iPhone 12 Pro thanks to its stunning OLED screen and great cameras.

Get either the iPhone 12, iPhone 11 Pro Max, or Google Pixel 5 for free when you switch to Verizon and trade in an eligible model. The iPhone 12 and Google Pixel 5 are two of the newest smartphones on the market, so getting them for free (ish) is an absolute steal. The iPhone 11 Pro Max is no slouch either, as last year's top-end flagship model.

Save $350 on the Google Pixel 5 with Verizon Wireless: Was $700 now $350
50% off the Google Pixel 5 when you start a new line with Verizon Wireless. The Google Pixel 5 has a stylish metal case, excellent camera array and easy to use interface - it's the perfect no nonsense smartphone.

Buy one iPhone 12, get second one free with Verizon Wireless
Save up to $1100 on your second iPhone 12 when you buy two along with Unlimited lines with Verizon. Offer applies to iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro max. This is a fantastic deal for couples looking to upgrade at the same time. You can mix and match between models too.