Black Friday smartphone deals are only a click away but usually come with conditions.
Zimbabwean Leadership Magazine scoured the web to bring you the best deals – with stipulations – for the most popular phones.
Apple iPhone at Target, Best Buy
Target: iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus: At Target, Apple’s newest phones don’t get a direct discount but you get a $250 store gift card. The stipulation is, it only works with the activation of a Verizon, AT&T Next, or Sprint 24-Month installments or lease plans. And you can only apply the Target gift card for future orders not on the same order for which you have received the gift card.
The 32GB iPhone SE with no-contract smartphone is on sale for $99.99, a savings of $60.
Best Buy: the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus will see discounts up to $200 at Best Buy, but the same contract caveats as above apply. You have to sign up for monthly payment plans with Verizon, AT&T or Sprint.
Don’t want an iPhone? There are deals on other brands at Best Buy like Motorola and LG.
Samsung Galaxy at Target, Sprint
Target: You get a $300 gift card with Samsung Galaxy Note8, Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+: The conditions are pretty much identical to the iPhones above except the gift card is $50 more.
Sprint: You can save $350 on the iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus but there are the usual conditions. And when you lease an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, you can get a second 32GB iPhone 7 free.
Verizon deals on popular Android phones
At Verizon, the Google Pixel 2, Galaxy S8 and Moto Z2 Force are 50 percent off. Pixel 2 XL, GS8+ and the Note 8 are 35 percent off. But there’s a catch: you have to sign up for Verizon unlimited, though no trade-in is required.
The offer is valid on Android phones above $400 retail value and up to $960 device payment purchase required, according to Verizon’s fine print.
The carrier has yet to post Black Friday deals but you can now get a Samsung Galaxy S8 for free – with conditions of course. The most important stipulation is, you must first buy a “popular” Galaxy smartphone on AT&T Next, then you can get the S8 for free.
The purveyor of pre-owned phones is offering deals on the iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 6S, Galaxy S6, and Galaxy S7. On Black Friday, the 16GB iPhone 6 Plus and Galaxy S6 will be up to 30 percent off.
On Cyber Monday, the Galaxy S7 will get a 40 percent discount and the 64GB iPhone 6S will be 30 percent off.