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Best Black Friday phone deals 2021 — best phone sales right now

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UPDATE: Black Friday is now over, but the deals aren't. Check our Cyber Monday phone deals to see what's available.

In this run down of the best Black Friday phone deals you can find handsets from Appel, Samsung, OnePlus and more, for a lot less.

Phones are already making up a big portion of the Black Friday deals this year. In light of that, should you see a phone you want on sale, you should jump on that right away. That way you can get that handset in time for the holidays.

Some of the best phone deals so far include free iPhone 13 with trade-in and massive discounts on the Google Pixel 6 and Galaxy S21. These are the best Black Friday phone deals that have caught our eye so far.

Top Black Friday phone deals today

Black Friday phone deals 

Amazon

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Unlocked OnePlus 9 Pro: was $1,069 now $899 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
One of the best phones of the year, the OnePlus 9 Pro has seen a discount for Black Friday. The OnePlus 9 Pro is one of the most powerful Android phones available today with a gorgeous display, excellent cameras, and super fast charging. Get this one while it lasts.

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Unlocked OnePlus 9: was $729 now $599 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
While not as capable as its Pro brother, the OnePlus 9 is nonetheless a great phone for most people. It has great cameras, a nice display, and top-tier performance. It might lack some of the Pro niceties like a telephoto lens, but for this price, it's hard to beat. Grab this while you can.

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Unlocked Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3: was $1,799 now $1,499 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
The Galaxy Z Fold 3 is powered by Snapdragon 888 and features a 7.6-inch internal display and a 6.2-inch external display (both with an adaptive refresh rate of up to 120Hz). This particular configuration also sports 256GB of storage and 12GB of RAM.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3: was $999 now $849 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
The Galaxy Z Flip 3 is the everyman's foldable, offering clamshell-style 120Hz folding displays, a big cover display, and a dual camera system. It's a fun little phone, but beware its poor battery life. This is a good value on an unlocked model, but you can find better savings at Samsung and at carriers with a trade-in.

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Unlocked 32GB Moto G Power (2021): was $199 now $169 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
On the more affordable side, the Moto G Power (2021) has also seen a slight discount ahead of Black Friday. This is the phone that could, lasting for an incredibly long time in our battery life testing. Just be aware the Moto just announced a new version of the G Power for 2022 with the same big battery.

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Unlocked Motorola One 5G Ace: was $399 now $299 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
If you're looking for a cheap 5G-capable phone, then you might want to check out this deal on the Motorola One 5G Ace. It's unlocked for any carrier and sports a big battery to last you for quite a while. The big 6.7-inch display is great for media consumption, too.

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Unlocked Moto G Stylus (2021): was $299 now $229 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
If you want a stylus experience for less, then look no further than the Moto G Stylus (2021). With a built-in pen for notes and art, you also get 128GB of storage and four cameras. It's not the most powerful phone out there, but it's meant for stylus lovers on a budget. 

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Unlocked OnePlus 8T: was $599 now $499 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
Last year's OnePlus 8T is still a great 5G phone with powerful hardware, a beautiful display, and decent cameras. The ultra-fast charging is awesome for topping off. You'll also get 256GB of storage.

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ZTE Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro: was $949 now $839 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
If you're looking for a dedicated gaming phone, then check out this deal on the black model of the RedMagic 6S Pro. This is a powerful device with the Snapdragon 888 Plus processor, 16GB of RAM, a cooling system, and a 165Hz display.

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Google Pixel 6: was $599 now $499 w/ activation @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)
Google's Pixel 6 wowed us with its performance and camera strengths, especially given its price. But now you can get an unlocked one even cheaper with this Best Buy deal. You save $100 by activating now, or $50 by activating later. Don't sleep on this one.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3: was $1,049 now $649 w/ activation @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)
Foldables are still in their infancy, but the new Galaxy Z Flip 3 is a great phone. It's easily pocketable with beautiful displays and capable cameras. Just be aware of the short battery life.

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Samsung Galaxy S20 FE: was $699 now $499 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)
Best Buy has a good deal on the Galaxy S20 FE from 2020. This affordable flagship is even cheaper now than it was at launch, and you can opt for an upfront payment or monthly payments. You'll save $200 on the phone in this deal.

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Google Pixel 4a: was $349 now $299 w/ activation @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)
Last year's Pixel 4a is still an awesome phone, especially at this price. You get an extremely capable camera and you'll be first in line for new Android updates. Plus, it's small and easily pocketable. 

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Unlocked Nokia 8.3 5G: was $699 now $479 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)
HMD Global's flagship from 2020, the Nokia 8.3 is a solid phone with a decent display, good cameras, and more than passable performance.

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Samsung Galaxy A42 5G: was $399 now $349 w/ activation @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)
If you're looking for one of the best cheap 5G phones, the Galaxy A42 should be at the top of your list. It may not win the race in terms of display, cameras, or power, but it has plenty of battery life to make it through the day. 

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OnePlus Nord N200 5G: was $239 now $199 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)
The OnePlus Nord N200 is one of the best 5G phone values you can find, especially at this unlocked sale price at Best Buy. This isn't the most powerful phone around, but it has higher-end features like a 90Hz display.

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Samsung Galaxy: up to $1,000 off with trade-in + unlimited @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)
While this isn't on a specific phone, Best Buy has an offer for new Verizon customers who buy a phone through Best Buy, sign up for an unlimited plan, and trade in their old devices. This extends to the Galaxy Z Fold 3, Galaxy Z Flip 3, Galaxy S21 Ultra, Galaxy S21 Plus, and Galaxy S21.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 (AT&T): free $500 gift card  @ Walmart (opens in new tab)
The Galaxy Z Flip 3 is the first truly affordable foldable, and now it's even cheaper thanks to Walmart giving you a $500 gift card with your purchase. It has a large inner folding display, a cover display for your notifications, and powerful hardware for all of your smartphone needs.

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iPhone 12 64GB (Verizon): $24.30/month + and $350 gift card @ Walmart (opens in new tab)
Still one of the best phones you can get, this iPhone 12 deal might not cut masses off the price of owning the phone. But you do get a $350 Walmart eGift card, which really sweetens the deal.  

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OnePlus Nord N200 5G (Metro): was $239 now $99 @ Walmart (opens in new tab)
The OnePlus Nord N200 is an insanely good 5G phone at this sale price. You get a big 90Hz display and decent performance, but the cameras are mediocre at best. Still, if you need 5G for cheap on Metro by T-Mobile, this is the deal to get.

Samsung

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Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra: was $1,199 now $599 w/ trade-in @ Samsung (opens in new tab)
Samsung's powerful Galaxy S21 Ultra is on sale right now with an eligible trade-in, potentially knocking $600 off the total price of the phone. That discount was as high as $750 earlier this Black Friday season, so it's up to you whether you buy now or wait and see if Samsung brings that offer back.

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Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus: was $999 now $449 w/ trade-in @ Samsung (opens in new tab)
While it may lack the full zoom powers of its Ultra brother, the Galaxy S21 Plus is still a big and powerful phone capable of whatever you need a smartphone to do. Samsung was previously offering the phone for less, but this price still offers a good deal.

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Samsung Galaxy S21: was $799 now $249 w/ trade-in @ Samsung (opens in new tab)
And if you want the smallest member of the S21 family, then you can get a Galaxy S21 for as little as $249 with an eligible trade-in. This isn't the cheapest Samsung's offered it this Black Friday (that was $149), so wait around for another drop if you dare.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3: was $999 now $299 w/ trade-in @ Samsung (opens in new tab)
Foldables are still in their infancy, but the new Galaxy Z Flip 3 is a great phone. It's easily pocketable with beautiful displays and capable cameras. Just be aware of the short battery life. You get $100 off automatically, and a trade-in can further reduce the Z Flip's cost to $299 if you're trading in a newer phone. You get a pair of Galaxy Buds 2 earbuds as part of the deal.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3: was $1,799 now $649 w/ trade-in @ Samsung (opens in new tab)
Samsung has cut the price of the Galaxy Z Fold 3 by $250 automatically. Like the Z Flip, you can save even more with a trade-in — up to $1,150 depending on the device you trade in. You also get a free pair of Galaxy Buds 2 earbuds when you buy the Galaxy Z Fold 3 from Samsung.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra: from $825 w/ trade-in @ Samsung (opens in new tab)
Samsung is knocking the price of its Galaxy Note 20 Ultra by up to $425 if you can offer the right phone in return. The Note 20 Ultra handset you get in return, aside from offering excellent cameras and useful stylus features, is unlocked and ready to use with any data plan.

Google

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Google Pixel 5a: was $449 now $399 @ Google (opens in new tab)
The Google Pixel 5a pushed the price of Google's budget phone over $400 with the addition of 5G and a second camera lens. This sale cuts the price by $50 making a great phone value even more affordable. You need to order by Dec. 1 to reap the savings.

If you have a Pixel or iPhone to trade in, Google will reduce the price further, as low as $199 with the right device.

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Google Pixel 5a: was $449 now $349 @ Google Fi (opens in new tab)
If you switch your cell provider to Google Fi when buying a Pixel 5a, you can get good discount. This price doesn't include a data plan though. But this is the best camera phone you'll find at this price point.

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Pixel 6: $45/month w/ Pixel Pass @ Google (opens in new tab)
Buy your Pixel 6 through Google's new Pixel Pass, and you not only get the latest flagship from Google, but you also can enjoy access to a number of premium Google services. Specifically, Pixel Pass includes Google One storage, YouTube Premium and YouTube Music Premium stream, Google Play Pass and preferred care for your phone. The $45/month cost of Pixel Pass adds up to a $176 savings over two years.

Motorola

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Unlocked Motorola Edge (2021): was $699 now $599 @ Motorola (opens in new tab)
Motorola got it right this year with its flagship Edge with powerful cameras, solid performance, fast charging, and a 144Hz display. It also has a 5,000 mAh battery that go for a long time. 

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Unlocked Motorola One 5G Ace: was $399 now $299 @ Motorola (opens in new tab)
If you're looking for a cheap 5G-capable phone, then you might want to check out this deal on the Motorola One 5G Ace. It's unlocked for any carrier and sports a big battery to last you for quite a while. The big 6.7-inch display is great for media consumption, too.

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Unlocked Moto G Stylus (2021): was $299 now $229 @ Motorola (opens in new tab)
If you want a stylus experience for less, then look no further than the Moto G Stylus (2021). With a built-in pen for notes and art, you also get 128GB of storage and four cameras. It's not the most powerful phone out there, but it's meant for stylus lovers on a budget.

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Unlocked 32GB Moto G Power (2021): was $199 now $179 @ Motorola (opens in new tab)
On the more affordable side, the Moto G Power (2021) has also seen a slight discount for Black Friday. This is the phone that lasted for an incredibly long time in our battery life testing, though a new version is coming soon for the new year.

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Nokia 8.3: was $599 now $399 @ Nokia (opens in new tab)
HMD Global's flagship from 2020, the Nokia 8.3 is a solid phone with a decent display, good cameras, and more than passable performance.

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ZTE Axon 30: was $565 now $449 @ ZTE (opens in new tab)
ZTE isn't as big of a name in the US as it used to be, but if you're interested in checking out what an under-display front camera is like, this is your chance. You also get a screen protector, case, and speaker with this purchase.

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ZTE Axon 30 Ultra: was $849 now $649 @ ZTE (opens in new tab)
The Axon 30 Ultra is a beast of a phone, doing everything the regular Axon 30 does and doing it better. It has a beautiful 6.67-inch AMOLED display, Snapdragon 888, and quad cameras.

Carrier deals

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Google Pixel 6 Pro: up to $800 off w/ trade-in @ AT&T (opens in new tab)
Google's newest flagship is available with a trade-in offer, with the carrier potentially knocking $800 off if you sign up for a payment plan. This phone has the best cameras out of any Android phone and plenty of AI smarts that set it apart.

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iPhone 13: up to $1,600 w/ trade-in + unlimited @ Verizon (opens in new tab)
New Verizon customers can get up to $1,600 off any new iPhone 13 model. You'll get up to $800 off with select trade-in. Plus, new members will be able to get an extra $800 to help cover the cost of switching for a total of up to $1,600 off. If you're upgrading an existing line, you'll only get up to $440 for your trade-in. 

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iPhone 13: free w/ trade-in + unlimited @ AT&T (opens in new tab)
AT&T is offering new and existing customers the iPhone 13 for free after an eligible trade-in. You'll need to purchase your phone via a monthly installment plan and you'll also need to sign up for an unlimited data plan. 

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iPhone 13 series: up to $1,000 off and $130 off AirPods w/ trade-in + unlimited @ T-Mobile (opens in new tab)
If you have a valuable-enough phone to trade in and are willing to pay for T-Mo's most expensive data plan, it will offer you a substantial discount on the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro or iPhone 13 Pro Max plus a second discount on a pair of AirPods. You can get a smaller discount on both if you only want to trade in.

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iPhone 13 Pro Max: $200 giftcard + free AirPods Pro @ Visible (opens in new tab)
From $45 a month, you can get yourself an iPhone 13 Pro Max and a free pair of AirPods Pro, plus $200 back in the form of a gift card. The only major caveats are you need to transfer your number, and you have to stick around for three months before the codes for your freebies arrive.

The same offer is available on the slightly cheaper iPhone 13 Pro as well.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3: Free w/ Magenta MAX @ T-Mobile (opens in new tab)
If you're in the market for a foldable, T-Mobile has an attractive offer for you. You can get the Galaxy Z Flip 3 for free when you sign up for the Magenta Max plan and trade in a device. You also have to sign up for the monthly payment plan.

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Motorola One 5G Ace: buy one get one free w/ new line @ T-Mobile (opens in new tab)
If you need a pair of cheap 5G phones on T-Mobile, then be sure to check out the Motorola One 5G Ace. The Uncarrier is offering one for free if you activate another with a new line. This is a decent phone with middling specs, but it's hard to beat free.

Black Friday phone deals — how to find the best sales

Every year, phones high and low go on sale for Black Friday. Sometimes they're unlocked, other times they have some carrier deal attached to them. Either way, this is one of the best times of the year to buy a new phone. 

Samsung: We usually see big sales from Samsung, as you may have noticed already. From last year's flagships to this year's affordable options, Samsung typically offers nice discounts on Black Friday. However at the moment, Samsung's prices have gone up a bit, so it's probably best to wait a day or two to see if the full discounts return.

Motorola: Motorola is another player in Black Friday phone deals. While the company doesn't play in the big leagues like Samsung, it does offer slight discounts on its more popular, affordable devices. 

iPhone: Apple is usually pretty stingy with iPhone deals unless it's on older models. Don't expect to see wild sales on the new iPhone 13 series, but the iPhone 11, iPhone 12, and iPhone SE have all seen discounts in one place or another. The real place to get a good deal on an iPhone is through a carrier, often with BOGO or trade-in deals. We have a comprehensive list of the best iPhone Black Friday deals and best iPhone 13 Black Friday deals for your reference.

Should I buy a phone on Black Friday?

For the most part, this is one of the better times to buy a phone, unlocked or tied to a carrier. Samsung has stellar deals with trade-ins, some carriers have great offers, and you can find some decent sales on Amazon or Best Buy. If you've been holding off on a new phone for 2021, now's a good time to upgrade.

How do I get the best Black Friday phone deals?

It can take a bit of searching, especially sifting through substandard or deceptive sales, but it's easiest if you know what phone you're looking for. Take the Galaxy S21 for example. You could search Amazon or Best Buy to see if there's a deal or sale, or you can check with your carrier (or one you want to switch to). Sometimes, the phone makers also have special deals, like Samsung or Apple (usually requiring a trade-in).

Do I have to trade-in my old phone?

No, nothing says you have to, but you'll often lose out on the savings. You could try to sell it secondhand to recoup some of the costs of purchasing the new phone (especially if you buy unlocked), and you can sometimes get more cash than the trade-in deals the carriers or stores offer. That, however, requires more footwork and effort on your part and only takes away the sting of the new phone's cost in the long run. So it all depends on what you're looking for. If you're ready to say goodbye to your old phone, it's by far easier to trade it in or hand it down to a friend or family member.

Jordan Palmer
Jordan Palmer

Jordan is the Phones Editor for Tom's Guide, covering all things phone-related. He's written about phones for over five years and plans to continue for a long while to come. He loves nothing more than relaxing in his home with a book, game, or his latest personal writing project. Jordan likes finding new things to dive into, from books and games to new mechanical keyboard switches and fun keycap sets. Outside of work, you can find him poring over open-source software and his studies.