It’s November, which can only mean one thing when it comes to buying new tech: Black Friday.
The biggest sales event of the year is almost upon us, and takes place on 24 November this year. It’ll be quickly followed by Cyber Monday on 27 November.
But plenty of sales have already begun, and it’s possible to get a great deal on a new smartphone right now. Whether you’re looking for a new iPhone or Android phone, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, we’ll run through the best phone deals in the UK and US at the time of writing. But prices can often change, and there’s no guarantee they’ll still be available by the time Black Friday comes around.
Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip 4 is now incredible value for money
From: Laptops Direct
Now: £649 (£350 off)
The Flip 4 is over a year old now, and no longer Samsung’s latest flip phone. But with this hefty discount, it’s the best value folding phone you can buy, and there’s also £400 off the 512GB model.
Get £200 off the Samsung Galaxy S23
Now: £699 (£200 off)
The green 256GB model of the regular S23 is already £50 off at Amazon, but activating the voucher on the site gets you an additional £150 saving. However, delivery will take a few weeks.
Get over £200 off the best folding phone around
Now: £839.17 (£210.82 off)
The Motorola Razr 40 Ultra (also known as Razr+ 2023) is the best folding phone you can buy, and 20% discount makes it much more appealing. It only applies to the Magenta model, but there’s still £200 off the Black version.
The best mid-range phone you can buy just got cheaper
Now: £379 (£70 off)
The Pixel 7a was already good value at its £449 RRP, but it’s even more tempting following a useful 15% discount. However, it’s worth noting that this only applies to the ‘Sea’ finish.
Get £79 off the excellent OnePlus 11
Now: £649.29 (£79.71 off)
The 2023 OnePlus flagship is a very good smartphone, and this 11% discount means you’re essentially getting a high-end handset for a mid-range price.
Best Black Friday Phone Deals in the US
Get $300 off Samsung’s latest and greatest smartphone
Now: $899.99 ($300 off)
The Galaxy S23 Ultra is the most capable regular smartphone you can buy. It’s also usually very expensive, but it’s now under $900 with a hefty discount at Amazon.
The best folding phone around is down to its lowest ever price
Now: $699.99 ($300 off)
The 2023 Motorola Razr+ (also known as the Razr 40 Ultra) is a superb flip phone. And at under $700, it’s excellent value for money at Amazon.
Get $150 off Samsung’s latest flip phone
From: Best Buy
Now: $849.99 ($150 off)
The Galaxy Z Flip 5 offers a lot for its usual $999.99 starting price, but this $15 discount makes it much more appealing. Also available at Amazon.
Get $94 off the best mid-range phone you can buy
Now: $404.95 ($94.05 off)
The Pixel 7a offers everything most people are looking for in a phone, and this significant discount makes it superb value for money.
You can already save $300 on Samsung’s latest book-style foldable
Now: $1,499.99 ($300 off)
The Galaxy Z Fold 5 is a very capable device, but it’s also very expensive. This $300 discount makes it much better value, and applies to both this 256GB version and the 512GB model.
Get Samsung’s 2022 Flip phone for under $800
Now: $799.97 ($200.03 off)
The Z Flip 4 might not be Samsung’s latest flip phone anymore, but it remains a fantastic foldable that’ll get updates until 2027. With this $200 discount, it’s great value for money.
Black Friday smartphone discounts: What to look for
If a phone has £10 or $10 off, then we all know that’s not a great deal.
It gets trickier if the discount is £50/$50 – you should do a bit of research to see if that’s the cheapest the phone is on sale for at that time, and also if that’s the cheapest it has ever been.
Often, a discount on Black Friday is a good one. But sometimes the saving isn’t great, and may even have been cheaper earlier in the year. Some retailers are honest and give the best price cuts ever for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, though others will try and take advantage of the popular sales period to get you to buy things that don’t actually have a great discount.
If a phone costs £999/$999 and it’s on sale for about £600/$600 then this is a good deal! Go for it!
Check the phone is unlocked, or at least is locked to the mobile carrier you want to use it on. Some deals may also have cashback options, but it’s best to buy a phone outright on Black Friday and simply own it – then pop a SIM card in and away you go.
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