The best live Black Friday phone deals in 2021
BLACK FRIDAY is quickly approaching, and it's a great time to look for phone offers.
Whether you're looking for a high-end flagship or a low-cost choice, the late-November mayhem that is Black Friday is when you'll find some of the finest deals.
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You can bet that phones from Apple, Samsung, Sony, Google, Huawei, Xiaomi, and a slew of other companies will be far cheaper, whether in the form of SIM-free smartphones or pay-monthly contracts.
Black Friday has increased in popularity in recent years, and there isn't a single business that doesn't get in on the action by the time the big day arrives. But if there's one piece of advise we can give you, it's to go into Black Friday with a game plan - and be warned: there are just as many terrible phone deals as there are good.
Fortunately, we've set together this page where we'll only be listing genuinely excellent phone offers - so bookmark this page and keep coming to it, as we'll be keeping it continuously updated with the latest deals and discounts that we find.
Read on to learn more about Black Friday 2021, and for a comprehensive introduction to the largest sales event of the year, check out our Black Friday explainer, which covers all you need to know about the big day.
Curry's is offering a flexible selection of phone plans this year, allowing customers to save money regardless of whether they want to buy their smartphone outright, then purchase a sim-only package, or begin a monthly plan. There are also bargains for Apple and Android users.
Apple iPhone 13 with 50GB data starting at £36.27 per month (savings of up to £100). - Purchase here
Apple iPhone 13 Mini with 50GB data starts at £33.16 per month (savings of up to £100). - Purchase here
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max (256GB), £999 (£50 off) - purchase here
Apple iPhone 12 Pro (256GB), £899 (a £50 savings). - Purchase here
Apple iPhone SE with 30GB data starts at £22.12 per month (savings of up to £100). - Purchase here
Google Pixel 6 and 30GB data start at £27.26 per month (savings of up to £100). - Purchase here
Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G with 4GB data starts at £17.81 per month (savings of up to £100). - Purchase here
VOXI has announced its 'largest ever' Black Friday sale this year, with plan bargains coming online on November 15 and extending until November 29. (Cyber Monday).
All of the SIM-only phone plans on our list are for 5G-ready smartphones and include a 5G Network, Endless Social Media, Endless Calls and Texts, EU-roaming, Endless Flexibility, and much more.
And, for complete peace of mind, VOXI allows you to order a free SIM card and activate it when you're ready - paying the plan at a later, more convenient time.
VOXI 50GB 5G Plan 2021, starting at £15 per month - purchase here
VOXI 100GB 5G Plan 2021, starting at £20 per month - purchase here
VOXI Endless Data Plan 30, starting at £30 per month - purchase here
This year, Black Friday will take place on November 26 - the day following Thanksgiving, as is customary.
However, no one in the UK will be celebrating over turkey the day before: Black Friday is an American ritual that made its way to these shores roughly a decade ago and has gained steadily in popularity since then.
With each passing year, the sales period lengthens, with many shops announcing their bargains as early as a fortnight before the big day itself.
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As a general guideline, you should start looking for phone offers during the week of Black Friday, which begins Monday, November 22 this year.
Cyber Monday occurs three days after Black Friday, on November 29, 2021.
Cyber Monday isn't what it used to be, but there will still be plenty of fantastic discounts to be discovered.
It gained its name since it was a day of online-only sales back when internet shopping was more of a curiosity, and most Black Friday deals were only available in shops.
In 2021, that distinction has largely vanished: it's rare to discover in-store bargains that aren't also available on retailers' websites.
Cyber Monday is now an opportunity for retailers to put out their final round of bargains - potentially lowering costs even further.
If you spot a great phone price on Black Friday, you might want to take a chance and see if it improves on Cyber Monday. But that's a hazardous move because the bargain could expire by the time Monday rolls around - our advise is to not hold out.
People can't get enough of Apple products, therefore phone retailers tend to emphasize on iPhones around Black Friday.
Because there are so many merchants offering Black Friday bargains these days, it's an especially ideal time to obtain a deal because different stores will be competing to provide the best deals.
So, if your phone contract is coming to an end, keep an eye out for iPhone bargains starting in mid-November; there will undoubtedly be some decent ones.
Black Friday is expected to bring a slew of Android phone offers. Samsung Galaxy devices are almost certainly going to have their pricing reduced.
However, it's also worth keeping an eye out for alternative models, such as the Google Pixel 6 and the Huawei P40.
You'll typically get more bang for your buck if you buy a phone that isn't built by Apple or Samsung, so if you want a phone contract with a lot of data, look at Android phones this Black Friday.
In prior years, we've seen many electronics retailers start their Black Friday sales two weeks before the big day. However, in some situations, phone offers can be found as early as November (and sometimes even earlier).
We'll be updating this page as soon as the discounts begin to drop, so check back in closer to the time.
There are a few measures you can take to ensure you receive the greatest price on a new phone on Black Friday.
Take out your calculator and multiply the monthly cost of a deal by the length of the contract (usually by 24, but not always).
After that, add any upfront expenses and you'll have the entire value that you'll be paying over the course of the contract, which you can compare to any offers you find.
We also advocate visiting as many retailers as possible.
There are so many stores competing to provide you the greatest bargain that a fast search on the internet can help you save a lot of money.
Nowadays, looking at the flagship devices of the major manufacturers is usually the best way to find the greatest phone.
That will be the Apple 13 Pro Max, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, the OnePlus 9 Pro, and the Xiaomi Mi 11 in 2021.
Some Black Friday offers will continue into December, but to avoid disappointment, it's generally better to wait until Cyber Monday at the latest.
This year, it's November 29, the Monday after Black Friday.
We can't be positive which phones will be the focus of Black Friday 2021, but we can make some educated predictions.
Price cuts across the iPhone 12 lineup are almost certain.
Given that the iPhone 13 will be available by Black Friday, it stands to reason that its predecessor will be reduced in price, both SIM-free and on pay-monthly contracts.
That's great news for Apple fans, but Android users should keep an eye out for price decreases on the Samsung Galaxy S21, which was released in January - this competitor handset will most likely play a significant role in Black Friday sales.
If you're debating between the two phones but aren't sure which to get, check out our Samsung Galaxy S21 vs iPhone 12 comparison.
But it's not only high-end (or formerly high-end) phones that are on sale; look for fantastic deals on Samsung's more cheap Galaxy A series.
We're hoping for some lower-cost plans for recent arrivals like the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 and Galaxy Z Fold 3 - but we're not holding our breath.
It's difficult to say what constitutes the greatest phone plans because it depends on what you're looking for: a lot of data, a low upfront fee, or a reasonable payment at the end of each month. But what we can say is that there will be a lot of competition among phone networks and providers on Black Friday, and they will all be competing to give the lowest rates possible.
Here's a list of SIM-free mobile phone operators and stores:
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If you're merely looking for a handset, we recommend you wait until the Black Friday deals to start looking - that's when you'll see the best price decreases across the board.
If that's the case, don't forget to check out our roundup of the greatest SIM-only bargains.
If you can make it work with your current contract, it's also a great time to look at pay-monthly plans, which often come with reduced costs or increased data.
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As previously stated, there will be lots of deals and discounts to take advantage of - but that doesn't mean you shouldn't plan ahead of time.
Before you buy a new smartphone, always do your homework and read internet reviews.
Our tech writers put all the latest releases to the test on a regular basis, so make sure you listen to what they have to say before purchasing a new handset.
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