If you've been waiting for a good deal to get your hands on a smartphone, there's one from AT&T that will cost you all of about $0.01.
This deal is for the phone itself and a monthly contract and additional activation fees, etc., still apply, but considering that in most cell phone contract deals, the phone only comes with a measly rebate, one cent is pretty good. Of course, this deal doesn't apply to all phones, but it does include all Window's 7 devices, some Android and the iPhone 3GS.
Some of the $0.01 deal are only online and they go live on Black Friday at 12:01 a.m.
But if it's not a phone you're looking for this Christmas, perhaps these smartphone apps will help you find the best deal on what you are looking for. Time Magazine's TechLand has more:
- TGI Black Friday: With Black Friday looming, the first thing you’ll want is an app to keep track of all the crazy deals. TGI Black Friday, a free app for iPhone and Android, shows you the most popular and most recently posted deals, and lets you browse by store or by category. For each store listing, the app tells you what time the doors open. It also lets you create a list of your favorite deals, which you can then e-mail to yourself or to your personal Santa.
- Slickdeals Apps: SlickDeals.net is one of my favorite websites for bargain hunting, powered by savvy shoppers who vote on the best and biggest discounts. Although there’s no official SlickDeals app, third-party apps do a fine job of feeding the latest deals to your phone: SlickDeals Reader for Android (free), iSlick for iPhone ($1) and Slick Deals for Windows Phone (free). You can also point your browser to m.slickdeals.net.
- ShopSavvy: That “50 percent off” sticker you’re staring at sure looks enticing, but is it really the best deal out there? When in doubt, use ShopSavvy to scan the barcode or type in the product name, and it’ll give you a list of prices at local stores and online retailers. The ShopSavvy app is free for Android, iPhone and Windows Phone.
Find more apps for smarter shopping here.
Also, if you're dreading standing in line at Best Buy or Walmart to get deals on larger electronics or a wide array of goods, try Sears. Yes, Sears may not be the hot spot for electronics like it used to be, according to Investor Place, but this could be a blessing in disguise in terms of shorter line length. And this year it will match all other big box stores' electronic deals.