November 23, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka
Every November, stores and websites drop prices in hopes that users will spend the big bucks with them. However, you don’t want to spend the big bucks; you want the kind of deals that will give you Shaq-sized shoes on a shoestring budget.
We’re trying to track down as many Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals related to Android as possible. Below we have a few deals and places to get you started, but we’ll try to circle back when we find deals on phones, tablets, and mobile accessories. Be sure to read our apps for finding deals this holiday season, and if you spot something worth including, don’t hesitate to drop us a line at hello [atsign] androinica [dotsign] com. With that said, save your money!
NewEgg has the Asus Transformer 32 GB for $419. That’s a discount from the normally $499 price tag. If you want the larger device and don’t feel want the upgrades available in the Prime, grab it.
Best Buy has the ASUS 16GB Eee Pad Transformer on sale for $249.99. This is the original Transformer and it’s a phenomenal device, so don’t expect to get one unless you snake a spot near the front of the line. If you go to the website now, it has a limited time offer including a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 w/ a free USB Connector and $50 BB Gift Card with purchase.
Amazon is selling its Android line-up for a penny. Yes, a single penny. A 2-year agreement is required, and the deal works only with AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon.
U.S. Cellular also isn’t waiting for Friday. It already has the HTC Wildfire S and LG Optimus U for free on contract, the Samsung Mesmerize and Repp free with a $100 mail-in rebate, the Motorola Electrify and HTC Hero S for $100, and the HTC Merge for $80. Offers apply only to new customers.
WalMart has the several Android prepaid phones on sale. It will also give a free $100 Walmart Gift Card to anyone purchasing a new smartphone with a 2-year agreement.
HHGregg will also have the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer on sale should you not want to chance Best Buy. The device will be $299.99 on Friday. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 16 GB with keyboard dock and case ($499) and Toshiba Thrive 10.1 15 GB w/ Portfolio case and screen protector ($379.99) will also be on hand.
Sam’s Club will have three phones available for only $0.96 on a 2-year agreement. Sign-up with the Samsung Galaxy S II (AT&T), Motorola Photon 4G (Sprint), or Samsung Droid Charge (Verizon).
Wirefly has several phones on sale, including the Samsung Droid Charge ($29.99), HTC EVO Design 4G ($49.99), and HTC Sensation 4G ($99.99).
Fry’s offers the Samsung Stratosphere and HTC Inspire for free. It also has the Droid RAZR and T-Mobile Galaxy S II at “Prices too low to print.”
Living Social has a deal that you can get a voucher for $50 towards Verizon devices or accessories for only $25. You’re basically pledging to spend $25 at Verizon and being reward with an additional $25 towards any purchase made in-store.
BodyGuardz.com has put its entire website up for 50% off. That includes the cool carbon-fiber style skins for your Android phones and tablets, ear phones, and screen protectors. Practically every major Andorid device is supported, so browse the site while you can.
Bracketron has a deal that puts everything for sale at a 40% discount until November 28, 2011. That’s a sizable discount for things like car mounts, tablet stands, and a capacitive stylus compatible with Android tablets. Use the code BF2011 at checkout.
Amazon, in addition to pinching pennies on its phone sales, has some deals going for mobile device accessories. If you’ve been searching for a new case or earbuds, look around.
RadioShack will have cases on sale. Friday would be a good time to go if you like Otterbox and wanted to get 25% off.
OfficeMax will have a Targus Stylus for capacitive screens for $10. Supplies limited, in-store only.
Still need more stylus options? Check out TenOneDesign.com, where the Pogo Sketch stylus and Sketch Pro are both on sale (50% and 20% off respectively). Sale runs November 25-28, 2011.
NewEgg has the original ASUS Transformer docking station on sale for only $110. That’s a savings of $40 off the regular retail price.
SugarSync has slashed costs on its 30GB account. We’re giving away a free account to SugarSync, but if you want to get a yearly upgrade plan, buy it now. The normally $50 annual plan is only sale for only $24.99 until November 28, 2011.
BeyondPod will be dropping the price of its premium podcasting app from $6.99 to only $1.99 for a limited time. Sale runs November 25-27, 2011.
Splashtop Remote Desktop app, while not diretly BF related, is temporarily on sale for $1.99.
Amazon Appstore will be selling some popular apps at a 50% discount off regular price. Plants vs. Zombies, Exchange by Touchdown, LogMeIn Ignition, Sims or Safari! HD, Shazam Encore, SwiftKey X, and Kids ABC Letters are all going to be half-off from November 25, 2011, 12:00 am PT – November 28, 2011, 11:59 pm PT.
ActionComplete Pro, the Android and web productivity/GTD app, has a 60% discount at $1.99 for a limited time.
SwiftKey X, the awesome keyboard app, is available at half the price in both the Android Market and Amazon Appstore.