Retailers are offering decent incentives and deals for smartphones and wearables, most notably the iPhone 7, Galaxy S7, Fitbit wearable, and the Apple Watch. The deals typically run from Nov. 24 through to the 25 ,26, or 27 depending on the retailer.
Best Buy will give you a gift card for the iPhone 7 (not the larger Plus model) ranging between $100 and $250, depending on which iPhone 7 model you get. The 256GB model can get you a $250 Best Buy gift card, the 32GB and 128GB iPhone 7 are eligible for $100 gift cards.
The offer is valid if the phone is purchased and activated on Verizon Device Payment, AT&T Next, or Sprint 24-Month Installment.
Target is making a similar offer, though the Target gift card includes both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Walmart includes other (earlier) iPhone models beyond the iPhone 7 in its gift card offerings.
T-Mobile is offering a 32GB iPhone 7 or 7 Plus for free if you trade in a paid-off smartphone. But the model you’re trading in must be a recent model, such as an iPhone 6s, 6s Plus or Samsung Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge. And customers have to sign up with T-Mobile for 24 months on T-Mobile One or a Simple Choice plan in order to get credit for the free phone.
iPhone SE: Apple’s smallest iPhone with a 4-inch display. Best Buy’s in-store offer starts at $9.99/month for 24 months, with total savings of $160, according to Best Buy. The online offer is a $160 gift card with purchase and activation of iPhone SE with a monthly installment plan.
Samsung Galaxy S7:
At Best Buy in-store, Samsung’s flagship phone comes with gift card offers up to $450. To get the $450 in gift cards you must trade in a working smartphone and purchase and activate the Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge with monthly installment plan from Verizon, AT&T or Sprint.
At Sprint, if you buy one Galaxy S7 you get another one free. Like other deals, the first S7 must be purchased on a 24-month plan.
Fitbit, the best-selling fitness wearable line, is getting special treatment from Fitbit’s own site. Deals directly from Fitbit include the Fitbit Charge 2, dropping to $129.95 from the regular price of $149.95. The Fitbit Alta will get reduced to $99.95 from the regular price of $129.95.
Apple Watch deals are not widespread but Target is offering a deal on the Watch Series 1, as is Best Buy. (We won’t know until Friday whether Apple has any deals lined up.)
At Target, the Apple Watch 1 starts at $198, usually $270, a saving of $72. At Best Buy, the Apple Watch 1 will be $50 off, starting $219.99.