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2016 Black Friday Brick and Mortar Prepaid and Unlocked Phone Deal Tracker

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Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving is Nov 25 this year. Retailers traditionally kick off the final weeks of the holiday shopping season with deeply discounted "doorbusters" on Thanksgiving and Black Friday. That makes them some of the best days of the year to get deals on many things, including prepaid and unlocked phones. 

The Prepaid Phone News Tracker tries to list all known in-store Black Friday and Thanksgiving prepaid and unlocked phone deals in one place. Bookmark this page and check back again as the Tracker will be updated as new deals appear.

Here are the deals, listed below in order of the sale's starting day and time.

Click the store name to go directly to that retailer's home page or Black Friday sale page (if available).

Items with links are also expected to be available online. Prepaid Phone News will publish a separate Online Black Friday Deal Tracker when online deals start to leak which usually doesn't happen until Black Friday week.

If you don't want to wait until Black Friday or need a phone right now see the latest Prepaid Phones on Sale post.

BJ's Wholesale Club sale runs Nov 18 to 28, closed Thanksgiving, doors open 7 AM Black Friday

Verizon Moto G Play LTE Android phone with free $45 Verizon gift card $69.99

Verizon Samsung Galaxy J3 LTE Android phone with free $45 Verizon gift card $89.99

Walgreens Nov. 20 to Nov 26 hours vary by store

Verizon Samsung Galaxy j1 $29.99 with Walgreens card (reg $44.99)

Newegg Online 1 PM 11/21 PT through 11:59 PM 11/26 except as noted

Unlocked ZTE Axon 32 GB $149.98 (reg $249.98)

Unlocked ASUS ZenFone 3 Laser 32 GB $179.99 (reg $199.99) starts 11/24

Unlocked ASUS ZenFone Zoom 64 GB $199.99 (was $399.99) starts 11/25

Unlocked ZTE Axon Pro 32 GB $219.98 (reg $269.98)

Unlocked ZTE Axon 7 Mini 32 GB $249.98 (reg $299.98) starts 11/23

Unlocked ZTE Axon 7 64 GB $349.98 (reg $399.98) starts 11/23

Unlocked Honor 8 64 GB $349.99 (reg $449.99) starts 11/24

Cricket 11/23 - 11/27 hours vary by store

ZTE Grand X 4 LTE Android phone  $49 (reg $129.99)

Microsoft Store sale starts 12 AM ET Thanksgiving

Lumia 650 16 GB Dual SIM Windows Phone $99.00 (was $199.00

Kmart  6 AM Thanksgiving until 10 PM Black Friday, Saturday 6 AM to  10 PM.
Doorbusters start 6 AM and 7 PM Thanksgiving

Available Now online

Simple Mobile Samsung Galaxy On5 $29.99 (reg $79.99)

TracFone LG Rebel (Verizon) $19.99 (reg $79.99)

Dollar General  7AM - 10 PM Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday and Saturday 11/26

AT&T GoPhone Alcatel Ideal LTE Android phone $15 (reg $29)

NET10 LG Rebel (Verizon) LTE Android phone $9 with airtime purchase (reg $49)

NET10 LG Treasure (AT&T or Verizon depending on market) Android phone $29 (reg $79) Thanksgiving only

NET10 Alcatel Pop Icon (Verizon) Android phone $29 (reg $79) Thanksgiving only

NET10 Alcatel Sonic (AT&T) LTE Android phone $29 (reg $79) Thanksgiving only

Verizon HTC Desire 526 LTE Android phone 526 $29 (reg $39)

Verizon Moto G Play LTE Android phone  $29 (reg $79)

Fred's Pharmacy 8 AM - 9 PM Thanksgiving and Black Friday.

Unlocked Polaroid A400 8 GB 4" dual SIM Android phone $49.95 (reg $99.99)

Frys 8 AM - 10 PM Black Friday. Online sale starts 9 AM PT Friday

Moto G4 Play 16 GB $109.99 with email code (reg $149.99)

Moto G4 16 GB $159.99 with email code (reg $199.99)

Moto G4 Plus 64 GB $209.99 with email code (reg $299.99)

Shopko sale starts 4 PM Thanksgiving Day, ends Noon Friday. Online sale starts Wednesday

TracFone ZTE Citrine (AT&T, T-Mobile or Verizon depending on market) LTE Android phone $9.99 with airtime purchase (reg $39.99)

TracFone LG Rebel (Verizon) LTE Android phone $9.99 with airtime purchase (reg $39.99)

TracFone Alcatel Pop Icon (Verizon) LTE Android phone $17 .99 (reg $49.99)

TracFone $19.99 airtime card on sale for $18.99

TracFone $29.99 airtime card on sale for $28.99

Best Buy sale hours: 5 PM - 1 AM Thanksgiving, 8AM - 10 PM Black Friday, 9AM - 10 PM Saturday. Online sale all day Thanksgiving will include additional online-only doorbusters.

AT&T Alcatel Ideal $9.99 (reg $49.99)

AT&T LG Phoenix 2 $29.99 (reg $99.99)

Boost Mobile LG Tribute HD $19.99 (reg $79.99) 

Boost Mobile LG G Stylo 2 $59.99 (reg $129.99)

Boost Mobile Samsung Galaxy J7 $89.99 (reg $199.99)

Cricket Alcatel OneTouch Flint $29.99 (reg $79.99)

Simple Mobile Samsung Galaxy On5 $29.99 (reg $79.99)

TracFone LG Rebel (Verizon) $19.99 (reg $79.99)

Unlocked Alcatel Pop 4 Plus $49.99 (reg $149.99)

Unlocked ZTE Axon 7 Mini $199.99 (reg $299.99)

Unlocked Huawei Honor 8 32 GB $329.99 (reg $399.99)

Verizon Samsung Galaxy J1 $19.99 (reg $79.99)

Virgin Mobile LG K3 LTE Android phone $29.99 (reg $79.99)

Virgin Mobile Samsung Galaxy J3 $59.99 (reg $179.99)

Target 6 - 11 PM Thanksgiving day, 8 AM - 11 PM Friday and Saturday

10% off all prepaid airtime

50-65% off Samsung prepaid LTE Android phones including

Cricket Samsung Sol (reg $99.99) DPCI: 080-02-1256
TracFone Samsung Luna (Verizon) (reg $109.99) DPCI: 080-02-0595
AT&T GoPhone Samsung Express Prime (reg $129.99) DPCI: 080-02-1281
Verizon Samsung J1 (reg $99.99) DPCI: 080-02-1096
Boost Samsung Prevail LTE DCPI: (reg $79.99) 080-02-0861

Use Brickseek's Target Inventory Checker to check for price and availability in your area by DPCI.

Family Dollar 8 AM to closing (varies by store) Thanksgiving through Sat 11/26

NET10 LG L21G (GSM) Destiny or LG L22C Power (Verizon) Android phones $10 (reg $50)

Simple Mobile ZTE Midnight Android phone $10 (reg $50)

Verizon LG Optimus Zone 2 Android phone $10 (reg $24)

Walmart sale starts 6 PM Thanksgiving Day, all day Thanksgiving online

AT&T GoPhone Huawei Ascend XT 6" $49 (reg $149)

Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy Luma (Verizon) $19.88 (reg $99)

Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy J3 Sky (Verizon) $49 (reg $139)

Straight Talk iPhone 5s 16 GB (Verizon) $99.00 (reg $149.00)

Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy S6 (Verizon) $249 (reg $399)

Verizon Samsung Galaxy J3 $39 (reg $99)

Costco closed Thanksgiving, sale starts 9 AM Black Friday. Online sale Nov 25 - 28

Unlocked Motorola G4 32 GB LTE Android phone $174.99 (reg $229.99)

Updated 11/24: New Frys  item.


Comment Page :
  1. EyeAmNoLongerInfectedNovember 10, 2016 at 2:56 AM


    Hopeful for excellent deals on Galaxy S7 Edges.
    Wishing for Cricket to triple their data on current plans.
    Thank you for preparing these articles.

  2. EyeAmNoLongerInfectedNovember 10, 2016 at 3:13 AM

    Oh come on! $250 gift card & free VR with MONTHLY INSTALLMENTS.....& exorbitant monthly service fees...(Best Buy Black Friday ad) Gonna need to do better than that BestBuy.

  3. I thought the Moto G Play would work
    on any LTE network. But the listings
    here show Verizon. Will the Verizon
    Moto G Play work on other LTE networks
    as well?

    1. No Verizon has one for just their prepaid service. If you buy it on the Motorola website then it is the unlocked version that costs much more. Verizon has this one subsidized for their prepaid customers.

  4. I hope Virgin Mobile has a 50% off sale or something to go with their new plans

  5. glad I waited on the LG Rebel. at $10, I might pick up a couple.

  6. TracFone LG Rebel going for 79.99 now at Best Buy. Get it before it goes to 89.99 on Black Friday!!

    1. You found a typo, thanks. The Rebel will be $19.99 on Black Friday.

  7. Nice humorous picture, including what looks like a guy throwing a stiff arm on his dash for 5% off airtime (keeping it contextual here.) Are there any yet unconfirmed prepaid/unlocked BF deals for iPhones?

  8. Dennis, where did you see the Costco Moto phone deal would also be available online? The holiday flyer has it on a page headed "Holiday Savings In-Warehouse", and the specific ad does not have the red "Also available at Costco.com" box.

    1. You're right it looks like it's in store only.

    2. Doesn't the Moto G4 from Costco require a new line to be activated?

    3. Doesn't appear to need a new line of service. According to the ad, you can get a $75 Costco cash card and a 5200 mAh portable battery IF/when you activate the phone by 12/31 on a new line of service. Fine print says "Limit 1 per member for both with or without activation... No activation is required." I read that to mean you can buy the phone 11/25, and it's up to you if you activate it through Costco or elsewhere. You'll only get the additional freebies if you activate through them, though.

  9. Walmart is going to have the Straight Talk iPhone 5s on sale for $99, according to bfads - https://www.bfads.net/Item/Walmart-Black-Friday-iPhone-5s-16GB-Straight-Talk/361568

    1. Straighttalk plans are still $45 right? ST is giving you a nice phone to get a high contract! Is this worth it? Can you not activate phone and bring it to Tracfone NEt10 Total or any other provider?

    2. Does the ST iPhone 5s have AT&T LTE GSM band support/capability? Anyone know what the Axxxx iPhone model number of this ST version is?

    3. To "AnonymousNovember 12, 2016 at 5:17 AM"

      Yes, I think many who are thinking about buying this don't plan to use it on ST :) .

    4. Others have reported successfully activating the ST iPhone 5s on Page Plus and Tracfone. It's likely that it can be activated on any America Movil brand using Verizon towers.

      However, it's locked to America Movil brands for 12 months and they may not actually unlock it after 12 months and just give a token trade in value for it.

      I've read both A1453 and A1533 for model number.

  10. Any idea if Sprint prepaid will have any good deals?

    1. Ummm, I think the deals are all posted here as soon as they are known. :)

  11. Good deals? Not likely. Because no matter how cheap or awesome the phone is, it's still on Sprint, and is as useful as a carved bar of soap in most of the US due to Sprint's still-tiny network.

  12. The Best Buy Black Friday ad is available now. Doorbusters here:

  13. Anybody know when LG X Power will have promotion price for Virgin Mobile?

  14. Any other Moto G4 deals ?

    1. Costco has the best so far on the g4

  15. Does anyone know if the StraightTalk-Samsung Galaxy Luna (@ Walmart $19.99) will work on TracFone if a TracFone-Verizon sim is inserted? It would be a perfect upgrade for my elderly father.

    1. "AnonymousNovember 19, 2016 at 7:07 AM
      Does anyone know if the StraightTalk-Samsung Galaxy Luna (@ Walmart $19.99) will work on TracFone if a TracFone-Verizon sim is inserted? It would be a perfect upgrade for my elderly father."


      I think that Trackfone family (tracfone, straight talk, Net 10, etc) phones are locked at that Tracfone Level, not at the individual section level.

      As I recall, I tried it with a few GSM phones and it worked. (StraightTalk GSM phone worked with Tracfone sim) and Straight Talk GSM sim worked in a Tracfone phone.

      Locked at the Tracfone Family Level.

    2. Looks like marshmellow gave verizon some extra tools to prevent this sim swap loophole. Appears to work fine on lollipop still.

    3. Two different HoFo user have reported that using an active TracFone Verizon SIM in the Verizon Prepaid Noto G4 Play works: Hpoward Forums - Moto G 4 play.

      What's your source for stating that Marshmallow blocks MVNO SIM swapping on Verizon Prepaid phones?

    4. I tried it and I get the error: "Please insert Verizon SIM".

    5. According to a Slickdeals thread; Moto G4 Play (Verizon Prepay Version) $39 Dollar General YMMV - Slickdeals.net, a $2.25 eBay unlock code allows the phone to work with an activated TracFone Verizon SIM. That means that the phone is SIM locked, which is surprising as Verizon PP LTE phones are normally not.

    6. at $2.25, I thought it was worth a try. Unfortunately, that didn't work either. I guess there might be an unlock code out there that will work, but I think I'm about expended on this one...

    7. update on the $29 DG Verizon Moto G4 Play: ebay seller sent over the SIM Unlock code (1.80 GBP, $2.25 US) and it WORKED! This phone is still very crippled Verizon model XT1609, compared to the XT1607 with universal radio, but at least now its usable (and fully tested) with a previously activated tracfone/verizon SIM! good luck!

  16. I'd say no, it wouldn't work; 90% certain. Tracfone locks everything tight, including sim to imei (phone id). I suppose there may be some loophole I'm unaware of...

    1. "Anonymous wrote on November 19, 2016 at 7:11 PM
      I'd say no, it wouldn't work; 90% certain. Tracfone locks everything tight, including sim to imei (phone id)."

      I think if you have an already activated TracFone CDMA BYOP SIM, then swapping SIM into the Straight Talk phone should work. However, trying to activate on TracFone CDMA BYOP using the Straight Talk CDMA IMEI most likely won't work.

  17. This years winners: Best Buy and Dollar General! I'll try to get my Best Buy order in online, and pound the pavement over to the the dollar general and elbow my way thru those crowds.

  18. Samsung galaxy S6 straight talk for 250 is a steel

  19. How do Straight Talk phone purchases work? For example, the iPhone 5s. Is Straight Talk going to be selling at least two versions of the phone, one unlocked to the T-Mobile network and one to the AT&T network? Do buyers even get to choose?

    Or are ST phones MEP2 (network) and MEP4 (carrier) locked?

  20. Any word on the Cricket deals? Getting pretty late to still not advertise anything

  21. Any clues which of these brick and mortars might price match? I hear walmart might be? Maybe target and best buy too??

  22. Fry's - Moto G4 Plus 32GB = $209.99 with email promo code (sign for codes up at Frys.com asap).


  23. Frys Moto G4 {Plus deal phone is 64GB not 32GB.

    " Fry's - Moto G4 Plus 32GB = $209.99 with email promo code (sign for codes up at Frys.com asap).

    Reply "

  24. I got that Polaroid phone from Fred's Pharmacy. Wow I didn't know they made a cell phone that prints pictures after you take them. Good find!!!

    1. What is "printing pictures"?

      I'm a typical millennial. When the 16GB in my iPhone fills up with selfies, I throw it out and buy a new one. Until that one fills up too.

  25. None of my multiple comments from yesterday regarding my testing with the moto g4 have been posted, strange...

    Sim swapping (swapping an active verizon mvno into a new never before activated verizon pp phone) is NOT possible on the moto g4. It seems to have everything to do with Marshmellow from what I read. I suspect this will be the case with any verizon PP phone running marshmellow. And therefore, no apparent possible way to get around verizon ransom requirement. (12 mos. paid OR "until $75 in payments are received" for moto g4).

    1. Any ideas what is meant by "until $75 in payments are received"?

      Can you pay a few months and then get whitelisted? That would seem to contradict the 12 months paid requirement.

      Is it just pay us $75 (not for service) and they will whitelist it?

    2. To get the phone whitelisted you need to activate the phone and apply $75 airtime to it.

  26. From what I can tell, the Moto G4 Play (Frys $109) is currently the cheapest new phone that has a removable battery AND has factory bootloader unlock available. As a bonus, its also SIM unlocked and works on all 4 US networks. a really rare bird, indeed!

  27. Disappointing MetroPCS seems to have forgotten Black Friday. I was hoping for a promotional rate plan. Cricket family plans beat MetroPCS as does Boost's individual plans.

  28. Im not sure the moto g4 play is worth $109 even unlocked. Its really a pretty low end device made from left over cheap components from years past parts bin. It really has very little in common with the regular moto g4 and is actually mostly an entirely different and inferior device. I suspect the price will continue to decline on the g4 play, as we've seen with the usc and verizon carrier deals at $29. Thats probably a fair price, however, it appears verizon is ignoring the FCC and locking down the sim anyway despite net nuturality agreements.

  29. Black Friday phone sales this year was blah blah blah! Where was the excitement? 2015 will go down as the best sales in history if the phone sales doesn't change in the future!

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