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Best Buy Launching Free Phone Fridays in October

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All during the month of October, Best Buy will be offering a promotion they are calling Free Phone Fridays during which time they will offer a new smart phone from each of the major carriers in the United States. Each week they will announce which phones will qualify. To get a phone a buyer must agree to a new two-year contract and be a new customer or eligible for upgrade.

This week the free phones offered are as follows:

Samsung Fascinate from Verizon

The Samsung Fascinate is a Galaxy S Android 2.1 phone with a 4-inch Super AMOLED touch screen display. The resolution is 480×600. It also has a 5MP camera that also shoots 720p video. It features the Swype functionality for easy text input. It is normally $149.99 from Best Buy.

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This is probably the best deal of the four. It is the most likely to appeal to those who want an advanced smart phone and being a Verizon phone will likely have the most customers.

Blackberry Curve from Sprint

The Blackberry Curve has a 2.5-inch display (320×240), QWERTY keyboard and a 2MP camera. It normally costs $199.99 or Best Buy sells an unlocked version for $249.99.

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For Sprint Customers or those wanting a Blackberry for business reasons, this is the best option.

HTC Aria from AT

This phone runs the Android 2.1 OS and has a 3.2-inch touch screen display. It also has a 5MP camera. It features a spacious 32GB of memory. Best Buy is currently selling it for $99.99.

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If you are stuck on AT&T and want a modern Android phone, this is your best bet. It is likely that this will be the second of the four to sell out, after the Fascinate.

Samsung Gravity 3 from T-Mobile

Samsung’s Gravity 3 offers a regular phone keypad as well as a slide out landscape QWERTY keyboard in this bar style phone. There is a 1.3MP camera. It sells currently at Best Buy for $119.99.

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It is the least smart phone-like of the four and will appeal more to people who don’t want a complicated phone.

Source: Laptop Magazine.

Kevin loves notebooks, tablets, gadgets and photography. He grew up with computers starting out on a Vic 20 and Commodore 64. The first computer he owned himself was an 8086 Compaq Deskpro. His foray into tablet computing began when he bought a Samsung Q1 Ultra. The smartphone market opened up for him with his Palm Treo 600.

1 Comment

  1. Kwinkle

    October 2, 2010 at 10:55 am

    I think the wording in this article is incorrect – you do not need to be eligible for your upgrade. As long as you agree to a 2 year contract you can get one. What I am wondering is can I get one for each line of my plan – like one per Friday?

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