Black Friday 2011: Amazon selling smartphones for a cent

Forget getting the most bang for your buck; think smaller. Amazon’s latest Black Friday deal has the online mega-retailer selling all non-iPhone smartphones for a cent.

Yes, it’s a gimmick in that nabbing the low-priced phones also requires a two-year contract, but the phone selection is (far and away) much better than the normal roster of the free phones that come with plans.

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AT&T has already advertised that it will sell some of its phones for a penny, but the Amazon deal covers all four major national carriers. The Droid RAZR, Samsung Galaxy S II (on all its networks) , the Droid 3 and the HTC Amaze are just a few of the phones that start at the special price. Models of the iPhone, sadly, are not included in the sale.

So if you’ve been waiting on a smartphone but couldn’t quite swallow the price of a new handset in addition to the data costs, now may be the time to act.

The deal runs through Nov. 28, a.k.a. Cyber Monday.

Amazon is also running a deal where consumers can get a $100 gift card to Amazon.com when they buy a Verizon or Sprint mobile phone with hotspot capability and get a hotspot plan. Both carriers are also offering exclusive deals through Amazon. Verizon will let consumers double their data plan if they buy any 4G smartphone this month. And new Sprint customers will get free activation through Dec. 5.

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