Free cell phones are nothing new. For the longest time, all my cell phones were free – whenever it came time to renew the service contract for another two years, I’d go on AT&T’s website and browse its selection of free phones. But those were always the so-called dumb phones – you know, the phones that just let you talk and text. If you wanted a smartphone you had to pay $150-$200, and that was with a new or renewed contract.
But with the smartphone market expanding, it was only a matter of time before you started seeing a few for free. Today, Best Buy (Stock Quote: BBY) announced that it’s offering free smartphones on the four major carriers – AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile – every day through the month of December. The deal will be available in stores and online, and requires a new two-year contract. Every day they’ll offer at least four free phones, one on each carrier.
The gem of the bunch is probably the HTC Droid Incredible, which came out earlier this year to mostly positive reviews. However, Best Buy isn’t the only one selling it for free – you can get it for free on Wirefly.com and for a penny on Amazon. Those retailers require you to sign up for a two-year contract with Verizon as well, and Best Buy’s deal requires a monthly $29.99 data plan.
T-Mobile customers can get the LG Optimus T, another Android smartphone. While it got rave reviews, it’s worth noting that it’s already free through T-Mobile’s site. Sprint customers can get the nearly-identical LG Optimus S, though it too is currently offered for free on Sprint’s website. Finally, AT&T customers can get a free HTC Aria at Best Buy, or they could just get it through HTC’s website, also for free.
Still, we’re not about to complain about free phones, and if any of these sound good to you, by all means check out Best Buy. The full selection can be found here.