Verizon’s full list of special Black Friday 2013 promotions has surfaced online, putting great emphasis on Motorola-made smartphones and handhelds and tablets from Samsung.
However, the real star may well be the carrier’s exclusive Ellipsis 7 slate, which looked so very underwhelming when it debuted at $150. Especially as the Google/Asus Nexus 7 2013, which is similarly priced but much more technically impressive, is still unavailable on America’s largest wireless network.
Then again, who needs the Nexus when they can score the Ellipsis 7 for free with two-year contracts? That’s right, Big Red plans to slash the little guy’s price to nada, albeit the deal will be valid only next Friday and as long as supplies last.
Moving on to phones, I must say I’m deeply disappointed with what Verizon has in store in that department, discounting Samsung’s Galaxy S4 and HTC’s One to 100 bucks with pacts. Mind you, “discount” is a gross overstatement there, as the S4 and One can actually be found for more competitive prices via retailers such as Amazon before the landing of any Black Friday promos.
Ergo, don’t be surprised if Verizon competitors drop the duo to no upfront payment with contracts, therefore leaving the “mighty” carrier in the dust.
But wait, there’s more. More bad, deceiving so-called deals, that is, as the dated Motorola Droid Razr HD will be available for free with service agreements, the Droid Ultra for $99 and the Maxx for $200.
Oh, well, tabs shall ultimately save the day, as the Ellipsis 7 is joined by all 10-inchers from Samsung to paint an overall half-decent picture of actual savings. Provided the Black Friday discounts will be applied to current prices, the 8 GB Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 should go for $200 between November 29 and December 1 and the GNote 10.1 with 16 GB storage will be $350 with customary 24-month contracts. Not so very bad after all, eh?