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The best Black Friday mobile phone deals 2018

Tired of wrestling with your slow, outdated smartphone? Improve your on-the-go lifestyle with these Black Friday deals on mobile phones.

As one of the biggest tech sales of the year, Black Friday has brought with it plenty of deep discounts on all manner of smartphones, from Apple's latest iPhone XS and Huawei's stunning P20 Pro to a range of more budget-friendly options from brands like Nokia and Alcatel.

To help you seize this opportunity to save hundreds on a faster and more feature-packed smartphone, we've rounded up our top picks of Black Friday mobile phone deals from Australian retailers in the table below:

Product Retailer Original price Discounted price Discount Buy it
Samsung Galaxy S8 64GB DWI $988.00 $669.00 32.29% Go to site
Samsung Galaxy S8 64GB Kogan $999.00 $689.00 31.03% Go to site
Apple iPhone 7 256GB Catch $929.00 $649.00 30.14% Go to site
Motorola Moto G5 Plus 32GB DWI $349.00 $245.00 29.80% Go to site
Samsung Galaxy S9 256GB JB Hi-Fi $1,349.00 $949 29.65% Go to site
Samsung Galaxy A6 32GB DWI $399.00 $289.00 27.57% Go to site
Huawei Nova 3 128GB Gearbest $672.29 $489.29 27.22% Go to site
Samsung Galaxy Note9 128GB Kogan $1,499.00 $1,099.00 26.68% Go to site
Samsung Galaxy S9+ 256GB JB Hi-Fi $1,499.00 $1099 26.68% Go to site
Samsung Galaxy S9+ 64GB Amazon $1,349.00 $989.13 26.68% Go to site
Huawei P20 Pro 128GB Amazon $1,089.00 $808 25.80% Go to site
Motorola Moto G6 Plus 64GB DWI $499.00 $385.00 22.85% Go to site
Samsung Galaxy S9 64GB Amazon $1,196.00 $929.99 22.24% Go to site
LG G7 ThinQ 64GB eBay $826.95 $661.56 with code PEPPY 20.00% Go to site
LG Q Stylus 32GB eBay $609.99 $487.99 with code PEPPY 20.00% Go to site
Oppo A73 eBay $298.99 $239.19 with code PEPPY 20.00% Go to site
Motorola Moto Z2 Play 64GB eBay $493.90 $395.12 with code PEPPY 20.00% Go to site
Nokia 5.1 eBay $329.00 $263.20 with code PEPPY 20.00% Go to site
Nokia 2.1 eBay $199.00 $159.20 with code PEPPY 20.00% Go to site
Oppo R15 128GB eBay $618.99 $495.19 with code PEPPY 20.00% Go to site
Oppo R15 Pro 128GB eBay $773.99 $619.19 with code PEPPY 20.00% Go to site
Google Pixel 32GB eBay $549.00 $439.20 with code PEPPY 20.00% Go to site
Samsung Galaxy S9 64GB eBay $1,164.39 $931.51 with code PEPPY 20.00% Go to site
LG V30+ 128GB eBay $885.78 $708.62 with code PEPPY 20.00% Go to site
Alcatel A3 16GB eBay $149.99 $119.99 with code PEPPY 20.00% Go to site
Oppo R9s Plus eBay $471.99 $377.59 with code PEPPY 20.00% Go to site
Huawei P20 Pro 128GB eBay $1,089.00 $871.20 with code PEPPY 20.00% Go to site
Huawei P20 eBay $942.39 $753.91 with code PEPPY 20.00% Go to site
Apple iPhone XS 512GB eBay $2,199.00 $1759.20 with code PEPPY 20.00% Go to site
Apple iPhone XS Max 512GB eBay $2,369.00 $1895.20 with code PEPPY 20.00% Go to site
HTC Desire 650 16GB Amazon $199.95 $159.96 20.00% Go to site
LG K8 2017 Amazon $199.95 $159.96 20.00% Go to site
Nokia 6.1 64GB DWI $399.00 $325.00 18.55% Go to site
Huawei Nova 2 Lite 32GB Catch $299.00 $249.00 16.72% Go to site
Huawei Nova 3i 128GB Catch $499.00 $419.00 16.03% Go to site
Nokia 7 Plus 64GB Amazon $599.00 $504.99 15.69% Go to site
Motorola Moto G5S 32GB Amazon $249.00 $209.99 15.67% Go to site
Motorola Moto G6 Plus 64GB Amazon $413.20 $349.99 15.30% Go to site
Nokia 3.1 16GB DWI $199.00 $169.00 15.08% Go to site

What to consider when buying a mobile phone on Black Friday

iOS or Android?

You've probably already made up your mind on which side of the Android/iOS fence you sit, but it's still worth considering both as you shop for a new phone this Black Friday. Each has their own advantages and disadvantages, with the closed ecosystem of iOS typically offering a slicker and more stable experience while Android opens up a wealth of customisation options for those who prefer greater control over their phone's behaviour.

Moreso than in years past, Android and iOS have converged on a relatively similar look and feel. Switching from one to the other is no longer quite so jarring, and there are even some Android phones such as those from Oppo that take liberal cues from iOS to deliver an iPhone-like experience on Android.

Software support

A lot of older phones go on sale during Black Friday, and while they're often plenty powerful enough to handle the needs of modern smartphone users, their age can impact their practical lifespan going forward. This is because smartphone manufacturers tend to drop support for handsets after a few years, ceasing to provide updates to the latest versions of Android (or simply omitting older handsets in the case of Apple's iPhones). Not only does this mean potentially missing out on new features, it can also lead to incompatibility with newer apps and services. To ensure you don't end up locked out of your favourite apps, it's worth researching how long different smartphone manufacturers typically support their handsets post-release.


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Matt Sayer

Matt is a writer covering the latest tech, telco and video game news at finder.com.au. In his downtime from helping Aussies make informed decisions on their broadband, mobile phone, and streaming video plans, he likes exploring rich video game worlds and kicking back with a good book.

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