Are you in the market for a smartphone this Christmas? There are deals galore out there and you can get an actual smartphone from a carrier for free (with the usual two-year contract). But often we are asked what is the best free smartphone by carrier? Let’s take a look at the free phone offerings by carrier and find out but ACT NOW as some of these deals are ending soon and are web only. Thanks to Free in Orlando for this great freebie
T-Mobile: Hurry! The HTC Sensation is available for free on T-mobile through the end of the day. It’s the best free phone you can possibly get right now, on any carrier. It has a 1080p camera, 4.3-inch qHD screen, it runs on T-Mobile’s 4G network. This is an awesome phone that’s free. Compared to this, it’s like AT&T and Verizon aren’t even trying.
Verizon: Verizon’s free phones are pretty crappy. The best free phone you’re going to get is the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play. The Playstation/Android phone has a slide out gaming pad, is running Android 2.3, has a four-inch display and works on Verizon’s 3G network. Which sounds fine, but most Android games don’t support the game pad. The non-gaming phone option, is the LG Enlighten. Which is kinda sad.
AT&T: The HTC Status is the, free tiny-screen, physical-keyboard having, Android phone from AT&T you should check out. If can’t you update your Facebook status with those pesky virtual keyboards, this is your phone. The Status has a 5MP camera and runs Android 2.3. Of course if you’re already part of the Apple ecosystem, you can get a free two-year-old iPhone 3GS from Apple’s site. And if you’re really adventurous, AT&T has the webOS-powered Palm Pixi Plus available for free. None of these are great phones, it’s more of a three-way tie for mediocrity.
Sprint: The HTC Evo, while over a year old, is Sprint’s best free smartphone. It has a 4.3-inch display, snaps pictures with an 8-megapixel sensor, flies around on Sprint’s 4G WiMax network and runs Android 2.3. There’s also the new Samsung Conquer, but it’s sort of a meh phone. The HTC Evo Shift, which also runs Android 2.3 and has a slide out keyboard, is tempting, but packs a smaller display and lower resolution camera. According to Sprint’s site, the free HTC EVO offer ends 12/14.
RadioShack: RadioShack Corp. (RSH) plans to extend a promotion it offered this week that boosts the selection of free phones customers can get when they sign up for a wireless service contract. The lineup of phones it will offer next week includes HTC Corp.’s (HTCXF, 2498.TW) Inspire 4G and Samsung Electronics Co.’s (005930.SE, SSNHY) Conquer 4G. “They aren’t just the feature phones,” Young said. “We definitely, for the holidays, have ramped this up.” Absent from the list are some highly sought devices such as Apple Inc.’s (AAPL) iPhone. Young said the decision of which gadgets to include involves pricing from the carriers and support from handset manufacturers.