US Cellular offers BlackBerry Torch 9850 and Bold 9650 for $99 or Curve 9350 for free after MIR

US Cellular sale

If you're currently looking to start up a new cell phone contract, check out US Cellular. They are holding a holiday promotion for new customers which allows them to get a BlackBerry Torch 9850 or Bold 9650 for $99.99 or a Curve 9350 for free (both after mail-in-rebate). US Cellular has several plans to choose from, and unique benefits such as free Battery Swap, Overage Protection, and free incoming calls, texts and picture messages. The deal doesn't last forever so if you're interested make sure you take advantage of it before November 28th.

Full press release and more details are after the break.

US Walmart stores roll back BlackBerry PlayBook prices to match their northern counterpart

BlackBerry PlayBook sale Walmart

*Update 2: Not sure what's going on with the Walmart pricing. The site is now saying 32GB is $398 and 64GB is $498, so I am guessing the current $298 pricing is for the 16GB which people are reporting is out of stock.*

T-Mobile holding a Magenta Saturday sale November 19th

T-Mobile Magenta Saturday
If Black Friday sales aren't your thing, T-Mobile is giving you the option of doing some shopping a bit early with their Magenta Saturday sale. This one day only sale is being held November 19th in-store only and you can get some decent deals on a BlackBerry with a new service agreement. Some of these deals include a Bold 9900 for $49.99 down payment after $150 mail-in-rebate, Torch 9810 for $49.99 down payment after $100 mail-in-rebate, and the Curve 9360 with no down payment after $50 mail-in-rebate.

Confused by the term "down payment"? Well, it appears T-Mobile has switched up the way they sell devices, and instead of subsidizing the cost and giving customers free or reduced cost phones, they do a down payment and monthly payment after that for the term of the contract.

The phones listed above actually work out like this:

  • BlackBerry Bold 9900: $199.99 down & $20/mo., total: $599.99; $150 MIR avail.
  • BlackBerry Torch 9810: $149.99 down & $20/mo., total: $549.99; $100 MIR avail.
  • BlackBerry Curve 9360: $49.99 down & $15/mo., total: $349.99; $50 MIR avail.

So, if you're planning on getting a smartphone from T-Mobile, you end up paying more money by taking their monthly plan, vs just paying full cost for the device up front. If you don't have $600 to shell out for a new BlackBerry though, and plan to do the monthly payments, you might as well take advantage of the sale, and get the down payment money back via the mail-in-rebate.

Full press release and details after the break.