Lots of phone deals ahead of Verizon iPhone sales push

Ahead of Verizon’s big sales push for the iPhone, a bounty of related deals are popping up.

The Associated Press, for instance, reports that eBay’s electronics buyback service will purchase several smartphone models for a guaranteed $200 over the next two weeks.

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Under the promotion, eBay’s Instant Sale feature will pay $200 for a functional iPhone 3GS, Droid X, Evo 4G or Galaxy S Vibrant. That’s the same price Verizon will charge for the 16-gigabyte iPhone with a two-year wireless service contract.

EBay says Instant Sale, which launched in October, will also offer $200 to $450 for an iPhone 4 from AT&T.

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Meanwhile, Mashable reports a big promotion at T-Mobile this weekend. T-Mobile will offer all of its phones for free with a new two-year contract on Friday and Saturday as part of a Valentine’s Day special.

T-Mobile is offering 30 devices as part of the promo, including smartphones such as the HTC HD7, T-Mobile G2 and Samsung Vibrant.

From the Mashable post:

The promotion offers some really solid savings; for example, the HTC HD7 normally costs $499, and the Garmin-Asus Garminfone’s standard price is $449.

Know that to take full advantage of this promotion, you need to visit a T-Mobile store. You can also choose to buy a phone online through Valentine’s Day, in which case only select smartphones will be free (for example, the HTC HD7 is $99).

My photo of a HTC HD2.

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The moves come as Verizon prepares to start selling Apple’s iPhone online on Wednesday and in stores on Thursday.

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Lots of phone deals ahead of Verizon iPhone sales push – USATODAY.com.

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