How to use your smartphone to get the best deals on Black Friday

According to Deloitte’s 2013 Holiday Survey, 68% of smartphone owners and 63% of tablet owners will use their devices to help them shop this holiday season.  Further, smartphones will be used more for finding store locations and tablets more to shop/browse.  And, almost half (45%) will use social media to assist in shopping.  As you cover the Black Friday,mobile-phone-shopping AT&T is offering seven tips for how consumers can use their smartphone to get the best deals wherever they are during the shopping weekend.


1.       Take advantage of smartphone’s GPS feature with location-based shopping apps like Shopkick and Yowza that alert you of deals, and discounts at stores near your location.


2.       Use your smart phone’s camera to scan product barcodes and QR codes, which work with apps like and eBay Red Laser to compare prices. Not everything on sale on Black Friday is priced lower than online.

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3.       Pay for products using the new Isis Mobile Wallet app.  Isis allows customers to use their smartphone to make payments, save money with special offers and redeem loyalty cards at participating merchants, such as AT&T, Foot Locker and American Eagle Outfitters.  Customers can now walk into these locations and pay for devices and accessories by tapping their phone.


4.       Bookmark websites in your smartphone browser, which already have started posting Black Friday ads, includingBFAds.netBlackFriday.comBrad’s Black, and, and be sure to check them throughout the day.


5.       Use apps like Evernote and One Note to get organized with a list of prioritized discounts you need, and when retailers open.


6.       To make sure you know about the best deals being offered by retailers, shoppers should follow their favorite retailers on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter; watch for posts and tweets about deals throughout the day from your smartphone.


7.       Check your email on your phone wherever you are throughout the day because retailers may send emails with additional discounts that can be used in the store for more savings.


Lastly, if you need a new smartphone, AT&T offering half off of the newest smartphones with the trade-in of a customer’s current smartphone.   No need to wait until Black Friday because the offer is already available at AT&T stores.


About Leslie Pleasants

Leslie Pleasants is the founder of Today's Every Mom. Inspired by her own busy life with kiddos she set out to create a spot where Moms of any stage or age could find relevant and resourceful advice.


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