This year’s Mother’s Day is a good four weeks away, but it’s never too early to shop for a little something special for your good ol’ ma. And what better way to show your love and appreciation than getting one of Verizon’s recently discounted smartphones?
Big Red has kicked its Mother’s Day sale into gear already, with no less than seven cool smartphones now going for special prices. Six of these are available completely for free, while the seventh is a mere $19.99. Of course, you don’t have to shop just for your moms, as I’m pretty certain you’ll be tempted to grab one of these gadgets for yourselves.
A two-year carrier agreement with Verizon is mandatory to take advantage of the promos, but it’s not like being tied for 24 months to America’s number one network is the worst thing possible, is it?
Do I still have your attention? If so, know that probably the best smartphone part of this special offer is Samsung’s Galaxy Stratosphere 2. This is just five months old, making its commercial debut back in November 2012, and its biggest selling point is the slide-out QWERTY keyboard that doubles the functionality of your traditional smartphone.
Naturally, there’s a touchscreen too (a 4-inch Super AMOLED one with 800 x 480 pixels resolution), while some of the other spec sheet’s highlights are a snappy dual-core 1.2 GHz CPU, 1 GB of RAM, 5 MP cam and 1,800 mAh battery. The Stratosphere 2 still runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but we think a Jelly Bean upgrade is due out soon.
LG’s recently released Lucid 2 is available for free as well with two-year contracts. The 4.3-incher has a much nicer, 960 x 540 pix res display and runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, being up for grabs for $349.99 outright.
The Nokia Lumia 822, Apple’s 8 GB iPhone 4, Pantech’s Marauder and HTC’s Rhyme are the other four smartphones going for free as part of this promo. However, to be frank, we wouldn’t recommend any of these instead of the Stratosphere 2 or Lucid 2.
Samsung’s Galaxy Stellar could be a much better option, even if it does require a $20 upfront payment fee. The 4-incher has been released in August 2012, and, just like the Stratosphere 2, it’s stuck on Android 4.0 ICS while waiting for an imminent Jelly Bean upgrade.
Available for $349.99 off-contract, the Stellar features a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM, 4 GB of internal memory, microSD support, 4G LTE and a 2,100 mAh battery, being a fairly decent mid-ranger by any standards.
So what say you, folks? Is any one of these seven smartphones just too good to turn down? Or do you think there are better Mother’s Day deals in store in the near future?