Amazon gets jump-start on Black Friday with 'penny-pincher sale'
Amazon.com is getting into the holiday spirit with a "penny-pincher sale."
The online retail giant said all phones from Verizon, Sprint and AT&T with a new line of service are on sale for a penny and include free two-day shipping. The offer is good through 11:59 p.m. Pacific time on Nov. 28 while supplies last.
Shoppers who buy an eligible hot spot-ready smartphone and activate the hot spot feature will get a $100 Amazon.com gift card. Hot spot-ready smartphones include the Motorola Droid Razr 4G, Samsung Galaxy SII Epic Touch and HTC ThunderBolt 4G.
The Seattle company is trying to get a head start on Black Friday, one of the biggest shopping days of the year. Already, many major retailers including Wal-Mart have rolled out early deals to entice shoppers.
Amazon will offer its own day-after-Thanksgiving sales and had pledged to aggressively beat competitors' prices.
-- Andrea Chang
Photo: Some of the phones that are on sale for a penny on Amazon. Credit: Amazon