We’ve been expecting the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 to hit the States for months, but unfortunately the first carrier to start selling the second gen phablet seems to have missed the ideal price mark.
T-Mobile has begun taking orders for both the “titanium gray” and “marble white” versions of the beast right on the rumored schedule, but, despite speculations, the starting price is of $369.99. That’s after a $50 mail-in rebate, so you’ll actually have to pay $419.99 upfront. With a 2-year contract. Not that attractive, right?
Magenta is throwing in free shipping for any GNote 2 purchased online, as well as pretty affordable plans starting at $39.99 per month, but will that be enough to draw you in? We don’t think so, especially looking at Wirefly’s special offer.
The online retailer that has spoiled us with a number of deals lately has T-Mo’s Note 2 up for grabs for $279.99 in both gray and white for new customers or existing ones looking to upgrade. That’s a hefty $90 save that you can make going through Wirefly, not to mention that the phablet also comes with free shipping and no mail-in rebates.
If you’re looking to add a line to an existing family plan, Wirefly has you covered too, although you will be asked to pay slightly more ($379.99). Finally, if you’re only looking for a replacement device, the retailer has the GNote 2 available for $735.99.
We don’t know if Wirefly’s special deal will stay that way for a long time, so you might want to hurry before stocks will be exhausted. Then again, T-Mobile is only the first carrier to sell the Note 2 in the States, so you could also wait and see all of the others’ prices before making a decision.
Sprint should start selling the new Note for just $299.99 on October 25, AT&T will have the phablet for the same price tag on sale on November 9 with pre-orders getting underway tomorrow, while Verizon is yet to announce pricing and availability details. Finally, US Cellular already has the GNote 2 up for pre-order for $299.99, with shipping scheduled to start in “late October”.
We can’t wrap it up without taking you through T-Mobile’s Galaxy Note 2’s specs and features, which should be mimicked by all other carrier branded versions:
No mention on T-Mobile’s website about LTE support, but we suspect that when the carrier’s new network will be up and running, the GNote 2 will handle the extra speed. Who’s thinking of getting a Note 2 on T-Mo? Will you go through the carrier directly or via Wirefly?
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WHY in the heck is the initial TM cost so HIGH? And, then the REAL price hits you as you get your first monthly bill, and then the second, and . . .
Anyone notice that the “new” iPad mini looks similar to the note 2? Samsung should def take a page out of greedy apple’s book and sue apple for ‘minimal bezel’ look. Samsung should’ve patent that thin bezel look from the get go.
TMo is so freaking off its customers lately. Not only do we get screwed on the phones. but for thelast 5 months I have been getting disconnection and reconnection fees way before my due date. ALso having some services added to my plan which no one authorized. They charged me over $700 in fees and now the phone I want is going to cost this much. No thanks I rather go back to Verizon if I wanted to pay so much for a phone.
just got it for 250 from the t mobile store!!!!!!!!!!
with installments I suppose ? if yes, did they explain you that “at the end” this phone will cost you right around 800 bucks? That’s when I closed completely my account with them =) – rip off
You fool, they were probably explaining their Classic (subsidized phone) vs Value (SIM card only) plans.
In the US, most plans are subsidized (2 year contract) and therefore you get a discounted phone but you pay a higher monthly charge. That’s the reason why you get a phone that costs $650 for just $200. The price is built into the monthly wireless service. As such, the Value plan can often be cheaper if you calculate the total cost over the long term.
Of course, most Americans, like you, are too stupid to understand this, which is why we have to consistently overpay for wireless service.
God Damn you tmobile, always side fucking your customers with mail in rebates and ridiculous price increases on highly anticipated phones. they pulled the same crap when GS3 came out, i’m sick of it and i’m sure i’m not alone.