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A free Samsung Galaxy S6? There’s gotta be some kind of catch. Yeah, actually, there is. But let’s see what this deal looks like on paper before we get to the fine print.

Through the end of the year only, AT&T is offering a frankly jaw-dropping deal. If you buy a Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, S6 Active, or a Note 5, they’re going to give you the option to take a Galaxy S6 on the house. It’s a holiday offer that seems generous enough to put anyone in a festive mood, but this buy-one-get-one combo isn’t quite as straightforward as similarly described deals found in department stores and fireworks stands.

To be eligible for the offer, you have to be opening up a new line of service for the additional Galaxy S6. Both the new line of service and the service plan for the originally purchased device have to sign up for AT&T’s 24-month Next installment plan ($70/mo minimum). Furthermore, you actually still purchase the “free” Galaxy S6 – either through financing or outright – and AT&T will give you $21.67 per-month off your billing statement for the next 30 months (capping at $650), effectively refunding you the device’s cost as you go. If you terminate service at any time, you have to pay any of the unpaid remaining value of the phone back to AT&T.  

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So while this is still clearly a good deal for people who were already looking to purchase two new phones and add a new line of service for the next two years, this isn’t exactly an extra scoop of ice cream AT&T is doling out to get into the Christmas spirit. For some it looks like it could be a godsend, but others may want to pass. Click the button below to check out the official promo page and decide if AT&T’s two-for-one offer is right for you.

What are your thoughts on this free Galaxy S6? Potentially good deal or not your cup of tea? Let us know in the comments!

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