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:

  • 5.5 inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 1280 x 720 pixels resolution and 267 ppi pixel density
  • Quad-core 1.6 GHz Exynos 4412 processor
  • Mali-400 MP GPU
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 16 GB of on-board storage (32 and 64 GB versions to be also made available soon)
  • MicroSD support for expanding the memory with an additional 32 GB
  • 3,100 mAh battery
  • 8 MP/1.9 MP dual cameras
  • Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • NFC
  • Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean
  • S Pen support
  • 151.1 x 80.5 x 9.4 mm dimensions
  • 183 grams weight

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?