[Update]: Seems we’ve run into a bit of a mix-up. The off-contract price is $449.99 instead of $329.99, confirmed by T-Mobile. Details of the update can be found here.
Didn’t your mother tell you to read the fine print before you sign a contract? Well in this case, you should read the fine print because you DON’T want to sign the contract. We knew T-Mobile’s version of the Samsung Galaxy S – called the Samsung Vibrant – would be $199.99 with a 2-year contract but how about contract-free?
It looks like $330 it is:
You don’t need to be a calculus whiz to piece together the 4 payments of $82.50 seen in the fine print:
†On approved credit. $82.50 down payment, plus 3 monthly payments of $82.50, required. 0% APR. Taxes & fees additional. Available only at T-Mobile-owned retail stores; see store for details.
We got numerous tips that T-Mobile left this bit on the page and in some cases sent the price live a bit more prominently before quickly pulling it. Now if Verizon, Sprint and AT&T would do us a solid and follow suit on some prices and dates, it would make comparing the various Galaxies an easier task.
UPDATE #1: A quick-fingered AndroidForums.com member was able to grab a screenshot of the $329.99 price sitting front and center and ready to jump into his shopping cart:
However some commentors are saying the $82.50 x 4 actually includes a contract and is simply an offer that extends the cost of the device over 4-months rather than paying an up-front fee. We hope to get some clarification on this soon.
[Via T-Mobile, thanks NoOneHereYet and everyone else who sent this in!]