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[Update] Samsung Vibrant To Cost $330 Off Contract [GALAXY S FINE PRINT]

[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:

vibrant-price

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:

vibrant720

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!]

Continue reading on the Samsung Vibrant forums, see the specs, or find news and reviews.




  • GAM3RIG

    No Secret: Vibrant Full Price $329.99?!

    http://androidforums.com/samsung-galaxy-s/112106-no-secret-vibrant-full-price-329-99-a.html#post1041189 with attacted screenshot, there you go!

  • 2FR35H

    Consider it bought :D

  • Ben

    just 330 $$ for such a top class phone. Stunning, t-mobile should sell it for 50 $$ with contract if it is really 330 $$

  • Mustafa

    Thts cheap!

  • TFJ4

    If it’s too good to be true it probably is, nuff said but I hope not!

  • http://www.leakdroid.com xOneSainTx

    From my understanding that the Galaxy S is all pretty much cheap plastic and if the phone is $330 thats why.

  • Kurt

    :O thats insane. my contract is up in december and i wasnt really looking forward to extending it but need a new phone badly, this makes me so so happy.

    good job tmobile…i’m not sure why you did this but i’m glad you did

  • Ben

    xOneSainTx,

    nope it has super amoled display and sort of the same processor that is powering the IPhone 4, samsung galaxy S is not all cheap plastic.

  • rachel

    I was wondering how much it would be without a contract…. $330 does not seem that bad to me!

  • olypdd

    @Kurt- If your contract is up in december, consider this-http://www.androidguys.com/2010/06/25/project-emerald-prediction-update/

    something much better is coming for the holidays? Why settle for this?

  • Knut

    Are you sure that this is the contract free price?

    Because that would also mean that you can get the Samsung Behold II for $150: http://www.t-mobile.com/shop/phones/Cell-Phone-Detail.aspx?cell-phone=Samsung-Behold-2

    “†On approved credit. $37.50 down payment, plus 3 monthly payments of $37.50, required. 0% APR. Taxes & fees additional. Available only at T-Mobile-owned retail stores; see store for details.”

    I don’t think thats the case.

    On the other hand you can get the Samsung Galaxy S in Germany (though with 8gb instat of 16gb but + front facing camera)for as low as 380€.

  • Me

    $330 thats good, that means the Verizon version will be about $200 more even though its essentially the same damn phone, oh well the X is better.

  • Wayne

    Going into the T-Mobile store gets you some really good deals. When I got my G1, I paid like $50 down and the rest was added to my bill later. Actually I don’t even think it was ever added to my bill. If so, I didn’t notice the significant increase to care.

    Moral = Go into the store and ask. They need sells, they will work with you.

  • akil

    @knut

    your right when it states

    “†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.”

    they are referring to with contract price since those 4 payments require you to be on the even more plan; which allows payment for subsidized phones over the process of 4 months(the price on t-mobile.com was prob just put in at too high a price by mistake so they took it down). for even more plus plans you get 20 months cause you pay for the whole phone

  • Ryan

    I dunno, the Vibrant does not seem like its worth it(even at such a low price) to replace my Nexus One. I think I’ll hold out a bit longer.

  • james d

    Yeah that’s the price with contract if you can’t pay the 199 up front. Just went through this at the tmobile store..was about to buy a mytouch 3g on the payment plan but when I asked if it used up one of my upgrades they said yes. Meaning another two year contract. Its misleading I know.

  • maverick777

    @akil
    That still wouldn’t make sense since it’s been announced that the on contract price is $199.99.

  • MarkF

    Akil, you are wrong. T-mobile offers credit to their customers wether or not they are on contract. You just have to have a good payment record with them. I have bought phones using their credit and I am not on a contract.

  • pimpstrong

    $199 after $130 mail in rebate

    Example:

    Garminfone is $450 minus $200 instant minus $50 mail in rebate which takes it down to $200

    4 payments of $62.50 = $250… minus $50 mail in rebate gives you a $199.99 phone… Expect to pay no less than $499.99 for the Galaxy S US phones.

  • elijahblake

    guys remember that Samsung makes all their own parts.. Chips, Screens, etc.. They don’t buy parts like other manufacturers, The Android OS is free, so even at $300 they’re probably doubling their money still…

  • me

    That monthly payment may be without the mail-in rebate which would be the $199 resulting price. If it is “even more plus” that is without contract and it shows (in screen capture) $329

  • pimpstrong

    @ me I don’t believe the picture at all. When u think it’s too good to be true it usually is. I mean come on there’s no way on earth that this phone will cost less than a myTouch 3G off contract…

  • bitez

    this price is b.s look at the samsung behold retail its 379 why would a brand new phone with all the features be cheaper. hoax womp womp

  • pimpstrong

    correction I do believe T-Mobile made a mistake putting that Even more plus info up. Hell I searched the phone last night and found it “As low as FREE”

  • http://elmodern modern

    That $330 seems to be right, if u notice it says with a even more plus plan. those plans are non contarct plans, meaning full price.

  • BHidd

    Called Radio Shack, they are taking pre-orders but only currently have pricing info for the contract version. The TMobile store didn’t even start taking pre-orders yet.

  • swehes

    If this is true. I will for sure get it, while waiting for the N2 to come out. And yes. T-mobile does finance your phone so you can make monthly payments and still be off contract. :)

  • BlackVision

    Nice! This is cheap enough that I can sell it when the HTC Vision comes out in 6 months.

  • Ilya

    Wow. When it comes to Russia, they will sell it for about $900 I guess :(
    For instance, Desire costs $800 here in Siberia.

    Is anyone coming to Siberia soon? ;) bring me that phone!

  • pimpstrong

    @ llya… Ouch!

  • NFS