Sprint Galaxy Note 2 launching October 25th for $300

Well we can lay rumors about Galaxy Note 2 launch details for at least one US wireless carrier to rest. Ahead of the October 25th unveiling Sprint has announced it would be offering its version of the Galaxy Note 2 (which should be identical to all the rest save for the cellular innards) starting October 25h, 2012. That’s a Thursday, by the way, and they’ll be looking to take $300 out of your pockets for the privilege of walking out of the store with the device.

It’s the same phone we’ve come to know and love that’s already out and about in Korea and Europe, and it features a 5.5 inch display, a 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos processor, 2GB of RAM, an 8 megapixel camera, a 1.9 megapixel front camera, a 3,100 mAh battery, 4G LTE, Android 4.1.1, and more.

The star of the show outside of those juicy internals will be the S-Pen, Samsmung’s digital pressure-sensitive stylus that will work in conjunction with a Wacom digitizer. GSM radios will also be present, and while Sprint advertises it’s for the SAFE program to allow people to use their own device with whichever company they’re with there’s a chance this can also be used as a global phone.

Sprint’s offering the device in either Marble White or Titanium Grey, but there don’t appear to be multiple SKUs in terms of storage. In fact, Sprint’s press release doesn’t even mention the storage capacity for the device so we’re still digging for information on what that’ll be. At $300 we’re hoping for 32GB, but it’s never safe to flat out assume.

In the meantime you have about nine days to get your wallets in order, and you’ll want to look for pre-sale opportunities from third party retailers like Best Buy or Radio Shack as Sprint hasn’t announced they’d be offering the option to pay your dues ahead of time.

If you prefer to get it through Sprint then be sure to do whatever you can to clear your schedule and get down to your local corporate store or order online on what’s sure to be a great Thursday morning. Read on for full press details

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), October 16, 2012 – Sprint (NYSE:S), the only national carrier with Truly UnlimitedSM4G LTE data, text and calling to any mobile, today announced an availability date for Samsung Galaxy Note® II. Beginning Oct. 25, it can be purchased for $299.99 with a new line or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement (excludes taxes and surcharges) for either color option – Marble White or Titanium Gray.

Manufactured by Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC (Samsung Mobile), the No.1 mobile phone provider in the United States, Galaxy Note II will boast several firsts for Sprint – first to launch with Android™ 4.1.1, Jelly Bean; first smartphone display larger than 5 inches; and first device to launch with a quad-core processor.

With the latest HD Super AMOLED™ screen technology powering the device’s 5.5-inch 720p display, images are bigger, clearer and brighter than ever. Performance and power are built-in on Galaxy Note II with Samsung’s Exynos™ 1.6GHz quad-core processor, a long-lasting battery, blazing fast 4G /LTE network speeds, and international voice and data capable compatibility with GSM/UMTS/CDMA networks.

Galaxy Note II comes with a built-in S Pen™ that is longer, thicker and ergonomically designed for the perfect grip. Its advanced features also provide enhanced capabilities to capture ideas and inspirations instantly and to combine handwriting with any digital content directly on the screen. Galaxy Note II features an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera with HD video recording. The camera’s powerful features include Buddy Photo Share, Burst Shot and Best Photo, which were introduced on Galaxy S III in June.

With the diverse mix of mobile devices being used in the workplace, companies must be assured about the security of corporate data and applications available on the devices. Earlier this year, Sprint introduced a designation for select smartphones, including Galaxy Note II, that deliver enhanced security, device management and Exchange Active Sync capabilities to business customers, Sprint Professional Grade.

Following the same business-friendly path, Galaxy Note II is a SAFE™ (Samsung for Enterprise) device, providing the ability to securely sync corporate email, calendars, contacts and sensitive information. SAFE provides a comprehensive approach to making Android devices more secure and manageable for business users. With a thorough quality assurance process in place to test and confirm the Note II enterprise capabilities, SAFE systematically meets the rapidly evolving needs of IT and the growing number of businesses allowing employees to “bring your own device” (BYOD) to work.

Enjoy Data without Limits

Samsung Galaxy Note II customers can enjoy an unlimited data experience with Sprint Everything Data plans. Sprint’s Everything Data plan with Any Mobile, AnytimeSM includes unlimited Web, texting and calling to and from any mobile in America while on the Sprint Network, starting at just $79.99 per month for smartphones – a savings of $20 per month versus Verizon’s comparable plan with unlimited talk, text and 2GB Web (excludes taxes and surcharges). With Sprint’s Everything Data and other plans that include Truly Unlimited data, Sprint is continuing its history of data leadership by making it easy for its customers to use data in all the ways that are useful to them, such as news, email, music, TV and GPS navigation, without worrying about data overages on their monthly bill.

Sprint 4G LTE is available in 24 citiesi and is expected to be in more than 100 additional cities in coming months. Sprint introduced its all-new 4G LTE network in July 2012 and expects to have largely completed the nationwide build-out by the end of 2013. For the most up-to-date details on Sprint’s 4G LTE portfolio and rollout, visit www.sprint.com/4GLTE.

Sprint will host the 12th annual Open Solutions Conference Oct. 24-25 at the San Jose, Calif., Convention Center, offering developers, ecosystem partners and executive attendees an up-close view into the latest app developing tools and capabilities, keynote presentations from Sprint CEO Dan Hesse and other industry leaders, breakout sessions, coding sessions, event sponsor exhibits, and business-critical networking opportunities. Registration is open at http://developer.sprint.com/OSC2012.

About Sprint Nextel

Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served more than 56 million customers at the end of the second quarter of 2012 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The American Customer Satisfaction Index rated Sprint No. 1 among all national carriers in customer satisfaction and most improved, across all 47 industries, during the last four years. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 3 in its 2011 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation’s greenest companies, the highest of any telecommunications company. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.

Android, Google Wallet, Google Play and Android Beam are trademarks of Google, Inc.

Samsung, GALAXY, GALAXY Note, S Pen, SAFE and Super AMOLED are all trademarks of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. Other company names, product names and marks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners and may be trademarks or registered trademarks. 4G used in connection with the Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE refers to the fact that the device is capable of operating on Sprint’s 4G LTE network. TO THE FULL EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD., SAMSUNG TELECOMMUNICATIONS AMERICA, LLC, AND THEIR AFFILIATES (COLLECTIVELY REFERRED TO HEREIN AS THE “SAMSUNG ENTITIES”) EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ANY AND ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING ANY WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, INTEROPERABILITY OR NON-INFRINGEMENT, WITH RESPECT TO INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SECURITY PROTECTION, SAFE™ APPROVED DEVICES AND SAFE™ APPROVED APPLICATIONS. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE SAMSUNG ENTITIES BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OF ANY KIND WHATSOEVER WITH RESPECT TO INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SECURITY PROTECTION, SAFE™ APPROVED DEVICES OR SAFE™ APPROVED APPLICATIONS. In addition, information technology security protection will be affected by features or functionality associated with, among other things the email platform, master data management, and virtual private network solutions selected by the software provider, solution provider or user. Choice of an email, master data management, and virtual private network solution is at the sole discretion of the software provider, solution provider or user and any associated effect on information technology security protection is solely the responsibility of the software provider, solution provider or user. For complete statement of limited warranty, please refer to www.samsung.com/us/safe, available on the Web and where Samsung smartphone and GALAXY Tab™ devices are sold.

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  • Tommy Thompson

    Decisions, decisions…

  • a) youth.in.asia

    My merkin is starting to get so wet!

  • Joshhud

    so expensive!!! Not sure i can convince the wife to let me spend that on a phone.

    • http://twitter.com/pvwashington Patrick Washington

      Plus its not even as good as phones that are already out.

      • C-Law

        I can’t think of any other quad core phones out in the states. Please clarify as the one x+ and optimus g are not out yet

      • Joshhud

        It actually is better than any phone that will be out at that time. Also this is a phablet, there is more to it than internal specs that people like. The Optimus and One X + MIGHT be better but not out in the US yet.

      • a) youth.in.asia

        You’re playing with the dummy phone, dummy

    • a) youth.in.asia

      That’s ok, just tell her she can buy a new purse, that should do the trick.

  • C-Law

    Gonna need a Verizon off contract price

    • Lactose_the_Intolerant

      VZW’s 32GB Note is $650 off contract… expect the Note 2 to be the same or greater.
      (note: that should read VZW’s 32GB S3)

      • AJA0

        Verizon never got the original Note, what are you talking about?

        • Lactose_the_Intolerant

          Yep, sorry – meant Sammy’s G3.

      • Tim242

        Verizon doesn’t have a version of the OG Note.

        • Lactose_the_Intolerant

          Indeed… meant to draw a comparison between what they charge for a “lesser” spec’ed phone (Samsung S3) and what to expect from a new offering.

          • Tim242

            I’m buying it off contract on Verizon. regardless of the cost…With my Sprint commission check. HaHa

          • Lactose_the_Intolerant

            lol, nice!

  • Brian Menius

    Anyone seen the off-contract price floating around? Bueller? Bueller?

    I haven’t seen it anywhere I immediately checked. If the GS3 32gb price scales comparably, we’d be looking at $649.99.

    I only really care for Verizon, but it’ll be a while before we get that. So hopefully they’re at least similar…

    • http://profiles.google.com/jansen.jeff Jeff Jansen

      I’ve got a spare upgrade, so I’ll probably get one and put it up on ebay when it releases. I would think it’d go for less than Verizon’s price.

      • Brian Menius

        Let’s make a deal. :D

    • C-Law

      The sucky part is when the gs3 came out Verizon had a higher off contract price than sprint. Verizon is so rediculous like that

      • Brian Menius

        That would be like them to further screw with those of us clinging to unlimited 4G data.

        • a) youth.in.asia

          And that’s why they do it.

  • youareme7

    I’m keeping my eye out for the AT&T version, or the unlocked one that supports AT&T LTE anyway.

    • Jon

      and hoping for an announcement of a 32gb version. Not looking so hot for US launch though.

      • youareme7

        32gb would be nice, but with a microSD slot i’d live with 16. of course all this depends on what google really brings to the nexus table coming up. i’m still hoping the multiple nexus rumors pan out.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ben.jaworski.92 Ben Jaworski

    I think Samsung slightly hurt sales of the Note 2 bc the next Nexus is right around the corner; some people might wait for that. They should have released the Note 2 in the USA about a month ago.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=708741524 Robb Nunya

      I’m not sure about that. Different people will want each.

      • http://www.facebook.com/ben.jaworski.92 Ben Jaworski

        True, but if people see the Nexus at $200 and the Note at $300 that could be the deciding factor for a lot of people. Look at most of these comments already; people saying thats to high of a price. If they released it a month ago they could of easily dropped the price $50-$100 to compete with Nexus whenever its released.

        • Joshhud

          People will buy the note for the Stylus and Screen size. Those same people will not be buying a Nexus.

    • ffolkes

      When the ET4G (Sprint’s GSII) came out in late September 2011, everyone said to wait until “a few weeks” when the new nexus was coming out that would blow it away. It ended up not coming for months, was carrier exclusive for a while (I think), and was quite mediocre compared to the ET4G.

  • Joshhud

    Im betting Verizon would get it between the 24th and Nov 3rd. I think $649 sounds right off contract.. im torn whether i should get this or wait fort he S3 to drop to $100

    • jeremy

      The s3 was $99 this past Sunday at best buy… guest u missed the 1 day sale

      • WHO?

        If i was anyone wanting the phone through Sprint i would go to the store. I would order online! I cant tell you how many times i walked into a corporate sprint store to say they didn’t have the phone on release date.

  • bmg314

    What were the off contract prices for the GS3 when it launched? That is probably what we will be looking at for this.

  • jerry Joe johnson

    This will be my next phone! Thank you Sprint!

    • reiththestud

      Mine too. Now just need to figure out when and where to buy

  • Donny johnson

    I just used my upgrade on a amaze for tmobile. Was gonna wait for this but to tell you the truth, I’m more than happy with my choice. And it was 50 at staples. Oh and the battery last 13hours with a good amount of use. Still one of the best camera’s available.

  • AJA0

    COME ON VERIZON!! Where are you at?

  • earthlingi

    I am excited

  • sort51

    They can keep it for that price ill just Waite the s3 to come down in price. Plus its all the same song song if somthings happens to it you get a refurbished one in return. Forget that. Sorry sprint but i will not be going.this route, you’ll just have me right where you want me ….hooked. Today its 3 and tomorrow its 4. No thanks!!!!!!!

  • Treyhunnid

    sammy can keep this behemoth. i crack on my guy everyday and he owns the OG note. that shyt is big ass hell in person. like embarrassingly big. nice for video and gaming. but this slab is even bigger than the OG not. (but thinner?)
    much props to the folks that can use this thing one handed. i can palm a basketball but fail to do simple things like pull down the notification shade, and send texts hone handed.

    • a) youth.in.asia

      Is it a regulation-size basketball? Not like those novelty carnival ones, right?

  • toomuchgame441

    the site doesnt come up on my GNexus or ipad… what gives??

    • a) youth.in.asia

      Is your devices turned on?

  • DavidVarghese

    Wait a couple weeks… It’ll be less than $200 on sites like Amazon

    • WHO?

      For a brand new contract yes maybe. It will not be $200 for adding a phone or upgrading. Amazon is very good about dropping the price down if you don’t have a contract. I assume if you visit this page most are in contracts and will add a line or just buy out existing contract. Me i will put my other phones on seasonal till i sell them.

  • sort51

    Keep it

  • No_Nickname90

    Buy this on Sprint? Or ditch them and go to Tmo? I’m not liking Sprint all too much. I actually roam with my E4GT, but my Tmo friends have 2G where I Roam. So they can still use their internet.

    Hmm… I’m afraid to stay with Sprint.

  • Gabe

    5000$ credit line is ready as soon as I refresh and it appears for order online… bwahahhaa!

  • KTest

    I just received word from our corporate Sprint rep that the release will only be in the form of the 16gb version.. Bummer! Now I’m torn between waiting for a possible 32gb version or something else. I hate to give up my GS3, but could really use some of the GNote2 features for work.. Decisions, decisions!!

    • WHO?

      Your not going to get anything else in a 5.5 inch screen till next yr if then. This is pushing the limits and is really a test. I am going to get one, but many apps will have to be updated. It will take months for you normal apps to work on this phone as updates will break the app for other phones. But i still want it now!!!!

  • yankeesusa

    Any chance that best buy will have it cheaper?

  • PhilRykyto

    my next phone