T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 2 goes on sale today

We’ve had more than enough reason to believe T-Mobile would be launching its version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 today, but it was never official. That has changed this morning, however, as T-Mobile has announced immediate availability of the device throughout all channels.

Magenta is selling the device for $250 if you’re on one of their value plans (where you’ll technically be paying a down payment for the device with $20 installments for 20 months, or the difference of the phone if you decide to get a new phone early).

Things get a little bit more tricky if you’re looking to get this thing on its classic plans with a new two-year contract, though — at $370 (after a $50 mail-in rebate) you’ll actually be paying a fair bit more for the device out of pocket compared to AT&T and Sprint’s $300 after rebate.

We’re not sure if this is a play to get people onto its value plans or not, but it certainly seems like it. It’s an odd move considering T-Mobile doesn’t have any 4G LTE radios to bring the price up, and the 16GB option is the only one that’s being offered at this time.

Price shock aside, though, this is still a great phone. It’ll sport a 5.5 inch Super AMOLED HD display, a 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos processor, 2GB of RAM, an 8 megapixel camera with 1080p video recording, a 2 megapixel front-facing camera, Android 4.1, Samsung’s S Pen technology, and more. It’s no doubt one of T-Mobile’s most exciting devices available so we’re sure many of you will still find a way to get your hands on it despite the odd pricing.

There are a couple of other Magenta-exclusive bells and whistles to be minded on the software side of things. For starters, you’ll get a free version of Need for Speed Most Wanted, though it appears you’re only getting four free events with the option of paying to unlock more. And the game will be optimized for the MOGA controller, though we’re not sure if MOGA support is exclusive to this T-Mobile exclusive version of Most wanted.

If you can get down with the pricing and you’ve been waiting for this device you can head over to T-Mobile.com to get started, or head to your local T-Mobile store to buy one in person.

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  • Ron_Swanson

    I hope the 649.99 full retail is the same on all carriers…..

    • Bobby Phoenix

      Should be, and I was quite happy when I saw that. It was rumoured to be around $1000. One reason I don’t like to pay attention to rumours. :-)

  • bmg314

    I’m on tmo. I love tmo. But $370? Go F yourself, tmo.

    That’s just ridiculous. I’m glad I’ve already decided to never sign another contract with any carrier, but for those that go that route, I feel sorry for you because that price is just wrong. Shame on you Magenta. Shame.

    • kev2684

      yah good luck with the higher monthly price. in the long run, you’ll still be paying less with T-Mobile.

      • bmg314

        I never said I was leaving. O.o

    • Jonathan DeJesus

      I know it sounds stupid but in a week or two Walmart will most likely have it for 249.99 or 299.99. I only paid $149.99 for my GS3 on T-Mobile and that was back in August

      • bmg314

        Oh, I know, and that’s great. The problem is that those lower prices are relative. If tmo was charging the much more reasonable price of 200 or 250, then those Walmart process would be even lower.

        I am only buying phones off contract now, and have been for a while, so it doesn’t actually affect me, but it’s the principle, you know? The carriers just keep pushing, and the consumer keeps paying.

    • UMA_Fan

      On the Value Plan it’s only $249 down. T-Mobile wants everyone to switch to the Value Plan and rightfully so because it’s cheaper.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jamille-Browne/1184321457 Jamille Browne

        For Single lines its cheaper but I worked out the math according to T-Mobiles advertised family plans not including tax.

        “Theres also no incentive for families in paying 3 EIP plans for this specific phone without an EIP $650×3(1950)+140monthly not including tax = $5310….. Now if you use EIP… $900 upfront.. + $140plan itself + $60 EIP so $200 per month before taxes to equal $5310…. Or get a Classic pay $1260 upfront if through t-mo( could also go to walmart pay $900 upfront, save $207 in comparison) $150 in the mail to make for $1110 after +$160plan =$4950 before taxes thats assuming as well there is no fee to upgrade but if to include that lets say worst case $36 per line new total is $5058 but is still cheaper by a few dollars.

        If from walmart.. still pay $4950-207( in walmart savings) = $4743 over 24 months if no upgrade fee

        or if bad upgrade fee scenario $5058-207(Walmart savings) = $4851 over 24 months.

        Possible taxes on devices and accounts not included in all situations presented.

        Edit: So $200 for 3 lines a month as opposed to $160 for 3 lines and subsidization galore. Classic contracts aren’t bad. Value isn’t actually a value unless its an individual account.”

        Check ma work son! Value plan is not a value especially considering you can get them from a 3rd party for cheap and save even more money in total. Even with EIP for more lines you are paying more a month.

        • http://www.phandroid.com Quentyn Kennemer

          I feel like I’m in school after reading that.

      • http://www.facebook.com/dominguezcarlosm Carlos M Dominguez

        You will pay the same $649.99. The $249 is just the down, then you have to pay $20.00 dollars per month for 20 month.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jamille-Browne/1184321457 Jamille Browne

      Over the course of 2 years if you are on a family classic plan you would still pay about $100 less over the course of 2 years.

      • bmg314

        I understand that. I am a defender and supporter of Tmo. I simply believe they are overstepping on the subsidized price is all. Again, I buy phones outright, so I will be paying full retail anyway.

  • Chimphappyhour

    Still waiting for two things:

    1) Confirmation of the LTE radios by a trusted source.

    2) Going to wait and see if the new Nexus phone is really just 16GB with no expandable storage.

    If both are confirmed, then it looks like I’ll be buying my first carrier phone since the G1. Other than being vanilla Android straight from the source, the Nexus devices are leaving a lot to be desired. :-/

    • No_Nickname90

      Why would you want LTE radios if Tmo doesn’t even have LTE? *confused*

      • http://www.facebook.com/jordan.caviness.7 Jordan Caviness

        because Tmobile will launch LTE 1st half of 2013. it has been stated thatt GN2 will be future proof with built in LTE radios, dunno about a trusted source though

      • Chimphappyhour

        Exactly what Jordan said. My area was never upgraded from 21 to 42 because they switched to refarming the network and doing the LTE upgrades instead. So there is no point in me buying a 42 device now when the switch will be on to LTE soon enough.

  • niuguy

    Verizon, where art thou?

  • Jonathan DeJesus

    I have been searching the web and can only find 16 gig variants. Does anyone know if there is 32gig as well?

    • hkklife

      I think pressure from the carriers (to use the cloud more + stream more + use more tiered data) plus concerns from Sammy to hold the line on pricing (more store=higher price=sticker shock for uninformed, ignorant shoppers) + the relative popularity of the 16Gb Galaxy S3 over the 32Gb versions have all conspired to make the Note 2 16Gb only, at least in official carrier chanels in the US. That sucks, because this is a device that just screams to be loaded up with all kinds of stuff internally. I know I could not easily move down from my 32Gb GS3.

      • Jonathan DeJesus

        That was my main concern. I only have a 16gig GS3 and I have about 11/2 gigs left, thanks for breaking it down.

  • godrilla

    i just spoke to loyalty department gave me additional $135 credit on my note 2 muhahaha

  • REVS

    way too exspensive

  • http://twitter.com/TaylorMauceri Taylor Mauceri

    Go to wirefly.com with 2 year renewal I got mine in white for $270. Comes in monday :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jamille-Browne/1184321457 Jamille Browne

      Standard shipping though… Newegg has the same price with free next day.

  • http://phandroid Steven

    Get a 64 GB card

  • GavinGG

    Verizon needs to step it up!!! I’ve been waiting for months to switch over on the Big Red and get this awesome device! It seems like they will be releasing it mid November due to them being the last carrier to say anything!

  • Steven Skwarkowski

    Ouch…I wanted the note 2 and give the wifey the S3….guess Ill be waiting at that price since I got the 32gb S3 for $180

  • supremekizzle

    Could someone explain how T-mobiles value plans work? Their website is a little confusing.

    • DarrenR

      I believe its cheaper per month for the plan itself but then they charge you a bunch more for the device. I dont think the overall savings works out too be very much. I could be wrong and Im sure someone will correct me if I am.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jamille-Browne/1184321457 Jamille Browne

        The Value plan The plan alone itself is cheaper but in the long run if you buy devices brand new you will pay more than the Classic plan in the long run on a family plan specifically.

        Classic plans you can go buy a device anywhere thats has em discounted and pay less upfront and in the long run but you still have $20 more to pay a month..

  • tq745

    T-Mobile says it’s already sold out =(

  • merkdem

    so i dont get it. i have a classic plan. if i buy on wirefly how much would i pay a month? i see the upgrade is 270 but then what? says something like 70 bucks but i dont see anything about data. Can anyone help? otherwise tmobile is saying 370 for the phone without really changing my plan…just signing up for another two years… getting lost.

  • http://twitter.com/gamercore Chris Chavez

    ALREADY ORDERED MINE! :D

    … but wont get here til next week :c

    • peanutsrevenge

      /me mumbles mean things about Chris while looking at his 18month old phone :(

      I’ll get you back in 6 months :p

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jamille-Browne/1184321457 Jamille Browne

      Should have bought from NewEgg.

  • Damon Aldora

    I have already ordered my Galaxy Note 2 in white. I’m sticking with
    T-Mobile since they are the only one with an unlimited plan as useable internet
    speeds. In most cases, the 4G on my current phone than the LTE phone that one
    of my DISH coworkers has. We use the DISH Remote Access app on our phones to
    stream live and recorded shows through the Sling Adapter that we have on our
    home receivers. With how much his phone buffers, it hardly seems worth paying
    extra for LTE. It will be nice being able to stream as much as I want without hitting
    a cap.