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.