T-Mobile has published some very interesting findings regarding Black Friday shopping, particularly how people view the experience and tend to want to stay away due to all the chaotic goings-on usually associated with the day. Long story short, T-Mobile pretty much found that people are getting tired of the long lines, rude shoppers and potentially dangerous situations that can arise during such heated shopping events, so it’s doing something about it.
While the company will still likely offer Black Friday specials of its own, T-Mobile is featuring a pretty killer sale ahead of time for some of you Samsung fans to get your devices sooner than usual. For this Friday and Saturday only, T-Mobile customers can get almost any 4G Samsung phone (notably missing is the Samsung Galaxy Note 2) for the low cost of absolutely nothing. There is a catch, however, so bear with me.
For starters, you’ll be subject to submitting a mail-in rebate before that price tag gets down to $0.00. That means if you want a $200 Samsung phone for free, you’re going to have to pay $200 for it up front and wait for a mail-in rebate to take effect. It’s not quite the immediate satisfaction we like, but a deal is a deal.
Secondly, T-Mobile expressly mentions that this deal is for “well-qualified” customers several times throughout its press release. We’re not sure what “well-qualified” means just yet, but we’ll be pinging T-Mobile to find out. It could go based on customer loyalty (how long you’ve been a T-Mobile customer), how reliable you are paying your monthly bill or other factors that we’re unaware of. We’ll update this post to let you know what T-Mobile tells us.
Both classic and value plan customers will be able to get in on these deals, and each respective set of customers will have different up-front prices, as usual. The classic customers will still need to sign new two-year contracts, while the value plan customers will be subject to a monthly installment agreement to pay off the rest of their phones.
And just in case you needed a reminder of what 4G Samsung phones T-Mobile has to offer, you can get your hands on the Samsung Galaxy S2, Samsung Galaxy S3, Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G, Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G and the Samsung Galaxy Exhibit 4G. Get your shopping fingers ready for this Friday and head to T-Mobile’s site if you are interesting in taking advantage of all this. Read on for full press details.
T-Mobile Gives Shoppers Opportunity to Beat the Holiday Rush With Special Offer
New Survey Says Nine-in-Ten Americans Find Winter Holiday Shopping Stressful, While 72 Percent Would Make a Sacrifice to Get a Good Deal
BELLEVUE, Wash. — Nov. 12, 2012 — Shift your holiday shopping into high gear with T-Mobile® this November and get ahead of the Black Friday rush. For two days only, Nov. 16– 17, customers can purchase a Samsung 4G smartphone, including the wildly popular Samsung Galaxy S® III, for free with qualifying plans.
A new survey1 by Kelton Research uncovered that holiday shoppers don’t feel that Black Friday is worth their time, with 51 percent reporting that nothing could entice them to stand in line. Yet 72 percent responded that finding reasonable prices is most important to them when shopping during the winter holidays. This holiday season, T-Mobile is helping consumers combat the stress of Black Friday while they enjoy great value with its pre-holiday sale. For more information and an infographic on how consumers view holiday shopping, visit http://t-mo.co/Us8jEv.
“If getting a great deal on your gift purchases is important, and you prefer to limit your time in holiday checkout lines, then this T-Mobile promotional offer could be for you,” said Andrew Sherrard, senior vice president of marketing, T-Mobile USA. “We think this offer will be particularly attractive for families who would like every member to have a mobile device but don’t think it fits their budget. This promotion will make it easier for consumers to join the smartphone revolution by making the best devices and data plans more affordable.”
New and existing eligible customers can take advantage of this pre-holiday sale. Customers will receive their device for free, after a mail-in rebate card2, when they sign up for a new two-year contract on any qualifying unlimited Classic plan, or for a $0.00 down payment (after a mail-in rebate card) when signing up for a new two-year contract on a new qualifying Unlimited Value® plan with an Equipment Installment Plan (EIP).3
Consumers often worry about making the wrong device choice or paying too much for data. This holiday season, data-hungry smartphone customers can enjoy “Unlimited Cheer” with T-Mobile’s Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan. Offering customers the ultimate worry-free experience, unlimited data plans feature no data caps, no speed limits and no overages on T-Mobile’s network, as well as fast, dependable nationwide 4G coverage. For more details about T-Mobile’s Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan, visit http://www.T-Mobile.com/
The Samsung Galaxy S III is one of T-Mobile’s fastest 4G (HSPA+ 42 technology) smartphones. With an intuitive design, the Galaxy S III enables customers to effortlessly share photos, videos and more to a compatible TV or other Galaxy S III devices. Featuring a beautiful 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED® screen, the Galaxy S III packs a powerful entertainment experience, which allows customers to watch HD movies and TV shows, download apps, and securely browse the Web.
The following is a sample of device pricing and mail-in rebate amounts included in the Samsung pre-holiday 4G smartphone sale if well-qualified customers choose to sign up for a two-year Classic Plan™:
Total Out-of-Pocket Cost (Classic)
Samsung Galaxy S III
Samsung Galaxy S® Relay™ 4G
Samsung Galaxy S II
Samsung Galaxy S® Blaze™ 4G
Samsung Galaxy Exhibit™ 4G
If well-qualified customers choose to sign up for an Unlimited Value™ plan, the following is a sample of device pricing and EIP monthly payments:
Total Out-of-Pocket Down Payment (Value)
Net Down Payment
Value EIP Monthly Payment
Samsung Galaxy S III
Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G
Samsung Galaxy S II
Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G
Samsung Galaxy Exhibit 4G
This pre-holiday sale will be available at participating T-Mobile retail stores nationwide. For more information about T-Mobile’s pre-holiday sale and details about qualifying plans and services, visit http://t-mo.co/REeges.
1 Source: Kelton Research Holiday Survey, October 2012–Nov. 2012 of 1,013 respondents, sponsored by T-Mobile.
2 No mail-in rebates in RI, CT and Miami-Dade County.
3 Equipment installment plans: On approved credit and 0 percent APR. Down payment and unfinanced portion required at purchase. Remaining balance paid in 20 monthly installments. Not available in D.C.
About T-Mobile USA, Inc.
Based in Bellevue, Wash., T-Mobile USA, Inc. is the U.S. wireless operation of Deutsche Telekom AG (OTCQX: DTEGY). By the end of the third quarter of 2012, approximately 131 million mobile customers were served by the mobile communication segments of the Deutsche Telekom group — 33.3 million by T-Mobile USA — all via a common technology platform based on GSM and UMTS and additionally HSPA+ 21/HSPA+ 42. T-Mobile USA’s innovative wireless products and services help empower people to connect to those who matter most. Multiple independent research studies continue to rank T-Mobile USA among the highest in numerous regions throughout the U.S. in wireless customer care and call quality. For more information, please visit http://www.T-Mobile.com. T-
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