T-Mobile is well known to overprice smartphone devices. Nation’s fourth largest carrier recently launched the popular Samsung’s Android flagship device for 2012, the Samsung Galaxy S III, at relatively higher initial price than the competing carriers. The GS 3 is available to T-Mobile customers with a down payment of $229.99 for the 16GB version or $279.99 for the 32GB variant with 20 equal monthly payments of $20 per month via T-Mobile’s Equipment Installment Plan (EIP). The price tag is of course a frustration to customers as T-Mobile’s S III variant costs about $80 more than the competition, which is a bad thing as one would expect US carriers will try to lure customers by lowering the price of the phone.
Though the initial cost of procuring an S III from T-Mobile is a costly affair, the overall cost for keeping the phone running over the next 2 years still seems to be a competitive one, besides people can always buy their S III from T-Mobile off-contract for $622.99. Samsung announced the sequel of their popular phablet device, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, recently. It’s a great compact portable device with lot of raw power, and yes, it is coming to T-Mobile. T-Mobile will be launching the Galaxy Note II very soon, and we have got some leaked information on that. According to the latest leaked documents, T-Mobile will be launching the Galaxy Note II for $299.99 on Value Plans.
The $299.99 we are talking about is the Value Plan. Coming to the Classic Plan, the word has it that T-Mobile will be pricing it at $419.99 before $50 mail-in rebate, so doing some quick math, the device will be costing a good $379.99 after rebate, which is still $80 ahead of what Sprint is pricing their own Note II. We had expected T-Mobile’s price tag for Galaxy Note 2 to be a bit higher than the competition after seeing Galaxy S3’s case, but then depending on the plan you will choose, you may end up paying less with T-Mobile when considering the overall course of 2 year contract.
If you have been following news related to Note 2 lately, a recently leaked Walmart internal doc has T-Mobile’s GNote 2 at $299 on contract. We know that Walmart is often found to be undercutting official prices, so if you feel T-Mobile’s direct pricing to be costly, you always have Walmart to fall back on. If you take look at leaked photo above from Walmart, it reveals pricing details of few smartphone devices including LG Optimus L9 which according to the image will be coming to Walmart for as low as $0.97 on contract. The HTC Windows Phone 8X will cost $148, while the Windows Phone 7.5 based Nokia Lumia 810 will go sale for $99.88.
Talking about the launch of T-Mobile Note 2, the device will either launch on October 24th/25th or in the middle of November. What are your thoughts on this? Are you planning to buy Galaxy Note II? Let us know using the comment form below.