Pre-Order The Samsung Vibrant On July 1st

Want to make sure you get the T-Mobile Samsung Vibrant on launch day, just in case it’s sold out? Well, beginning July 1st, customers can pre-order the Samsung Vibrant at any RadioShack store. But here’s the catch, to pre-order, customers must purchase a $50 gift card, which will be applied toward the retail price of the device. You will then be able to schedule an appointment to pick up and activate your Vibrant at RadioShack stores with anticipated availability starting July 21. Customers who pre-order at RadioShack will receive a $50 gift card by mail after purchasing their phone with qualifying voice and data plan on a two-year contract. Additionally, you can also pre-order online at http://www.radioshack.com/vibrant beginning July 1.

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  • tecjunkie

    How much will this phone be outright at radioshack?

  • bakalao

    i wonder if t-mobile’s customer service team know they are selling this phone soon. :-)

  • Matt

    t-Mobile’s CS definitely knows they are selling this phone soon. I contacted them tonight about it and they didn’t really have any type of information other than the webpage offers, but they definitely acknowledged that they are getting it in July.

  • jimbo

    We know its going to be a amazing device even withough the front faceing camera and fyi change to upgrades done through care now you have to pay for the device at time of purchase not billed on next bill if you do eip its the first payment to order the phone starting on the 1st

  • Matt

    tecjunkie, rumors are that they will be offering the Galaxy S for $450 outright. T-Mobile’s CS couldn’t confirm this for me, but this is what the HD2 is, and there have been multiple people who have heard that. If the $50 GIft card and MIR applies to outright, then I’ll preorder one on Thursday.

  • jimbo

    Also who calls care anymore tmo news has more info than most reps hell most reps read tmo news to get the info

  • Matt

    I don’t know the last time that I called CS for any company. Live chat is the best invention for CS ever. I had to contact them about a question I had concerning my account and asked about tupgrading to the Vibrant while I was talking to them.

  • emobile86

    I would leary of buying a Samsung phone, I like the look but what about the upgrades, there’s no use in having 1 Ghz processor, 16 GB Memory, and an update to Android 2.2 if I can’t rest assure that there will be more Android updates to come!

    • wtfci

      You can root the phone and install your own ROM.

  • soon2TMO

    should i do the EM plan or the EM+ plan??

    hmm i dont know which one..

  • Wilma Flintstone

    I’d buy this if it was around $99-$129. $199 to me is too much for this phone.

  • soon2TMO

    ^^ are you kidding me?? so this should be more expensive than the mytouch slide??
    ughh.. LOL

    if that is your argument,then i say that no current phone should be priced at $199 coz no smartphone right now boasts a dual core processor.. LOL

    no flash?= it has a night mode which is a nice alternative
    no FFC? = the droidX doesnt have one either which means that it’s not the justification of a phone’s price..
    no HDMI?= this has DLNA, it’s better, oh and it has TV out..

    fastest GPU/CPU?? hmmm ya this is the one
    super amoled? yup this one too
    thin/light? uh huh..

  • robbie

    it makes no damn sense why they wouldnt put a FFC on this , they have a faster speeds then sprints 4g network this would be a perfect phone to show it off but they didnt they failed me once again so its off to the EPIC 4g baby sorry tmobile i will miss you thou

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  • soniccool

    Pre-ordering tomorrow at the shack! Cant wait! My first smart phone =)

    • Dagdae

      Congrats! I just bought my wife her first smartphone and it has been interesting to see all the “A-HA!” moments as she discovers what can be done with it…and that was only the MyTouch Slide! You’re gonna love this phone, I’m sure. And the fact that you’re posting here lets me know you’ve probably done your homework as far as what this phone’s capabilities are. That coupled with the raw power of the device should make a great experience for you. Enjoy!:)

  • JustMike

    The preorder site is live at the above link!
    ..but not actually accepting preorders yet – you get some kind of error popup.

    The page does confirm that you’ll get a $50 Radio Shack gift card by preordering before 7/18, but it does not say anything about requiring you to purchase a gift card also.

  • Green Robot

    So will Radio Shack allow for pre-order for upgrades or not. Any information on that?

  • MxPxFan

    I’m on a Myfaves Family plan, so does this mean i have to switch to a plan without Myfaves to get the upgrade price. If so i’ll be paying be paying full price, thats if full price is $330.

  • mZimm

    They probably won’t make you change your plan to upgrade, but you’ll definitely have to add a data plan if you don’t already have one. There is zero chance that the full price for this phone is $330 though…I’m just hoping its under $550…

  • straightballer

    I would rather pre order directly at t mobile usa, however if tmobile_usa doest do pre orders by friday, i going to the local shack and pre ordering this awesome device, cant waitbtil it is rooted. I likebthis better than droid x.

  • RR

    Can we preorder now at midnight?

  • mikhail

    is anyone able to pre order??

  • badbob001

    I just pre-ordered from Radio Shack. Be sure to choose the plan: keep my existing plan.

  • 3Y/O Razr

    Thoughts on which is less likely to get screwed up, and which is likely to arrive on July 21: in-store pickup or online order?

    • Chris

      Says on the Shack site, these will be shipped on the 21st, which will put us getting them no sooner than the 22nd if you choose next day shipping of another $19.99. So if you are wanting it on the 21st I would suggest picking it up in store. Least you don’t have to worry about being home when the FedEx dude brings it.

    • Green Robot

      I called the Shack and talked to some really weird dude over there. I decided to try the store tomorrow and see what they say since the weird Shack dude on the phone wanted to charge me $9.99 for shipping. I’ll see what the people at my local Shack say. Hopefully they sound more reasonable than the phone dude and I can preorder through them. Pickup on the 21st sounds better than “shipped on the 21st for $9.99″ does if all other things are equal.

  • Chris

    Has anyone thought of ordering directly through the TM website and using Bing.com for the 35% Bing cashback rebate? You could get this phone for about $325.00 after rebate by doing a search through them. They are ending the Bing cashback as of the 30th of July, and if the TM website gets them listed on there when they are released. Was going to order through Radio Shack website, til I got to thinking about this. So it is a thought for anyone wanting to get this phone off contract and get it cheaper. Debating if I want to wait on preordering. Anyone else want to throw their two cents worth in on this?

    • http://www.baldheretic.com Jay Lee

      The Bing Cashback program no longer exists.

      • http://www.baldheretic.com Jay Lee

        I mean the 35% option is gone. The rest of Bing Cashback goes away at the end of July

      • http://www.baldheretic.com Jay Lee

        no, wait. I’m an idiot. It is still there. hmmmmmmmmmm

      • Chris

        Yeah, pretty good deal if TM will have them online to where you can buy while this is still going on. I may hold off on the preorder and see what I can do. Big chunk of money to get back. Whatcha think Jay?

  • soniccool

    Just pre-ordered at the store, the receipt was like 5 feet long. Haha, Really simple pre order.

    • Green Robot

      Sounds good. Heading to the Shack tomorrow morning…

      • soniccool

        sweet!

      • soniccool

        sweet!

    • al

      How does the $50 gift card work when you pre-order at the store? Do you pay just $50 at time of pre-order, get a gift card, then give them $150 plus the gift card when you go in to pick up the phone?

      • 3Y/O Razr

        That’s how it worked. You get the gift card right away, and you can apply it to the phone if you want to. He wasn’t kidding about the 5 foot receipt, either.

  • FooFyter

    Just pre-order online. Bought 2 Vibrants & upgraded plan. best part… NO TAX & will be getting a free $50 gift card without having to buy one as previously mentioned. The full price tax for both phones would have been about $81. They did charge a bogus $18 activation fee per line…which is dumb because my SIM is already activated. No worries still getting about $131 in savings.

  • MxPxFan

    For those that pre-ordered at the store that have a G1 or any other Android phone with the data plan that has 400 text’s. Were you able to keep your current data plan with your 400 text’s?

    Cause on the website its telling me i have to upgrade to the Android Unlimited Web data plan that DOES NOT come with any free text messages.

    • Green Robot

      I fiddled (messed with) the online order and also found it discouraging when it comes to keeping your grandfathered messaging/data portion of the current plan. Consequently, I ended up calling the Shack to talk to them over the phone. The weird Shack phone dude assured me several times that my plan will not be modified since I already have a form (albeit grandfathered one) of Android data plan on my line which by the way, is a part of a grandfathered family voice plan. I would suggest calling them or even better yet (my plan at this moment) stopping by a brick and mortar version of the Shack, instead of using the impersonal/inhuman version of the Shack on the Interwebs as your best bet to ensure the unscathed survival of your current voice/data plan as it is. Just my several cents adjusted for inflation…

      • MxPxFan

        LOL, let me know how it goes. Cause i would like to order it online to save on tax. But it i can insure my data plan by going into a actual RadioShack. Its worth paying the tax. I’m sure others would like to know as well.

      • Green Robot

        @MxPxFan I did go to the Shack and preordered there. The Shack lady was nice and helpful. She verified my upgrade eligibility and assured me repeatedly that my current grandfathered family plan and the grandfathered Android data plan will not be modified. Sounds good to me although we’ll see when I actually pick up the phone what happens. I’ll save $10 on shipping but I’ll pay tax which is a bit more – according to my calculations a bit over $6 more. At least I get the phone on the day of release I suppose instead of waiting for it to arrive a day or two later. This also ensures that I’ll get in case T-Mobile decides to hold Vibrant for new subscribers only for few weeks like they did with HD2. I checked earlier today online on the T-Mobile site and the Slide is still not showing up on my list of phones I can upgrade to for example – very silly of T-Mobile if you ask me but whatever makes them feel better about their little operation over there…
        We’ll see how this all goes on the 21st.
        O, and by the way, the 5 feet long receipt is an exaggeration – this thing is only 3 feet long…

      • MxPxFan

        @ Green Robot, thanks for replying. I didn’t expect to see a response, so thats awesome. I think i’ll head over to the radio shack near my house today. Thanks again.

    • JustMike

      I ordered over the phone (because the website doesn’t work for family plans) and they reassured me over and over that I’d be able to keep my existing voice and data plans from my G1.

      We’ll see if the offline eligibility check gets the green light from T-mobile.. $150 + shipping after the free gift card for this phone is a pretty good deal.

      • al

        Do you get the $50 gift card for each phone ordered online or just one card for the whole order? When I went part way through the online ordering process with my existing family plan, it appeared to only give a card for one of the phones.

      • JustMike

        I only ordered one phone, but the website says one gift card per phone. (click on pre-order, then click on $50 Radio Shack Gift Card under the phone price)

      • badbob001

        Huh, didn’t you click the ‘view all plans’ link and pick the option to keep your existing plan?

      • al

        I ordered 2 phones for my existing family plan online and the invoice clearly indicated that I was only getting one $50 gift card. This is at odds with the website which does state one gift card per phone. I’m hoping this is just a case of them having to verify my account first, but it’s not looking good.

      • al

        I contacted Radio Shack about the gift card confusion and just got an email confirming that I will get two $50 gift cards for the two phones I ordered online, even though the invoice states I’m only getting one.

  • bubbles

    Cant decide if I wanna pre order at Radio Shack or wait for T Mobile USA, I will give T Mobile unitl tomorrow, if no new info on ordering, I going to the shack.

  • PlowRox

    Well, I hope this isnt a sign, but last night on the way home from work.. aprox 630ish pm cdt. I stopped by my local radio shack to check out the Vibrant! Alas not only did they not have a sample to look [fondle] at/with but turns out I was the first person to even ask about it all DAY!

    Also the removeal of the front cam is just heart breaking! not a deal breaker, unless they offer a better phone soon.

    Waiting with anticipation!

  • Marshall

    Hey does anybody know anything about upgrading? Should I pre order it or wait til it comes out then upgrade? Will it be more expensive? Thanks

  • Ned Flanders

    Just left Radio Shack,I pre ordered the Vibrant. Cant wait to get it, will pick it up in store on 21st. My friend is headed their now to order 2 of them. Now I have to decide if I wanna keep my N900 or sell it.

  • Green Robot

    I actually feel that I am taking some risk preordering this thing. There are still no reports on whether T-Mobile nixed wi-fi hot spot functionality for example – I suspect that they did. Then, there are those reports of major slowdowns when starting up applications due to the unfortunate location of the app data directory on the internal storage memory instead of NAND memory – hopefully this is fixable with firmware updates by repartitioning things. Samsung is supposedly looking into these reports which is at least somewhat encouraging. I don’t even have the device yet and I already feel like my wait for the Froyo update has already started. Hope that it is coming sooner rather than later….

  • Humphrey

    Wait, so if you pre-order at the brick and mortar store, you have to BUY a $50 gift card, that can later be applied toward your purchase on the 21st? That keeps the price of the phone $200.

    However, if you pre-order online, you get a FREE gift card, in addition to paying $200 for the phone?

    That’s like getting a free case or charger (or both!)

    It seems as if you’re earning a free gift card if your order online, vs. getting nothing if you order at a brick and mortar.

    Or do you buy your gift card at the store, and then receive a free gift card in the mail also?

    • Green Robot

      They will send you the second free $50 gift card few weeks after you buy the phone regardless of whether you buy it at the store or online. You get your free $50 no matter which way you go, don’t worry.

  • Humphrey

    Yup, just called Radioshack to confirm. You buy a gift card as a deposit, and receive a 2nd $50 gift card in the mail, about a month after activation.

  • Electrodyne

    The drawback: when you get a gift card at Radioshack, any value your money had, it is now only an RS gift card. Change your mind about the phone after your pre-order is done and yes you can get a refund…refunded as a $50 RS gift card. Your universally spendable cash is suddenly company scrip money, usable only at RS.

  • DH

    just checked the walmart wireless site again, & they’ve lowered their contract free price for the vibrant to $479.99 + free shipping! i pre-ordered my vibrant on radioshack.com for $499.99 + $4.99 shipping = $504.98, so may change my pre-order to walmart.

    http://www3-walmart.letstalk.com/product/product.htm?prId=37335&corpId=522

  • LP

    if you go through the pre-order process with walmart its states the phone is available to be shipped 7/10/10