February 11th-12th Rebate Form Appears

Well, some things in life are free and some things in life are free after rebate. In this case, T-Mobile is holding a “All Smartphones Free” sale this upcoming weekend on February 11th-12th. Some fine print reading is required though as some phones, will require a small purchase upfront which you will receive back later in the form of a rebate. It’s not a bad deal overall, but something to be aware of if you are expecting to walk into the store and walk out paying nothing for the Cliq 2, myTouch4G or T-Mobile G2 just to name a few.

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  • Anonymous

    I doubt this sale will be as big as the father’s day sale, they held last year. where’s the advertising??? All in all good deals, but I already can imagine people whining and bitching that it’s not completely free out the door.

    • http://twitter.com/KatieEffinK Katie Kortenber

      It wasn’t free out the door at fathers day… this will be bigger cause its two days… the word will get out friday and saturday will be slammed… that is if there is inventory left

      • bryan

        There was not much advertising before the father’s day sale either. It was leaked on Tmonews and the other tech sites just like this is now. Katie is also right, the fathers day sale was free after a mail in rebate for high end handsets.

        • Anonymous

          Anybody know if having a loyalty unlimited data plan that comes in at under $30 will affect the $100 rebate?

        • Georgeme1

          To: The Schwartz — As long as you have an UNLIMITED data feature ( no minimum cost requirement) you will qualify for the mail-in rebate. NOTE: Existing customers having a minimum of 22 months Upgrade Tenure (excluding Even More Plus plans) will qualify for the net price “free” offer.

        • X0Cypher

          I would think EM+ would be eligible as long as their tenure permits, being that they can upgrade and migrate to EM now.

        • Kel

          Cypher, that would be correct…..as long as the EM+ customer is willing and able to go back into a 2yr contract, then they can enjoy that free phone goodness from Magenta!

        • Debi

          anybody know about the Miami-dade clause in the fine print?

        • lobsterpot

          It means that in CT, RI and Miami-Dade county, they’re required to provide consumers with the full discount at POS. Not through MIR. So, in those instances, free really is free.

        • http://twitter.com/gatodelrio limonysal

          they are so lucky!

        • http://twitter.com/gatodelrio limonysal

          they are so lucky!

        • Islandbred

          I currently have $20 preferred loyalty unlimited plan on a phone that I just got upgraded a fwe weeks ago.. still within my buyers remorse period.. will they still be able to give me back this $20 loyalty? Im hoping they do because if they don’t, then im screwed.. id rather grandfather the $20 loyalty data than get stuck on $30 data..

        • Anonymous

          I’ve talked to customer care a couple times and was in store once to clarify this issue. I currently don’t have a data plan, but was offered the same plan you have ($20 data) for when I upgrade this weekend. If you go to the store and purchase this weekend, you will be forced to choose the $30 data option because store reps don’t have the ability to give discounted rates. After your purchase, you can then call customer care and have them reinstate your $20 rate plan. TMobile will not screw you. Call in advance to have them put it in the notes just to be sure, but you will be able to keep your rate.

        • Georgeme1

          What was not included in last year’s Father’s Day sale — the basic “phone first” or “feature phones”. This promotion addition is going to “rock the boat” for a larger-than-expected bunch of older folks. Not much profit in it for T-Mobile, but it will mke life at the retail sales counter easier for the store sales reps.

  • Anonymous

    Let’s see what the sales numbers come to after it’s all said and done. Last year, T-Mobile had some pretty good ones…hopefully this will be right on par. Like I said earlier…I have some friends–2 families making the move from AT&T, so it better be good :)

  • http://twitter.com/thinktank79 Matt Munson

    Does that mean you have to upsize your data plan if you have the 24.99 data you have to get the 30.00 data?

    • Daniel

      Probably. 9 times out of 10 the system requires a customer care rep to select the most current data plans for that device type. Which now have boiled down to $15/$30. Unless your on a promo rateplan to get it at the 10 its talking about.

    • http://twitter.com/KatieEffinK Katie Kortenber

      youll have to get the 30.00 plan to get the higher end phones for the rebate back

    • Anonymous

      Regardless of the rebate, the system has been updated to only allow sales reps to choose between the $10/15 200MB or the $30 unlimited 4G web features. So, yes, you will not be able to have the 24.99 data anymore if get an upgrade.

      • Georgeme1

        True, ClarkNoHeart. However, if customers want a no contract plan (Even More Plus), then visit a company-qwned retail store, pay full MSRP (full price) for the handset and get the unlimited web for $24.99/mo.

  • Djkonflikt713

    umm I bought 2 of the mt4g’s from cartoys for $29.99 after mail in rebate. I signed up for the rebate but I need to send in the proof, which I have yet to do. Can I still return these 2 devices and get them from the tmobile store instead?

    • Daniel

      probably not, the system wont see it as a full discount if you return the devices from the third party you got it at. but 29 after mail in rebate is not bad at all, a lot of people still by this device direct from Tmo and pay 8 times that amount!

      • Djkonflikt713

        hmm thanks man. But I heard somewhere each account is entitled to one device? so for instance if you have 3 lines thats due upgrade you can only get one for free? Or is that a at&t fan boy trolling lol?and plus I was also thinking I might lose my good screen mytouch (as some come with sharp screen some with sony screens) I have the sony screen which is more vibrant than the sharp screen, thankfully on both devices I purchased. Oh yeah wouldn’t tmobile also run out of the white and the black mt4g fast? and I believe the loud speaker might be at fault as it has some static when on full blast and doesn’t sound as clear as the original mytouch speaker.

        • http://twitter.com/ezuloaga ezuloaga

          ha

      • Djkonflikt713

        hmm thanks man. But I heard somewhere each account is entitled to one device? so for instance if you have 3 lines thats due upgrade you can only get one for free? Or is that a at&t fan boy trolling lol?and plus I was also thinking I might lose my good screen mytouch (as some come with sharp screen some with sony screens) I have the sony screen which is more vibrant than the sharp screen, thankfully on both devices I purchased. Oh yeah wouldn’t tmobile also run out of the white and the black mt4g fast? and I believe the loud speaker might be at fault as it has some static when on full blast and doesn’t sound as clear as the original mytouch speaker.

      • Djkonflikt713

        hmm thanks man. But I heard somewhere each account is entitled to one device? so for instance if you have 3 lines thats due upgrade you can only get one for free? Or is that a at&t fan boy trolling lol?and plus I was also thinking I might lose my good screen mytouch (as some come with sharp screen some with sony screens) I have the sony screen which is more vibrant than the sharp screen, thankfully on both devices I purchased. Oh yeah wouldn’t tmobile also run out of the white and the black mt4g fast? and I believe the loud speaker might be at fault as it has some static when on full blast and doesn’t sound as clear as the original mytouch speaker.

      • Djkonflikt713

        hmm thanks man. But I heard somewhere each account is entitled to one device? so for instance if you have 3 lines thats due upgrade you can only get one for free? Or is that a at&t fan boy trolling lol?and plus I was also thinking I might lose my good screen mytouch (as some come with sharp screen some with sony screens) I have the sony screen which is more vibrant than the sharp screen, thankfully on both devices I purchased. Oh yeah wouldn’t tmobile also run out of the white and the black mt4g fast? and I believe the loud speaker might be at fault as it has some static when on full blast and doesn’t sound as clear as the original mytouch speaker.

    • C-Fu

      Uhh, did you notice that the Tmo rebate for the mt4g is $200? Knowing cartoy’s promos, I’m guessing you’re sitting on MAYBE 2 x $100 rebates though more than likely less than that.

      Are you really considering the hassle of returning, and putting out $400 up front, just to save $60?

  • Djkonflikt713

    umm I bought 2 of the mt4g’s from cartoys for $29.99 after mail in rebate. I signed up for the rebate but I need to send in the proof, which I have yet to do. Can I still return these 2 devices and get them from the tmobile store instead?

  • http://twitter.com/mrjlwilliams J. Williams

    I’m glad they are doing something for their customers, nice work TMo. Keep it up…

  • http://twitter.com/mrjlwilliams J. Williams

    I’m glad they are doing something for their customers, nice work TMo. Keep it up…

  • http://twitter.com/mrjlwilliams J. Williams

    I’m glad they are doing something for their customers, nice work TMo. Keep it up…

  • Tyrone M Jackson

    Any word yet if existing customers will get any kind of deal?

    • Eleni

      If you’re upgrade eligible or add a line.

    • http://tmonews.com David

      Tyrone, are you asking a different question because the post should be pretty clear that existing customers can take advantage of this offer as well so long as they have a qualifying upgrade.

  • Pictorme

    Let me get this; on friday the 4G will be $200 up front and then send in a $200 rebate form? Help me out here :)

    • Anonymous

      Yes sir that easy

  • Anonymous

    I know its all about the money, but it kinda ticks me off that T-mobile is forcing the “high end” Android phones to get the $30 unlimited plan in order to get the rebate. Android is Android and regardless if you get the Defy or the MT4G, you’ll probably use close to the same amount of data.

    Personally, I have a G2. Last month, I only used 12 MB of data. So far this month, I’m at 1.7 MB used. When I first was talking to people about getting the G2, everyone was saying that I would need to get the unlimited plan because that phone will gobble up data. Since I’m around Wi-fi 90% of the time, 9% of the rest of the time, I don’t need data, I opted for the limited plan. Personally, I think I should’ve been fine with my old t-zones plan.

    BTW, if you want an app that will let you control your data use, get Quick Settings. You can turn off data, select if you only want EDGE, or opt to have full data turned on. Saves battery & data.

    • Anonymous

      Just for having your phone synced with a Google account you would use more than that

      • Anonymous

        I don’t need my phone to keep checking my Google account constantly. I want it to check my account when I say I want to check it. That’s why I like to keep my phone off the data network most of the time with Quick Settings. No wasted data.

        Besides, it does all the checking it wants through Wifi, which is pretty much all day.

      • http://twitter.com/raitchison Robert Aitchison

        Not true, my wife is on the 200Mb plan and regularly uses less than 20MB/mo, and yes she does have sync enabled all the time, it helps to have WiFi both at work and home.

      • http://twitter.com/raitchison Robert Aitchison

        Not true, my wife is on the 200Mb plan and regularly uses less than 20MB/mo, and yes she does have sync enabled all the time, it helps to have WiFi both at work and home.

    • Crazyd408

      You’re required to get the unlimited data to make up for the cost of the subsidized phone. Do you really think T-Mobile, or any other phone company for that matter, is going to give you a $500 phone for $200 or less and not expect anything in return? You’re forgetting that T-Mobile is a BUSINESS trying to make a PROFIT.

    • Drivethruboy168

      You can switch the data plan down to.the required 200mb 4G data plan. You can replace a required data with another required data plan with out penalty. Try going to your local store or call into care. But if you have a mail in rebate in process you should wait to change the web till your MIR comes in the mail.

  • Jason

    Don’t forget, most of you T-Mobile customers have the ability to break down the cost on an installment plan. So whatever your price is, you can make on 4 payments. The second payment doesn’t post for another month. This gives the rebate time to get back to you in the mail before the 2nd payment even posts on your bill.

  • Tyrone M Jackson

    Rather than sell more junk they won’t support, T-Mobile should concentrate on getting things like Android 2.2 out for the Slide, which they’ve been saying “soon” about for 9 months. That’s 3/4 of a year. Imagine calling 911, them telling you help will be there soon. And my the way, soon if defined as something greater than 9 months.

  • SlickVic

    “MIR” is Mail-in-Rebate… what’s “POS”?

    • Eviltwin_52s

      POS = Point of Sell

    • Eviltwin_52s

      POS = Point of Sell

    • Anonymous

      Piece of Sh….oh wait, wrong context….Point of Sale.

  • tmoesq

    Does the contract require maintaining the $30/unlimited data plan, or can I switch to the $10 plan after I get my rebate?

    • Crazyd408

      The feature is REQUIRED for the duration of the contract. If you remove/change the feature you will be charged a $200 cancellation fee.

      • tmoesq

        Just for your information, I went in to the local store and the rep said that as long as I kept the $30 plan for 4 to 6 months, I can thereafter switch it to the $10 plan without the cancellation fee. Have others had this experience?

        • Kel

          ONLY if you the current plan you have is a promotional plan from within the past 1-2 months…otherwise the lowest you can go is the $15/200MB…..good luck with the overages should you get ‘em!

        • Mando2real

          could i upgrade and get $30 data plan. leave it like that for a month. then sell my 1 month old phone and go back to my regular non smart phone, and call t mobile and cancel the data plan since i do not need it anymore. i understand i will be under contract. im fine with that.

      • Anonymous

        Wrong. You can downgrade to the 200mb plan but must do a 2yr extension if you want the 10.00 web. I believe the 15.00 200mb can be put on without an extension.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MPF4WPASVN2Q2F7Y3NEIF2VO3M Elizabeth

    Out of all the smartphones….which one is the best? Why? Looking to go this weekend, but don’t know much about the phones. Thanks

    • Crazyd408

      Depending on your needs… Either the MT4G, G2, HD7, BB 9780 or even the Vibrant if you dont want to pay as much up front but still want a high end phone.

    • http://twitter.com/raitchison Robert Aitchison

      If you are talking Android your only two choices are the G2 or the MyTouch 4G. I have the G2 and my wife has the MT4G.

      G2 is a nice, solid phone, the keyboard is OK but that’s not that important thanks to Swype, As someone who regularly swaps batteries I like the battery door. Also it’s a “Google Experience” phone (it has “With Google” on the back which means it’s relatively unmolested (though it definitely have it’s share of TMO installed bloatware)

      The MT4G is a tad faster, of course it needs to be because it has the Sense UI which is really bloated and annoying, apparently some people like Sense but I can’t imagine why. The MT4G also has physical buttons for home, menu, etc which is a nice feature that’s missing on the G2. Of course due to lack of keyboard the MT4G is a bit thinner and lighter and you will have many more case choices.

      I’d recommend playing with both in the store and picking which you like better, they are both great phones.

  • Quagmeyer

    once again, its the slip a rew. I just bought a G2 on line; actually Sunday, same deal. Here is the catch, if you are qualifying for a 1year upgrade then you get 100 off NOT the rebate. BUT, I did not have to sign up for the 30 dollar plan, just 10. So, I guess I am ahead. 20×12=240.

    Gigedity
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    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IUNC7LYZRQVKTFK6TO7W25CQS4 Aquan

      well ill have to try this i’ve been craving the G2 for some time now

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IUNC7LYZRQVKTFK6TO7W25CQS4 Aquan

      well ill have to try this i’ve been craving the G2 for some time now

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IUNC7LYZRQVKTFK6TO7W25CQS4 Aquan

      well ill have to try this i’ve been craving the G2 for some time now

  • Aerofanbig

    David, you stuck your watermark right over info!! lol What is the HTC phone thats covered up below the MT3G in the middle of the page??

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IUNC7LYZRQVKTFK6TO7W25CQS4 Aquan

      it looks like it says htc g2

      • ben

        it says htc hd2

        • Aerofanbig

          thanks!

  • Urkel

    so its not giving away the nexus s?

    • Nemuri

      T-Mobile doesn’t sell the Nexus S directly. You need to go to Best Buy for that

  • Naiomi4343

    with rebate we pay sales tax on $200 and with activation fee the phone is not exactly free.

  • Naiomi4343

    with rebate we pay sales tax on $200 and with activation fee the phone is not exactly free.

  • Naiomi4343

    with rebate we pay sales tax on $200 and with activation fee the phone is not exactly free.

  • Anonymous

    Wife and I totally qualify, we’ve been out of contract for a year now. We really wanted to take advantage of this deal, but the mail in rebate instantly killed any notion that we would be getting new phones this weekend.

    • http://twitter.com/bruce_leer0y Tewn Ah

      Here’s my thoughts which aren’t confirmed. T-mobile gives me a certain amount towards a new phone, Their equipment line credit, if you qualify, i assume most people do. You can use that to cover the cost of the phone, im pretty sure it wont cover taxes and the upgrade fee, but it helps, but here’s where it gets good, you send that rebate form, get $100 back and in a way, minus the upgrade fee and taxes, you’re up money!

      • AnonGuy

        Don’t care. Mail in rebates are a showstopper… Already been there, not doing anything that requires them and i can’t stand the debit cards. Why can’t they just direct deposit. In any case, i was sure i was getting a phone until i read up on this… Guess not.

        • happyfrog

          The rebate form says you can exchange the debit card for a check. I didn’t read the fine print to see how you’d go about doing it, but it’s an option.

    • http://twitter.com/bruce_leer0y Tewn Ah

      Here’s my thoughts which aren’t confirmed. T-mobile gives me a certain amount towards a new phone, Their equipment line credit, if you qualify, i assume most people do. You can use that to cover the cost of the phone, im pretty sure it wont cover taxes and the upgrade fee, but it helps, but here’s where it gets good, you send that rebate form, get $100 back and in a way, minus the upgrade fee and taxes, you’re up money!

  • Rnlegg

    Regarding the free phone….I am on my second contract renewal and purchased two My Touch 3g in Jan of last year and would like to upgrade to MT 4G…..which I have to pay full price for unless i wait until Nov 2011. I guess i dont understand the marketing theory that puts the price of the phone over the benefit to the company of extending my contract. Seems not to make sense to me, if the opportunity to keep a loyal customer after three years of contract vs me letting the contract expire and doing my shopping with all systems in 10 months. Just a thought.

    • jarjon76

      I would suggest calling 611 and speaking to the loyalty department. That’s what I did and got a preferred family plan and an android preferred plan. I was also told to call back on the 11th to speak with them about this promotion. Give it a try.

  • Bob

    How soon after can I cancel my contract without sending the phone back? I want to extend my contract, sell the phone, and use the money to get out of my contract.

    • jarjon76

      So you want to cheat the system?

      • Bob

        clearly

  • Bob

    How soon after can I cancel my contract without sending the phone back? I want to extend my contract, sell the phone, and use the money to get out of my contract.

  • Bob

    How soon after can I cancel my contract without sending the phone back? I want to extend my contract, sell the phone, and use the money to get out of my contract.

  • http://twitter.com/bruce_leer0y Tewn Ah

    Here’s my thoughts which aren’t confirmed. T-mobile gives me a certain amount towards a new phone, Their equipment line credit, if you qualify, i assume most people do. You can use that to cover the cost of the phone, im pretty sure it wont cover taxes and the upgrade fee, but it helps, but here’s where it gets good, you send that rebate form, get $50-$200(depending on which smartphone you select) back and in a way, minus the upgrade fee and taxes, you’re up money!

    • Aerofanbig

      Almost, not quite. Yes some people get a credit line, but all that does is take the amount owed AFTER a down payment, and spread it out over 3 bills. So you still pay the same price, its just going to be payments spread out over several billing cycles. Its not a discount. Example, if you have a 120$ line, phone costs 200$ at POS. So on the day you purchase, you’ll owe 80$ + 35$ activation + tax. And they actually hit you up for “interest” on that 120 credit. So they break up that remaining 120 over 3 bills, which would be 40$ per month, but they end up charging usually an extra 10$ for using that feature, so lets say 50$ per month on top of your bill. BUT, with this rebate, I think, if it comes in soon enough you can pay off the credit line before you start getting hit up for the extra fee.

      • Guest

        Dude, get your facts right. There are NO interest or finance charges when you are using your EIP. Its something free that t-mobile offers.

  • http://twitter.com/bruce_leer0y Tewn Ah

    Here’s my thoughts which aren’t confirmed. T-mobile gives me a certain amount towards a new phone, Their equipment line credit, if you qualify, i assume most people do. You can use that to cover the cost of the phone, im pretty sure it wont cover taxes and the upgrade fee, but it helps, but here’s where it gets good, you send that rebate form, get $50-$200(depending on which smartphone you select) back and in a way, minus the upgrade fee and taxes, you’re up money!

  • Vibrant

    taxes on $200 price are $15-$21 in most states (taxes in CA are for full price of the phone) + $35 activation = not free

    • silly

      all PHONES free…not service.

      You live in AMERICA taxes are everywhere and act fee is not a phone…so ALL PHONES FREE

    • silly

      all PHONES free…not service.

      You live in AMERICA taxes are everywhere and act fee is not a phone…so ALL PHONES FREE

      • Vibrant

        if the phone was free without any rebate I’d not pay any taxes.

      • Vibrant

        if the phone was free without any rebate I’d not pay any taxes.

  • TSH

    I qualified for a completely free phone, no rebate. All you have to do is give T-Mobile a call an they’ll let you know if you qualify. Of course the contract extension fee (I think $18 for me), still applies.

  • cruz16

    Today we talked to tmobile on the phone and the woman told us that we could get the mytouch 4g with the 10 data plan. We mentioned that it said you needed the 30 dollar data plan and she said that no we could get the 10 dollar plan.

    Now we been with tmobile since like 2003 and our last contact expired in 2008. We r going to be getting a new contract and adding a line so idk if that makes a difference. Im still if-ie about it being 10 dollars like the woman told us but i guess we will see tmr when we go.
    HAs anyone heard anything similar to that?

    • Griezhial

      That rep does not know what shes talking about. Yes you can get the MyTouch 4G with the $10 web, but you will not qualify for the rebate, so you’ll lose $200.

  • jj

    Yesterday I called and talked with a T-Mobile representative at which I was informed I was eligible for a full discount for the requested 4g smartphone. Nowhere within the conversation that he mention there will be any type of rebate. I have been with T-mobile for fifteen years and this morning during the two day valentine’s day sale I stood in line and watched a few folks grap their my touch g4 with a “$100″ rebate. Not to mention that we all didn’t know there was rebate to begin with until I called yesterday and some where shock to find that today as well. But here is the next thing….I am next in line and now they are telling oh your rebate is going to be $200 they called customer service while at the store and nobody could give an answer as to why…it clearly appeared both representative where trying to make up a reason. So therefore I walked out calmly feeling as if everyone else got handed a piece of candy and “just because” I couldn’t get a piece. “Just because.” Realized that the rep I talked to yesterday did not type in the all the exact converstation we had on the phone which I thought was odd. So furious. I have been with T-Mobile for fifteen years and because this company is so big its like “oh well.” So what are you gonna do T-Mobile? I don’t want to switch but I’ll have to go with At&T unless you want to stand in line and fix this!

  • RCCG

    We went to the store last night expecting to upgrade to a smart phone and was informed that you must be 22 months into your 24 month contract to be eligible. Stinks!