T-Mobile Officially Announces “Magenta Deal Days” Beginning September 21st

It’s all official now as T-Mobile announces “Magenta Deal Days” beginning September 21st and running through September 30th.

From Sept. 21–30, new and existing T-Mobile customers can purchase any device, including the Samsung Galaxy S® III, for $0.00 down payment on qualifying Unlimited Value™ and Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plans after mail-in rebate card.

T-Mobile’s big sale push is supported by the recent launch of their Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan, which features no data caps, no speed limits and no overages. In fact, they cite a study that shows data now makes up over 85% of all the mobile traffic in the US.

New customers qualify for this deal when they sign a new two-year agreement on any qualifying Unlimited Value and Unlimited Nationwide 4G data plan, including the 5GB and 10GB plans. Existing customers are also welcome to take advantage of this offer with migration over to T-Mobile’s Value Plans.

“Our customers continue to appreciate our ‘Magenta Deal Days’ offerings because they showcase our commitment to giving all our customers the best 4G experiences,” said Andrew Sherrard, senior vice president of marketing, T-Mobile USA. “With back to school in full swing, we’re glad to offer another great deal to keep families in touch.”

The promotion requires for a down payment, so it’s technically not zero down— for example, the Samsung Galaxy S III on a Value Plan will require an out-of-pocket down payment of $149.99, with a mail-in rebate card of $150 for a net down payment post-rebate for $0.00. Technically, it’s not zero down, but rebates are an unfortunate and yet familiar part of the wireless business.

Hit the press release for all the details or jump to the T-Mobile link below and start picking out whats going in your shopping cart.

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Full Press Release:

                                              T-Mobile Helps Customers Fall Into Savings

From Sept. 21–30, get any device, including the Samsung Galaxy S® III, for $0.00 down

BELLEVUE, Wash. — Sept. 18, 2012 — Prices are falling at T-Mobile® this September during the “Magenta Deal Days” Zero Down promotion, making staying in touch more affordable than ever. Starting Sept. 21, customers can purchase any device, including the Samsung Galaxy S® III, for $0.00 down payment on qualifying Unlimited ValueTM and Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plans after mail-in rebate card.

“Our customers continue to appreciate our ‘Magenta Deal Days’ offerings because they showcase our commitment to giving all our customers the best 4G experiences,” said Andrew Sherrard, senior vice president of marketing, T-Mobile USA. “With back to school in full swing, we’re glad to offer another great deal to keep families in touch.”

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.

New customers will be eligible for this deal when they sign a two-year agreement on any qualifying Unlimited Value and Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan (Unlimited, 5GB or 10GB). Existing customers also can take advantage of this offer.1

Data-hungry smartphone customers can choose the ultimate worry-free experience with T-Mobile’s new Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan, featuring no data caps, no speed limits and no overages, 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/unlimited-data-plan.

The following is a sample of device pricing and EIP payments included in the “Magenta Deal Days” offer with a qualifying Unlimited Value plan:

The “Magenta Deal Days” promotion will be available at participating T-Mobile retail stores nationwide. For more information about T-Mobile’s “Magenta Deal Days” promotion and details about qualifying plans and services, visit http://bit.ly/NldCS8.

1 Standard migration fees will apply for existing Classic customers who switch to a Value plan and have less than 18 months of contract tenure.

2 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.

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  • randomnerd_number38

    Oh ho, I noticed that they list the full retail price of the Relay as 350. Innnnnnteresting …

    • 21stNow

      Yeah, I’m noticing those lower retail prices, as well. I wonder if they would let someone just walk in and buy at those prices, or if they are considered part of the sale.

    • crazyman9876

      That’s definitely not accurate. Relay should be $100 down and $100 rebate with payments of $20 a month.

    • GwapoAko

      If the price is $350 that is great. We should not be complaining if their price is lower :0)

    • psaux

      $350 makes the Relay suddenly look very much not-so-bad (still bummed about not having 2 gigs of RAM).

    • Coolgeek

      The $350 pricing on the relay is with the activation of a $50 (or more) Monthly4G plan.

  • http://twitter.com/QDOG8 THErealQDOG

    Perfect timing for the One X+?

  • qpinto

    I remember buying the sgs 3 16gb for 599. Its now 549?

    • Classick

      They reduced the price on most Galaxy phones on Sept. 5th.

  • 21stNow

    I’m laughing that the BlackBerry Bold 9900 is part of this sale. They also included the Galaxy Note, which I thought that they were sold out of.

    • eanfoso

      I went to a T-Mobile store and the manager there told me it was because the note was included in the Samsung vs apple case, he said they are getting it once it’s all settled though, he also said depending on the ruling we may not even get the note 2, although the note 2 looks like it will be released after all lol

      • http://tmonews.com David

        He has absolutely no idea what he is talking about.

        • BUGBYTE_V

          What’s funny the manager at my local T-mobile store told me the same thing…lol
          And whats even funnier I tried to do an upgrade using the EIP program and told me T-mobile nolonger uses that program and the Samsung Galaxy S3 is still 279.99 this morning I waited to go to the store until they opened at 8 for nothing…lol I’m just frustrated with Tmobile.

  • taron19119

    I don’t like this

    • ashley

      Why?

      • taron19119

        Cause this is not for every one some people don’t wanna move to the value plan or can’t move I got 3 at&t iphones I wanna use on my T-Mobile account they should of launched the nano sim and did all phones are free

        • GwapoAko

          Why don’t you just bring your iPhones and sign with the Value Plan? You will be rich :0) with your savings.

        • msrozz

          I just got off the phone with a local store here in Texas. They said I could bring the new iPhone 5 and get EDGE service….really….I think not! Been with T-Mobile since Voicestream and have been waiting for the iPhone…really tired of waiting.

        • Georgie1234

          If you have your own phones you get the value plan which had cheaper monthly prices

  • mingkee

    Unlimited Calling Plan is a requirement…head dropped.
    I have 1000 minutes Value Family plan.

    • GwapoAko

      I have 1,000 minutes too. I thought you can just add the unlimited Nationwide 4G Data.

      • mingkee

        I have it already on my line.

    • Angel Mena

      The wording on these press releases is always confusing. I am wondering about the same thing myself

  • 54strat

    Deal valid on upgrades?

    • 54strat

      It does say: “Existing customers also can take advantage of this offer”, but no specifics

  • Classick

    T-Mobile needs to man up and quit it with these mail in rebates that take 2 months to arrive… if they ever do.

    • GinaDee

      Agreed. The delay is on purpose. They want you to wait at least 30 days so you can’t cancel the contract w/o ETF. Then the normal slow processing time on top of that.

  • GinaDee

    Zero down? Yeah right. In CA. you will pay the $149.99 plus the full sales tax off the $629.99 price which comes out to another $50 or $60 out the door. These gimmicks are stupid. Just sell the phone online for tax only and require a 2 year contract, applied ETF if the user cancels early and a restocking fee for those who return their equipment early. No need for the false advertising trap. The whole MIR thing is something consumers despise and T-Mobile knows it. If Amazon can do it right then so can T-Mobile.

    • HM

      If you will notice; the GS III price has been posted as $549 with $149 mail in Rebate. Over 20 installments you are getting GS III at $400 + plus tax with 0% financing, that is an excellent deal for a great phone; similar argument is true for other phones. Value plan is highly misunderstood and is it is much better the “subsidized” phone/expensive plans.

    • Georgie1234

      You are stupid. You get the $150 back so technically you’re paying 20×20=400 400+60= 460 as opposed to the 600+. Plus the value plan has cheaper monthly prices and you don’t have to stay locked with that phone for two whole years.

      • GinaDee

        Apparently all Americans must be stupid by your logic. If T-Mobile is the best deal around apparently nobody is buying into the 60-90 day waiting period to get back your MIR?

        I know you 17 year olds that work in those authoirzed dealer mall kiosks only see things through T-Mobile provided rose colored glasses but not everyone’s reality distortion field works as well.

        Customers will pay more per month if the carrier gives them the phone they want with a network that works everywhere. It’s those 2 concepts that you and your employer fail to understand day in and day out. The terrible quarterly numbers and last place finishes in national polls reaffirm everything I need to say and more.

        • Georgie1234

          Well technically Americans are pretty stupid when it comes to spending since more than half of Americans are in debt….heck the united states as a whole is in deep deep debt. I choose TMobile because I’m not drowning in money and even if i was i wouldn’t just burn it away paying around 150+ as opposed to the$80 i pay for the exact same service.

        • Mirad77

          What you a grown up fails to understand is bottom line in business. Try using your big brain to pull this; for the last 2 quarters, T-Mobile has been a more profitable company than Sprint.

      • SkippyFlipjack

        $460 is what you can buy the phone for on Amazon. This is a ridiculous offer; I can’t understand why anyone would go for it.

    • Paul

      THAT BLOWS!!!
      Come out to Texas, it’s 8.025% off the price you pay, $150.

  • Josue

    why is the galaxy note there when the TMO doesn’t “have it” ?

    • pbxtech

      Oh yeah they have it, and I’m upgrading 3 lines with this baby.

      • Josue

        The TMO store near my house won’t have it

        • pbxtech

          I thought the store I called was a corporate store but they are an authorized partner, consequently they don’t do EIP on any devices. They have 15 Galaxy Note as of this morning (9/20/12) and their number is (609)531-0478, located in Burlington,NJ. If you have the classic plan then you can avail of this device at the discount price tomorrow, probably. Otherwise, for value plan costumer they retail this at $629.99, which is expensive for an older device.

        • pbxtech

          I forgot to mention that they have to ship the unit because it’s at there warehouse.

        • Josue

          nah im not doing that ill stick with my GNexus till the SGN2 is available

  • Luis

    Soooo Does that mean that every phone that is listed is free? i dont get it….

    • taron19119

      No you just get the down payment back but have to pay the rest 20 dollars a month for 20 months

  • archerian

    is the $20 taxed?

    • Georgie1234

      No it is not and no financing fee either

  • nycplayboy78

    I am waiting until October until the Galaxy Note II comes out on T-Mo :)

    • vzqsmooth56

      doing the same thing here:)! although its really hard -_- lol i sold my s2 three weeks ago for 320$ and right now i have an old 2009 sidekick lx that cant connect to the internet -____- lol

  • Matt

    Why did they not mention the “Hate To Wait” campaign? I hope they are still doing that, I was hoping to jump on an s3.

    • normn3116

      Agreed. I was looking at the Relay for that.

  • eanfoso

    I Just hope T-Mobile can simply get the refarming done, I can care less if the note 2 is released during this time, I just want to be able to use my Sony Ericsson xperia neo v

  • robin

    so nothing for us who recently renewed our contract in MAY 2012. CLASSIC PLAN?
    Been customer for 9 years.

    • lmanders

      Exactly, I have been with T-Mobile for 7 years and am on a classic plan. I renewed in March of this year to get my girlfriend a new phone. Now I am up for a phone upgrade, but this does not apply to my plan. I will be waiting to upgrade my device forever it seems.

  • JJ Clark

    Bleh… still not happy with TMO and will jump ship as soon as my ETF drops to $100 in November.

    • GwapoAko

      If you are jumping to AT&T or Verizon you will be shocked with your bills :0)

      • JJ Clark

        I am willing to pay the extra $30 a month to A) have reliable service here in Seattle, and B) not have to put up with TMobile’s deteriorating customer service anymore. 9 years is enough and I’ve had it with them.

        • GwapoAko

          I though Tmo’s HQ is in Seattle? They should have the best service there.. oh well.

  • Magnum500s

    Zero Down Payment After Rebate… LoL… thats not really Zero Down Payment then, As you can tell by the Out Of Pocket Down Payment Column. Amazing!!! Reminds me of the first time they had the “Unlimited Data” plan… It is “unlimited”… they just put you at edge speeds after you hit your data limit. T-Mobile should really cut the crap and stop trying to BS customers every chance they get.

  • Former TMO Employee

    Until July of this year, I was a 10 year employee of T-Mobile. I started as a part-time retail sales rep and worked my way up to managing a multi-unit National Account. I am still in disbelief of the way T-Mobile handled my employment.

    I was treated like garbage – thrown out to the curb in favor of outsourcing a job to a company that has no idea how to service anything within the wireless industry. I dont feel that they will provide anything close to the level of service that I did. I was embedded in the wireless world for over 12 years, yet my job was outsourced to someone who is probably working part-time and has no concept of what putting the customer first means. (PS – I finished 1st in sales for my Region multiple times, won Leadership awards and flew to Hawaii for vacation at their expense because of my leadership, value creation and relationship building ability)

    It is my humble opinion that T-Mobile will continue to struggle until DT finally wises up and dumps the subsidiary. But there’s the problem – nobody will bite. I dont care what talks are floating around in the news. If a deal was going to be done, it would have happened. And dont even start with the AT&T business…that was failed from the get-go.

    Lastly – not having the iPhone does NOT hurt TMO. At the time I left, we had over a million iPhone users using Megenta. Having the iPhone would certianly help, but TMO has failed to capitalize on the low pricing because YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR. There is a reason why this phrase is still used today.

    • http://weevil.myopenid.com Weevil

      Former, sorry to hear about how the company treated you. Best of luck to you in the future and I’m sure you’ll do fine!

    • Georgie1234

      T-mobile rocks

  • http://www.antmontana.com/ ant

    i like tmobile because i can use any phone i want with tmobile with my sim card n not extend my contract i bought 4 phones off ebay and i use my bro n sister tmos when we want to change phones n its free n my speed on my phone fast (htc sensation lg g2x) the sidekick 4g is the only phone i hate i bought on tmo but it got the best battery its like an all day music and youtube phone

  • ZED

    so on the relay i see its for 350. now paying 20 times $15 thats a total of 300. Does that mean in the end ill be saving $50?? and for the S3 ill save a total of $150?????

    • GwapoAko

      Yup yup!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ksunnyv99 Kunal Verma

    Not available for classic plan members? Wow T-Mobile.

    • GwapoAko

      YOu can get good deals on Tmo website sometimes they sell S3 for $99 and S2 for free :0)

    • Georgie1234

      Seriously people, compare the value plan and the classic plan, you get wayyy more benefits from the value plan

      • http://www.facebook.com/ksunnyv99 Kunal Verma

        What benefit is it if T-Mobile charges a 600 dollar fee to move from the Classic to the Value?

        • Georgie1234

          They will charge around 400 dollars to switch if you recently got a contract on a classic plan in which case you’re fu*kd for getting a classic plan to begin With

    • Georgie1234

      The truly unlimited CLASSIC plan is $97.98 a month so for 24 months it is 2351.52 The truly unlimited VALUE plan is $77.98 so for 24 months it is $1871.52 PLUS the 20 $20 phone payments is 1871.52+400= 2271.52. SO COMPARE $2351.52 VS $2271.52 Now i know its not much of savings but the benefit with value is that you dont have to wait TWO WHOLE years to upgrade. You can at anytime sell your current phone, pay off what you owe and get a new one as opposed to having to wait two whole years. Or you can keep that phone and see true savings past the first two years, either way Value is better because you will also pay a higher down payment in the beginning for the classic plan

  • JL

    So can people who just switched to value plan 2 months ago get this deal by re-extending the 2 year contract or they are just screwed?

    • guest

      you can re extend for this as long as you dont have a pre existing EIP

    • Georgie1234

      In other words, if you pay your current eip phone in full you can get this

  • Aaron

    This sale is some bull . Good thing I didn’t wait and just bought my gs3 st Wal-Mart for $148 t-mobile how u let walmart have a better deal .

    • Georgie1234

      Technically you didn’t. While you paid 150 at walmart you’re on a classic plan which is more expensive than a value plan. So technically you’re paying more in the long run

    • Georgie1234

      Ps. If you ever choose to cancel your contract not only do you have to pay TMobile $200 but you have to pay Walmart an additional $150

  • YoureProbADumbass

    what the heck is an EIP?

    if they offer the htc one x+ i will bite…otherwise i want a better deal

    • loyal

      lol the the one X+ isnt even a phone in the line up…better try after thanksgiving

      • http://tmonews.com David

        Hey guys, always good to do a search and find the most recent article where we discuss the possibility the One X+ isn’t coming, ever.

  • SoulDeLa

    does anybody know if you can make extra payments during the 20 months or is there some kind of penalty or something. I can pay it off early but not until my bonus at xmas, and I really want a new phone.

    • Georgie1234

      Yes you can pay it of early and there is no penalty

      • SoulDeLa

        awesome! appreciate the reply!

        • Georgie1234

          No problem. The value plan is the way to go, not only is it cheaper than a classic plan per month but you can also get another phone when you’re done paying it off so you don’t have to wait another two years with the same phone.

        • ZED

          so once you pay your phone off, you can upgrade anytime? going back to the classic more than likely?

        • Georgie1234

          I don’t know if you were trying to be sarcastic but i’m going to try to explain it carefully because apparently people can’t do a minimal research to save money. The truly unlimited CLASSIC plan is $97.98 a month so for 24 months it is 2351.52 The truly unlimited VALUE plan is $77.98 so for 24 months it is $1871.52 PLUS the 20 $20 phone payments is 1871.52+400= 2271.52. SO COMPARE $2351.52 VS $2271.52 Now i know its not much of savings but the benefit with value is that you dont have to wait TWO WHOLE years to upgrade. You can at anytime sell your current phone, pay off what you owe and get a new one as opposed to having to wait two whole years. Or you can keep that phone and see true savings past the first two years, either way Value is better.

        • ZED

          i was asking a serious question, i understand the value plan is better which is why i will take advantage of this sale and get the relay 4g, my question was if i can upgrade at anytime which you seem to answered, also that would put you back on the classic if you upgrade am i right or wrong? thats what i was asking.

        • Georgie1234

          No you will continue to stay on the value plan even after your payments are over Or even if you get a new phone unless you ask to be put on the classic plan but i can’t imagine why anyone would do that since the classic plans are more expensive.

        • ZED

          sounds good, im 18 months in my contract, what would be the difference between this sale and the Hate to Wait?

        • lmanders2

          True savings of $200 if I were to switch to the value plan. I am on the classic 1000 minutes plan, and the value 1000 minutes plan is only $10 cheaper per month. Add in buying a new device and paying the $20 a month on top of that and it is MORE expensive for me to switch to the value plan. No thank you.

        • unkown

          The only way it would only be $10 dollars cheaper is if you had no internet and you can have a smart phone without internet on a classic plan its REQuired..i work in tmobile and your probably one of those guys whole gets a 200mb web plan and get a GSIII….you my friend are a swine lol value is always the cheaper plan no matter how u look at it…do ur homework before you say stuff you dont know…

    • James Kosek

      Just don’t do like my wife was doing. She kept sending in extra payments with the phone bill. When I went to see how much was left on the phones the balance was like nothing extra had been paid. The extra she sent in each month T-Mobile happily applied towards our monthly bill and not towards the phone. When I told that to my wife, she commented that she thought it odd that the last 4 months of phone bills was a negative bill, but she sent in our normal payment anyway. Per the T-mobile rep that sold us our phones, extra payments on the phone should be done through the store to properly credit them. Quite possible to do it online, but apparently not through the normal web payment method.

      • SoulDeLa

        I gathered that they separated the payments butits good to know anyways. Its like whe youmake extra mortgage payments, you have to indicate its for the principal not interest.

        • Georgie1234

          The truly unlimited CLASSIC plan is $97.98 a month so for 24 months it is 2351.52 The truly unlimited VALUE plan is $77.98 so for 24 months it is $1871.52 PLUS the 20 $20 phone payments is 1871.52+400= 2271.52. SO COMPARE $2351.52 VS $2271.52 Now i know its not much of savings but the benefit with value is that you dont have to wait TWO WHOLE years to upgrade. You can at anytime sell your current phone, pay off what you owe and get a new one as opposed to having to wait two whole years. Or you can keep that phone and see true savings past the first two years, either way Value is better because you will also be paying a higher down payment in the beginning for the classic plan

        • WW

          You don’t even have to wait 2 years to see “true savings” because those kick in on month 21.

      • Georgie1234

        but you didn’t lose any money. Since it still got applied to your bill you can use what you would’ve normally used for your bill and apply that toward the phone the right way.

    • unknown

      no you can’t pay extra towards the phone. you can pay it off early but the whole remaining balance has to be paid. none of this little 10 dolllars extra a month.

  • Phil

    Did anyone notice the down payment for the Relay 4G is incorrectly calculated? It’s the same retail price and payments as the MyTouch Q but the down payment is $100 instead of $50. This gives a price of $100 + 20*15 = $400 instead of $350

    • zed

      i seen that, maybe because its newer they want a bigger down payment, but its the same after the MIR

  • Hesster

    Does anyone know if you can get the rebate without doing the installment thing? I want a Relay, but I’d rather just buy it outright. Right now I am on prepaid, but I have a small business and would like to go on the business value plan and get the unlimited 4G feature.

    • Georgie1234

      If you have a small business talk to retail. They have really good deals if you can persuade them

  • Georgie1234

    The truly unlimited CLASSIC plan is $97.98 a month so for 24 months it is 2351.52 The truly unlimited VALUE plan is $77.98 so for 24 months it is $1871.52 PLUS the 20 $20 phone payments is 1871.52+400= 2271.52. SO COMPARE $2351.52 VS $2271.52 Now i know its not much of savings but the benefit with value is that you dont have to wait TWO WHOLE years to upgrade. You can at anytime sell your current phone, pay off what you owe and get a new one as opposed to having to wait two whole years. Or you can keep that phone and see true savings past the first two years, either way Value is better because you will also be paying a higher down payment in the beginning for the classic plan.

  • Georgie1234

    The truly unlimited CLASSIC plan is $97.98 a month so for 24 months it is 2351.52 The truly unlimited VALUE plan is $77.98 so for 24 months it is $1871.52 PLUS the 20 $20 phone payments is 1871.52+400= 2271.52. SO COMPARE $2351.52 VS $2271.52 Now i know its not much of savings but the benefit with value is that you dont have to wait TWO WHOLE years to upgrade. You can at anytime sell your current phone, pay off what you owe and get a new one as opposed to having to wait two whole years. Or you can keep that phone and see true savings past the first two years, either way Value is better because you will also pay a higher down payment in the beginning for the classic plan

  • Jenny

    I purchased my phones during the Mother’s day promotion back in May. Now it’s September and I still didn’t receive my $300 mail in rebate. Check on the website the rebate status show “Pending”. It has been 4 months, and they still “pending” it??? What a joke. Never trust those rebate bullcraps.

    • SkippyFlipjack

      Your comment reminds me of the time when Homer Simpson calls up one of those gambling services that gives you betting tips for $4/minute. The voice.. on the recording.. talks.. very.. slooooow.. and Homer goes “Hurry up! Don’t you understand this is costing me $4/minute?!”

  • ZED

    499.99 for the Relay on Tmobile’s website

    • http://weevil.myopenid.com Weevil

      And $349.99 for Relay prepaid but link still doesn’t work.

  • quaker

    I wonder if cxlation department will be able to waive down payment as it did on valentines day. Thats how we upgraded all our lines on value plan. Regardless its a great deal for everytone. Let me know. :) GL

  • Souljourney

    So if I got a new 2 year plan and new phone in April 2011, can I take advantage of this or am I stuck until Feb 2013 when I can normally get a different phone at a discount rate. I want the sale phone price, can’t afford the retail price. We each have the LG G2X and HATE them.

  • Clifford Martin

    If you already have a good working phone and don’t need a new one, then I don’t see any deals here for that type of customer.
    BTW, I noticed that TMO has turned on the reframed 3G for my iPhone on the cell tower that services my house neighborhood (in the Crabapple area of Alpharetta, GA [suburb of Atlanta]). Yet the cell towers in other areas of Alpharetta, especially servicing my office just 5 miles from home, are still showing EDGE service on my iPhone. I can only hope they turn on more towers around here soon. As a side note, I noticed that signal strength on the 3G is one to two bars weaker than I got on EDGE on the same tower.

  • PiCASSiMO

    I am seeing a problem here. The 2GB plan is not included.

    My wife and I barely peak over 1GB per month per each of our lines. Having
    to spend additional $10/month per line would mean there would be an additional
    $240 to pay off the phone.

    So…doing the math:

    SGS3: $150 down payment = $150.00
    $150 rebate = – $150.00
    $20 monthly payment x 20 months = $400.00
    $10 unlimited x 24 months = $240.00
    —————————————————–
    Net Cost for Phone $640.00

    No thank you. I’d rather get on the 2GB plan, save the $10/month and buy an SGS3 for about $550 and be ahead $90 at the end of 2-years.

    • PiCASSiMO

      Working out the numbers on the new Relay 4G, I would end up paying $540 for the phone over 2-years, compared to buying it directly from T-Mobile for $500. Savings of $40.

      Again, not a good plan if you don’t use more than 2GB of data per month.

  • Joe_PDA

    T-Mobile is playing more games with us. I went in to the local T-Mo store to get the the Samsung Relay 4S 4G phone and they told me all the pricing in this press release is wrong. the want $500 full price for the phone with $20/month for the EIP. WTF.

    • ZED

      i was afraid of that

  • jonjohn

    I wonder why no one has mentioned the MAJOR downside of the Value plan. You guys realize you’re basically leasing the phone for two years, right? I mean if you get the Galaxy S 3 w/ EIP and then cancel after 12 months you’ll have to pay a $200 ETF and then also $200 for the remaining balance of your installments. That’s a $400 fee which is no joke. And if you don’t pay them the $200 EIP installment balance they will put an IMEI block on your phone and it will basically be banned from being used on the network. I realize you’re paying less for the phone in monthly bills, but still something to be said for OWNING your phone rather than OWING money on it and paying it off. If this Value plan was so good, why aren’t other companies following suit and starting similar plans? Maybe because people would rather pay less DOWN (no stupid “down payment rebate”) and pay more for a month bill for service that works. Check out our BBB complaints and then talk about why the company is sooo good…it’s actually piss poor service but still staying afloat cuz people are poor and we’re the last step before going to like Cricket. Just saying.

    • msrozz

      I agree!

    • Adrayven

      I don’t agree.. The Value plan is awesome for someone who is good at math and can pay for the phone up front and stay with it for 2 years. A person who signs up for this plan is not likely leaving, so the ETF is for most a non-issue. I’m saving on average $60/mo vs Verizon .. thats $720/year, $1440 over 2 years.. you can get one really nice phone or even choose to upgrade every year with that savings.

      Not only that, but you don’t have to worry about renewing your contract!!! once you put your 2 years in; a new phone doesn’t ‘RE-UP’ your contract, unless you do this silly payment plan.. unlike the other carries where they keep stringing you along!!!!!

      I do agree that paying t-mo over 12 or 20 months for the phone is silly, plus you have to renew the contract. That kills it for me. Pay for it up front or buy used and take your savings over the year and buy new later. They would have something new and even better/greater by then anyway.

      We Americans need to catch onto the concept of SAVING money. Going into debt over a phone is silly..

    • Hesster

      It’s just buying the phone in installments. If you buy a car and stop paying, the bank sends a repo man to take it back. Since there’s no value to TMO in a used phone, they do the same by blocking the IMEI. Leasing would mean you don’t actually own
      the device and have to return it at the end of the contract.

      No one is twisting your arm to buy the phone on installment, and you don’t need to buy a phone to get the value plan. The installment deal is totally separate.

      • WW

        Yep…bring your own unlocked phone (GNex, iPhone, unlocked AT&T) if you already have one you like.

    • WW

      Speaking of Cricket…here’s a funny (I LOL’d) story from my sister (relayed on Sep 19).

      She was doing remote work in the Alaska wilderness (chain of small islands; no electricity except for a single small solar panel for small items like satellite phone; zero population except for her, husband & birds, sea lions) and asked Cricket to suspend their service (why continue paying since it’d be unused during that time) for the 4 months she was there…”no problem”, they said.

      After returning, they noticed that Cricket continued to charge their credit card (apparently they had auto-pay by credit card) for those 4 months ($35/month).

      Cricket customer service said their service WAS suspended for the 4 months…their phone was non-active for the time and couldn’t be used… (in an Indian accent) “we just still bill you while your service is suspended”. WTF?!?

      They did offer one month credit.

  • Zach Mauch

    any suggestions on getting this deal with a note? I’m in oklahoma and was told there wasn’t a store in the state that had it. With online not having it, I’m wondering if it’s possible to find.

  • noe

    okay i dont understand that much , but i have unlimited messages and minutes , and 200 mb of data, and right now my dad qualifies for an upgrade, if he wanted the Gs3, would he qualify? or what can he do to get the Gs3?

  • gooner

    Best thing to do on value plan is to buy your own phone from ebay or amazon if you can afford to pay it straight out. These monthly 15-20 dollar payments sometimes come out to be more expensive than online selling price of the phones…unless MIR is available. But who wants to deal with MIR anyways.

  • SkippyFlipjack

    Does anyone actually believe this is a good deal? I can get the Galaxy S III for $99, or I can get one for $20/month for 20 months, or $400. Why in the world would I do that, zero down or not? What am I missing?

  • YOpops

    WOW!!!

    i just got the blue S3 16gb for 150 down + 150 rebate (hopefully i get it soon big IF) + $20 x 20 months so $400 not too bad. The best part of the deal im only 18 months in.. retention gave me a crazy deal that i stuttered lol.. $10 OFF every month for 24 months. $59.99 bux! UNLIMITED EVERYTHING. No internet cap. My current plan is
    Unlimited loyalty $49Unlimited text $10Android pref 5gb $20
    $79 + cali tax is about $99 monthly. Now i’ll saving $20 a month LOL.. I’ll probably just use the S3 and return it for a full refund since i’m happy with my Gnexus

  • Woody

    Is the NOTE still available or has it disappeared?

  • whiteiphoneproblems

    FYI — I went into a store and asked about taking advantage of this promotion with my existing Value Plan: Family 1K Talk, with Simple 200MB Data ($5) on each line. I was told that the 1K Talk part was fine, but I would have to upgrade the Data to at least 5GB for my line — meaning I’d have to spend an extra $15/mo. for more data than I need. Too bad…

  • upgrade

    If I’m due for an upgrade could that be used as the down payment in some way?