Deal Alert: Best Buy Holding 24 Hour Galaxy S III Sale, Just $99 For New Lines And Upgrades

There are deals and then there are deals you shouldn’t pass up and this special offer from Best Buy falls into the latter group. For 24 hours only, Best Buy is holding a special sale on the Galaxy S III good for new lines and qualifying upgrades for just $99. It appears just the 16GB units are available, but this is one special offer I would think twice about passing up. While it’s likely we’ll see similar deals come Black Friday and the rest of the holiday season, why wait? Get in on the Galaxy S III action now.

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  • BearAntlers

    I’m guessing this is only for classic plans.

    • Futant

      Seems like it. I just tried to add a line and it only gave options for adding to a Classic Plan

  • Michael Cameron

    in store or only online?

    • A Wu

      seems like t-mo is only sold online for best buy, I haven’t seen any t-mo phones in the best buys in my area for a really long time

      • Michael Cameron

        thanks, was about to go to walmart today to pick one up but looks like ill have to order online and wait. No matter though i just ordered my case so it wont be in fore a few days anyways

      • Dats

        I do i got my s2 from them but it wasn’t in stock..they has to ship it to me..but its worth it…i yell everyone i know with Tmobile to never get it direct

    • therealmikebrown

      You can go in store and they can order it online for you. I find this because I had phone freedom and I traded in my Mytouch 4G, and wanted the discounts to come off right away. Only spent $119 after taxes out the door for the 32gb version.

  • Jordan Williams

    That would happen right after I had to blow a ton of money on a One S. :| And the restocking fee, plus the fact that I already sent in the rebate and used my upgrade…. -_-

  • metal maniac

    I”ll be soo happy when Classic plans come to an end. This sale is a prime example why.

    • therealmikebrown

      Why?
      Value plans save most people money, but if you have a grandfathered plan AND get you phones this cheap. Might as well stay on classic.

      • Metal Maniac

        @8025c93da008561c6c6e4e1d63efb4be:disqus Grandfathered or not the days of people getting new devices valued at $600 to $800 retail will end soon…T mobile will lead the way and the other carriers will follow. I have the Value plan and it comes with a deferred credit line to pay off a device. At the same time this agreement also works as an additional retention tool. What you’re not seeing is all of these folks willing to pay full price upfront justifies the notion that a discount won’t deter business. It all a matter of choice. The Value plan is somewhat of a blue print for whats to come. This will also devide the customers up into credit worthy and prepaid. So essentially every carrier will operate the same and the only difference will be in who has what device. you’ll see….Classic will end and Value will be the norm. T mobile is already letting the lower income customers know be abandoned with the Metro merger…They’ll dominate the prepaid off contract market by having having the additional Real Estate courtesy of Metro…and also with Wal mart and The Family dollar partnerships….they’re paving the road now…just pay attention man!!!

        • therealmikebrown

          You speak of choice, but want one of the choices taken away. I get my phones on sale and use the classic plans. I don’t care what you do. Why would you care about my plan?
          Keep your value plan. My classic plan and a 32gb S3 for $119 is a better deal. Your savings is gone because you paid over $500 more for you phone.
          Just because something works for you doesn’t mean everyone is in the same boat.

        • Metal Maniac

          Some people, Nothing I said had anything to do with care. I attempted to inform you that what you’re being offered through the Classic Plan will go away, so enjoy it while you can. There will be a balance made between the cost of the two plans…T mobile can very well see customers are willing to pay the full retail for a phone. Choice is not as much the issue as the fact Classic is leaving. You will have no choice but to go prepaid, or take the Value plan migration free….What part of the Classic purchase option is on its death bed don’t you accept??

        • therealmikebrown

          I don’t see why when the difference in what we pay is so little.
          If T-mobile makes this change before the other carriers it would be a huge mistake. Unless the plans are Simple Mobile price. Because that’s basically what they become.

        • Dave

          Got the gs3 at 149 with a mix when they were running the free phones sale. And I’m on the value plan. So value is cheaper in the end.

      • Benjamin@tmo

        Eh. It’s a two edged sword really. Classic you are paying more on your rate plan, FOREVER. lol Value, get it cheap but pay full price. Idk. As a representative, I love the value and once you explain it to customers, they love it. I’ll be glad t odo away with the classic personally, so when we have the no down payment sales, there is a lot less confusion…. BUT WHY ISNT MAH PHONE FREEE?! lol

        • itmustbejj

          With all my granfathered features/discounts and stuff I end up paying less than $3 dollars a month more for a classic family plan than we would on value. I think ~36 dollars a year is worth it to get ~$500 off from 2 subsidized phones every 21 months.

        • Hyuri

          I have a similar case: Classic Unlimited, 4 lines all w/ 2gb data, plus internet device at 5gb. After a only a few minutes with a spreadsheet, I calculated that I’m saving an average of over $43 per month. And this doesn’t include the $10/month loyalty discount I picked up a couple of months back, the free months that I’ve received periodically, etc.. Where’s the benefit in a Value plan for people like me?

        • mwolverine

          but on the classic plan one pays an average of $20 more per month than for those same features on a value plan.. That means unless the phone is at least $480 below retail value when buying on classic plan.

          This baffles me as many of you mention that you manage to save even more with the classic plan, can someone explain how?

          I have 2 lines, 200MB data, 1000 mins shared and unlimited text for ~$75per month, the same thing on classic would be ~$105 per month. This means that a phone needs to be $600 cheaper than retail with classic plan for the classic plan to make any sense to me.

        • Hyuri

          My basic monthly bill is $70 more than it would be on a Value plan ($229.96 vs. $159.97). However, that’s a very naive figure that ignores device upgrade costs: I shop around and upgrade all 4 line every 22 months for $150 or less each, resulting in costs of (4*150)*(24/22) or ~$654.55 per contract period (24 months). The same devices and the same upgrade cycle on a Value plan would be (4*800)*(24/22) or ~$3,490,91 per contract period, since “full retail” on phones doesn’t seem to drop like subsidized prices do.

          At this point we’re at (229.96*24+654.55) or $6,173.59 for Classic vs. (159.97*24+3490.91) or $7,330.19 for Value. Then (7330.19-6173.59)/24 = $48.19 overall savings per month.

          We’re still doing very naive calculation here, but at least it’s more realistic than “this is how much lower your bill will be every month without any device upgrades ever”.

        • mwolverine

          Ahhhh I get it now, it would really depend on how often one were to upgrade one’s phone.

          “Besides your math is off. That’s $600 for 2 lines. That’s $300 a line. ”

          Of course I see that, but I’m coming from an angle where I rarely upgrade my phone. My vibrant has been going strong for 2 years and is on course for a few more with my dev team spitting out awesome ROMS every few months. So when I do upgrade my wife’s phone to a note 2, I won’t be upgrading mine. At least not for the next 2 years. When I get a new phone in the distant future, my wife won’t upgrade hers.

          So my calculation will be a NET increase in $20 per month for both of us. I finally see it now, a classic plan definitely makes much more sense if one wanted to upgrade their phone more frequently over many lines. Otherwise for us the math still works cheaper to keep a value plan.

          Another problem I have with the classic plan is I am not allowed to remove data or even downgrade to the 200MB plan anymore, so being in a college campus where I always have wi-fi and use hardly 50MB of data per month, I’d like to have that option.

          @Hyuri Thanks a lot for showing me the calculations it really helped.

          Cheers

        • therealmikebrown

          “On average” That’s the problem. Not all classic plans are the same.
          Besides your math is off. That’s $600 for 2 lines. That’s $300 a line. It’s easy to save $300 on a phone over a value plan. Classic customers can get phones from Wirefly or Bestbuy, both of which are cheaper than t-mobile. In all the Classic vs Value scenarios I see people are using the T-mobile price. Never buy your phone from T-mobile unless you catch a sale. The top phones are $100 cheaper at these retailers.

        • mwolverine

          Ahhhh I get it now, it would really depend on how often one were to upgrade one’s phone.

          “Besides your math is off. That’s $600 for 2 lines. That’s $300 a line. ”
          Of course I see that, but I’m coming from an angle where I rarely upgrade my phone. My vibrant has been going strong for 2 years and is on course for a few more with my dev team spitting out awesome ROMS every few months. So when I do upgrade my wife’s phone to a note 2, I won’t be upgrading mine. At least not for the next 2 years. When I get a new phone in the distant future, my wife won’t upgrade hers.

          So my calculation will be a NET increase in $20 per month for both of us. I finally see it now, a classic plan definitely makes much more sense if one wanted to upgrade their phone more frequently over many lines. Otherwise for us the math still works cheaper to keep a value plan.

          Another problem I have with the classic plan is I am not allowed to remove data or even downgrade to the 200MB plan anymore, so being in a college campus where I always have wi-fi and use hardly 50MB of data per month, I’d like to have that option.

          @Hyuri Thanks a lot for showing me the calculations it really helped.

          Cheers

        • tomarone

          I know someone who has the fewest minutes (350?), least data, and no free text, so his classic plan is very cheap. And he gets free IPhones for it. I think that’s how some people might say classic is cheap. (in this case ATT)

        • Oompa 1369

          the benefit is that you will still be paying less with T-Mobile then with any other carrier. Unless your like every other spoiled customer that says.. Well if you dont give me a free phone then I will leave. Sure.. just go and pay more for your rate plan and more for your phone… That makes good business sense in a crushed economy… Not that your saying you would do that, however thats what I get when customers do not get what they want.. They throw tantrums…

    • http://profiles.google.com/mrice.hill Mr. Hill

      I agree they should come to an end. There’s almost no reason to every choose the Classic Plan over the Value Plan for new customers. The only problem is that some people get upset when they hear that they are paying the full price of the phone even though when you do the math it’s cheaper over the course of the 24 month contract.
      What I suggest is that T-Mobile eliminate the Classic Plan and just add $20 to all the Value plan rate plans to roll the cost of the phones into the monthly plans. Then make the current Value down payments the new “subsidized” price. Also to continue to encourage the BYOD promotions they should offer a $20 rate plan discount to those who opt out of buying a subsidized handset from T-Mobile.

  • Stefan Hartman

    Can’t upgrade my family line online. Want to keep my plan and upgrade both phones on the plan with a 2 year agreement. I’ll have to call into Best Buy.

  • Confusedsious

    I just ordered the Note 2 last Wednesday for $279 from wirefly. It still hasn’t shipped yet. Should I cancel my order, save $179 and settle for the S3? And I didn’t know Best Buy offered T-Mobile service.

    • http://www.volkswagen.de/ Quailallstar

      If LTE is a factor than keep the Note II as it is hinted to be “future proof” whereas the SGS3 is not.

      • JBLmobileG1

        I heard that as well. Funny though, you’d think they would both offer the same LTE radio. I heard the LTE radio in the Note will be locked but that with a possible software update could be unlocked. I guess we will wait and see.

  • MacRat

    It would be nice if there were discounts on the unsubsidized price.

  • nd5

    As good as the GSIII is, I’d stay away from any phone that isn’t future proofed for LTE. Hopefully T-Mobile will have a few tricks up their sleeve with a few non-phablet phones prior to the holiday season.

    • therealmikebrown

      Yeah 20mbps is soooo slow.

  • http://www.youtube.com/#/mrjlwilliams J. Williams

    Do you all think these will still do well? Now that we have our Galaxy Note II devices, it might be hard for a person to get one of these.

  • bisayan

    I still have the best deal from magenta sales few weeks ago when they offer it free gs3 after mail and rebate for the VP right?

    • thepanttherlady

      Only the down payment was “free” after the MIR on the Value plan. You’re still paying $20 for 20 months = $400.

      • bisayan

        Thats what I meant…compare that to the current offer? its still the best?

        • Benjamin@tmo

          on the rate plan side, yes. Because after the 20 months, BAM! 20 bucks off tha bill!

      • JBLmobileG1

        I ended up getting this deal with the $200 off any phone. The awesome part was that I was able to get the 32gb model for $ 175.00 without having to do any mail in rebates. I think I ended up paying $200 and some change total but that was it plus I was able to keep my old grandfathered plan.

        • thepanttherlady

          OP is referring to the Value plan. Value plans don’t get subsidized phones.

        • Oompa 1369

          Thats the problem.. Its customers like you that cry and throw a tantrum because you feel that everything is owed to you. If they didnt give it to you then you would have left.. but then again, maybe that would have been the better option for you to do… Go and pay more money on another carrier and stop cheating companies… Karma is real…

  • El Chavo

    Does anyone know if I can call up tmobile and payy $200 to cancel or terminate my contract and get this deal….

    Or would getting the phone and then cancelling be a better option

    • http://www.facebook.com/lnthai Justin Thai

      You can’t cancel and reactivate and expect to get an upgrade. You have to wait 90 days before you’re able to open a new account.

    • thepanttherlady

      For the $300 plus tax you’d be paying, I’d think you could buy one off of Craigslist without trying to beat the system.

  • FutureGS3owner

    Anyone know if I need to call retentions before I buy the phone to get the upgrade fee waived? Or can I call after?

  • Vouty

    You should have said: “Try not to cringe when you go to checkout and see that Bestbuy has charged you sales tax on some arbitrary full price amount for the phone.” In my case they tried to stick me with $57 in sales tax on a $99 purchase! This can’t be legal. Forget it BB, I’ll pass on that deal.

    • dkbnyc

      If I recall, that is the law is Cali.

      • thepanttherlady

        It depends on the vendor. Walmart only charges tax on the sale amount.

  • dkbnyc

    I really want this phone and at this price… Too bad I’m not eligible for a upgrade Asking around my Facebook for a friend who is upgradable Would glading pay $300 for this.

  • Ceefu

    Bah. T-mo site says i’m not eligible for best pricing till 11/14, though it gives me the biggest discount on any phone already. Because of that however, Best Buy shows me as not upgrade eligible. This price is good enough even just for a quick flip!

  • Deceptivesmiles

    Tempting but I feel these sales will only get better in the coming months

    • bob90210

      If you wait only a couple years the S3 will be super cheap.

  • Josh

    “the carrier’s system is not available to process your request at this time.”

    Thanks T-mobile :( don’t want me to get this deal huh. I’ll try calling BB mobile I guess.

    • Josh

      Well, it’s Bestbuy’s system that is down. They have an automated message saying this when you call. This is so frustrating! I can’t believe I’m gonna miss out on this deal. Has anyone successfully gone through checkout since 4pm (est)??

      • mjcmjc

        Yes. After 40 min I got through and they gave me case number to call back today to get deal. Call and ask bc system was down.

  • gangnamstyle

    Just ordered mine and to think I almost got it for $279.99 the other day! Good thing I got paid at a later day :)

  • od312

    I got the same exact deal on my nexus s Feb 2011 thanks to this blog. Thanks David

  • http://profiles.google.com/mrice.hill Mr. Hill

    T-Mobile will probably drop the GS3 price to $99 down on the Value plan and offer a MIR for the down payment for Black Friday. Still beats this Best Buy deal because you have to get the more expensive Classic Plan.

  • JBLmobileG1

    Not a bad deal if you ask me. I have the 32gb version and loving it. I think maybe the only drawback on the phone is that, even though it has an LTE radio, it won’t be compatible once Tmobile launches their LTE network. Still though their HSPA+ network is plenty fast. One thing I have noticed is that it doesn’t mess up and start acting weird if you haven’t restarted or turned your phone off your phone for awhile. Unlike my past Android phones, if they weren’t reset every week I’d start to run into issues and freeze ups. The Galaxy S3 is by far the best Android phone on the market hands down and should only get better once Jelly Bean is officially available for it.

  • kam

    tried upgrade around 11PM with 56 minutes left. front page show $99.00 but when click in the page show $229.00. tried call bestbuy on hold for more than 35 minutes but no one ever pick up the lines…..:(

    • mjcmjc

      I waited 40 minutes, they answered, I got case number to call back today bc system was down . Call and complain to get.

  • uhs

    I have same issue – on home page it says 99$ and when u click it shows 229 for tmobile
    May be now i will wait till thanksgiving

  • ValueFTW

    Value plan=$149+400=549 over 20 months

    Classic Plan=99+480=579 over 24 months

    After 20 months, Value plan is cheaper. Classic plan remains $20 more per month, per line.

  • mjcmjc

    Best Buy’s system was down all afternoon and evening. Was on hold for over 40 min. Finally someone picked up and gave me case number to call back today to get the deal. I would suggest asking about that since system was down.

    • Michael Cameron

      same thing with me but over an hour wait. Hopefully they honor the deal as it was a problem with their system