Samsung Galaxy Note II Hits T-Mobile.com, “Coming Soon”

It’s with little surprise that we get word last night that T-Mobile placed the Samsung Galaxy Note II, in both Titanium Gray and Marble White up on their website as “coming soon.” This is a pretty standard move for T-Mobile prior to the the introduction of a new smartphone, though it doesn’t really give us an indication as to when the phone will actually launch.

There are no surprises with the listing on T-Mobile’s website, though the specs leave something to be desired. When it comes to the available bands the Galaxy Note II will contain, the Note II page forgets the 1900MHz band, which of course is the band T-Mobile is refarming their HSPA+ network to work on, so we know this page will get some updates in the near future.

With Samsung’s launch event coming up on October 24th, we hope to get official confirmation from either T-Mobile, Samsung or both as to an exact date we can scoop one of these up.

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  • Matt Hawkins

    Only 16GB? Are those bands LTE compatible for later network upgrade? Also, I wonder what the out-of-contract price is…

    • Chris

      I too would like to know the out of contract price…

      • JR

        I’m on Value Plan, and wife has given me the OK to get this one (have a barely 6-month old S2). If it’s $300 at hand and $20/mo for 20 months, that’s logical, given the international unlocked version is selling for $695?

        • Roger

          I work at tmo. They typically make the down payment cheaper to help push people to do to value plans. Ie- gs3 is only 150 down but classic plan is 330 down

        • achusaysblessyou

          Hey Roger, I figure starting a new plan and then canceling might be cheaper (I know it’s not “right”, but $700 for a phone is quite steep). So I’m just wondering what’s the ETF of a classic plan/value plan if i cancel the day after?

        • Answer

          etf $200 on classic or VP

        • thepanttherlady

          I think (don’t quote me) if you cancel your contract on a Value Plan and are making payments on a phone, you will still be obligated to pay the full price of the phone. If that’s the case then the phone would essentially cost you $200 more than retail value.

        • achusaysblessyou

          Yeah, well the idea of value plans are that you don’t get a subsidized phone so T-Mobile passes the savings to you

        • JR

          From my understanding on ETFs, $200 for Classic, $200 for Value. However, if you buy the phone under Value, you STILL have to pay off the entire phone; the paying a month is just a way to help you, but the moment you break the contract, you’re liable for whatever is left of the phone, plus the ETF…so that’s probably not your way to go.

          Personally, when switching to T-MO, the rep advised me to purchase phones under classic plan and then switch to value plan, which has a $200 migration fee (per line). In either case, you’ll have to wait 30 days to cancel your plan (or they’ll “require” you to return the phone)

          When it came time for me to decide, I debated onto whether I should cancel Classic, cancel and get new lines as Value, or to migrate from Classic to Value. Anyway you do it, you’d still be under contract, following my steps…

          I hear Costco tends to do good prices for Value accounts, but I’ve never been able to enjoy the savings.

        • achusaysblessyou

          I’m already currently on a value plan, so I figured it might be cheaper to get a classic plan with subsidized then just pay the etf outright. It’s dumb that this way might get me a phone for cheaper… I mean if I buy the phone retail Tmo most likely makes at least $100-200… and that’s without the service I’m going to have to get through them unless I unlock, etc.

        • JR

          Yep, same boat as you. $700 for a phone is a lot ($1,000 is more, too). Getting into a classic contract may grant you a $150 savings after ETF, BUT, you still have to pay for a month of contract, I believe, and activation fees… or they require you to return the phone. This is what the reps told me when I was checking on whether to switch to Value or cancel altogether and create new account as Value. They said that I had to wait past the 30-day return mark, or otherwise I’d have to pay for the full price of the phone unless I returned it. It’s kind of the “if you’re not satisfied, we’ll refund you the money, but you gotta give us the phone back”. The 30-day may have been because of corporate program. I believe Sprint is 14 days, T-Mo in normal circumstances may be the same. In my case there are no activation fees, but sometimes the way they do it is “we’ll refund you the activation fee in the next 3 months, as long as the account is open during those months”, in which case it’d negate any advantage of selecting classic and then cancelling.

          Again, many different things go into effect, but all in all, chances are you don’t save a lot, or much at all, by creating a Classic plan and cancelling after getting the phone, unless the phone is free under contract…But T-Mo does the 12-week MIR so that you gotta be with them for enough time to cover the cost of the MIR…There’s always a catch!

        • achusaysblessyou

          I can handle $700 after taxes, but if this phone retails at $750… that’ll make it almost 850 after taxes which in that case I might as well get 2 used s3′s or a decent laptop or 4 nexus 7′s :p

        • thepanttherlady

          Don’t forget to add the cost of the first 30 days of service and activation fee when all is said and done. It may still end up being less expensive in the long run but all fees have to be considered. :) *ETA I see Johnathon Roman said that in the post below. That’s what happens when I don’t read all posts first. :)

        • thepanttherlady

          If you go from Classic to Value, you will not be allowed to switch back.

        • Bklynman

          I didn’t know that.That might be one of the problems they have keeping customers. I was thinking of doing this when my contact was up,it won’t be until Dec.13. I will checkout Net 10,Simple,the others see which is best for me. Thanks PL.

        • thepanttherlady

          I’m not sure many people do or if they’re upfront about it. I asked point blank. :)

    • Paul

      There was an article here that showed the box had the LTE bands. I’m about 80% sure it’s LTE ready, but we’ll see when it comes out. Honestly, 42Mbps speed is TOTALLY okay with me. I’m getting 15-20Mbps on my S2.

  • Evan

    Was totally excited for this, but seeing how Sprints version may sell for 300, I can see T-Mobiles being 400 easy.

    • UMA_Fan

      If it’s a $700 phone full retail then I could see it being $300 down on Value and much more subsidized on Classic.

    • Famous

      probably down payment will be the same sprints

  • UMA_Fan

    I REALLY hope this thing hits stores soon. I think if it was Oct 24th we would have heard more about it by now.

  • Richard Yarrell

    Day one purchasefor me without fail. Price point I think Tmobile will go 300 for 16gb and 375 for 32gb and 425 for 64gb if that ever reaches. When I purchase my Galaxy S3 in the Tmobile store they only had the 16gb version in June earlier this year. This time I will order online at Tmobile so I can get the 32gb version. Iwill use my current 64gb sdxc class 10 card from my S3 for my Galaxy Note 2.

  • jian9007

    Maybe they’ll toss it out on the 31st, since they like Wednesday launches. They could launch the Nokia Lumia 810 (since Windows 8 is officially released on the 26th), the LG Optimus L9, and the Note 2 all that day. Just drop them together. They’ll probably release them on different days knowing them, though. Also, T-Mobile site strangely says that it has 16GB memory and is expandable to 48GB with SD card. That should read expandable to 80GB with MicroSD card (assuming the NA version can handle the 64GB MicroSD like the international one).

    • Paul

      Wednesday launch??? Oct. 24th is a Wednesday!!!

      • Chris

        Yes I really hope that leak was true. Sprint is releasing the 25th and T-Mobile has been the first to release a lot sooo….

        • Paul

          Then it might be released the following day.

    • eanfoso

      That would be nice man, but very very unlikely

  • g2a5b0e

    The anticipation builds. I can’t wait. I can feel my mouth watering. I only need the 16GB version, but I think I’ll wait until Black Friday. If there’s a deal, I’ll splurge on the 32GB.

  • http://twitter.com/DeoreDx Jin Elkins

    Tmo’s Galaxy SIII is $279 after rebate, $329 before rebate. I’b betting this will be pretty close to $400 before rebate… in the $379 range. That’s just what Tmo does.

    • eanfoso

      Which makes perfect sense, since they are the cheapest national carrier

  • dethduck
    • http://tmonews.com David

      For 2G, not UMTS.

      • dethduck

        Ah, I see.

  • eanfoso

    Finally!!! hopefully they will have more in stock and we won’t have a galaxy s3 situation lol

  • Paul

    I can’t buy my halloween costume until I know the release date and how much this bad-boy is gonna be!!

    • Paul

      :| Who can possibly “vote down” my comment?! I know you’re feeling it too! Unless you already have your costume…or didn’t get invited to a party. I kid, I kid.

      • nycplayboy78

        Props to both your comments Paul….Just some troll being an ASSHAT :)

        • Paul

          Troll on I say, troll on.

        • nycplayboy78

          Oh no Paul I don’t condone trolling or feeding of the trolls…I just said that one person who downed your comment must have been a troll :)

        • Paul

          OOOOoooo, the trolls are “booing” our conversation here!
          Srsly, I’d REALLY like to know when it’ll be available. I think I might go to the costume store just to look at prices and costumes. It’d REALLY help to know a general date.

        • thepanttherlady

          You could go as a disappointed Samsung fan. It’s free & you’ll still have the $ for the phone when it does release! =P Totally joking, of course!

        • Paul

          Ha ha, well played.
          What if I got an iphone and went an a iFan?

        • thepanttherlady

          Ohhhhhh….scary indeed!

  • thepanttherlady

    Ahhhh, some sunshine for my dreary day. :)

    • Chris

      nooo we need to know the release date and price!! Ahhh

      • thepanttherlady

        I absolutely agree BUT the fact that it’s finally on their site is the sunshine I needed. :)

        • nycplayboy78

          You’re my sunshine Panther Lady :)

  • Little T

    “Samsung innovation at it’s best,”

    • Bklynman

      Only for now. Until Apple gets one decide they stolen this idea from us. Soon they will be saying that they invented the internet,Al Gore better watch out!

  • Diego Vazquez

    For the Marble White it does show 1900 but I don’t see 850. For the Titanium Gray it shows 850 but not 1900 and they forgot the 700 bands.

    • http://tmonews.com David

      Ah, I didn’t even look at the Marble White.

      • Paul

        I’d REALLY like to know before I purchase, I’d like to get one that’s LTE ready.

        • achusaysblessyou

          This phone will have lte on T-Mobile if and when Tmo deploys their network. The question is hspa support on the 1900 band.

        • Paul

          I’d be okay with 42Mbps.

        • achusaysblessyou

          Same here, but I wouldn’t mind some lte goodness when Tmo releases it :-P

        • Paul

          Agreed.

        • farfromovin

          Very good question. We pretty much sealed the deal on HSPA+42 and future LTae but what about fauxG on 1900? I was just checking out the HTC J Butterfly and it seems like a Note 2 killer. BUT, its likeliness of being able to use on Tmo’s optimized network band in the near future are slim to none IMHO.

        • achusaysblessyou

          I wouldn’t consider the j butterfly to be a note killer. I don’t hate on HTC and I appreciate the fact that they’re using a 1080p panel, but the issues I have are 1) the name… wth is the J Butterfly? 2) 2020 mAH battery 3) no wacom powered stylii 4) nothing special other than its got a 5″ 1080p display.

          Had this convo on xda and truthfully, while the j butterfly is awesome for having a 1080p display, the lack of the s pen and its associated software suite and some other Samsung goodies from the s3, the probable sub par battery life (the note 2 has 3100 mAH battery and HTC hasn’t learned from the one x which had battery life issues), to me doesn’t make this phone a note 2 killer because it doesn’t have the necessary extras to justify it over say the lg nexus with the exact specs ( except screen and probably battery life)

        • thepanttherlady

          I’d like to add no removable battery and no expandable memory with 16GB being the max internal storage. No es bueno for me.

        • Paul

          If it can see a 64 gig card, I’m beyond golden. Otherwise, my 32 gig is totally fine.

        • thepanttherlady

          From what I read there is no expandable memory meaning no memory card and you’re stuck with 16GB internal memory. I stopped reading after that even though it lost me at “no removable battery”. LOL

        • Paul

          Thankfully the Note 2 says “16 GB Built-in Memory Plus MicroSD Slot
          expandable up to 48 GB with a MicroSD card.”

          No expandable memory is a deal breaker for me as well.

        • thepanttherlady

          I agree. Not getting the Note 2 isn’t an option for me but I tend to get a new phone every couple of months so was looking forward to a possible alternative with the J Butterfly down the road. Until I read those specs. *sad face* =D

      • 21stNow

        David, why does it matter if it has UMTS on the 1900MHz band? It’s a T-Mobile phone and for now, T-Mobile is keeping 3G/4G on the AWS band.

        • achusaysblessyou

          I believe that Tmo is reforming the 1900 so they can eventually use the 1700 for lte… at least that’s what I heard I may be wrong though

        • 21stNow

          I get that, but a total move from 3G/4G on the AWS band is still a while away. Maybe David is concerned about “future-proofing”, whereas I gave up on that concept a long time ago.

        • achusaysblessyou

          Yeah probably, but in any case, this is probably a typo as the white version lists the 1900 MHz. I guess we’ll have to wait til the official specs are out… or what it lists on the box :p

    • achusaysblessyou

      Good point, I hope they have all lol :p

      And I’m praying for a 24th release

  • mreveryphone

    Off contract price please.

  • Ford_Thundercougarfalconbird

    I’m in desperate need of a new phone anyway, and I’ve been waiting for this for a while. Now hurry up and take my money!

  • farfromovin

    Hopefully I can find a store with a grey model that will sell it to me for $650 (or less) on the 24th/25th.

  • tq745

    Good thing I bought through Costco with a 90 day return policy.

    • sirwilliam4

      the 90 day return policy serves as an in stote warranty. you arent going to be able to reverse a contract or an upgrade after 14 days

      • tq745

        You are right in a sense that I cannot reverse a contract, however, I can still exchange my phone and get the note 2 at the discounted two year price.

        • thepanttherlady

          Does COSTCO charge a restocking fee if you exchange your phone?

        • tq745

          No they dont

        • thepanttherlady

          Hmmm….think I may have to check into getting a membership then. Thank you!

        • sirwilliam4

          I work at costco in the wireless. There is no restocking fee. But you still arent going to be able to exchanhe your phone out for a different device after 14 days. Especially if nothing is wrong with the device. All of this is made clear at the time of purchase and is the same as a tmobile(wireless vision) store. other than no restocking fee and an instore new device replacement if the device is found deffective within 90 days.

        • thepanttherlady

          I thought it was an odd policy. Thank you for clarifying!

      • Yozo

        I understand the Costco 90 return policy, but the part about unable to reverse a contract or upgrade?

        Are you saying that at Costco, if you return your mobile for refund, after 14 days, you are still on-contract whether you have a mobile or not? I see people returning mobiles all the time at Costco.

        Upgrade?? Upgrade what, your plan or change a mobile?

        • yozo

          I found the answer on the Costco Wireless website. Yep after the Carriers refund policy expires after 14 days (CA 30 days), you are responsible for the contractual agreement that you read and signed, which will contain ETF(s) and subject to restocking fees. Shop for plans wisely. You are subject to ETF(s) if you want to change your plan after 14 days (CA 30 days).

          Anyone else know of a CON from purchasing a mobile from Costco.

        • thepanttherlady

          ETF = Early Termintion Fee. You do not incur these fees for changing your plan.

  • carloslacend

    Sprint announced his availability for the October 25 and tmo just says coming soon???

  • ccnet005

    Not soon enough!!!
    I was ready to lay down my benjamins a long time ago for this one!

  • GwapoAko

    Unlocked Galaxy Note 2 on ebay is now at $679.28.
    Hopefully Tmobile will sell this off-contract for $650 or $600

    • Mirad77

      That would be nice. Any more than $650 for me is to go for Nexus 4 or wait for Padfone 2 ( at least that would save me $40 a month on my GTab 10.1 on Tmo).

  • Yozo

    Anyone know if the TmoUSA Note2, will be exactly sized like the N7100 that Sprint and ATT will receive? I am shopping for Note2 cases/screen protector, so I can quickly protect it from scratches, as soon as I rip that Note2 box open. Seems eBay does not mention TmoUSA for Note2 cases when searching for them.

    • thepanttherlady

      I did a Google search last regarding this very thing and believe the size is the same from what I could find.