T-Mobile Buy One, Get One 50 percent off smartphone promo kicking off tomorrow

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After ending 2015 with some Un-carrier Unwrapped gifts for T-Mobile customers and switchers, it looks like T-Mo is planning to kick off 2016 with a new hardware promotion.

According to some photos sent in by a tipster, T-Mobile is going to launch a new Buy One, Get One promo tomorrow, January 27. With this deal, folks that buy one qualifying smartphone can get another for half off. The phones that qualify for the deal include the Samsung Galaxy S6, Samsung Galaxy S6 edge, Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+, Samsung Galaxy Note 5, LG G4, LG V10, iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6 Plus, and iPhone 6s Plus. So, for example, you can get a 16GB iPhone 6s Plus for $749.99 and then a second 6s Plus for $374.99, or an LG G4 for $399.99 and a second G4 for $199.99

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Whichever devices you choose, you’ll need to buy them with an equipment installment plan or for full retail price. The documents also note that T-Mobile requires an active line on each device sold and that, if you return a device, you’ll forfeit the 50 percent off price on the other phone.

Other tidbits to know about this offer include that it’s available to both new and existing customers and that the offer isn’t available for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) handsets. Also noted in the docs is that the half-off discount will be applied to the less expensive phone and that customers can’t mix and match phone manufacturers. “For example, Apple to Apple is okay. Apple to Samsung is not okay,” one document reads.

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This BOGO promo is slated to launch Wednesday, January 27, and right now there’s no word on when it might end. Based on what we know so far, it sounds like a good deal for folks that are interested in getting a new phone for themselves and a loved one. What’s nice is that it includes most of the high-end smartphones available today, like the iPhone 6s and LG V10. There are some aspects of the deal that are disappointing, like the fact that the BlackBerry Priv isn’t included and that there’s nothing here for JUMP! On Demand customers, but overall this promo looks like a nice way for T-Mo to start 2016.

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  • patt

    If someone is looking to get new phones for minimum of 2 people on a family plan or something this is actually nice!

    • Verizonthunder

      True, for the rest look at Swappa for deals

  • Luis E

    Did anyone see where it says up to 650 or more per line? I’m confused by that, up to 650.00 for a phone worth more than 650, or more than 650 for a phone worth more than 650?

    • Alex Wagner

      In the third image? It says that T-Mobile will pay up to $650 to cover the switching fees of customers that come to T-Mo from another carrier.

  • Jose Lugo

    this looks like a good deal! might be time to upgrade.

  • riverhorse

    LG ZV10 = $599 + $299.50…@$900…

    • Verizonthunder

      I have the LG V10 great device but suffers from bad battery life. Waiting for Zerolemon to release extended battery which will be released next month or March. If too pricy check Swappa.

  • 21stNow

    Just when I thought that I might be included (full-price), they exclude me again by requiring an active line per device. Boo!

    Wait a minute-I don’t see an exclusion for prepaid customers on this. Maybe I can do this after all.

  • mreveryphone

    Looks like it’s the ole first of the year clear out the old inventory for the new coming in promo!

    • Verizonthunder

      Yep next month is MWC which stands for Mobile World Congress. The real international mobile world gathering. Samsung and LG will announce there flag ship devices there. Already seen leak shots of Samsung galaxy S7 and LG G5

      • mreveryphone

        OH YES!!! I know all about that! Hence my name lol. If the S7 has sd slot then LG can forget about it!!!

        • Verizonthunder

          Hey don’t knock LG at least gave us a removable battery, promotion for free sd card and spare battery. Also Price I cannot complain about the quality with my LG V10. Samsung needs to step it up.

        • mreveryphone

          I had the V10 and returned it. I now understand why they added the free battery promo… The battery sucked!!! I couldn’t make it through a whole day. I make it through a whole say with my s6 edge plus! Quality of the S6 and Note 5 is now up to par… The V10 did have a nice build quality, I’ll give it that. The second screen was placed wrong…If it was at the bottom then it would have made it more usable. And OLED LG lol. Samsung has stepped it up, but I doubt we’ll see removable battery in any of their devices going forward. But with their battery management we really don’t need it.

        • Verizonthunder

          Samsung suffers the same fate and very aggressive user sorry LG still wins this one for swappable battery. I will agree with the second screen I find it someone annoying at times especially when playing an MMORPG game on my device. LG was the first to create OLED then Samsung allegedly stole trade secrets that’s why there was a major lawsuit and bad blood between the two LG & Samsung. Its very personal between the two. Also LG was the first to come up with flexible displays and curved devices. LG is also the only company to release a Curved OLED 4k television in the USA at the time. Removing one of there greatest features that made them a popular brand for android os was removable battery sorry Samsung loss big time; if you saw any tech news lately Samsung is taking a massive hit from Apple, Chinese companies, and LG in critical markets.

        • mreveryphone

          I gotta go with OLED in my phone I can’t do LCD. I bought a portable charger since I travel a lot but really haven’t had to use it with my edge plus. The battery management is just that good, so removable battery is not that important to me much anymore. Yes I did see that…I think that’s why they are focusing on those lower end devices. If you’ve seen the Honor 5x, it epitomizes the lower end of smart phones!

        • Verizonthunder

          Uhh do you realize Samsung uses a fancy word AMOLED screen which is not OLED. Its a modified screen that is custom to Samsung.

        • mreveryphone

          Definitely aware… And it’s AMAZING!!! I’m not new to this man lol

        • Verizonthunder

          Glad to see you know its AMOLED which is not OLED two completely different types.

        • mreveryphone

          Indeed…

  • Adam

    Contracts and device subsidies again. I’m sick of paying for your phone.

    • Verizonthunder

      High end smartphones are not free. You pay for it in the plan you select with a two year agreement; do you really think an iPhone or Samsung galaxy device is free??? Maybe you should look at other options like swappa.

      • Adam

        My complaint is people that use swappa are subsidizing people who use this promo.

        • Verizonthunder

          I use swappa you can get a great deal on a used or mint device. Uses paypal and you save money in the long run. You can also get tablets and smartwatches there too.

    • davidcmal

      I’m not sure that this is T-Mobile subsidizing the 25%. I think it is T-Mobile maybe selling the phone near cost instead of marking it up.

      • Adam

        I may have misinterpreted this promo. When I originally read about it, I assume “active line” had some time requirement, but now I am not sure what active line means.

  • J Cav the Great

    Just spoke to my buddy (Branch Manager) at my local store, he has yet to receive an email regarding this Promo… And it’s supposed to launch tomorrow??

    • eanfoso

      Jussaying, but your buddy may not work for t mobile but rather a third party company? Happens quite often that those in non corporate stores are misinformed about a promotion.

      • J Cav the Great

        Right, but he works at a corporate store. Trust me, I’d think I know the difference from an authorized retailer and a corporate branch.

        • Android_God

          It sounds like he works for an authorized retailer.

        • J Cav the Great

          How are you getting that? Where did i say it was a authorized retailer?

    • KOLIO

      Just back from visiting a T-Mobile store,it is definitely on,heard about it from the store manager,before reading it here.Definitely starting tomorrow,1/27/2016

      • J Cav the Great

        Cool..sounds good..imma hit him up again then.

        • KOLIO

          I doubt if I take advantage of the BOGO,I do not have,or need,another line of service for the 2nd phone.
          A good opportunity for multi-line customers to upgrade with some decent savings.

        • J Cav the Great

          We have 4 lines, but i just found out my brother broke his LG G3, so now gotta shell out $180 for replacement.. Always someone who’s gotta mess it up..That 128GB GS6 is enticing tho…then again…The GS7…choices, choices..ugh!

  • J Cav the Great

    I am waiting for the Galaxy S7, but I will say…a 64GB Galaxy S6 Edge for Under $500 sounds nice …..

    But still will wait for S7

  • ITALIANNYC

    All I want to do is JUMP my galaxy edge for an iphone 6s 64gb with no downpayment.. But nope, can’t get it

    • Andrew Singleton

      OMG me too! I asked them to build a steel rollercoaster in my backyard and the rep was all, “no.” Like, HELLO? I’M A LONG TIME CUSTOMER. ugh

      • eanfoso

        I hadn’t laugh from sarcasm in a while haha thanks!

      • Steven

        Well Played

  • Too bad I can’t mix and match, that would be so nice!

  • Benbeb

    Nexus 6 249$ and no need for bogo

  • steveb944

    Dang, too bad BlackBerry isn’t included. At least LG made it on there.

  • JLV90

    Can’t mix and match manufacturers that’s silly what’s the point of blocking that?

    • gmo8492

      They got in trouble with BlackBerry by doing a trade in promotion a while back. They saw it as anticompetitive and pulled their phones from store shelves. So you really don’t want to piss off one manufacturer over the other by switching platforms.

      • TSON1

        That’s a little different. That promotion was ONLY for people with Blackberrys and ONLY helped to buy a non-Blackberry. This isn’t really anything like that.

    • Dominique Wilson

      If the phone makers are going to take a hit on revenue of selling a device, they at least want you to buy one at full price.

  • Ordeith

    Choice limited to the Verizon and ATT of phone OSes, courtesy of T-Mobile.
    Keep the duopoly alive.

    • Android_God

      What’s stopping Windows?

      • Ordeith

        Ask Legere.

        • Android_God

          Can I borrow your tinfoil hat?

        • Ordeith

          Tinfoil won’t do you much good when you lack the ability to use your mind.

      • maximus1901

        Market realities.

    • (J²)

      T-Mobile has go to focus on what brings in subscribers and revenue. The truth is, iPhones and Androids sell really well – the other platforms struggle. T-Mobile isn’t in a position to unnecessarily gamble with its finances. A few years ago, Windows Phones and Blackberry’s were heavily pushed only for companies and carriers to have to mark them down and write them off.

      The more of these low demand devices T-Mobile invest in, the greater the loss could be. For DT to keep T-Mobile off the M&A table, T-Mobile has to keep a happy balance between satisfying shareholders/wall street and customers.

      Just look at RIM, the company that too way too many risks to “satisfy customers” – clearly not the brightest business model.

      Whether you are a fan or not, it truly wouldn’t be the best investment. Besides, nothing is preventing those who wish to purchase their device elsewhere and “BYOD”.

      • maximus1901

        Awwww. That’s cute. You ACTUALLY think DT DOESNT want to sell TMO.

        Vzw and att pay out a few billion in dividends PER QUARTER to their investors; TMO pays nothing. NOTHING PER YEAR.

        And you think DT WANTS to keep $20B locked up in TMO with ZERO return?

        • (J²)

          If you actually follow DT, they’ve actually stated they have no interest in selling T-Mobile at this time and that the US arm is a big source of revenue for them now.

          You know, if you just perform a Google search……. You’d be able to verify what was stated instead of spewing nonsense in a very impulsive manner. I would say “Aww that’s cute” but its actually quite pathetic.

        • maximus1901

          “DT said”? Really? No company has ever lied about merger intentions? Like ever? Lol.

          Of course DT is gonna say all is well. Why else can they say?

          What do you think DT would prefer:
          1) a $20-30B payday TODAY

          OR

          2) many more quarters of ZERO dividends and MAYBE positive dividends SOMETIME in the future that will never be near as large as att vzw.

        • (J²)

          Actually, companies don’t hide their interest M&A. Of course, companies aren’t going to publicize every detail surrounding future M&A deals because as we’ve seen things change. If Bob shows up at your house and offers you one million dollars I’m sure you’d agree even if you had no interest in selling your home. Does that make you a liar? *rhetorical question*.

          Both points (1 & 2) could be the case WITH ANY COMPANY. It’s INVESTING 101…

          Why are you comparing Verizon or AT&T to T-Mobile? Not comparable… Pointless argument!

          Do you need some to argue with? I know where this is going with each of my factual responses you are going to pull opinions from out the ass for the remainder of the night. You will believe whatever you want and I’m sure at this point, whatever will help you sleep at night. So I’m done here…

      • Ordeith

        Android was once in a worse position that Windows or even blackberry is now. And T-Mobile pushed it. Hard.

        But I suppose T-Mobile would like it if people just stick with the carriers that had coverage and building penetration. We should all follow T-Mobile’s duopoly desires and use either AT&T or Verizon without giving any other players a chance, no matter how good they might be.

        • (J²)

          T-Mobile has been behind Blackberry too at one point in the distant past.

          I do feel that this is an Apples to Oranges comparison. Pushing a new OS and an old OS are 2 different things. It’s arguable that iOS wasn’t a runaway success, initially. In fact, it could have gone either way.

          Other platforms have received support from carriers and its unfortunate but some platforms just aren’t that popular. It’s a business, nothing personal. This is actually across the board, if something doesn’t sell well it eventually is dropped or discontinued. It becomes costly to carry and sell items that aren’t in demand.

          But with more freedom – unlocking and BYOD, I feel as if carriers don’t feel pressured to offer low demand devices.

  • Mo

    They may be clearing out inventory for new flagship phones to be released but this is still an ok deal if you have the big bucks to spend. If you can get past the big name brands of apple and Samsung you may find the best deals with a google, Motorola or even 1plus phone. Would love all the bells and whistles in a new big name brand phone but not about to spend $6-700.

    • Android_God

      Ya, the V10 and Note 5 are ancient

      • james

        Both are great phones

    • (J²)

      or it could be geared towards Valentines day?

    • David Bowline

      Since T-Mobile doesn’t sell Nexus, Moto or One Plus phones, you can pretty much rule thatbidea out.

  • Nionx

    No Blackberry Priv….sigh

    • Tory Harmon

      Just added it today. But why would you want that?

      • Nionx

        Been dying for a device with a physical qwerty keyboard to replace my Dell Venue Pro and add it to my collection. I had hoped it would be a Windows phone but the Priv will do.

  • Jay J. Blanco

    Nice

  • Thorhand

    Anyone knows if T-Mobile sells you an unlocked iPhone at full retail price or do they still lock the phones just like equipment installment plans?

    • JR

      The phone will still be locked under their service. You can get it unlocked by using that phone under T-mobile service for 40 days.

      • No. If you pay in full on any EIP it automatically unlocks now when you call Care.

    • (J²)

      T-Mobile will unlock any device that is paid in full or per its recent ‘Coverage Guarantee” initiative. There’s no waiting period.

      If you purchase the device at full retail price and have active service they should be able to submit the unlock request that same day – It may take a few business days to process.

      As a T-Mobile customer, I’ve had 4 devices unlocked since 2014.

      • Deborah Kramer

        I want to buy a phone in full and then get it unlocked so I can use it with another carrier, Ting. They have told me repeatedly that I would have to have it active for 40 days on their postpaid plan, which would cost me $100.

        • (J²)

          Just found the “official” unlocking policy!

          http://www.t-mobile.com/company/companyinfo.aspx?tp=Abt_Tab_CompanySimUnlockPolicy

          The only devices I’ve had unlocked within the first 40 days of purchase are in accordance with the “Coverage Guarantee” guidelines. Also, the fact that I was a customers with multiple lines for some time may have encourage them to make an exception.

          To an extent, it makes sense. T-Mobile doesn’t gain much from devices, they earn their money by selling service.

          Depending on the phone, you could try to have it unlocked through a 3rd party. Previously, unlocking and flashing were done by 3rd parties when carriers prohibited this.

  • Dudebromosapian

    Unbelievable. Literally bought a V10 a week ago. Just great. Buttholes.

    • Gee

      Calm down lol. If ur within ur 14 days (return period) u can return it then repurchase that exact same phone then u will qualify for the bogo, but remember that second phone has to be an lg, so another v10 or g4 would work..

      • Don’t forget the $50 “Fee” the aholes will charge him!

        • Gee

          honestly they shouldn’t since he’s keeping the same phone, but if they wanna be assholes they may try.

    • MuffinMan

      dude … you must be so butt hurt.

  • PiCASSiMO

    Although I did purchase my G4 for $325, still a good deal on two LG G4s… $300 each.

  • Neoprimal

    I don’t understand the whole no JUMP thing.

    So, I’m on JUMP. I won’t be able to turn in my JUMP device and then get 2 devices this way?

    It’s time for my wife to get a phone – she usually gets my hand me downs as she isn’t as tech savvy, but she’s come a LONG way and I think she’d appreciate a new device. She needs a great camera and who doesn’t want speed; I need that plus size and storage. I figured that instead of giving her my Note 4 (which has just recently been turned into a good device with the 5.1.1 update), I’d get 2 new phones when the time came. I was planning for March when the new S7s are rumored to hit, but I wouldn’t be opposed to just getting an S6 Edge+ and an S6 Edge right now or maybe even switch reluctantly to iPhones.

    Does this mean I can’t do this?

    • Boomboy007

      You absolutely can. It was the Jump On Demand (lease) to which they were referring. Regular Jump is fine.

      • Neoprimal

        Thank You :)

      • james

        Yes

    • Your Mi Boy Blu

      “Jump” is just a glorified insurance plan that also allows you to upgrade and renew for another 2 year term payment plan.

      On our phone account, $58 of the bill goes towards Jump fees.

      So I did some research. For $45 additional per month, my homeowners insurance agent will cover $10,000 of electronics (including the 4K TV, home laptops and computers) with a deductible that’s 1/3 the amount T-Mobile requires if we ever need to file a claim…

      Might make sense if you have only one phone, but otherwise, Jump is expensive for what it does. It’s too bad that it’s required on most plans.

      • Andrew Singleton

        The paid jump feature is absolutely never required under any circumstances. The jump on demand program is free and included with any leased device, but does not include insurance.

        • Your Mi Boy Blu

          Yep. Called T-Mobile, the customer service reps said it was still required.

          Andrew Singleton, you remind me of William Dean Singleton. Do you have any relation? Your both white.

        • ITALIANNYC

          I have jump 1. It includes my total protection insurance, and lets me have 2 upgrades a year. For the protection alone, its worth the 10 dollars.

        • Andrew Singleton

          The paid jump feature is absolutely never required under any circumstances.

      • Neoprimal

        I’m on the original JUMP.

        The S7 has now thrown a wrench into everything.

        I may just get her a Moto X Pure and get the upgrade to replace my Note 4 when the S7 comes out. It isn’t likely they’ll let me upgrade now and then 2 months later and keep the discount I’d have gotten on the second phone. I’m also not sure the 1/2ed cost of the Edge (which is what I’d get for her now) is worth the regret of not getting my hands on the S7 if it’s all it’s chalked up to be.

        Decisions, decisions!

    • james

      Depends on what jump you are on it will work on the original jump

    • james

      Jump is ok jump on demand is a lease

  • Bighorner

    This deal is really not as good as they make it sound. If you have to buy one phone at retail value to get the second phone for 50% off, then it’s really like you’re getting 25% off each phone when you buy 2 devices. 25% would be fine if you didn’t need to buy two devices, but the fact that you do makes it a not-so-great deal.

    • Philip

      Yes need to get 2 phones.

    • David Nguyen

      Do you tell yourself the same thing when it comes to clothes, food, and other electronics as well? If you do.. Thing you’re seeing marketing the wrong way.

  • Philip

    It’s the 27th and I dont see it on tmo site.

    • Philip

      Log in also. I dont see where you can add two phones. I can only do one phone purchase at a time.

      • james

        Store or Tele

  • D S

    It’s a fake? I don’t see the deal on there site as well

    • james

      Store only if upgrading if new tele

  • Eric Jones

    So where I’m stuck at. With 2 lines. 2 iPhone 6S 16GB. Can T-Mobile do a price adjustment like they do in clothing retail stores if you keep the receipt? Yes/no?

  • james

    Jump and jump on demand are diff. Original jump customers can do it ones a lease the other isn’t.