T-Mobile giving away Samsung Galaxy On5 and J7 to customers on select rate plans

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T-Mobile is sweetening this T-Mobile Tuesday with the announcement of a new promotion.

Starting tomorrow, July 13, T-Mobile will offer a free Samsung Galaxy smartphone to new and existing Simple Choice customers. To qualify, all lines on your account will need to be on at least a 6GB or 10GB rate plan at the current pricing. Customers on the 6GB rate plan can get the Samsung Galaxy On5 (shown above) for free, while customers on a 10GB or higher plan can get either the On5 or the Samsung Galaxy J7 (shown below).

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To get your free phone, you’ll need to enroll into an EIP for 24 months. You’ll be billed for the phone each month, and then you’ll receive a credit to cancel out that charge. Do keep in mind that you’ll still have to pay tax on the full price of the phone that you choose, and if you cancel service or switch to a lower rate plan before your 24 months are up, you’ll owe the remaining balance on the device. Finally, there’s a limit of 12 free phones per account.

This free Samsung phone promo will be available in T-Mobile stores as well as through authorized dealers and telesales. It’ll hit T-Mobile.com soon.

In addition to the Samsung offer, T-Mobile has a family plan deal that’ll get you four lines with 6GB of data for $120 per month. You can add more lines at a rate of $20 per month. With this promo, each line would be eligible for a free Galaxy On5.

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  • Verizonthunder

    What about current customers on unlimited data plan?

    • Ascertion

      We currently enjoy having the best price/GB rate on a good network. I’ll take that over a free low-end phone. The 2/$100 and 4/$150 price is unbeatable.

      • Ryan

        Very true. Stick with that!

    • Francisco Peña

      “To qualify, all lines on your account will need to be on at least a 6GB or 10GB rate plan at the current pricing. Customers on the 6GB rate plan can get the Samsung Galaxy On5 (shown above) for free, while customers on a 10GB or higher plan can get either the On5 or the Samsung Galaxy J7 (shown below).”

      You have to be on at least a 6GB plan. unlimited qualifies. I’ll pass as I have a better G4 and I’m waiting for better Back to School deals.

      • Ryan

        This is the currently back to school deal.

    • Ryan

      It’s currently only for people who would want to be on the 6gb or 10gb plan.

  • kpb321

    I wonder if the recent 6gb 2 line family plan for $80 will qualify? It’s not their current standard pricing but it’s also not some old legacy plan either.

    Do you have to actually use the phone or can I just activate it and then switch back to my iPhone 6s? I have no desire to use a low end android phone as my primary phone but as a free mp3 player I might go for it.

    Anyone know if it will require a sim starter kit when you order it?

    • Chuck E Cheese

      I spoke with CSI rep. In order to qualify no phones on your account can be on an active EIP. Plan. So in your case if your iPhone 6s us on EIP you would have to pay it off before you can get one if these free phones. Also I asked about getting one of these phones for a new line (so would not have phone payment) and they said I could not get the phone for free because my other lines were on active agreements.

      What a joke! This offer is only good if you are new customer or existing who already owns their phones 100% paid off.

      • kpb321

        My 6s is not on EIP but my wife’s Z1S is. It makes sense that they wouldn’t let you have multiple EIPs on the same line but I don’t see why all lines on a family plan would need to be clear of EIP. If I can’t get it I won’t be broken up about it but I wasn’t going to complain about a free phone to use as a backup/MP3 player.

        • Ryan

          In other words, You can only have one EIP at a time. So if you Jump to the on5 or j7 you would only have one.

      • Nittany Lion

        Only the lines that want to take advantage of the offer cannot have active EIP on them. So if you have 4 lines on your account and just the 4th line has an active EIP, the other 3 lines can get the promo but the 4th line that has an active EIP must pay off the EIP balance if they want to take advantage. The offer is so new, the CS reps haven’t had a chance to be trained on it yet. I’m a T-Mobile employee that has been trained on this offer so what I’m telling you is correct, I brought up this same question to our trainer.

        • Estéban

          I qualify for this, but If I get the phone and start a new EIP, and pay it off immediately, will I continue to have the credit for 24 months?

        • Estéban

          I’ll answer my own question, CS says you need to keep the EIP active to receive the credit for it.

        • pseudoswede

          That’s no fun.

        • Ryan

          No, You would not get a credit for a device that is not on a active EIP.

        • A|E

          sound like AT&T Verizon, FREE Galaxy S7 /7edge
          credit back to account.

  • TaekwonBo

    Already have a 6GB plan. If all I need to do is pay taxes, I’ll do it. Makes a great low cost back up or music maybe low-end gaming to free up some space on my primary.

    • Kris

      This is what I was planning to do. Can anyone confirm that the J7 has band 12 capability? I know the site says it does but I wanted to make sure.

      • Daniel Marchand

        It does

  • kevev

    “and if you cancel service or switch to a lower rate plan before your 24 months are up, you’ll owe the remaining balance on the device.”

    How is this not a phone contract? It sounds like T-Mobile is going back to “Carrier” status. Can someone explain to us otherwise?

    • Prode

      all of the promos lately are like this. T-Mobile isn’t just going to hand out something and not get something back. I do agree that it is very carrier like and not uncarrier like. If you are looking to upgrade from a old phone or maybe join T-Mobile and want to save some money this promo can help you with that. Most ppl are on the 6gb or 10gb promo plans anyway so this works out for them.

      • Acdc1a

        I like free and I’m probably not going anywhere in the next 2 years. That said it sucks to be tied to one of these lower end devices for 2 years.

        • kevev

          I agree it is a good deal for some. But it should not be pushed as a “Free” phone. There are strings attached which is a contract. Kinda weird for a company that says they did away with contracts. :)

        • pseudoswede

          Do you also get mad at companies that advertise a $15 item for free* (*after $15 mail-in rebate)?

          Think of it this way: they are giving you a $120/$240 phone for just the price of sales tax. In fact, it’s a 24-month, interest-free loan. On top of that, they are making the loan payments for you–as long as you remain a T-Mobile customer for those 24 months.

          If you loan $240 to a friend, and you both agree he can pay you back $10 every month for the next 24 months. After the sixth month, he stops paying you. Do you just say okay, that’s fine?

        • Martha Murphy

          But when you have to pay $960 more for the same service you already have its cheaper to just buy the phone.

        • Prode

          Get jump upgrade in 12 months

    • It’s the same as any EIP. It’s not a “contract” in the traditional sense because your phone charges aren’t built into the plan. I thought it was very uncarrier at first as well, but then realized it’s no different than what they’re doing now with other EIP’s. It’s just that if you don’t want to buy, say, an S7, you can get this instead, but they can’t give you a “free” phone (because you could then cancel service and keep the phone), so they’ll let you keep it as long as you have service with them. If you cancel, it’s not like you have ETF’s, you just have to pay off the rest of the phone.

      Basically, think of it as a way of having a free phone while you have service with T-Mobile, but you *are* on the hook for the phone itself if you cancel service. No other ETF’s.

  • HeatFan786

    This could be a pilot program to see if T-Mobile will bring back contracts (in a way).

    • SirStephenH

      This is the same as every other freebee in the past. No carrier is going to just give you a device with zero strings attached.

      • Acdc1a

        I have to agree. That doesn’t make it a good program or un-carrier though.

        • pseudoswede

          You could always pay it off immediately, flip it on Craigslist/Swappa, and enjoy the monthly discount. (Edited to add: nevermind. It won’t work, as noted below.)

  • pseudoswede

    I have an awesome, grandfathered feature (stateside unlimited international talk (landline and mobile) & text for $10 for all lines on my account). I’ve been told that I cannot move this to a new plan. Has anyone else been able to move such a grandfathered feature to a new plan?

    • Daniel Marchand

      Same issue asked a couple times… Only way around adding it back on at $10/line is to go back to VOIP (hangouts, skype, etc.) for international communication.

      The reason they get away with not grandfathering is it’s setup as an add-on feature tied directly to that specific plan which stinks.

  • Guest

    Does this mean the current 6GB and 10GB plans can subsidize a $100 and $200 phones in 2 year… 24 months?

  • Josh Warfel

    Does anyone know if the 4 x 10GB for $120 is considered a “current” plan and therefore eligible for this promotion?

    • Dan D

      I’m on it and got a free J7 yesterday.

      • Martha Murphy

        Was you able to get it and keep the $120 plan or did it go up to $160

        • Josh Warfel

          Just upgraded, and was told I qualified for the free J7. I’m on the 4 x 10GB for $120 plan.

      • Harris

        Were you on the 4x10GB for $120 plan? If so, did you have to upgrade to the higher price to get the free J7?

      • Debbie Beck Babin

        Are you receiving the $10 credit each month?

    • DominiMMIV

      I am on it and ordered 2 J7’s last night ☺️

      • Martha Murphy

        Did you get it for the $120 plan or did you have to go up to the $160 plan

        • Josh Warfel

          I just upgraded, and was told I qualified for the free J7. I’m on the 4 x 10GB for $120 plan.

        • DominiMMIV

          Wow never got your responses so a little late… No stayed on my 120 plan 10 gigs for all, 4 lines. And got them… However later found out it wasnt eligible. Quick email to the ceo fixed that.. Ended up getting both for actual free, they cleared the EIP. I’m happy!

        • Debbie Beck Babin

          I am having the same problem. I was told I was eligible but never received the $10 credit for the three phones in three months. I was credited $90 dollars and then when I called the next month and told them that the credit never came she then said I wasn’t eligible. What is the email for the CEO?

      • Harris

        @DominiMMIV:disqus Were you on the 4x10GB for $120 plan? If so, did you have to upgrade to the higher price to get the free J7’s?

    • Martha Murphy

      I just tried to get one and was told that I can’t get it on the 4 × 10 for $120. Was told I have to get 4 × 10 for $160. This doesn’t amount to a free phone. I would be paying $960 more for the 2 years required and can only get 3 phones since I’m already on eip with one line.That’s $320 I will pay for each phone and the phones are cheaper than that if I just outright buy them. No deal.

      • Josh Warfel

        Try calling back, and providing them with promotion DOC of 422037. Apparently they have two sets of requirements they can use to qualify you. I have the 4 x 10GB for $120 plan, and the rep said I was good to go for the free J7. They indicated they thoroughly noted the account in case of problems later. I called and checked with another rep to verify, just to make sure.

    • George Gonsalves

      Apparently not!
      Both the instore and phone reps said plan had to be upgraded to a new costlier plan. Not worth the free-bee phone…

  • bravomatador

    Just found out that if you are on the new $80 6Gb for 2 lines, you will not be eligible for the free Galaxy On5

    • Craig

      Thanks – was wondering the same.

    • TaekwonBo

      I have the 2×80 6GB plan and went into a TMO store and they said I was eligible. I also called after picking them up and they confirmed what I did and when I would see the credits. I do read and try to follow the fine print Terms and Condition and I don’t see anything that would make me ineligible.

      • bravomatador

        Ok, cool thanks! I was told this by a chat representative. From all I have read it was “current” pricing and since I am on promo pricing it would make sense that I would not be eligible. I will go to a store tomorrow and see what I find out.

        • TaekwonBo

          I reviewed my 6GB T-Mobile plan online and although it says Promo by the name there isn’t another option to switch to non promo plan

      • Craig

        Interesting – I wonder if this would apply to me with the $70 2x6GB promo plan. Anyone know for sure? I guess I should just go into the store and find out, but would be nice to confirm it first.

  • Craig

    I’m on the recent promo – 2 lines with 6GB each for $70. Do I qualify for this promo?

    The wording of the promo mentions “current pricing”, which I’m not sure qualifies me.

    “Any T-Mobile postpaid customer with qualifying credit on a 6GB rate plan at our current pricing will be eligible for a free Samsung Galaxy On5…”

    EDIT: nevermind, the post just below mine answers my question. Thanks.

  • Shadowleo

    Not worth it. I have the unlimited 2 lines for 120 which just so happened to be grand fathered as up yep you guessed it today…. so we aren’t eligible for the promotion… 11 years and T-Mobile still Dick’s over its longest customers with shady promotions like this.

  • Shadowleo

    Owe and you have to pay off your current eip to qualify… BS. They never stick by their long time customers.

    • Jose Hernandez

      What is wrong with that? You have to pay off one phone before you can get another one. common sense.

  • TaekwonBo

    Picked up five On5 devices. I already had a 6GB plan and I don’t plan on leaving T-Mobile in the next 24m so the bill credits wont bother me. Planning on making this a backup/media device. Storage is super low w/8GB and 4.30 already used. I’ll find a way to make it usefull.

    • Guest

      I use an old phone as an alarm clock.

    • bravomatador

      yeah, I am going to pick one up. Do they make you switch SIM cards and activate in store? I have an iPhone and would just like this for a backup device.

      • TaekwonBo

        They offered to activate but I declined. I took them home in the sealed box. It was pretty seamless at my store.

        • bravomatador

          I went to the store and they told me it was only if I added a line and I questioned it and she was persistent. Just ordered the phone via phone and having it shipped without adding a line. Wish the store reps were better trained–not the first time I have had a issue with reps being clueless. But a pretty sweet deal on a backup phone.

        • Jose Hernandez

          She was probably just trying to get commission on the new line. Sad really

  • Muhammad Ali

    JUst get off the phone with CSR who confirm to me that my 4/$150 unlimited plan is not eligible for this promo.I have to switch to 4/$220 to take advantage of this. Not worth it since I would pay $1700+ extra in 2 yrs(after factoring in additional taxes).T-mobile doesnot care about its loyal customer

    • Jose Hernandez

      I just had the same thing happen to me, but I went to an actual store. This is crap. They should have told me this from the beginning. They can try to pry my 4/$150.00 unlimited plan all they want. I plan to keep this for as long as I can.

  • NardVa

    8GB phones are a useless in 2016. Only about 3-4 GB is usable.