(Update) T-Mobile Changes Some Pricing Around, Drops Galaxy S 4 Down Payment To $99

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Update: T-Mobile just announced the price drop, full announcement below!

A bit of good news this morning for future Galaxy S 4 owners as T-Mobile drops the down payment to $99/$20 per month from $149. Oh but that’s not all as the Galaxy Note II drops to $169.99 down/$20 per month and the Galaxy S III to $49.99 down and $20 per month. The iPhone 4 (available in select areas) and LG Optimus L9 are also seeing some changes but our attention is really on the Galaxy S 4. No explanation has been provided for the price change and there’s no sign whether this is a limited time change, though I suspect it’s permanent. Still, the change itself reminds us that arguably the best Android phone on T-Mobile just got a bit cheaper. You won’t complain about that, will you? WILL YOU?

Wanted to share the latest Un-carrier move from T-Mobile, offering the highly popular Samsung Galaxy S 4 at the low upfront price of $99.99 down, plus 24 monthly payments of $20. This limited-time promotion is available starting today, June 12, through July 13, 2013, and allows consumers to get the device for less upfront at activation than at the other major national carriers.

“People told us we’d be crazy to drop our price on the hot-selling Galaxy S 4 when we already offer such a low-out-of-pocket cost — so we did it,” said Mike Sievert, chief marketing officer, T-Mobile US. “Some of our competitors require customers to sign a restrictive two year service contract or participate in a complicated trade-in scheme to get to their advertised price. We decided to just give customers the phone they want at the out of pocket cost they are asking for. That’s what you strive to do when you are America’s Un-carrier.”

In addition to the Galaxy S 4, T-Mobile is lowering the upfront costs for two more highly desirable Samsung 4G LTE devices. For well-qualified customers, the Samsung Galaxy Note® II will be available at $169.99 down, plus 24 monthly payments of $20 and the Samsung Galaxy S® III will be available for $49.99 down, plus 24 monthly payments of $20. When combined with T-Mobile’s Simple Choice Plan, customers will have access to the latest 4G LTE smartphones, as well as unlimited data, at a price point that’s sure to meet the needs of a variety of budgets.


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  • Could it possibly be an attempt to make sure it sells after the Xperia Z is released?

    • unknown

      The xperia z is not that serious.

      • thepanttherlady

        *gasp* Bite your tongue! :)

        • TechHog

          Don’t tell him to do that! That’s really painful! D:

        • thepanttherlady

          You guys never let me have any fun!

        • Zacamandapio


  • VG

    Does this mean that the iPhone 5 and the Note 2 are the only Tmo phones with a down payment > $100? Interesting that the iPhone 5 is now approaching 9 months since initial release and it is one of the most expensive smartphones on TMo … sounds like those waiting for the iPhone 5s will be waiting a long, long time.

  • Ronnie Miller

    Now that the S4 is $99, I might jump on it right away. I just don’t wanna be stuck by finding out iPhone 5s comes out in two or three months because I’d rather get that. The iOS7 looks pretty damn awesome.

  • Chris Drudge

    So the S4 is $649 if you just buy it, but $579 if you have a qualifying rate plan? I guess not subsidizing phone purchases didn’t last that long.

    • Get_at_Me

      Its been that way since the new plans started in march

  • quint f

    I just paid 150 yesterday


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  • JaswinderSinghJammu

    So I got a S4 less than 30 days ago and pull price $629 instead of the $579..Do i get a refund of the difference? Price match anyone?

    • hurrpancakes

      I think the default is 15 days for a return, but in California it’s 30 days. Try giving the store you bought it from a call and see what they say

      • thepanttherlady

        Does T-Mobile price match after a purchase? I’ve known them to do so at the time of purchase but never after which is why I’m asking.

        Also, if the OP returns it to get the “better” pricing there will be a $50 restocking fee. Not sure that fee plus the difference in tax (if applicable) would be worth it.

        • David Lebron

          With the new NAC plans, there is no discount on phones. The restocking fee, unfortunately, will apply – making it the same price either way

        • abc

          If you’re an employee at Tmo, then you know this is total BS and your explanation made no sense. If someone purchased the phone at the higher price and there was a price drop within the buyers remorse period 15/30 days, the customer should get a refund of the difference. If the system kicks in a restocking fee, the fee should be waived. Obviously the item is not being returned and nothing is being “restocked.” Isn’t that obvious? If Tmo employees don’t waive a fee out of common sense and courtesy for a fee which shouldn’t apply in the first place, then I hope a consumer watch group comes down on you guys harshly.

        • Pikachu

          Right from our return policy.

          Refunds and Exchanges:

          You must return your Device in its package with all original contents, undamaged and in good working condition and you must provide the original receipt. You must return all Devices to the Sales Channel through which you received the Device. All Devices received as part of a promotional offer

          (e.g.,“Buy One Get One” etc.) must be returned for a refund or exchange. Limited Edition and other Devices may not be refunded or exchanged. You will also be required to pay a restocking fee as follows: The restocking fee shall be $75 for advanced, data-focused devices that are designed for Web browsing (e.g., tablets, netbooks); the restocking fee shall be $50 for “smart phone” devices, which are high-end phones that are designed for Web and social media use in addition to standard phone features such as voice and text messaging (e.g., myTouch devices,Samsung Vibrant/Galaxy devices); and for all other devices, the restocking fee shall be $25 (e.g., basic phone devices, data sticks).

          To quote you:
          “If the system kicks in the restocking fee”

          The fact is, it DOES kick in AUTOMATICALLY on any device return, because to be honest, there ARE restocking fees. Unfortunately my friend, fees are everywhere and are designed to just straight up make money. The fee CAN be waived for buyers remorse/ t-mobile error by anyone with manager level access logins.

          Now, I agree with you. The representative (if he/she doesn’t want to lose his/her sale) should do whatever they’ve got to do to keep you, and this type of thing is small, and they should do it, if they don’t waive it, they obviously have something worse than losing money going on in their lives.

          Personally, I’d do the return and give you your fifty bucks, but then I’d try and get you to buy a case with your new found dollars and say “Since you were perfectly fine with it being $50 higher, why not get $25 worth of accessories so you can get more and still have extra money to boot”

          BUT, and seriously here, at least in my location we have the return policy at every cash register in between the representative and the customer, and HIGHLIGHT the return policy. So honestly, if somebody won’t waive the fee.. JUST SAYIN it’s right there AND on your receipt (depending on your state), and they CAN charge you the fee, so please don’t bug out on people. I know it sucks, but most T-Mobile stores do a great job posting their return policies in multiple places in sight.

        • abc

          Thanks but no thanks for that unnecessarily long reply stating the return policy; however, the topic at hand is price guarantee…not returns. If you are trying to say that your computer system must technically “return” first to “price guarantee,” then that is Tmos system glitch problem not the customers problem. Fix it.

          There should be a price guarantee during a customers remorse period. End of story.

        • Pikachu

          So rather than keep talking about it, you should’ve just put in the effort you did on your first comment into a letter to the company’s proper channels about a glitch that (you know about) and about how you’d like to debate with them regarding their return policy not fit (YOUR PERSONAL) expectations. I presented to you that section of the return policy because you just really seem misinformed. If there isn’t a “price match” guarantee on the entirety of the return policy for the product T-Mobile (or any other company) sells and you want a lower price, you’re going to be up sh*t creek without a paddle if they wanted to stand ground.

          Hey, it makes SENSE to price match, but some companies just straight-up don’t bro.

        • David Lebron

          I hope you’re not an employee because if you’re waiving restocking fees, you should be fired. The $50 can be credited as a courtesy by a manager but doesn’t have to be. The buyers remorse period is not for price changes, it’s for malfunctioning devices or service cancellation. Get your facts straight before you say an explanation doesn’t make sense.

        • Moses JC

          Lmao seriously. If I decide to waive a restocking fee its no big deal. Use good judgment. A new customer can return the phone & cancel services within buyers remorse & you get a deact cause you wouldn’t waive a restocking fee. Okay …

        • David Lebron

          You a manager? If you’re not, you can’t waive a restocking fee either. My manager makes that decision, not me. Also, if they cancel within buyers remorse it’s called a no install, not a deact. Someone else that needs their facts straight.

        • Moses JC

          You are right it’s a no install. Either way that money you thought you were getting didn’t happen cause you or your manager wouldn’t waive a restocking fee. I’m not a manager. I have the ability to do credits & wive re-stock fees as I see fit.

          I’d much rather waive a restocking fee than to deal with a no install. Who does that help . Not , nor does it help the customer. & in terms of revenue it doesn’t help T-Mobile either js

        • David Lebron

          You’re not a manager but can waive restocking fees?? The system asks for manager approval – how do you get around that and not get written up???? Hmm

          I’m all about helping out a customer and closing deals – giving credits and waiving restocking fees aren’t necessarily always the answer. My original post was what T-Mobile (and every other company for that matter) says is by the book. If you miss out on a promo, you miss out. We’re still saving customers money on the front end and monthly – a smart consumer will see that and not worry about $50 off a phone.

        • clue

          I am a TMO rep. I adjusted the price of the phone for a customer today, since it was just purchased on Monday. I would want the same thing done for me if something dropped $50+, after tax. I only hope other corporate stores would honor it, otherwise, they suck.

        • thepanttherlady

          That’s great to hear, thank you! I think that it makes for a positive customer experience when these things are done.

      • JaswinderSinghJammu

        Thanks to both you and pantherlady for tips. I think I can get the manager to to the price adjustment since he still hasn’t resolved my double charge on the credit card from 5/21/2013..

        • thepanttherlady

          You still haven’t gotten that resolved? I’d sure be yelling bloody hell over a double charge let alone one that’s gone on this long!

          Good luck. :)

        • JaswinderSinghJammu

          My patience have ran out and I finally filed a dispute with the credit card company. I did get 2 $20 adjustments and also $29 adjustment made to the account for inconvenience so far, and changed from N4 to S4 without restocking fee..

    • gshoq

      Perhaps your credit card has price protection?

  • JaswinderSinghJammu

    Why would you thumps down my questions? It’s a questions jackass..If you have no answer or opinion don’t do anything. WTF

  • JB

    Wait, so the S III is a LTE capable device now? When did this happen?

    • kev2684

      like 1 or 2 weeks ago.

      • JB

        Oh did they already release the LTE variant? I thought the presser was still referring to the original model that was released… I’m so behind! Haha

    • MastarPete

      it was hinted or announced as early as Jan/Feb, but was only actually released mid May.

      edit: they updated the hardware, people who bought the T-mobile version of the S3 prior to the product refresh will NOT have LTE.

  • noelsito

    Hey T-Mobile, if you could lower the HTC One price too, that’d be great.

    • unknown

      Wth?!? The htc one is already $100 down payment!?!

  • VG

    I know the S3 LTE is brand new to TMo, but their price of $530 is still pretty high while other carriers are slashing prices on their S3 LTE models ($350 at MetroPCS after rebate, $400 at Boost Mobile). I’d love for TMo to get their S3 LTE down to a similar price point.

    • VG

      Even Virgin Mobile is selling their S3 LTE for $400.

  • MastarPete

    Is T-mobile ever going to offer the S4 with 32gb or 64gb?? Or is 64gb internal + SD slot + Replaceable battery + LTE asking too much??

  • mueller2051

    Havent herd anything on tmo news about the nokia 925. There is a t Mobil pre registration page for Nokia 925. At http//bit.ly/nlw925. T-Mobile text me the link

    • That was posted in the last official announcement, it’s not new at least is what I’m trying to say.

      • mueller2051

        I guess I missed that. Love the blog keep up the good work

  • Wilma Flintstone

    I would be upset at this news as I just bought one for the $149 down price (Really $200 down), but that just puts me closer to paying off the device ahead of time.

    • abc

      No, you don’t seem to understand, you are paying $50 more. There was a $50 total price drop from $630 down to $580. Your $149 down payment went towards the total price of $630, not the new lower price of $580. If you are under 14/30 days I would go do a price match.

  • pg

    i just bought mine yesterday! UGH!~

  • David Lebron

    The note 2 actually went up

  • weezy34

    I think the new Note2 price is the price I paid on day one of availability.

  • Mike

    Geez, I just bought last week with the 149 down option. Wonder if they would credit me the 50 bucks back to my equipment monthly payment. hey I’m within the 14 days.

  • tmo7yrs

    yup and i think this is what is going to make me return the s4. trying to decide whether the buggy software, overheating, and not so good battery life was worth it or not now they tell me that its cheaper? yup its going back and i am going to back to what now believe is the best phone on the market……galaxy note 2

  • gshoq

    Many credit cards have price protection benefits. If you purchased recently , you may even be able to get both a price adjustment from T-Mobile and a price protection credit from your credit card company. Also, typically if you are courteous when you call customer service, a CSR may be able to get his manager to approve a credit of some sort.

  • Astrid

    Come on G4 32gb. Price drop on the 16gb version they have now makes me hope that they will get the 32gb and price it at the previous price for the 16gb one. One can hope!

    • Dasha

      I’m like seriously getting tired of waiting. If Samsung/T-mobile doesn’t release AT LEAST the 32gb version by August, i’ll just head over to AT&T to get it or look into other phones. The suspense is killing me, lol.

      • davidwal

        I read somewhere that the 32g version is exclusive to ATT. You may have to shell out for a European version of it. Or maybe get a unlocked ATT version.

    • Randall Lind

      T-Mo tech support told me no go for the 32gb. They are not going to get it. However Samsung updated the software to allow apps etc to be run from SD card. That update hasn’t made it to US yet.

  • chapoec

    Got it. Ended up paying $151. $99+44 (taxes)+6.99 (for shipping)+$20 a month for 24 months. I was waiting until they dropped it to $99 down before I pulled the trigger

  • Fatima Noah

    I am happy with my s3. I will never go under water with Samsung s3.