T-Mobile Is Starting “October Off Right With $0 Down On Amazing Devices”

Screen Shot 2013-10-01 at 9.08.21 PMHello new October sale as an email blast has hit the inbox of T-Mobile employees indicating the start of a new October promotion. The promotion itself is a $0 down sale similar to what we just saw T-Mobile run from July 27th to the first few days of September. The good news, in fact the great news is that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will qualify for this deal along with the Galaxy S 4, Galaxy Note II and LG G2. Those devices join the LG Optimus F3, LG Optimus L9 and iPhone 5c 16GB at the $0 down price for “well-qualified” customers.¬† As a side note, we can also gauge from the image that T-Mobile stores will initially carry the black Galaxy Note 3 with the white model arriving later in October.

“Today is the beginning of Q4 and we are looking forward to our most successful holiday season yet! We are going to start out Q4 right by offering our hottest devices at the lowest out-of-pocket cost. Yesterday we announced the newest addition to our amazing handset lineup, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Beginning tomorrow, October 2, for a limited time we will be offering the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 as well as the Samsung Galaxy S 4, Samsung Galaxy Note 2, and LG G2 at $0 down for well-qualified customers.”

Yup, that’s the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 for $0 down, but with that comes no specific details on the monthly equipment-installment pricing. Currently, T-Mobile’s website lists the Galaxy Note 3 at a full retail price of $703.99 which would balance out to about $29 per month for 24 months. That would mark one of the most expensive monthly equipment installment plans T-Mobile has offered to date. Still, that’s just taking a stab in the dark at how the pricing will break down but when T-Mobile’s website is updated tomorrow we’ll know the full monthly installment price with certainty. Regardless, the $0 down offer is hopefully enough to win some new customers from the competition‚Ķat least that’s the idea.

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  • So it’s really not a sale, just pay for it later kind of a deal.

    • Wyn6

      It’s a, “Lower my upfront cost for a higher bill” thing. Some people consider not having to come out-of-pocket with a couple of hundred dollars, a sale. It’s a trade-off. You can, however, put more up front and pay less per month as well.

      • I’m all in for it. I’ve got the money all ready to go. If I can save some money I’d go ahead and pull the trigger. Waiting for a sale/discount.

      • Mottyengel

        no, because if you do the jump after 6 months or even a year. you actually save a crapload of money.

    • Garrett

      Looks like it. You don’t actually save anything… you just pay more per month.

    • UMA_Fan

      Well the more you owe is the more Tmobile will basically pay you for your phone if you decide to do a Jump upgrade.

  • Get_at_Me

    I’m personally bummed about this since i pre-ordered @ $200 down. The overall cost of the phone only went up $4 vs original advertised pricing.

  • thepanttherlady

    This will eventually be great when the first adopters of JUMP! can start using it.

    • Get_at_Me

      That’s very true…the lower your out of pocket, upfront cost is, the better off you are when you trade it in AKA JUMP!

  • LC

    I know my store received both black and white Note 3s yesterday.

    • Get_at_Me

      my store also

    • Impatient Waiter

      my store only received black notes 3s… :(

  • mingkee

    I have paid off my Note 2.
    Does it mean I will be qualified to get Note 3 for $0 down?
    Note: I am with Simple Family Plan.

    • Get_at_Me

      not necessarily….as an existing customer, a few things come into play. Your credit class and your tenure. customer care or retail employees will be able to tell you what down payment you qualify for.

      • mingkee

        10 years + always pay in time.

        • Get_at_Me

          You should be approved for zero down then.

    • MsSoledOut

      I paid my note 2 in cash and the s4 686 with taxes, in cash and they didn’t let me get the phone (note 3) because I had recently purchased one, not like I got a damn discount on it for them to say that I cant purchase one. I have been on T-Mobile since 2004 and I’ve never been late a payment either. but I couldn’t upgrade unless I paid a fee because I just got a phone so good luck with that.

  • This sucks, I preordered my Galaxy Note 3.

    • sushimane

      its ok u save 8 dollars ur only paying 21 dollars a month instead of paying 29 dollars a month.

  • sidekicker89

    I hope T-Mobile comes out with a rewards program for Phase 3.. Or maybe a way to pay off the phone faster or give out gift cards after earning points or something. They had a rewards program before where you get points every time you paid your bill. One point = one dollar of your bill. Also with their Target partnership they “might” be giving out target gift cards for that Brightspot brand so it could work like that too. It’ll be a good way to keep customers around.

    • Dakota

      Or do something like Boost does

  • psychoace

    Noooooo!!!! That means us who are “less qualified” have to pay more upfront during this deal just like that last one. That sucks so hard.

    • Get_at_Me

      only $10 more upfront

      • psychoace

        Last time the S4 was at least $50 more up front.

        • Get_at_Me

          Trust me ; )

        • psychoace

          Ok, that wont be so bad then. Thanks…..I hope.

        • Get_at_Me

          Original non well qualified down payment was $350…its now $360

  • Joey

    What about the 5S??

    • If it’s not listed, then you can clearly see it’s not gonna be zero down. Attention given.

    • KingCobra

      Wouldn’t be a point in offering a device for $0 down that you can’t even keep in the stores.

      • Dakota

        Would be if you’re trying to get people away from Att

  • achusaysblessyou

    My question is why is the full retail price so darn high… I could care less about paying $700 over 24 months, but the fact that I’m paying $700 at all is a bummer. And I thought last year’s Note II at $650 full retail was high.. I guess I’ll be holding onto my Note 2 for a bit longer…

    • noc007

      Compared to the competitors, the services cost less per month because you’re not paying the phone subsidy. With EIP, T-Mobile is more upfront with the actual cost of the phone. When I was with VZW and factoring $20/line to cover the phone subsidy, the outright price didn’t always equal what I would pay overall and depending on which way the phone is paid for, one could end up overpaying. I was tired of the games. If you don’t upgrade after 24 month and adhere to their restrictions (dropping grandfathered plans when their system isn’t glitching), you’re still paying the subsidy for no reason.

      Plus you don’t have to get the phone from T-Mobile. You can get it elsewhere and possibly for cheaper.

      • achusaysblessyou

        I’m complaining that the phone’s MSRP is so darn high…

        I know the services are less than other carriers (I’m on a Value plan myself… which is priced better than their simple choice prices btw).

        I buy all my phones full price and up front. Heck I paid ~$700 last year for my Note II after taxes, but it’s ridiculous that the Note 3 increased in price… Someone (T-mo? Samsung?) is getting greedy, because if Amazon can release their Kindle Fire HDX with a Snapdragon 800, 2GB RAM and 1080p display for $230, then Samsung can release a Note 3 for $500… or heck, evern $600 would be better.

        • noc007

          Ahh. I agree, it’s amazing how high it is in comparison to a tablet. Somebody is making a large margin on smartphones.

        • UMA_Fan

          Amazon is a bad comparison because they sell hardware at a loss like Google and the Nexus devices because they make money off content. Not selling devices. The device exists only so they can make money off search and content sales.

          The full retail is actually cheaper At Tmobile vs other carriers

        • bob90210

          If you don’t like the high-end price then don’t buy the high-end phone. Despite what some people believe, you are not required to have the latest and greatest smartphone.

          I wonder if there are bunch of complaints at lexusonews.com about the price of the cars every time a new model comes out.

      • Dakota

        Depends on your plan.Not necessarily for all

    • JJCommonSense

      The full retail price of the phone is $708… if u go to bestbuy and look at a gs4 the retail price is $749… so im not getting why people complain about the price tmobile charges

    • ah hello

      note 2 = 2gigs of ram, 16gb 8mp camera, 720p screen, while the note 3 = 3gigs of ram, 32/64gb 13mp camera, 1080p screen.. ….only in the twilight zone will the note3 cost cheaper then the note 2

  • Nearmsp

    What I am interested in is a great price for cash down for Samsung Galaxy S4. Giving 0 down is attracting customers who do not mind paying a higher net total as long as they do not have to put any cash down. What about attracting those who do not want T-mobile pricing but are looking for discounted pricing. The 0 down people get benefits by no interest installments. What would T-mobile do attract those who prefer to save and buy on cash. T-mobile saves on capital it needs to borrow for this category of customers and thus needs to pass down some discount for full cash down.

    • 21stNow

      From your keyboard to John Legere’s ears.

  • Singleweird

    Jump becomes an amazing deal wiith 0 down offers.

  • Joshua Barea

    I get 15% off my monthly bill so this offer works in my favor, correct? I’m essentially getting 15% off the total cost of the device. In the case of the Note 3, $105 big ones.

    • Yoyo

      Your 15% doesnt apply to web, insurance, and handsets.

      • drivethruboy168

        You should get the discount on the entire plan no?

        • LC

          It would apply to the monthly reoccurring charger on the account EXCEPT for JUMP/insurance. The discount does not apply to handset payments.

      • David Lebron

        The 15% apply to the plan and any feature you put on your plan but does not apply to the device

      • Joshua Barea

        Thanks for clearing that up.

    • thinkjoey

      The 15% just applies to your bill – not the phone and all that

  • Any confirmations on what the down is for credit challenged people? Know it is 0 down for well qualified, but know the note 3 was 349 before. Looking at the page now, still showing old pricing.

    • Get_at_Me

      $360 down

  • pramarama

    So the million dollar question is, is this just deferring payment but you still wind up paying full retail price in the end, or are they actually discounting the price of the phone by eliminating the down payment AND making the monthly payments what it would have been before.

    • Marco

      Full retail. $29.50 X 24 months.

    • Mc300

      The price will still be around 700 dollars. Your monthly service plan will increase by 29.5. I know that sounds like a lot to pay if you compare it to the top 3 of t mobile competitors your monthly bill will still be lower (with same or better plan) and you didn’t give nothing down. To give you an example for MY upgrade with unlimited talk & text (50) and unlimited data at 4g speed at all times (20) it comes out to $99.5. I do not think you will be able to find a plan to offer unlimited data for that price. Of course if you do not need unlimited data then get unlimited 2 gigs (after 2 gigs of data u get slowed up to 2g speed but no overage charges) for 10 that gives u a bill of 89.50. Now that is a great deal and certantly something that made me decide to get phone given the fact that I do not have 200 dollars to give down or 300 with other carriers.

      • besweeet

        Not exactly true… A $50/mo. plan on AT&T over 24 months is cheaper than a $50 T-Mobile plan… Same 24-month cost for service charges, but of course you’re paying more for the phone with T-Mobile.

        • 21stNow

          What $50 plan on AT&T for a smartphone? Unless you are making a comparison to someone who is part of a family plan on AT&T to an individual plan holder on T-Mobile, which would be an apples-to-oranges comparison.

        • besweeet

          I guess you would be saving some money. Example using my current $165 AT&T family plan and a $100 family plan on T-Mobile that I hope to switch to soon: over the course of 24 months, AT&T would be $4,860 (($165×24)+($300×3)), versus $4,530 (($100×24)+($710×3)). But, comparing plans that cost the same on both, AT&T is cheaper, at least during the first 2 years.

        • guidomus_maximus

          understand you are comparing an old promo plan with current TMO plans. If you look at current plans, there is no way you are going to even get within $100 of that $165. So add at least $2400 to the ATT cost.

        • besweeet

          The AT&T plan isn’t an “old promo plan.”

    • Dakota

      Shell game.. Don’t take your eye off the total dollar amoun. Tmo seems to have given up on real sakessales…

  • Rob

    Looks like the website is updated now

  • csmits

    is this offer only for new customers? If I want to upgrade on one my lines, it still shows the full downpayment price in my t-mobile.

    • Get_at_Me

      New and existing customers

      • Angelvsqz

        I used one of these $0 down for later to be billed $100 for early upgrade while at the retail store I was told there wasn’t going to be any charge at all.

        • Get_at_Me

          The person you dealt with mustve been misinformed. A customer who got a discounted device less than 18 months ago is subject to a fee (unless theyre a long time customer.

        • Dakota

          You can never really believe employees.. They are wrong about 75 percent of the time. I used to ask 3 people the same question and got 3 diff answers

  • el_perezo

    All of you all that are saying you can buy the phone at zero money down remember we still got a pa the taxes on the darn phone

    • nycplayboy78

      DAMN YOU!!!! Khan….I mean TAXES!!!!!


  • el_perezo

    Also the Jump program. Everybody keeps mentioning it like anyone whose on it can you use it right now. Damn shame they advertise it but it just came out in June or July so it can be used till 6mths from that.

    • MsSoledOut

      what is JUMP?

      • sushimane

        Its a program that u can switch ur phone twice a year. U pay 10 dollars a month it includes insurance and warranty but u gotta have the phone fo atleast 6 month before switching.

        • MsSoledOut

          I’ve never kept a phone longer than 6months so that’s perfect for me. Thanks.

  • Dakota

    Maybe other carriers will have more attractive holiday sales.. But they seem to focus more in quality than price alone

  • Jaggrey

    Figures they would start this a week after I bring 4 lines to T-Mobile.

    • symsoul

      They used to have a 14 day return policy for all new purchases which I believe has been lengthened to thirty. You may want to look into that for a swap of some sort.

      • Ray Dull

        afaik it’s right in the middle at 21, at least that’s what they told me when I bought my s4 about 2 months ago.

        • Jaggrey

          Yea true, I’ll check and see. I know there’s a $50 restocking fee associated with that return policy.

  • Dakota

    Instead of fake sales, Tmobile might want to take a book out of Sprint’s playbook. Not only is Sprint offering $100 off ALL devices for new customers, but today Virgin Mobile announced it is selling iPhone 5S and 5C for $100 off with plans as low as $30. (I Know its the Sprint network but that network must be good in certain areas as the carrier has has more customers than Tmobile for quite some time). If a prepaid carrier can offer $100 off, why cant Tmobile do that – at least for a limited time during holiday season. Do the 0 downpayment for ALL phones and don’t increase the monthly payments…And then actually advertise it. Despite all the JUMP promos, a lot of people dont know or understand what it is…and I really wonder how many NEW customers JUMP to TMobile because of that program vs existing customers (like most on here) that are taking advantage of it. Tmobile keeps making noise on tech blogs but the key messages are not making their way to the average folk. Id like to see a poll of what percentage of people even understand or are aware of the Simple Mobile plans

    • Because some people don’t have ANY money at tht particular moment and it’s easier to walk out with FREE versus $100 off of something that they may not have in their pocket at the particular moment. $0 down is intended to to push towards IMPULSE BUYERS. Not deal seekers. You truly don’t understand marketing it seems my friend.

  • MsSoledOut

    my husband canceled the order online it hadn’t even been charged. nor was there a tracking number or anything. So my hubby showed up at the store at ten. The store by me had so many phones. He came home and surprised me with it…I’m so glad he did because the rep over the phone told me it was back ordered and didn’t know when they ship. So I recommend people just get it at the stores.

  • Confuseddd

    Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – $0.00 down $29.50 X 24 months = $708.00…… WTF is so great about that?

  • newcomer217

    I love how it says that the White Galaxy Note III is to be out on October 23 at merchandising changeover, but here I sit with my nice and sleek White Galaxy Note III from a brick and mortar store