Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ pre-order units begin arriving for T-Mobile customers


T-Mobile has a history of sending out pre-orders of major flagship smartphones ahead of their official release dates. It did this with the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, with the Galaxy S8 and S8+, and with the Galaxy Note 8, and now it’s happening with the Galaxy S9 and S9+, too.

Customers who pre-ordered a Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ are receiving their phones today. The devices have already hit the doorsteps of TmoNews readers Mr. P, Neftali, and Bryan ahead of the S9 and S9+’s official March 16 launch date.


Considering T-Mobile’s history of shipping pre-order units of flagship phones ahead of their official launch dates, it’s no surprise that this is happening with the S9 and S9+, too. It’s still exciting to see, though, because not only are these people getting a shiny new smartphone, they’re getting it days before it’s officially available in stores.

If you haven’t yet bought a Galaxy S9 or S9+, T-Mobile is still taking pre-orders for both devices. You can get up to $360 off a new S9 or S9+ when you trade in a qualifying smartphone and buy one of Samsung’s new devices on EIP. The full details of this trade-in deal can be found here.

If you pre-ordered a Galaxy S9 or S9+ and you get your device early, be sure to let us know!


Thanks, Mr. P, Neftali, and Bryan!

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  • Hurlamania


  • Mine is on the truck for delivery today. I pre-ordered via TMo’s Twitter team on the 8th.

    Like mentioned in the article, TMo customers getting their devices early is nothing new. I pre-ordered the S6 edge and had it in my hands 30 days before official release date.

    • Luis Hotdaddy Vasquez

      30 days before official launch?? Now that’s an exaggeration…

  • Menobastian

    Getting my S9 today, its already on the delivery truck on its way. First time pre-ordering a device, and I must say I am impressed with both T-Mobile and UPS.

  • Manbearpig

    Where is our free stuff for preordering? I want a wireless charger!!

  • Matt Macaluso

    Got mine yesterday!

  • They_Call_Me_Bruce

    I ordered from Samsung. They sent me shipping details today. Currently in Indy and scheduled to be delivered tomorrow. For the extra savings I’ll be fine waiting an extra day

    • Jeff Handy

      What extra savings is that?

      • Sal Monella

        People have said that stores charge a $20 upgrade fee. Way to put brick and mortar out of business.

        • They_Call_Me_Bruce

          Wasn’t just brick and mortar. I called T mobile last week to order and they charged the upgrade and shipping. Heard shipping was free if done online, but if I was going to cancel and reorder to save on shipping I might as well go with Samsung and save on free shipping and the upgrade fee. 28 bucks I’d rather have in my pocket.

        • Francisco Peña

          I didn’t get an upgrade fee, nor shipping. I got free overnight.

        • njikokanoel

          Yup. They never charged me an upgrade fee before. I’m a little annoyed. Tried to go through the online store but they wouldn’t accept my s7 wdge as a trade in for whatever ever AI reason. Had no choice but to call

        • dcmanryan

          It’s true and they won’t waive it.

      • They_Call_Me_Bruce

        Student discount, no upgrade fee, and I am pretty sure (need to check and should have already) the trade in value is upfront and not spread out over bill credits. Samsung gave me 50 less for the trade in, but still a better deal for me

  • mreveryphone

    First pic is mine!!

    • Luis Hotdaddy Vasquez

      Nobody cares, honestly…

      • mreveryphone

        Thank you. I appreciate that.

  • Dell Run

    i got mine today at noon. s9 plus

  • noh1bvisas

    A few weeks from now, people will be getting the email from Samsung that your trade-in is ineligible.

  • Billy_Boy2019

    I hope the AR emoji get better thru an update

  • Chad Blackburn

    Got S9 today ordered lilac. box said lilac on it opened it up it was a black phone. screen protector had been peeled back and had hair stuck in it. called tmobile of course
    no one can speak english. they want me to send it back and when they get it they will send me the right color in the meantime i will be waiting for my new phone that i could of got in stores friday been with them for 11 years and think this is crazy way to handle this…think i will just cancel

    • Adrian T Nidelea

      Exactly what happened to me with v30. Learned my lesson. I will just go to store Friday or Monday.

      • njikokanoel

        That happened with my Note 7. Ordered the blue one for my wife, they sent the black one. Sent it back to them, then the phones started exploding. Maybe that one did too. Everything for a reason.

  • Tony Chen

    got both s9 puirple lilac today got both in my hands right now!!!! im excited

  • BigDaddy

    Ordered with the Twitter team on the 9th. Got free shipping and upgrade fee waved. Paid 167 for the lilac purple s9+. It was delivered today at 3pm. Can’t wait to get off work and check it out.

  • James miles

    Got mine

  • Jennifer Gillis

    I received my S9 today. It’s a great phone and quite a bit larger than the S6 I’m trading in.

  • njikokanoel

    Ordered the phone on Monday the 12, it arrived Tuesday the 13. Talk about getting it out to the people quick, fast and in a hurry.

  • Krystal

    Mine was delivered yesterday! It’s so beautiful

  • disqus_R5vGq49Ttt

    I got mine yesterday!

    Wondering if anyone can help me w/ a few things:

    1. There is no “app” for Mobile Hotspot. You can access via settings and the drop down… but the actual app to open hotspot is missing. This was on my S7 and was a quicker way to access for me as I kept in a specific folder. Any one know how to get this back?

    • Billy_Boy2019

      It should be in the drop down screen, mine is

      • disqus_R5vGq49Ttt

        Right…but there was an app icon on my last phone that looked like a wifi symbol that once I opened, went directly into the hotspot portal. That is NOT on this phone

        • Billy_Boy2019

          Understood, I just checked and there’s a whole bunch of WiFi widgets that you can download from the Google Play Store

        • disqus_R5vGq49Ttt

          I’ll check that out. Thank you :)

        • Billy_Boy2019

          Not a problem!

        • JJCommonSense

          did you check the Tmobile Folder?

        • Anthony Cardell

          Yes. It’s not on the phone. I need to to look at a demo phone and verify. Can anyone else confirm? It’s an icon with a wifi signal. This I’d an APP not a widget that was on my S7 and missing from my S9

    • steadymobb

      I think they’re trying to reduce amount of unnecessary bloat when it can just be easily accessible thru settings and notification tray

    • Todd N.

      Go to “Settings” and use the search. Type “hotspot” and you will find it. The settings search is pretty good and you can find most of anything settings wise very quickly

    • James miles

      In pull down u can click on hot spot where u turn on wifi and flashlight if you hold it down it will take to settings

  • Billy_Boy2019

    Do not buy th Pure Gear screen protector in the T-Mobile store, it sucks! Well I take that back, if you can apply it yourself and can get it to work then do so. You can get it for free! Zagg screen protectors aren’t available yet and I wanted to protect my jewel so I went into the local T-Mobile store yesterday afternoon and picked up the Pure Gear screen protector and the representative applied it onto the phone. It looked good in the store but when I got home it was a different story. Apparently the adhesive are only on the sides and not throughout the whole screen protector so I’m getting that bouncy feeling each time I touch the screen. I simply called T-Mobile stating what’s going on and they canceled the EIP with no hesitation. Now I’m really trying to get this screen protector to work since it’s free. Also the Spigen Ultra Hybrid S case came and I think out of the Otterbox Symmetry and the Case-Mate Tough Clear, the Ultra Hybrid S keeps the beauty of your phone better than the rest of them! Enjoy your new phone

    • mreveryphone

      Never get the pure gear film, only the glass from them. Tech 21 isn’t a bad film screen protector but I went glass screen protector a few years ago and can never go back to film. I have the zagg on my note 8 and it feels just like the original screen.

      • thepanttherlady

        Agreed. Been using tempered glass screen protectors for years now. Can’t go back to film.

        • mreveryphone

          Nope… Never lol…

        • They_Call_Me_Bruce

          Not only do I prefer the glass over the film, but the glass came with a handy install tool this time. I snapped it over my S9 and then just alligned the bottom and laid it flat. It was so quick and easy and the sensor cutouts matched up. I think I am just as impressed with that as any upgrade to the phone.

        • thepanttherlady


    • James miles

      I always buy skinomi u get 2 feels like pure gear wet application no bubbles and 8 bucks Amazon I’ve had 12 smartphones never broke one military grade reminds me of zag

    • Billy_Boy2019

      UPDATE: Guys I’m talking about the tempered glass screen protector provided by Pure Gear! But, what needs to happen once you do put the tempered glass screen protector on is go to advanced features under settings and select touch sensitivity to on and your phone will perform as it should.

  • Billy_Boy2019

    I have JUMP plus which includes McAfee (which works flawlessly) and Tech PHD. I downloaded the Tech PHD app and check the settings of the app but I can’t get any type of support, does anyone know exactly how the app works?

  • Rafael Alexis Illan

    tmo has not shipped mine yet

    • James miles


  • Todd N.

    I got mine yesterday and comparing it with my S8 the S9 boots about 5-10 seconds faster. I thought my S8 was pretty lag free but this S9 just up the game on smoothness. Also the Samsung Smart Switch was nearly perfect on transferring apps, and other data. Nothing lost in my games! I’ve only found a few txt msgs that weren’t transferred. So far pretty happy.

    • James miles

      I can deal with but I like finger print scanners it’s not near as good as v30 but way more options so I’ll deal with it tmobile has content transfer app that makes it easy 2

  • James miles

    Wish Samsung left software to stock android. I downloaded a launcher which is better tons of bloatware but gr8 phone

  • Richard Figueroa

    I received mine yesterday and I’m loving it so far.

  • Natasha Hernandez

    I received mine on Tuesday.