T-Mobile unveils Samsung Galaxy S21 series offers

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Today, Samsung officially unveiled its newest series, the Galaxy S21. Shortly after the reveal, T-Mobile revealed different promotions for the devices under this lineup. 

The three devices that were released by Samsung include the Galaxy S21 5G, Galaxy S21+ 5G, and Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G. These phones include the following specs:

Samsung Galaxy S21 5G

The flagship model is equipped with a 6.2-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X Infinity-O display. From within, it is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor with 8GB of RAM and a choice between 128GB and 256GB in memory.

There are three cameras on the back consisting of a 64-megapixel main sensor, two 12-megapixel cameras, and 8K video recording. In front, there is a 10-megapixel sensor for selfies and video calls. The device comes with a 4,000mAh battery. Color options include Phantom Gray, Phantom Pink, and Phantom White.

This device is priced at $33.34/month or $799.99 full retail for the 128GB variant.

Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G

Another device included in this lineup is the Galaxy S21+ 5G, which comes with a 6.7-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X Infinity-O display. It runs on the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor with 8GB of RAM and memory storage option of 128GB or 256GB variant.

Cameras include a 64-megapixel main sensor and two 12-megapixel cameras. In front, another 10-megapixel camera is available. It also brings a 4,800mAh battery and is sold in Phantom Black, Phantom Silver, and Phantom Violet color options. 

It is priced at $41.67/month or $999.99 full retail for the 128GB variant. 

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G

Finally, there’s the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G, which includes a 6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X display and runs on the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor with 12GB of RAM. Memory options include 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB. 

The main difference between this model and the other variants is that this comes with four rear-facing cameras. You’ll find a 108-megapixel main sensor, 12-megapixel camera, and two 10-megapixel sensors. In front, there is a 40-megapixel camera for selfies and video calls. Other features include a 5,000mAh battery and an S Pen. It is available in Phantom Black and Phantom Silver color options. 

This device is priced at $50/month and $1,199.99 full retail for the 128GB variant. 

T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S21 Deals

T-Mobile has revealed that it will be running a few deals for the Galaxy S21 series. Here are your available options:

  • Free Samsung Galaxy S21 5G (or up to $800 off any other) with 24 monthly bill credits with eligible device trade in. No need to add a line or port-in. 
  • Buy any Samsung Galaxy S21 5G device, get a second one for free (or up to $800 off any other eligible device) with 24 monthly bill credits when you add a line. No phone trade-in required. 

T-Mobile for Business customers can also get a free Samsung Galaxy S21 5G with 24 monthly bill credits when they add a line on a Magenta Business Plus account. Every line that gets activated will also receive $100. More details on this offer here.

 

Right now, T-Mobile is accepting pre-orders for any of these devices. They will go on sale in T-Mobile stores by January 29th. 

 

Source: T-Mobile

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  • Joe

    I ordered one from Samsung. Trading in my S20 and it got the S21 for $113 with free wireless earbuds and wireless charger.

    • Philip

      The S20 has higher resolution, glass back and got microSD slot. The S21 has lower resolution and none of the other 2.

      • Joe

        That’s fine with me. I don’t watch videos on my phone or use a Sdcard.

        • djurlegit

          Still, what a downgrade. haha

          You might not use an SD card, but what if you decided you wanted one one day. and the better resolution is one of the reasons you should buy a Samsung phone in the first place, they offer the most beautiful colors on their display. Glass back is understand since it isn’t as durable as plastic. but downgrading for 113 dollars and some accessories is ridiculous. haha. Even if you don’t watch videos, 1080p is noticeably my less appealing, even on a 6.2 inch device.

  • Augustine

    Any word on the specific 5G bands that the new S21 supports?

    • Joe

      Info copied right from Samsung/Tmobile. GSM: 850 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 1900 MHz; UMTS: Band I (2100), Band II (1900), Band IV (1700/2100), Band V (850), VIII (900); 5G: n41, n71, n260, n261; LTE: 2, 4, 5, 12, 25, 26, 41, 46, 48, 66, 71; LTE Roaming: 1, 3, 7, 8, 13, 18, 19, 20, 28, 38, 39, 40

  • S9779

    I tried to trade my pixel 4a in for the 800 dollars. Was told it was worth 90 bucks. I’m going to give them a call in the morning. I’m thinking an 800 dollar trade in on a 350 dollar phone is to good to be true.

    • Philip

      Now I know why cheaper. Lower resolution and no more glass back.

      • noob168

        No microSD card, charger, and headphone jack.

    • douglasjv

      I contacted Tmobile customer service about this, the promo trade in value won’t show online. You’ll get 90 from the trade in up front and then the other 710 via monthly bill credits.

      • Philip

        Yes, the $710 will be divided over 24 months. That is how they do things.

      • pda96

        Exactly. They gave me $80 trade-in for my S9 up front. The rest will be billed and credited monthly. I did have to pay sales tax on the new device, that’s all.

        • Reagan1

          No $10 SIM charge??

    • Philip

      Be sure to go register at Samsung to get free ear buds and wireless charger or others. You get a free $100 to spend. I just order directly from Tmo phone from Samsung website.

  • Philip

    Is the price reduced because of the pandemic? I choose the free ear buds and charging pad and the $30 thing you can tie to your car keys. I can’t even sell my S8 for $250. Of course I am getting it. LOL

    • Philip

      I just order my Tmo phone from Samsung and get $100 of goodies and the free $30 tag thing.

      • pda96

        So the TMO S21 promo does include the $100 Samsung credit? I’m talking about if you order your S21 from TMO instead of from Samsung.

        • Francisco Peña

          i saw that it does. Trying to track down the page I saw it on. If you ordered from Sammy, it was higher.

        • pda96

          Just ordered the S21 thru TMO with a trade-in (S9). It does include the $100 credit and some gizmo (forgot the name). Man, what a generous offer. It’s for my daughter, and she is one happy camper. As for myself, I can’t find enough justification to upgrade from the S10+. I’ll wait for the S30 :)

        • IamDefiler

          Where was the $100 offered? I can’t find it on their site.

        • marque2

          It is a pre-order credit. I got it for the S20 FE and ordered from Tmobile

      • marque2

        You didn’t do the two for one? You could always sell the other phone on ebay

    • Mike

      Apple and other flagship android devices has been more competitive when it comes to pricing so Samsung has to follow suit and not price themselves out the market

  • ahmedbhai1

    I just want to make sure I’m looking at this right, unless you are trading in last years models (S20 series or Note 20) the deal from T-Mobile is better then the deal from Samsung correct?

    I’m looking at getting the S21+ and will be trading in the S10+ so even with the extra education discount on Samsung it comes out to 340 vs 200 here at T-Mobile.

    i know there is that extra credit on accessories you get from Samsung. For those that ordered direct, was that credit instant, or via the Samsung shop app like in past pre-orders. before Samsung gave you that promo even if you preordered via T-Mobile.

    • weidnerj

      It depends… Looking at the S10+ you get $800 from Tmobile, and Samsung is works out to $650 + $200 worth of accessories = $850 savings. If you want or need the accessories, then Samsung is the better deal, and if you are not wanting any accessories then T-mobile is the better deal.

      • Ruben Garcia

        you still get the credit for accessories after receiving device

        • You receive the credit at the time of purchase, but you have to choose the accessories you want at purchase. This was how it worked when I pre-ordered my Galaxy Tab S7+ 5G for T-Mobile from Samsung’s store a few months ago.

        • Ruben Garcia

          I think the credit that they wamt to use is thru tmobile directly in that scenario, they purchase the device and then register the device after receiving it. That waa the method i used last year. But I believe the better trade in credit requieres a new line.

        • Francisco Peña

          when I ordered the S20FE, I got my Samsung Credit once I applied for it. Took a day or two.

    • Ruben Garcia

      for the preorder credit i order from sprint last year, once you received the device you have top register and get the credit at the Samsung store

    • marque2

    • marque2

      I think you have that right – but only for the 2 for 1 deal. The get a line for two years deal is about the same or a bit worse unless you really need a new line.

  • g2a5b0e

    The whole lineup is $200 cheaper than last year. This is exactly what I’ve been saying the S20 prices should have been the start. I guess a bad sales year will make rethink a lot of things.

    • Augustine

      Isn’t the S21 line now priced to the price level of the S10 line? The S20 line was quite more expensive than the S10 line. Discounts and trade in prices were pretty meager too.

      Now that Samsung is offering a trade in value for my S10e above what I paid for it, I’m pre offering an S21.

      • g2a5b0e

        Close, but not exactly. The prices at launch were as follows:
        S10e: $750
        S10: $900
        S10+: $1,000

        They were all cheaper than the S21 range. The S20 range represented an insane price hike.

  • pda96

    This is one crazy generous offer. Perhaps, this is a sign that Samsung isn’t expecting the S21 to sell well despite the $200 price drop.

  • Stephan Tchorbajian

    I really think that this phone in many ways is underwhelming. My biggest regret was getting rid of my Note 9, as I believe this was one of the most reliable handsets Samsung worked on, and it had some pretty solid camera’s. All of the latest features are nothing more than a gimmick to attract the attention of new customer’s. I’m currently using an S20 Ultra which at the time was in my opinion the “best/no hassle” handset out there. I really think this new telephone in many ways is Samsung removing “key” features like lack of expandable storage, and no charger in the box. I’m sorry, but this is unacceptable, as if you have to pay $1000+ it’s mandatory to be given the basic accessories you’re looking for. More importantly, Samsung slapped the faces of devoted S20 owners who paid good money for their handsets no more than 10 months ago. The launch of the S21 is premature, and I can’t justify upgrading when 90% of my phone, and this model coincide other than a 20% improvement in SOC performance (Snapdragon 888). My expectation is Samsung supports the S20-series for another 2 years. What are the consequences if they don’t? Well, if that’s the case I will never buy another Samsung handsets again. The S20 is a beast and can easily support another 2-3 generations of Android updates, and Samsung better, otherwise they will lose a lot of devoted followers. However, looking at all the latest smartphones, well, Samsung’s new releases seem to be underwhelming. At this point I don’t see the point in spending more than $300-500 for a handset, and have lately thought a lot of Motorola’s budget offerings as they offer very compelling features that are “good enough” for a majority of the users out there.

    Anyway, I will skip the S21-series and considering I spent $1500.00 on the S20 Ultra I will be using this phone for a minimum of 3 years.

    • marque2

      It is suppose to be underwhelming. They took out some features to make a more affordable 5g phone. People didn’t want to pay $1200 for a phone any more and to get it ro $800 they had to make some cuts.

      Note cutting 4k on the phone to 1080p is a great example of removing an expensive power hungry feature that was just for bragging rights. You can’t see the difference on a 6″ screen.

      • Stephan Tchorbajian

        A $800-$1000.00 phone is supposed to be underwhelming? Sorry, but the price cut isn’t enough to sway enthusiasts toward the purchase? These cut’s don’t make sense, and I think you’re wrong when you say you can’t tell the difference; it’s obvious and you can. 1440p screens have been available on smartphone’s for at least the last 5-6 years, and even on the non-OLED handsets, it’s obvious to tell the difference in pixel density/resolution. Technology has also matured to the point where having a 1440p screen isn’t “power hungry.” I’d personally rather have a 1440p screen than impractical 5G that doesn’t work half the time.

        • marque2

          It is the Qualcomm chip that costs so much and the extra support hardware. Until Qualcomm brings down the price expect phones that have 2 channel 5g to be $1200 with all the bells, or $800 but slightly neutered in other ways.

          It’s the Qualcomm 5g tax. If only the USA would approve of Samsung Exynos gpu

      • tonkotsu

        flagships are not supposed to be underwhelming. If they remove features and lower the price of the phone, then they might as well create a new mid tier brand and let the galaxy line keep moving forward

        • marque2

          Welcome to the world with 5G and blame Qualcomm for having such expensive 5g chips.

    • the martian ambassador

      I have the 512GB Note 9 and still love it. Note 9 has Micro SD, headphone jack, no camera hole-punch, no compromises.

      • Stephan Tchorbajian

        Yes. The Note 9 is the “meat and potato’s” phone which incorporates the main features we want in our handsets with more than enough power to be used for years. One feature I miss is the retina unlock which was superior to anything Samsung uses now. The Note 9 is just a well put together phone; unlike the S20-series which it’s buggy cameras.

        • the martian ambassador

          I don’t use locking of any kind on my phone. My Note 9 ($1249.99) was only a couple of months old when it fell out of my coat pocket when I was out at night into a snow bank ! The next morning someone called one of my contacts to report it found. Had it been locked down, the phone would likely have never been returned, instead I got it back and I gave them a reward.

  • tonkotsu

    this is the least interesting “flagship” in years

    i cannot believe they released this and still called it the S series

    might as well make a new category for underwhelming handsets

    • Philip

      Lower resolution is fine for a tiny screen. Plastic back, but everyone has a case on it.

      • marque2

        I have always found it funny when people complaint about an expensive phones feel and then get one with a good feel only to put it in a $10 plastic case.

        • tonkotsu

          trade in values tank if you dent any part of the phone. Apple, in particular will give you $0 if there’s any chip or crack on the front screen. So yea, not really “funny”

        • marque2

          Ok so you are going to have it in a case anyway, what does it matter if the back of the phone feels like metal, glass, plastic, or vomit? It is going to feel your case.

        • tonkotsu

          are you replying to the wrong person? I never said anything about the material of the phone

        • marque2

          It is possible I am replying to the wrong person.

        • marque2

          Nope replied to the right person – you probably didn’t read my post well. I wrote “I have always found it funny when people complaint about an expensive phones feel and then get one with a good feel only to put it in a $10 plastic case.”

          And you responded that was not funny.

          If you just want to use a case, fine. But all those people not liking the feel of the phone just to put it in a case anyway, are loony.

      • tonkotsu

        did you reply to the wrong person? i didn’t mention either of the items you addressed…

  • BMETFerg

    Removing MST was a poor move imo. They say there will be more focus on NFC payments because a lot of vendors are moving that way….umm no. There might be a handful of places I shop at that accept android/apple pay. Samsung pay with MST had been a game changer for cardless payments for years. What a let down.

    • Manbearpig

      Wait what it doesn’t have MST?

    • marque2

      Almost every place has Google/apple/Samsung pay.. That said it is still quicker to just pull out a credit card.

  • Bodycount

    Looks like I’m keeping my Note 20 Ultra as long as I can as it might be the last samsung phone with a sdcard slot.

  • jonah

    I went through the online order system and tried to trade in my gs20 plus. They only offered $400 not the $800 promised. Anyone get the $800?

    • weidnerj

      From my understanding that it will be credited back in 24 monthly payments the difference. Don’t know how that works, traded in a GS 10 and got $197 for it. Figured that the other $600 would equal $25 a month credit.

      • IamDefiler

        Yes. This is how it works. Got $203 for my V60 upfront and the remaining $597 will be credited evenly over 24 months.

    • Francisco Peña

      You get an instant credit up front off the price of the phone, then the balance is spread over the 24 months .

  • the martian ambassador

    Oh brother. If you are going to remove the micro sd support from a flagship phone, then the internal storage needs to be 256GB minimum. At least they are only charging a $50.00 premium to upgrade to 256GB on these phones, that’s not too bad. The + used to be a top of the line phone, essentially a Note without the s-pen, now the only model with a QHD display is the Ultra. Look closely at the specs before buying.

    • marque2

      Why do you need that much space for your phone?

      • IamDefiler

        For me, I film a lot of video for YT and sometimes edit on the phone. It helps, especially when recording at 4k, to have the extra space.

      • the martian ambassador

        Some of us actually store media on our phones.

      • David Cosgrove

        128 is and never will be enough space, combined internal storage and then pictures will waste that little 128. And for those who add a lot of apps even less space. And I also store have media on mine and in now way wanting to use a cloud when its highly hackable. Also if you want the 256 in the 21/21+ you only get one color choice , One!

        • The Great Brian First

          Whatever about a cloud hack.

      • Francisco Peña

        IF people don’t need an SD card because phones have “enough” storage, then why stop at phones? Why have cars with 20 options, when 4 wheels and an engine is enough? Why a 1.8L engine, a 2.0L and a 3.2L Turbo? Why need 12 options of leather interior colors? etc…

        Why have the option? because folks are different that is why. Its not breaking the bank to put in an SD card. Some folks use 2GB of cell data a month, others use 20GB. You may not need 256GB SD card, some do. I won’t knock you for not, don’t knock me for needing it.

        PErsonally, on several phones I’ve had, Sammy and LG models, Google Photos takes a while to load large photos or videos. To the point that I get fed up trying to view it off the cloud because of the buffering. A phone can have 128GB of storage, but alot of that is dependent on the OS and any apps, so photos might not get as much. I like the option that I can take out my SD card, put it in my PC and edit or transfer. No need to worry about slower cable connections, or having to go to Photos, download, then edit/view.

        I have a 200GB card and I just back up my data (SMS/Photos/contacts) straight to the card when I get a new phone, and pop it into the new phone and change the camera to store to the SD and that’s it. simple process.

        This is a money grab, plain and simple.

        • The Great Brian First

          Cloud storage? ASUS offers 1 TB for $15 a year, unless that was just a sale.

        • Francisco Peña

          Good deal, but again, I shouldn’t need to use cloud storage to view pictures and stuff.

        • David Cosgrove

          Cloud Storage is highly hackable and who wants others especially Big tech looking at your data!

      • tonkotsu

        because theres 4k recording? because we take tons of pics? because you can load netflix and other streaming or music services with offline media? because people are gaming on phones more and more and the apps just keep getting bigger? because this is a luxury product and it should have more options, and not less?

        the better question is, why did samsung feel the need to remove an easy cheap way to expand storage?

        To get 512gb now, you can only order the ultra, and only in black. No other option comes in 512gb. Why? What is the point of limiting choices for your customers?

        • The Great Brian First

          Cloud storage? I think ASUS offers 1 TB for $15 a year.

    • watkins

      Actually for me the minimum should be at least one thousand gbs. 256gb is a joke and 512 is chicken scraps.

  • Stephan Tchorbajian

    Marque. I don’t have the best eyes, but I can definitely tell the difference. As long as the resolution is somewhere between 1080p to 1440p I’m satisfied with the experience. I usually turn on 1440p mode when I’m watching cinematic content. As I reiterated, we’ve been used to 1440p displays for years, even budget Chinese brands offer them in their handsets for a lower price. So, if Samsung wants to market this as the premium experience then it had better have premium features. It’s obvious that Samsung is focusing more on their folding line of phones, and cutting R&D/features in their traditional handsets, which is a bad move on their end.

  • Francisco Peña

    So I traded in my S9. gave me 80 for it instantly and the rest as the monthly credit. I upgraded to the 256GB regular S21.
    Wife who wasn’t thrilled at getting a new phone, is now eagerly expecting it. Should be about $2-3 a month I’ll be paying.

    • Reagan1

      Did you do this online and that’s how it works? I tried online and saw the $80 trade in and then backed out. Was going to call TMO support, but never know what the heck they charge or don’t charge you for when you call them anymore. You had to buy a new SIM card ($10) too, correct?

    • The One

      While you’re getting bill credits for the next 2 years, are you allowed to sell or trade in your phone early without losing those credits? For example, if you try to trade in (or sell) the S21 for the S22 next year, will you forfeit the current bill credits at the time of trade-in?

      • Francisco Peña

        Not sure. HAven’t tried it. that is an advantage of Sammy direct, but I plan to keep mine for a bit, so in 2 yrs I’ll deal with upgrading again. ESPECIALLY if the next line doesn’t have an SD slot. I’ll hold onto my FE for longer.

  • Crucifixion Cruxi

    Trying to get my wife on this free s21 offer. Got to get rid of this xr

  • James M.

    Looks like another early release from Tmobile.

    • Chris Costello

      Got my tracking number, waiting for the origin scan

      • James M.

        I have UPS Choice and it says it will arrive on Wednesday.

        • Chris Costello

          Mine says Wednesday too, but it also says UPS doesn’t have the package yet

  • The Great Brian First

    Will be here on Wednesday per UPS.