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T-Mobile is the first carrier out of the gate to bring its customers the much-anticipated Samsung Galaxy Note 2. As of today, any T-Mobile user can snap up the device.
Rumors floated this week that the carrier was already receiving shipments of the “phablet” in its retail stores. Samsung had planned a Galaxy Note 2 launch event today, but until T-Mobile’s announcement it was unclear when exactly users would be able to get their hands on the device.
T-Mobile is offering several options for purchasing the smartphone, which can be bought either in retail stores on the company’s Web site. One option is to pay an out-of-pocket down payment of $ 249.99 with 20 equal monthly payments of $ 20 a month with T-Mobile’s Equipment Installment Plan — this must also be paired with a two-year contract on T-Mobile’s Value plan. Another option is buying the smartphone for $ 349.99, along with signing up for a two-year contract on T-Mobile’s Classic plan.
Fans have been long-clamoring for the Galaxy Note 2 “phablet” release, which has a 5.5-inch screen, Android4.1 Jelly Bean, an 8-megapixel camera, and will be the first U.S. phone to pair a quad-core processor (Samsung’s Exynos brand) with 4G LTE. The device is notable for its immense display, its S Pen stylus, and the productivity and creativity software that goes with it. It is slated to ride T-Mobile’s fastest HSPA+ 42 network.
Five carriers will get the Galaxy Note 2, including U.S. Cellular, Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon. Besides T-Mobile’s release today, Sprint has confirmed an October 25 launch and AT&T will start selling the device on November 9 for $ 299 with a two-year contract.