T-Mobile quietly launches the Underground for tech enthusiasts to procure limited production phones and devices

It seems like T-Mobile is quietly launching a new service called the Underground that's geared at tech enthusiasts. As the name implies, the Underground isn't for the general public and is targeted at "true enthusiasts" with "limited-stock devices and accessories," the carrier said in a Google+ post.

Right now, visiting the T-Mobile Underground portal brings up the gold edition of Samsung's popular Galaxy S5 flagship smartphone. In addition to the gold-hued device, Samsung's Gear wearables and Jawbone's UP24 fitness band were also featured, but no other phones or accessories are currently up for sale through the Underground.

When you click to shop in the Underground portal, you'll be taken back to T-Mobile's regular website to complete your transaction. At least it looks like at this time, what is available in the Underground is available through T-Mobile's normal online store.

T-Mobile advises that users "buckle up & check your factory-standard devices at the door" when visiting the portal.

With details still being scarce on the Undergound, it's unclear what T-Mobile's goals are with regards to this shopping experience. Whether it's a portal for exclusive colors of existing smartphones that T-Mobile already carries and markets, like the gold Galaxy S5, or if it's more of a marketplace where T-Mobile may import popular devices not currently up for sale in the U.S. is something that we'll all have to wait and see. It might be cool if the Underground idea expands so that users can pick up the OnePlus One smartphone or maybe an Oppo phone, devices that normally aren't sold directly in the U.S. by T-Mobile or its rivals.

Source: T-Mobile, T-Mobile Underground, via SlashGear

 
There are 66 comments

da.bell says:

T-Mobile would do better by speeding up the EFT reimbursement process and not take 3 months to complete. Then they can think about other stuff that might draw people to them.

It took me 5 weeks.... Lol

ki11ak3nn says:

Was it just for your own line?? Plus when did you switch?? That might have something to do with it.

DolphinDroid says:

That is about the same with me.. 5 weeks.

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ki11ak3nn says:

It took me about 2 months. But at least I got my ETF paid for. That was nice.

jer85008 says:

Transferred four lines, three from Verizon and one from Virgin. Took about eight weeks, exactly as they said it would.

coltsfan76 says:

Virgin is prepaid. They don't impose etf.

Mine took 8 weeks exactly to get the card in the mail. I didn't trade-in in store though.

BoB16731 says:

Took 4 weeks .. not sure what your complaining about its

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balthuszar says:

Not sure what anyone is complaining about in regards to this... They don't have to offer it

mwara244 says:

Yeah, what a bunch of entitled people thinking they deserve anything from a corporation, they should be happy period.

I don't understand why corporations need to provide services or products, people should just divy up their incomes and give it all to them and be happy. 'Merica

Sounds pretty interesting... The availability of otherwise "scarce" cellular devices is a cool concept. However, if I truly wanted phones like the OneplusOne, Oppo Find 7, Sony Xperia Z compact or the likes. I would definitely be on AT&T and just buy them direct.

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lightyear420 says:

one word - Sony.

norsairius says:

Agreed. I would've gotten something like a Z1 Compact via this route if it were available. I'm really curious to see where this goes.

Me too still want it and it's now just under $500
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Google play edition!

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jcastag says:

GPE devices, unlocked devices along with T-Mobile interest free financing and ability to insure would be awesome!!

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ki11ak3nn says:

You read my freaking mind!! If this happens this solidifies my switching from Verizon as a great move!! And I'll snatch up a GPE M8 in July.

jcastag says:

I think it's easy enough now to take the regular M8 and flash the RUU file to turn it into a GPE M8

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Yup its the same process as the M7

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jcastag says:

Trying to decide if I should do that to my M8...

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Wells Fargo and Citi have some credit cards with auto pay that pay up to $500 (first 3 lines covered) and $250 (first 4 lines covered) respectively for a phone fix/replacement. Easiest way to insure for free.

twolastnames says:

Does the website do a fake retinal scan to make sure your not the cops? This is really childish.

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jcastag says:

Oh I must have missed the part where it stated that were stolen or illegal devices

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hemihauler20 says:

Good point

Dizfunctions says:

If SONY phones and GPE devices are there then T-Mobile just won over tech enthusiasts.

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NoNexus says:

changes nothing if the network is crap...which it is for me. Why buy a phone you cannot use?

Many people can say that about any network though, In my office Verizon is a complete waste of time, T-Mobile I get 2 bars...Att is spotty
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tmiller679 says:

Sprint most be the answer to you're problem then ;)

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MERCDROID says:

Not if Sprint fuckin sucks in that area, too.

jackwagon06 says:

Wow merc! You drinking tonight or just a bit randy? Lol

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NoNexus says:

Merc has been not suffering fools well lately...

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jackwagon06 says:

It is tough from time to time. I know having a break at imore can help.....
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MERCDROID says:

@jackwagon Don't even get me started on iMore. You mention one bad thing about the iPhone, and you may as well light the torches and grab the pitchforks yourself, lol.

jackwagon06 says:

Tis true about imore! I should have added the "/S" at the end of that post to make it more spot on. No worries Merc!

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TenshiNo says:

Occasionally, it's fun to "flick the bee hive" ;)

MERCDROID says:

+1 lol

MERCDROID says:

@NoNexus I'm sorry, brother. I swear I'm not trying to start the carrier war bs. I've been going through some stuff. I'll get over it, lol.

NoNexus says:

Hope all is well Merc, if you wanna talk or something, PM me how you would like to (skype, whatsapp, etc) and I will be more than happy to....never hurts to have an impartial ear.

Be thinking about ya, hope it gets better...

MERCDROID says:

I appreciate that, brother. I really do. I'll be fine, though. Just gotta grin and bear it!

MERCDROID says:

Admit tingly, I've had a little too much too drink, lol. Too heavy on the whiskey.

carraser891 says:

lmao never seen u sware before

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MERCDROID says:

Lol, it's the bottle, trust me, brother.

MERCDROID says:

Yeah, I have both Verizon and AT&T, because I always run into areas where one or the other can't cut it.

deibed says:

then you can say the network is crap in your area, cus it's great in my area

MERCDROID says:

The same thing can be said about Sprint, though. Their coverage in Milwaukee is spotty as fuck.

quailallstar says:

I tweeted to tmo asking if the Z2 would be sold through this channel. No response yet.

LG Optimus G Pro

bhatech says:

Buy it through interest free Sony financing if it's that big a deal.

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DCSholtis says:

Well they do have another Uncarrier announcement on June 18. Could this be it and it got out early?

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Versed says:

If Sprint takes them over, their new store will be selling ZTE Hello Kitty branded phones.

NoNexus says:

I know this will be disappointing to you, but no

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MERCDROID says:

Why you no likey HELLO KITTY!?!?

NoNexus says:

It isn't the "hello Kitty" thing, it is ZTE ...lol

quailallstar says:

Haha that was worth the laugh.

LG Optimus G Pro

Sunofabob says:

Please let me get the OnePlus from them.

AC App via Nexus 5

sublimaze says:

Bookmarked, thanks. Not interested in a S5, but maybe that will be the first place to get a G3 or OnePlus One

cgardnervt says:

Great idea and lets hope to see other carriers use this idea as well. Lets end the bloatware that we do NOT need. :)

coltsfan76 says:

It would be great if I could get ahold of the Sony Experia Z2 on T-Mobile.

biggbrother2 says:

Too bad all these neat and different ideas will stop when Sprint takes control. Then back to Verizon it will probably be for me. :(

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NoNexus says:

YES you are so right...T mobile will just cease to exist. The planet will stop rotating. Life as we know it will cease. We should start hoarding everything we can. Bullets, water, food, women...things you can never have enough of.

THE APOCALYPSE IS HERE!! OH NOES!!!

Enjoy paying higher prices. Sprint Mobile will be pretty awesome...

audri50 says:

Why buy anything from them now. Soon they will be Sprint and many of us will be having to find another carrier. Sprint lies about your bill. Lies about discounts to suck you in and then cuts them off. And drops 3 out of every 5 calls. Verizon and ATT cost to much so my family is really going to be without phone service at all. Thank God I don't have a contract so I can bail when Sprint starts screwing it up like they did nextel!

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NoNexus says:

Lol... Bs

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audri50 says:

How many of you left Sprint? ETF was paid by T-Mobile and now you are going to be back where you started!

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NoNexus says:

This is another gimmick. I am guessing it is gonna be an outlet for their refurbished phones

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viennabb says:

Give me the Z30 via underground, and I'm there.

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MERCDROID says:

But, can't you buy it directly from Blackberry and put it on TMobile?