Everybody knows Black Friday sales are coming but if you're a person like myself, who pretty much hates going to the mall ever -- let alone when it is crowded -- you likely enjoy when retailers change things up a little and start offering deals before Black Friday. T-Mobile is doing that this year by having announced "Magenta" Saturday.

On Saturday, Nov. 19, T-Mobile USA, will have special pricing for quite a few smartphones and even some tablets. Among them, the HTC Amaze 4G, Samsung Galaxy S II, T-Mobile G-Slate for as low as $49.99 as a down payment with an additional fee each month ranging from $10 - $20 but you also get mail-in-rebates as well, which vary from $50-$250 to bring the cost down.

If you've been looking into picking up a new smartphone or tablet for yourself or someone else, jump past the break for the full details.

T-Mobile to Hold “Magenta Saturday” Sale With Smartphones and Tablets for as Little as $0–$49.99 Net Down
On Nov. 19, T-Mobile will help holiday shoppers escape the dark lines of Black Friday and help them step up to data and the smartphone revolution with minimal upfront cost.

BELLEVUE, Wash. — Nov. 15, 2011 — On Saturday, Nov. 19, T-Mobile USA, Inc. will celebrate its “Magenta Saturday” sale. For one day only, consumers will have the opportunity to purchase any smartphone or select mobile broadband device, including two featured tablets ― the Dell™ Streak™ 7 or T-Mobile G-Slate ― for a net down payment of $49.99 (U.S.) or less after a mail-in rebate card.

New customers will be eligible for this deal when they sign up for a qualifying two-year agreement on any of the company’s Unlimited Value™ plans with 2GB or higher of full-speed data, all running on America’s Largest 4G Network. Existing customers also have the opportunity to take advantage of this great offer if they are eligible for upgrade (18 months tenure or greater) and switch from a Classic to an eligible Value plan.

“T-Mobile wants to take the hassle out of Black Friday shopping with ‘Magenta Saturday’ by providing consumers with great deals a week early ― and without having to wait in line early in the morning,” said John Clelland, senior vice president of marketing, T-Mobile USA. “T-Mobile continues to make it easier for consumers to upgrade to 4G data and join the smartphone revolution by making our best devices more affordable and pairing them with some of the best value plans in the industry.”

In July, T-Mobile launched its featured Value plan on America’s Largest 4G Network, with unlimited talk, unlimited text and unlimited data ― with 2 GB of high-speed data ― for just $49.99 per line for two lines with a two-year contract agreement.

The following is a sample list of some of the premium devices available through the promotion at participating retail locations nationwide, including the new HTC Radar™ 4G, Samsung Galaxy S™ II, HTC Amaze™ 4G and T-Mobile G-Slate:

Magenta Sale

For more information about T-Mobile’s new unlimited Value plans and the “Magenta Saturday” sale, visit http://deals.t-mobile.com/unlimited-value-plan.

T-Mobile’s HSPA+ 4G network not available everywhere. See coverage details at T-Mobile.com.
*Equipment Installment Plans: On approved credit and 0 percent APR. Down payment and unfinanced portion required at purchase. Remaining balance paid in 20 monthly installments. Total post-rebate price of each device equals down payment amount plus monthly payment amount times 20.

About T-Mobile USA:
Based in Bellevue, Wash., T-Mobile USA, Inc. is the U.S. wireless operation of Deutsche Telekom AG (OTCQX: DTEGY). By the end of the third quarter of 2011, approximately 129 million mobile customers were served by the mobile communication segments of the Deutsche Telekom group — 33.7 million by T-Mobile USA — all via a common technology platform based on GSM and UMTS and additionally HSPA+ 21/HSPA+ 42. T-Mobile USA’s wireless products and services help empower people to connect to those who matter most. Multiple independent research studies continue to rank T-Mobile USA among the highest in numerous regions throughout the U.S. in wireless customer care and call quality. For more information, please visit http://www.T-Mobile.com. T-Mobile is a federally registered trademark of Deutsche Telekom AG. For further information on Deutsche Telekom, please visit www.telekom.de/investor-relations.
For more information about T-Mobile’s 4G products, please visit http://www.t-mobile.com.


Reader comments

T-Mobile holding 'Magenta Saturday Sale' - Select Smartphones and Tablets reduced


This is a bad deal for anyone with Even More Plus plan. By changing to this value plan, the phone will end up costing you $800 in 20 months! $20 is for the installment payment then by switching from Even More to Value plan the payments increase by an average of $20. So that's $40 per month to come out pocket. It's best to keep current plan and buy the phone outright at retail price if you can.

I'm almost certain that you are wrong. I'm on Even More Plus and am paying $120 for two lines, 1500 minutes, unlimited text, unlimited data*. The 2GB 2-year value plan is two lines for $100 which gets you unlimited minutes, unlimited text, and unlimited data%.

* - 5GB data/line unthrottled
% - 2GB data/line unthrottled

The real downsides of moving off of Even More Plus is the loss, most likely forever, of the higher 5GB soft data cap and having to be locked in for two years.

I've been seriously considering making this change at it will save me $20 a month. This particular deal sweetens the pot even more with the chance to get what effectively amounts to a $150 subsidy (in the case of the Samsung Galaxy SII). I think I'm going to pull the trigger. I rarely use more than a 1GB data as I'm on Wi-Fi most of the time.

There is no sale here...if you read the fine print you are paying full price for the phones (except maybe the $150 rebate) and adding a two-year contract in the process. Wouldn't it be better to buy the Galaxy S2 at $229 + contract rather than $49.99 plus $20/monthx24 months + contract? Am I missing something in the calculations on this "sale"??

Yes. You are missing a lot. The $49.99 is a value plan rate. The normal, subsidized rate is a lot more; definitely more than $20 more. Plus, with the subsidized plan it doesn't cover the complete cost of the phone. You still have to pony up $230 or so.

OK...went to the site. Here's the math:

Classic Unlimited™—Plus (subsidized plan)
$79.99/month for unlimited everything*.

* - 2GB data soft cap

Galaxy S2 with subsidy is $229.99.

229.99 + 1919.76 (24 x 79.99) = $2149.75

Value Plan (non-subsidized plan)
$49.99/month for unlimited everything*.

* - 2GB data soft cap

Galaxy S2 without subsidy is $50 (after rebate card) + 400 (20 x $20) = $450

450.00 + 1199.76 (24 x 49.99) = $1649.76

2149.75 - 1649.76 = $499.99 saved over the course of the plan.

T-Mobile has offered steep discounts for people who pay for their phone outright for a long time. The real obstacle to people taking advantage of this is the initial hit you get when you buy the phone. This current deal helps soften that considerably as the initial cash outlay is a net $50 (after rebate card) with a reasonable payment plan. It's a no-brainer in my opinion. I don't have confidence, however, that people will be able to look past the lack of a traditional subsidy and see that it's considerably cheaper.

Even without the $150 rebate, it is still a better deal to go with the value plan over the classic plan. I recently made this switch and had to do the math twice to make sure that it was indeed cheaper to go the value plan.

The other advantage exists if you keep your phone past 20 months. The classic plan does not decrease afterwards (even if you keep your phone 36 months you will still be paying $79.99). Whereas the value plan stays at $49.99.

I hope the above paragraph makes sense. It did when I first wrote it.

It made sense to me. Since you are saving $499 over two years if you take advantage of this "magenta saturday" deal, and the effective subsidy is $150, you would still save 499 - 150 = 349 without this deal. My only issue is that I've loved being off-contract and free and being tied down to a contract has to have a big incentive for me to consider it.

I understand being off contract is nice. I was switching from at&t (and had been off contract for the last 2 years) to Tmo, so I knew a contract was in my future. So that was my big incentive.

My real incentive for the value plan was the savings over the contract, plus the cheaper price after the contract ends.

It's only a good deal for new customers or those already in the "Classic" plan. My wife and I signed up back in the G1 days and only pay about $100 per month (before taxes and fees) for two lines. Maybe it's something that we're grandfathered in on, I don't know. I have a shared talk plan with a limit 500 "whenever" minutes at $50, 400 text messages per phone and "unlimited" data at $25 for each phone. We never come close to exceeding our limits so switching to the value plan doesn't really buy us anything.

I am eligible for an upgrade with a contract extension. I'm considering the Galaxy S II. So my choice is $229 non-sale, or $450 on sale. A real no-brainer choice there. I won't be running out to my local T-Mobile store on Magenta Saturday.

If you can get by with 500 minutes shared with two lines, then you are probably right. Most people couldn't do that. We use our phones for voice calls moderately and we still use about 700 minutes a month.

By the way, T-Mobile has options on the value plans. You can get 1000 minutes shared and unlimited everything else for $80 for two lines. So yeah, even without the subsidy you could save money by switching.