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If you've been holding off on picking up a new phone on T-Mobile, your time to strike approaches. From September 21 to September 30, T-Mobile will be running a Zero Down promotion, whereby anybody willing to sign a two-year contract and pay off the device through installments will be able to get their phone without paying anything up-front. Well, sort of. You still have to send off that mail-in rebate, but after that, it almost feels like you're getting a free phone. 

T-Mobile's making a point to highlight the Samsung Galaxy S 3 in this promotion, but there's a lot of decent hardware available, like the Blaze 4G, Galaxy S Relay, One S, and the new myTouch. Who knows, maybe with a bit of luck we might see a T-Mobile version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 before the promo finishes. 

There are an awful lot of strings attached to a promotion like this, but for starving students looking for a new phone and not having a lot of money for a hefty down-payment, this is a pretty sweet deal. More information on the promotion is available over at T-Mobile Anybody biting? 

T-Mobile Helps Customers Fall Into Savings

From Sept. 21–30, get any device, including the Samsung Galaxy S® III, for $0.00 down

BELLEVUE, Wash. — Sept. 18, 2012 — Prices are falling at T-Mobile® this September during the “Magenta Deal Days” Zero Down promotion, making staying in touch more affordable than ever. Starting Sept. 21, customers can purchase any device, including the Samsung Galaxy S® III, for $0.00 down payment on qualifying Unlimited ValueTM and Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plans after mail-in rebate card.

“Our customers continue to appreciate our ‘Magenta Deal Days’ offerings because they showcase our commitment to giving all our customers the best 4G experiences,” said Andrew Sherrard, senior vice president of marketing, T-Mobile USA. “With back to school in full swing, we’re glad to offer another great deal to keep families in touch.”

The Samsung Galaxy S III is one of T-Mobile’s fastest 4G (HSPA+ 42 technology) smartphones. With an intuitive design, the Galaxy S III enables customers to effortlessly share photos, videos and more to a compatible TV or other Galaxy S III devices. Featuring a beautiful 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED™ screen, the Galaxy S III packs a powerful entertainment experience, which allows customers to watch HD movies and TV shows, download apps, and securely browse the Web.

New customers will be eligible for this deal when they sign a two-year agreement on any qualifying Unlimited Value and Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan (Unlimited, 5GB or 10GB). Existing customers also can take advantage of this offer.1

Data-hungry smartphone customers can choose the ultimate worry-free experience with T-Mobile’s new Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan, featuring no data caps, no speed limits and no overages, as well as fast, dependable nationwide 4G coverage. For more details about T-Mobile’s Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan, visit

The following is a sample of device pricing and EIP payments included in the “Magenta Deal Days” offer with a qualifying Unlimited Value plan:

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The “Magenta Deal Days” promotion will be available at participating T-Mobile retail stores nationwide. For more information about T-Mobile’s “Magenta Deal Days” promotion and details about qualifying plans and services, visit

1 Standard migration fees will apply for existing Classic customers who switch to a Value plan and have less than 18 months of contract tenure.
2 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.


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T-Mobile offering all phones for zero down next week


I have to agree with you here. Although you are getting the phone for "free" upfront, you are basically paying for the entire cost of the phone AND locked in for 24 months. No thanks. Now, if Tmobile offered this promotion with the 2 year contract price, then we could sit down and talk.

I don't think you read the details above. EG, on the GS3. You end up paying $400 after 12 months. You don't have to sign a contract, you can go with the month to month "value" plans. However, if you leave before, you will have to pay the remainder. Those value plans are cheaper then on-contract prices. However, if you have a discount on your monthly bill, you will not be able to apply it to the monthly plan cost... yeah, you learn something by reading.. try it sometimes.

Actually that is incorrect. T-Mo has contracts on the Value plans also. The old Even more plus plans did this type of pay monthly thing but had no contract.

That said though.....Look at the price in comparison to competition. Even looking at the numbers for Sprint, $199 for S3+$80 a month compared to $0(After Rebate)+$80 a month. Plus you can pay that off and down anytime you want to have your bill be $60 a month.

Seems like a fairly good deal to me. You are getting a discount on the phone just not a huge one like other companies offer.

What are you talking about? Do you mean not sell that in the promotion? Because the Note has been out on T-Mobile for a while.

The Note on T-Mobile was released about a month ago and pulled less than a week later. It was front Page news here on AC.

Great deal, if you get good T-Mobile coverage (it's everywhere now)you should jump on it. I have accounts with both Verizon and T-Mobile, My T-Mobile is faster. Get on average in my office at home over 15 mb down and 5 up, at night it goes to 20+ down and 5+ up. Verizon's LTE is slower by 3-5 mb consistently down and up. I also have unlimited data by Verizon and will always keep it but now T-Mobile offers the same plan for $30.00 a month without any throttling. I have the SGS3 on T-Mobile without all the problems people are having with signal issues on LTE on Verizon. The battery lasts all day and night on HSPA+. I sound like I work for T-Mobile and I don't. It is a great deal with a good Carrier and they are getting better and faster. I'm telling you when I hit the speedtest app and that needle just jumps out of that phone up to 20+ mb it is great and the unlimited data is great. Try T-Mobile, if you get good service you should jump on it, I pay $79.00 a month for all the calls, texts and data a month.
PS LTE is coming very soon. Just my Opinion.

"I have the SGS3 on T-Mobile without all the problems people are having with signal issues on LTE on Verizon."

I'm glad that Tmobile works for you. I'd switch if they consistently had good coverage everywhere I traveled. But, let me say that I don't have these signal issues you speak of. Hell, the majority of Verizon S3 customers don't have antenna issues. Tmobile's speeds are good, but until they get LTE (hope its soon), Verizon's speeds will still be on top. My download speeds are consistently 25mbps or more on LTE, and usually between 5-10 mbps on 3G. My upload speeds are usually between 5-10 mbps, so you got me there bud.

This is only a 'Good Deal' *IF* you want to be on a contract and you don't mind paying $400 USD for the phone over the next two years. ($20 x20). Otherwise this is nothing more than shaking the left hand and hitting you with the right. For example the GS3 is only $549 (Which is what I was basing the payment off of). So you end up paying just $149 USD less than retail && your in a contract.

No thanks! I'm a T-Mobile Customer and have been for a long while. I am on the Even More Plus™ plan and I purchase my phones out-right. No sense in locking myself in and paying a higher monthly bill for the sake of a phone that inevitably will be out-dated in a fraction of a contract term.

Of course this is just my opinion; "Don't take my words for it . . . . Ooh, Ah, mmm for yourself!"

(I'm glad you fixed the math before I could reply.)

A lot of this depends on your situation. We were on Even More Plus, which was cheaper than our old contract, but switched to the Value plan because it was even cheaper than Even More Plus. With the $5 unlimited data they attached to Value plans (now $10 but we have the old rate) but not EMP, it was even more attractive.

Oh, and Value plans are eligible for employee discounts while Even More Plus plans are not. That could result in a ~10-20% discount.

Very clever dates T-Mobile, but it won't work. Good attempt but they're gonna buy up them iphones by the millions regardless. And btw you don't have 4g so stop with the bullish*t.

Ha good point I didn't notice that till you said it. The iPhone launch day is the 21st so their obviously doing this to slew people away.

The whole thing to like about T-Mobile is you can buy your phone up-front, and get a discount on your monthly bill, saving you money over the $200 up-front with an increased monthly installment that means you end up paying over $1000 for last years phone.

I've got the money; I'll pay up-front next time, if it means a lower montly bill.