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Last Edited by meleniumshane90 November 12, 2012 at 03:04 AM
NEW: Walmart Family Mobile is doing $100 in bill credits on their smartphone activations. Details here: http://slickdeals.net/f/5461136-Walmart-Family-Mobile-Giving-Out-100-in-Bill-Credits-for-New-Smartphone-Activations-11-5-1-6

Available at Walmart Wireless locations now & Now available on Walmart.com

T-Mobile No-Contract Galaxy S II for $299 with activation in store on one of the following:
T-Mobile Prepaid Monthly 4G - $30 and up monthly plans. Monthly 4G Kits Have Arrived!
Walmart Family Mobile Activation or Verification of Current Account

New activation of Walmart Family Mobile (REQUIRES $25 activation kit, which includes SIM card)


Now Available with a $30 Prepaid Card Bundle @ Walmart.com [thatsitguys.com] for $329.99

(added additional info above for further clarification) 9/3/2012


Details for In-Store Purchase:
Existing Walmart Family Mobile customers are able get the $299 deal, just verify your telephone number and PIN to purchase the phone. Existing Monthly 4G Customers cannot get the deal - however they can activate the new phone and should be able to call in to transfer their previous account info into the new account.

I'll be answering questions here (also on the page linked below). Walmart does have these, look at the photos on the page. Ask someone competent in the Walmart Connection Center and ask if they have them in stock. They got the update on their computers last week (8/6/2012) on the deal and how it works. Stores received them between August 8th through the 13th - some earlier.


Source:
In-Store Deal
http://www.thatsitguys.com/news/t...almart-349

Walmart.com Deal
http://www.thatsitguys.com/news/t...almart-com

UPC:
WFM Variant: 610214630827
T-Mobile Prepaid Variant: 610214630810

Thanks to pacersman for the M4G UPC

Adding this to clear up questions
There seems to be a lot of incorrect assumptions on here as well as a lot of misinformation being given. Let me clarify everything. Also, it would be worth reading the info listed in the source.

This deal works ONLY at Walmart stores in the Connection Center. Stores should have received them and should have the info tags posted next to their Walmart Family Mobile display. There are no additional discounts or rebates available on this. The Galaxy S II is $570 outright, so you are effectively getting this phone for $270 off already.

There are two separate ways to attain the Galaxy S II for $299 in store:
? Activate a Walmart Family Mobile account. This will require a $25 activation kit, which includes your WFM SIM card. For more info on that, view the source. Existing customers of WFM should be able to get this deal after confirming their account.

? Buy the Prepaid variant - aka, the T-Mobile Monthly 4G Branded Box. This includes the Prepaid SIM card in the box, which they will activate for you. You must get a monthly plan valued at $30 and up.

Not all stores have these phones yet, but that has to do with their ordering system and their competence.
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Last Edited by nomar116 November 4, 2012 at 07:25 AM
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Unlock

How to unlock this phone:

Call T-mobile (must speak to the Pre-paid department) and request an unlock code. If purchased at this price point, you will not be able to get an unlock code by faxing in a receipt if you have not had your account active for a minimum of 60 days. Once you have had a minimum of 60 days service AND load your account with a minimum of $10, submit your request and expect a response with the code via email in just a day or two. Alternatively, instead of loading your account with money you can not have refunded, simply pay for your third month of service and you will be become eligible for an unlock code. (If you try to circumvent these rules you will likely just run into HUGE headaches, T-mobile pre-paid customer service is TERRIBLE).



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Memory

Strange. This is a T989 phone that shows only 768MB RAM and 12GB ROM, unlike the identified characteristics of 1GB/16GB. Not sure what to make of it.


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This deal has not been pulled from Walmart. They go in and out of stock both online and in stores.
- Meleniumshane90

Deal pulled out by Walmart?? 9:00 AM IST 9/25/12
--thelatest2008

Back in stock online at 11:00 PM EDT 9/21
Curtsey -amex1007

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Does not work on ATT
DOES NOT work with ATT prepaid data. Does not work at all, no 3G or 2G speed, nothing absolutely. If you are buying for that purpose, please dont waste your money. On the other hand, perhaps ATT customers may want to migrate/port their number to T-Mobile and use this awesome phone on their $50 monthly plan. Thats what I am going to do. F* ATT.
--thelatest2008
-- How can that be? Isn't this a 2G/3G/HSPA+ phone with both ATT & Tmo antennas/network stacks? Do you mean that the T989 is locked to Tmo, so you just have to buy an unlock code or wait for Tmo to unlock it?
-- Does the T989 have the same radio/network stack as the Samsung Galaxy Nexus?

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http://www.walmart.com/ip/T-Mobil...w9MynSeamY

OOS Online 12:02 PM EST
IN Stock at 12:02 PM 9/21/12 EST

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ROM info here:

http://forum.xda-developers.com/f...php?f=1332
USE AT YOUR OWN RISK >> CUSTOM ROMS CAN VOID YOUR WARRANTY


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With Apple winning the verdict in court won't these phones get blown off the shelf? I thought this might be a good deal a month ago but today I can't say it's a good deal now. T-mobile.com has been selling (check daily deal) the s2 for free with classic plan and only charges $200 to migrate to value plan just as an FYI.

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If you're looking for a car mount , the Samsung Infuse 4G mount works perfectly for both SII and SIII ( I have both phones )

http://www.att.com/shop/wireless/...90308.html

For some reason, this does not fit my S2. Does not clip into place - might just be faulty, but it's going back.

It took some acrobatic talent to get it fit in, but didn't feel safe. Moreover, the mount didn't charge the SII with the original charger as well as a high-amp (HP TouchPad 2.0 A) charger.

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#61
Quote from jbloggs View Post :
Galaxy Nexus vs Galaxy S2

http://www.phonearena.com/reviews...-II_id2921
Wrong Galaxy s2! That's the international version...this is the t-mobile version which has a bigger screeen (4.5") and a better CPU 1.5 ghz processor vs the inferior 1.2 on the Int'l version.

This T-mobile version came out later and is slightly better.
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#62
Quote from hristopelov View Post :
Exactly... it nearly doubles the download speed, you can check the phones reviews
Sorry to be blunt, but who cares? Songs will still download at a fast enough speed that it's negligible. Netflix will stream just as well. And in the case that you are downloading movies, my only question would be why the hell are you downloading movies over a limited data connection? Are you really so anxious that leaving your phone alone to do something productive for a few extra minutes is unfathomable?
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#63
What would you guys recommend for a good case for this SII? I wouldn't mind having one with a belt clip but a case that would protect it if I dropped it.
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#64
I recently did a lot of research because I was looking into getting a Samsung Galaxy SII. While it is a tad bit larger, I think the Galaxy Nexus is by far a much better deal. Similar processing power, better screen, twice the battery life, and it's 4G ready.

Check out the comparison for yourself (scroll down for more nitty-gritty details):
http://slickdeals.net/?sdtid=5035092&sdpid=52369184&lno=1&trd=http+geekaphone+com+compare+Sam+&sdfid=9&u2=http%3A%2F%2Fgeekaphone.com%2Fcompare%2FSamsung-GALAXY-Nexus-vs-Samsung-Galaxy-S-II
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#65
Quote from blacksabath337 View Post :
Sorry to be blunt, but who cares? Songs will still download at a fast enough speed that it's negligible. Netflix will stream just as well. And in the case that you are downloading movies, my only question would be why the hell are you downloading movies over a limited data connection? Are you really so anxious that leaving your phone alone to do something productive for a few extra minutes is unfathomable?
Not everyone is on a capped data plan. I am on a $3 data plan that provides unlimited data access. When my internet went out last year for a month, I used approximately 100 GB. Since this is Slickdeals, I am sure there are many others that have the same low-cost data plan
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#66
Quote from Iceboie View Post :
I wonder if you can upgrade the S2 to the Jelly bean?

Well, you can wait for Samsung to release it [knowyourmobile.com]. But I wouldn't hold my breath on them making it a top priority.

I'd search around XDA forums and see if there's at least one group working on it. I'm guessing there is. I have a puny LG G2x (2011 phone) which has one group working on a Jelly Bean release for it.

Quote from nexus14 View Post :
Not everyone is on a capped data plan. I am on a $3 data plan that provides unlimited data access. When my internet went out last year for a month, I used approximately 100 GB. Since this is Slickdeals, I am sure there are many others that have the same low-cost data plan

T-Zones? EEK!

Quote from Zarich View Post :
Where can I get the nexus for prepaid service at $350?

Get it from Google's own store. [google.com]. Should be unlocked for T-Mobile at least.
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#67
Quote from SlickDillie View Post :
And Wifi Calling

That feature is free only on postpaid plans.


Not to say there aren't other VOIP options. See Groove IP.
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Quote from mrstangblb View Post :
What would you guys recommend for a good case for this SII? I wouldn't mind having one with a belt clip but a case that would protect it if I dropped it.
As for cases, I think the top of the line would be an Otterbox case. They will run you around $20 for one case, but it usually includes a screen protector as well. While they may be a bit more expensive and bulky, Otterbox cases will protect your phone from nearly every drop and impact. Plus, the Otterbox cases for Samsung phones are a bit more stylish than the completely hideous iPhone variants.

Basically, if you want your phone to be nearly invincible and still be in pristine condition in three years, get an Otterbox. If you're just looking for something that will protect it from surface scratches, you could settle for a cheaper skin for your phone.

Here's a quick review:
http://androidspin.com/product-re...skyrocket/
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#69
Quote from Typhoon650 View Post :
I recently did a lot of research because I was looking into getting a Samsung Galaxy SII. While it is a tad bit larger, I think the Galaxy Nexus is by far a much better deal. Similar processing power, better screen, twice the battery life, and it's 4G ready.

Check out the comparison for yourself (scroll down for more nitty-gritty details):
http://slickdeals.net/?sdtid=5035092&sdpid=52369184&lno=1&trd=http+geekaphone+com+compare+Sam+&sdfid=9&u2=http%3A%2F%2Fgeekaphone.com%2Fcompare%2FSamsung-GALAXY-Nexus-vs-Samsung-Galaxy-S-II
It's not that clear cut. Twice the battery life?? Doubt that. Nexus has no micro sd slot and no wifi calling. It's personal preference, they each have their advantages...
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Quote from zeth006 View Post :
That feature is free only on postpaid plans.


Not to say there aren't other VOIP options. See Groove IP.
True, but some people may wind up on the family value plan. That's where I landed and the wifi calling made things so much easier when I had to work in a metal building in the middle of nowhere.
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#71
I played with the GS2 that my gf has, updated it to ICS, man does it suck compared to stock android. Definitely a deal breaker. Jellybean stock on Gnex > SG2
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#72
Quote from meleniumshane90 View Post :
Well, it's negligibly slower than the Galaxy S IIIs S4 Snapdragon. The only real downside is the lower resolution display.

This is hands down the best no-contract phone (and deal) out right now, though. Especially when the phone is still going on eBay for around $400.
I would advise against buying phones on eBay.

Much of the time, people get these phones cheap on credit and then resell them "new in box" on eBay. I have heard of a few nightmare stories where the original seller stopped making payments on the phone to the dealer and the service provider voided the ESN, essentially bricking the phone. Even though the phone may be new-in-box, the connectivity of the phone is dependent upon relations between the original buyer and the provider that the phone is linked to, which is something that a buyer on eBay would have little control over.

If you're in the budget for an SII, I would recommend the Galaxy Nexus. All around, I think it's a better phone and you can grab one completely unlocked from the Google Play store for about $350. You'll get an unlocked phone with customer support from google and you won't have to deal with crappy dealer bloatware slowing down your phone.

Phone spec comparison:
http://geekaphone.com/compare/Sam...alaxy-S-II

Google Play store:
https://play.google.com/store/dev...MzU1NzAiXQ
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#73
About a $50-60 difference for the Galaxy Nexus over the S2. Hard choice.
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#74
Quote from SlickDillie View Post :
It's not that clear cut. Twice the battery life?? Doubt that. Nexus has no micro sd slot and no wifi calling. It's personal preference, they each have their advantages...
16 GB built-in memory seems to be more than plenty. I'm have a capacity of 4GB on my phone right now and by regularly exporting media (videos, photos) onto my computer, I've barely managed to fill up 2 GB while keeping a nice chunk of my music library to listen to at the gym.
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#75
Quote from Typhoon650 View Post :
I would advise against buying phones on eBay.

Much of the time, people get these phones cheap on credit and then resell them "new in box" on eBay. I have heard of a few nightmare stories where the original seller stopped making payments on the phone to the dealer and the service provider voided the ESN, essentially bricking the phone. Even though the phone may be new-in-box, the connectivity of the phone is dependent upon relations between the original buyer and the provider that the phone is linked to, which is something that a buyer on eBay would have little control over.

If you're in the budget for an SII, I would recommend the Galaxy Nexus. All around, I think it's a better phone and you can grab one completely unlocked from the Google Play store for about $350. You'll get an unlocked phone with customer support from google and you won't have to deal with crappy dealer bloatware slowing down your phone.

Phone spec comparison:
http://geekaphone.com/compare/Sam...alaxy-S-II

Google Play store:
https://play.google.com/store/dev...MzU1NzAiXQ
Wrong Galaxy s2! This is the T-mobile version. If you look at that comparison, when they compare processors, they say both have a 1.2 Ghz processor. Actually, this Tmobile version has a 1.5 ghz processor which has HIGHER benchmarks than the Gnexus.

So I'm still waiting for the correct comparison...

I also would like to see benchmark comparison after this S2 received ICS update. Most online comparisons compare using this phone pre ICS.

Oh well, I prefer the GNexus as well because the display is way better (that's really important to me, but others may differ)
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