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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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Where can I get the nexus for prepaid service at $350?
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Quote from blacksabath337 View Post :
Forgive me for my ignorance but what are you doing that requires 42 Mbps on a limited data plan?

I have a 50Mbps home connect and it wasn't that great of an improvement over when I had 10 Mbps so why does 42 Mbps kill this?

It makes a difference in the download speeds.


besides that whats about the $55 more you have to pay for the GNEX? ($50+tax)
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Quote from blacksabath337 View Post :
Forgive me for my ignorance but what are you doing that requires 42 Mbps on a limited data plan?

I have a 50Mbps home connect and it wasn't that great of an improvement over when I had 10 Mbps so why does 42 Mbps kill this?
This is a common misconception that people have. Just because a device supports 42 Mbps doesn't mean that it will have that speed. Having the hardware CAPABLE of 42 Mbps allows you to get higher speeds than "older" HSPA devices


E.g.:
A device that is limited to 21 Mbps will probably get only 10 Mbps max.
A device that has 42 Mbps will probably get 20 Mbps max.
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Quote from Zarich View Post :
Where can I get the nexus for prepaid service at $350?
straight from google play.

https://play.google.com/store/dev...MzU1NzAiXQ..
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Quote from Zarich View Post :
Where can I get the nexus for prepaid service at $350?

google store, phones unlocked, youll have to pay tax also, so be arround $380
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Quote from redmaxx View Post :
The Galaxy Nexus is absolutely worth the trade off. T-Mobile and Samsung ruined this phone with the ICS update. Mine was crashy, Bluetooth was glitchy (although to be fair, this is more Google's fault) and the whole experience was awful. Sure it does have a faster processor, but you'd never know that by how slow the thing was all the time. Get the Galaxy Nexus. You won't be disappointed.
Really? The ICS update on my SII went without a hitch and I've encountered zero problems since. Everything works great! My phone wasn't rooted, and I didn't mess around with other ROMs if that makes a difference.

As mentioned before, the WiFi calling feature on T-Mobile Android phones could be an important factor if the area you live/work doesn't have good coverage. Not to mention that you can save your minutes while using WiFi networks.
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Quote from nexus14 View Post :
A device that is limited to 21 Mbps will probably get only 10 Mbps max.
A device that has 42 Mbps will probably get 20 Mbps max.

Exactly... it nearly doubles the download speed, you can check the phones reviews
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Quote from tenchichrono View Post :
Why not just get... the Galaxy Nexus instead? Hmm...
The only edge GN has on this phone is screen resolution and OS updates.
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Quote from vimalr View Post :
Also this phone is same as ATT Skyrocket version. So you can use Roms developed for Skyrocket as well.
That was even worse!

Quote from tenderidol View Post :
Really? The ICS update on my SII went without a hitch and I've encountered zero problems since. Everything works great! My phone wasn't rooted, and I didn't mess around with other ROMs if that makes a difference.

As mentioned before, the WiFi calling feature on T-Mobile Android phones could be an important factor if the area you live/work doesn't have good coverage. Not to mention that you can save your minutes while using WiFi networks.
It wasn't just me either. A family member's phone was updated and became as slow as molasses after as well.


I'm just saying, the benefits of the GSII don't nearly outweigh the significant downsides (T-Mobile preloaded crap, outdated ICS version if you stick with stock, variably slow experience, and questionable update future) when compared to the Galaxy Nexus.
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Quote from nexus14 View Post :
This is a common misconception that people have. Just because a device supports 42 Mbps doesn't mean that it will have that speed. Having the hardware CAPABLE of 42 Mbps allows you to get higher speeds than "older" HSPA devices


E.g.:
A device that is limited to 21 Mbps will probably get only 10 Mbps max.
A device that has 42 Mbps will probably get 20 Mbps max.
Oh the irony, you are criticizing someone for making a general statement and yet, you are doing the same. The speed has to do with where you live. For example, some area of NY actually do get full speed.
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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.
Dude, this deal is kinda hot. You have to pay OVER $300 on eBay for a "like new, open box" phone that probably has zero chance of having the warranty transferred to buyer as the seller is selling the phone without the receipt. My last "like new" phone I bought on eBay was a warranty replacement. That meant NO warranty support when I bought it, which I was aware of but had to accept.
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Quote from myamex View Post :
No 3.5G or 4G, you get 3G if you know how to edit the APN settings.
I thought the T-Mobile S2 and the AT&T Skyrocket had the same radios, so it wouldn't get the HSPA+ on AT&T?
http://forum.xda-developers.com/s...?t=1554820
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Quote from nexus14 View Post :
This is a common misconception that people have. Just because a device supports 42 Mbps doesn't mean that it will have that speed. Having the hardware CAPABLE of 42 Mbps allows you to get higher speeds than "older" HSPA devices


E.g.:
A device that is limited to 21 Mbps will probably get only 10 Mbps max.
A device that has 42 Mbps will probably get 20 Mbps max.

You're absolutely right. For me especially, the HSPA+ 42mbps capability is a HUGE plus as T-Mobile rolled out HSPA+ 42mbps in my area (SF, Oakland, etc) a few months ago.

EDIT: From what I've seen in reviews, Galaxy S Blaze (also 42mbps-capable) was able to get downloads as high as 25mbps in SF.

SOOOO tempted!!!! EEK!
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Quote from max1001 View Post :
Oh the irony, you are criticizing someone for making a general statement and yet, you are doing the same. The speed has to do with where you live. For example, some area of NY actually do get full speed.
Proof?

I know this is false because the only way that it would be possible to get max theoretical speed is if your device was the only device connected to that one particular tower.

Quote :
Modulation
techniques, coding rates, error correction and
information packet headers all utilize bandwidth
and lower the actual data rate throughput.

Operators must continue to provide voice and
SMS text services along with HSPA data. Many
cell sites are configured to support 50% voice
traffic, and 50% data traffic. In this ‘real world’
configuration, all practical data rates are halved
as only half of the bandwidth is allocated for
data applications

Therefore the highest data rate
a single user might experience is approximately
5 Mbps. In scenarios where there are numerous
users, the highest average rate would be the 5
Mbps / Number-of-Users.
http://www.rural700lte.com/White_...0Rates.pdf


Oh yes, the irony indeed.
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