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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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#76
Quote from chumpsky2010 View Post :
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)
Good catch! I'll try to find a more recent comparison. However, with the ICS update having just hit the SII, it might be a while before there's a comprehensive review. I'll keep my eyes peeled.

As for me, the main selling point would be the battery life. I just can't handle having less than 12 hours of power on my phone. Great that it has a nice screen, amazing camera, microSD slot, and is basically a handheld computer...but all that means nothing if there's no juice in it! No power just means I'm carrying around a really expensive plastic brick.
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Has anybody actually purchased one in store yet?ConfusedConfused
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Quote from gumburgerler View Post :
I don't agree with this statement. Here's why:

2. The G Nexus screen blows the SG2 screen out of the water with a much higher resolution (higher res than SG3)
May be on paper. In reality nexus screen is plagued with purple tint, graininess, banding etc. You have to be lucky to even get a close to perfect screen on nexus.
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Quote from SlickDillie View Post :
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
The T989, which is apparently the variant T-Mobile sells, is quad-band 3G OMG, which would make this a pretty good deal.

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.
ESNs are not an issue with GSM phones, and I have never heard of GSM carriers blocking IMEIs on non-stolen phones.
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Quote from chumpsky2010 View Post :
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)

Guys, whoever thinks screen on nexus is better, make sure to check out threads on xda. Nexus is a great phone but the screen has several issues like purple tinting, graininess, banding. Before jumping on to nexus wagon, make sure you can put up with those issues. I have heard S2 screen does not have those issues but haven't compared them myself. But I do own Nexus and have tried 4 phones(with their replacement policy). But couldn't find one with out those issues and finally had to settle for something which I could put up with.
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#81
I'm on postpaid with them...so how much would I have to pay beyond purchase price to get the phone and use on postpaid plan? (I can't purchase in contract because I'm on a grandfathered plan and every time I try to purchase a phone in contract they monkey with my plan)

I'm figuring $299 +1 month @ $30 + tax...missing anything?
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With a risk of making things sound overly simple, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is the better phone. And it should be, because it made it to the stores only recently, while the Galaxy S II has been around for the better part of the year.

With technological advantages like a higher-resolution screen, as well as a much better software platform in the form of Android 4.1, the Nexus is currently holding the lead in the Android race.

However, the Galaxy S II is not too far behind. Thanks to its simplistic and lightweight design, along with outstanding system performance, it has managed to fight a lot of rivals during the year and keep its status of being one of the best Android smartphones around. And with an upcoming update to ICS, we expect it to retain this status for a while longer.

Ultimately, if video recording is too important to you, or you don't feel like putting a 4.65” monster in your pocket, you'll be better off staying with the Galaxy S II, until a more suitable candidate appears on the horizon. In every other case, grab the Galaxy Nexus and enjoy the best of Android right now.
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#83
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I'm on postpaid with them...so how much would I have to pay beyond purchase price to get the phone and use on postpaid plan? (I can't purchase in contract because I'm on a grandfathered plan and every time I try to purchase a phone in contract they monkey with my plan)
Looks like either $25 or $30 more. Shame you have to actually activate it looks like. Just take the phone and put your current sim in it. The S2 uses regular sims.
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#84
t-mobile samsung currently has MIR rebate when you buy two phones. Will this rebate apply?
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#85
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t-mobile samsung currently has MIR rebate when you buy two phones. Will this rebate apply?
Can you link to that rebate?
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t-mobile samsung currently has MIR rebate when you buy two phones. Will this rebate apply?
What kind of rebate?
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Quote from rsveteran View Post :
The T989, which is apparently the variant T-Mobile sells, is quad-band 3G OMG, which would make this a pretty good deal.



ESNs are not an issue with GSM phones, and I have never heard of GSM carriers blocking IMEIs on non-stolen phones.
T-mobile will block IMEI, and ATT will start near the end of this year
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#88
I have an Exhibit II 4G on Walmart/T-Mobile's $30 unlimited data/text + 100min voice, but using GROOVEIP is laggy and has echo. I tweaked it for improvement, but I'd move up to the Galaxy S II if I can root it and put my SIM in it and have 4G. Will I get faster data, or is it limited to 3G?
I just visited my local Walmart and they had the tag for the Walmart Family Plan version. I didn't have time to ask if they had it in stock, but if this can be rooted easily and put on T-Mobile 4G, I'm in. Do I actually have to pay the $45 in service, or can I just root it before paying for service?
Oh and the excellent for the $$, Exhibit II 4G is $175 right now, if not cheaper if another QVC deal comes around. Compared to my friend's stock EVO 4G on Sprint, with a custom ROM it's much quicker.
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#89
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I have an Exhibit II 4G on Walmart/T-Mobile's $30 unlimited data/text + 100min voice, but using GROOVEIP is laggy and has echo. I tweaked it for improvement, but I'd move up to the Galaxy S II if I can root it and put my SIM in it and have 4G. Will I get faster data, or is it limited to 3G?
I think the Galaxy S II is limited to 3G+ right now.
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Quote from rsveteran View Post :
The T989, which is apparently the variant T-Mobile sells, is quad-band 3G OMG, which would make this a pretty good deal.



ESNs are not an issue with GSM phones, and I have never heard of GSM carriers blocking IMEIs on non-stolen phones.
Apparently, T-Mobile has blocked some IMEIs on phones that were subsidized and the contracts left unfulfilled.
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