Thanks for this thread and I have read most of it. But, I am still confused, are the specs for either the $299 Family Mobile or the $329 TMobile phone with $30 card the same as the specs for the official t989 from TMobile or are we getting a stripped down version with less memory and less internal storage from Walmart?
I bought the T-Mobile pre-paid version from WalMart for a family member. It's the same phone - not stripped down. Earbuds/mic aren't included. Not sure if they are included with the T-Mobile post paid version.
What to do with the $30 gift card? I sold mine on Ebay for less than the face value - (I think $25) and e-mailed the code. For TMO value plan customers that prefer Android, the SGS II or Nexus 4 (direct from Google Play) are the best choices to reduce cost. The Nexus doesn't support Wi-fi calling, the T-Mobile branded SGS II does support wi-fi calling.