Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 is an impressive specimen of a smartphone, no doubt — it’s got a super screen, super stylus, and a super cool iris scanner to boot. In celebration of all that super-ness, T-Mobile announced on Friday a super deal: a buy one, get one free deal for “Samsung Superphones” on new lines.
It’s a shelf-clearing promotion in the sense that the carrier’s moving out old Galaxy phones to make way for the new, and as such the Note 7, predictably, doesn’t qualify. A number of older Samsung smartphones do, though, including the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, the Galaxy S6 Edge and Edge+, and the Galaxy Note 5.
Partaking is simple enough: Just visit T-Mobile’s website or one of its brick-and-mortar locations, add a new line of service to an existing plan with T-Mobile’s Equipment Installment Plan (EIP), and select your two Galaxy handsets of choice. There’s a bit of fine print to note, though. Both phones must be purchased on an EIP, and the device credit isn’t instant — you’ll receive installments over the course of your new line’s two-year billing period. And if you pick a device that requires a down payment, you’ll have to swallow that cost initially — you’ll receive credit for it down the line. Still, considering the upfront cost of a Galaxy S7 Edge on T-Mobile — $780 — it’s hardly a raw deal.
T-Mobile’s Galaxy promotion starts and ends on Saturday, August 6.
The promo follows T-Mobile’s recent restructuring of its Jump! On Demand payment plan for the Galaxy Note 7. Initially, the Magenta carrier said it would attach a $70 premium to Note 7 orders, but quickly backpedaled after a barrage of negative publicity. It’s since eliminated the down payment requirement and instead raised the cost of monthly installments from $32.50 to $37.50 — a $5 hike. Over the Note 7 plan’s 24-month installment period, the new plan’s total amounts to $900 versus the old one’s $850.
It’s T-Mobile’s second Samsung device promotion in recent weeks. In July, it offered customers who signed up for a four-line 6GB or 10GB family plan the choice of a free Galaxy On5 or J7 — a deal that’s still ongoing.
T-Mobile isn’t the only carrier offering a discount on older Galaxy devices. On Thursday, Sprint announced a buy one, get one deal for the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.