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T-Mobile skips Black Friday – will have a Magenta Saturday sale instead

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Black Friday is getting so big that companies and retailers are trying to create their own spinoff sales days to get attention. Running with the color + day theme, T-Mobile’s marketing department has decided that “Magenta Saturday” will be its big push. On Nov. 19, the wireless carrier will hold a big sale on some of its biggest phones, but only if you get one of its new Unlimited Value plans. Most of the discounts are mail-in rebates too, so you won’t see much savings up front.

The phones and tablets on sale:

(These come with a two-year contract and you have to pay off the phone in 20 monthly installments. Instead of embedding the costs of the phone into its rate plans, T-Mobile is charging less for plans and letting customers choose their phone price. All carriers charge you about $600 for top smartphones, but they hide the price inside their rate plans. T-Mobile is making it more visible. )

  • HTC Amaze 4G – $50 after $150 mail-in rebate (+$20 monthly for 20 months)
  • Samsung Galaxy S II – $50 after $150 mail-in rebate  (+$20 monthly for 20 mos)
  • HTC Radar 4G – $50 after $50 mail-in rebate  (+$15 monthly for 20 months)
  • T-Mobile MyTouch Q – Free after $50 mail-in rebate  (+$10 monthly for 20 months)
  • BlackBerry Bold 9900 – $50 after $150 mail-in rebate  (+$20 monthly for 20 months)
  • Samsung Exhibit II – Free after $50 mail-in rebate  (+$10 monthly for 20 months)
  • T-Mobile G-Slate tablet – $50 after $250 mail-in rebate  (+$10 monthly for 20 months)
  • Dell Streak 7 tablet – Free after $100 mail-in rebate  (+$10 monthly for 20 months)
What do you think of the sale? Is it a bit too confusing with the down payment, monthly payments, and mail in rebates? From our best estimate, the bulk of your savings will come from the mail-in rebates. The problem with mail-in rebates is that it’s always a pain to send them in, it could take months to get the money back, and sometimes you have to do your own followups to make sure that they send the refund at all. This is for mail-in rebates in general, not T-Mobile specifically, of course. If you’ve done a mail-in rebate with T-Mobile or a carrier before, please share in the comments.