While holiday shoppers are gearing up for Black Friday sales, online retailer Amazon.com has begun offering Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2 at a lowered price of $250.
This is a significant decrease from the smartphone-tablet hybrid’s price on other carriers, and is only offered through Amazon. Users must pay $369.99 to purchase the handset on T-Mobile’s network. Sprint is selling the Galaxy Note 2 at nearly $100 cheaper than T-Mobile for $279.99, which is still about $80 more than AT&T’s deal through Amazon. The device costs about $300 through AT&T's official website.
Amazon.com's reduced cost for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 comes with a two-year commitment to AT&T, while other carriers are still offering the “phablet” at a higher price.
Verizon is the only major US carrier that has not released the Galaxy Note 2 on its network, but it is expected to get the “phablet” near the end of the month.
The online retail giant previously offered the Galaxy Note 2 for $699.99, and still has it listed in that price range for the unlocked version. The 16GB variant of the unlocked handset in gray is selling for $621.73 and the white unlocked international edition is priced at $625.99.
The lower-priced Galaxy Note 2 was originally advertised on Amazon over the weekend, and those who order will get free two-day shipping.
It is unclear as to why Amazon and AT&T have decided to lower the handset’s price, but it could be a move to allure buyers during the holiday season shopping rush.
T-Mobile was the first carrier to release the Galaxy Note 2 in the US at the end of last month. On Oct. 24, just before Samsung’s New York City press event, T-Mobile posted the news to its official Twitter account. Sprint was a close second, as the carrier released the Korea-based company’s hybrid device a day later on Oct. 24.
AT&T users have had to wait a little longer, since the Galaxy Note 2 just made its way to that network on Nov. 9. However, AT&T subscribers do get to enjoy the reduced price deal through Amazon so the launch may have been worth the wait.
The Galaxy Note 2 had launched in the beginning of October in other areas of the world such as South Korea and the United Kingdom, and Samsung had managed to sell three million units in just over one month. Apple’s iPhone 5 surpassed this sales mark by a significant margin, selling five million handsets in its first three days of sales.
Samsung initially unveiled the Galaxy Note successor just before its IFA event in Berlin this past August. The newest iteration of Samsung’s phablet comes equipped with a thinner and lighter body than its predecessor, a 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos processor, a Super AMOLED display, Near Field Communication compatibility, an 8-megapixel rear facing camera, 2GB of RAM and more. It also ships with Android 4.1 Jelly Beam, one of the newest iterations of Google’s mobile operating system software.
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