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Last Updated: August 28th, 2012

After disappearing from T-Mobile's own website and appearing as backordered on others, a matter we posted on just a bit earlier today, we've heard from a very reliable industry source that T-Mobile is putting the Galaxy Note on "EOL" (end of life). We have every reason to believe this person (though they spoke on condition of anonymity), and today's events make it pretty obvious that's what's going on. The EOL date is estimated around November 1st, though that remains subject to change based on how quickly T-Mobile's remaining inventory is depleted.

Update: T-Mobile responded to our inquiry with: "The Samsung Galaxy Note is currently out of stock online via www.T-Mobile.com; however the device is still available for purchase at select T-Mobile retail stores."

This is pretty much what we expected to hear back - T-Mobile does need to clear remaining stock after all, so it makes sense for the Note to still be available at retail stores. And when was the last time a company completely removed a brand new device from its website just because it's sold out? If anything, showing a hot item as "out of stock" only increases demand for it.

Update #2 8/28/12: Amazon Wireless, which used to stock the Note, now lists it as unavailable, like pretty much every other major Internet cell shop. However, T-Mobile did put it back on its site as "out of stock" - something we thought they should have done all along.

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The Galaxy Note for T-Mobile's was confirmed all the way back in April. By May, a July release was rumored, but half of July came and went. Finally, on July 16, T-Mobile announced the Note, with most everyone knowing full-well that Samsung would be unveiling its successor at the IFA show in Berlin at the end of August. The Note 2 has even been hinted at in a teaser video for Samsung's Mobile Unpacked event at the show.

And, let's be honest, we were all thinking it: How could T-Mobile justify launching the original Note as a "new phone" nearly a year after its release? Especially with the announcement of its successor in such close proximity. It just didn't make sense.

Apparently, someone at T-Mobile (or Samsung, possibly) agreed.

Thanks, anon!

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • TheFirstUniverseKing

    Awesome. I was hoping to get the Galaxy Note II on T-Mobile and this now improves the chances.

    • Timothy Miller

      That was my thought as well. They wouldn't cancel a perfectly good product and potential profits unless they knew something bigger/better was right around the corner. T-mobile's doing poorly, but they aren't complete idiots.

      • http://www.facebook.com/troop.threeninetwo Troop Threeninetwo

        I agree, IMO Tmo let a lot slip while waiting for the merge to happen, now they are playing catch up. I almost left Tmo last month, but they worked REAL hard to keep me. Two sgs3's for the price of one and loyalty discount each month made my family plan atleast $60 cheaper than any other carrier. They still have a major up hill battle in front of them, but I think they are trying to get back into the game.

      • yarrellray

        Tmobile isn't doing as poorly as people think . They have LTE ADVANCED arriving soon enough to it's user base . And with unlimited data arriving September 5th they are set to really offer great options to it's customers. It's HSPA PLUS 42MPS network is doing as well as any carrier's LTE network and it's selection of devices are pretty much top notch. Trust me in the next 60 days people willbe leaving Verizon and At&t if Tmobile works well where ever they may live. And with the upcoming Galaxy Note 2 announcementAugust 29th you can bet that Tmobile and At&t will be getting that device before Sprint and Verizon. After all Tmobile was the only carrier that had the Galaxy S3 in stores to purchase on June 21st. I will be adding the Galaxy Note 2 to my Galaxy S3 on day one when launched on Tmobile.

        • squiddy20

          "Trust me in the next 60 days people willbe leaving Verizon and At&t if Tmobile works well where ever they may live."
          Wow. You have no clue what you speak of (yet again).
          1. You really think the average consumer is ready and willing to pay a $350 ETF, to pay at least another $150 for another phone, just for service on a carrier that is 3rd or 4th (of 4) in terms of voice/data coverage?
          2. You really think the average consumer not on T-Mobile knows (or cares) what happens "60 days" from now with T-Mobile? Good lord you are dumb. People have bigger things to worry about than their cell phone. They have this thing called "a life" which is pretty much always more than the world of cell phones, unlike you.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-D-Marks/1262577234 John D. Marks

            "Cell phone"? It's not a cell phone, it's an ultra mobile computer to be really precise. A mobile computer that happens to make "phone" calls. It is also used by many to ENHANCE their "lives".

          • squiddy20

            And yet, you never see or hear about the average consumer jumping from carrier to carrier on a yearly basis just to obtain the phone that looks "so totally awesome". People may care about their phones, but they care even more about their wallets.

          • note_lover

            Aren't you just a bitter individual! You're probably annoyed that arrellray is more than likely hitting the nail right on the head!

          • squiddy20

            I have yet to hear/read about the hordes of people leaving Verizon or AT&T for T-Mobile as Richard stated would indeed happen. Hit the nail on the head you say? Riiiight -_-

  • mikeGsays

    T-Mobile..... always thinking six steps behind!

  • David Rosen

    this is HILARIOUS.

  • crankyd00d

    Bunch of incompetent fools for all of this to happen at all, now let's wait about 1 whole year before they announce the Note 2 lol

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I'm willing to bet that means the Note 2 will come way sooner than it took the SGS II to come. Samsung and carriers have realized how to deal with the U.S. market in a much faster way, thankfully, which shows with the SGS III release.

  • Andy

    At least t-mobile is smart enough to cancel this before Note2 officially released/announced. Now, if they can get Note2 to US faster would be a smarter move.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      That's my bet.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    Here's my take on this. Rather than end up with more pissed off customers later, when more people buy the Note and get upset when Note 2 comes out, T-Mobile is pulling out sooner rather than later.

    What is mind boggling is that they released this at all.

    Here's what I'm thinking. A combination of any of these could have happened:
    - T-Mobile was up in the air whether they'd get the Note II soon enough and they decided to go with the Note I just in case, then reached a deal that would bring the Note II sooner than later.
    - Similar to how it took ages to bring the SGS II to the U.S. and much faster to bring the SGS III, I'm guessing Samsung is going to push out the Note II a lot faster too, if it's coming to the U.S. at all (I don't see why it wouldn't).
    - Samsung has discontinued making the first Note because the 2nd one is coming, and T-Mobile has run out of stock, whether for underestimating demand or Samsung cutting off supplies earlier than expected.

    Either way, all signs point to Note II IMO.

    • http://twitter.com/SParKlngCyaNide SparklingCyanide

      couldn't agree more, definitely is leading up to the Galaxy Note 2 being available on T-Mobile USA soon-ish. why else do this ya' know?

      • jammer

        Are you agreeing with all three possibilities?
        -troll

  • SCJaredJ

    hmm...perhaps they'll deeply discount any stock?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Don't think they have to if people are buying them anyway. If they're short on stock, they won't need to blow it out. Maybe at the very end, once and if the Note II is out and on the shelves.

  • matoz

    Cancelling for the upcoming SGN2?

  • matoz

    Cancellin' for the upcoming SGN2?

  • fixxmyhead

    wow this has got to be a record, 2 weeks and already EOL

    • yarrellray

      They played it pretty smart. They ordered a small amount of stock for the GALAXY NOTE all in the best interest of making sure they wouldn't miss out on the Galaxy Note 2. If anybody on Tmobile got the chance to enjoy the Galaxy Note they received a wonderful device with ice cream sandwich out the box. I'd rather have a device with Ics already on it than sitting around waiting for a update to ice cream sandwich like those on At&t had to do. If they got the Galaxy Note they will get the Galaxy Note 2 also.

  • http://twitter.com/julez456 Julio DeJesus

    How dope would it be if this time the Note 2 is a T-Mobile "exclusive" for a year before the other carriers can get their hands on it?? One can wish, can't he?? :)

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      It wouldn't be dope at all, and Samsung can't be this stupid to go for a long exclusive with the smallest of the 4 major carriers.

      • http://twitter.com/julez456 Julio DeJesus

        I only said it would be dope because I'm on T-Mobile. I wasn't really expecting a "T-Mobile exclusive" to happen. Just like @yarrellray:disqus I'm thinking they will probably launch it on all carriers just like the GS3. Can I at least hope that T-Mobile will get it first again like the S3?? :)

    • yarrellray

      As much as I would like to agree and say that would be Kool. I won't everyone deserves the opportunity to enjoy the upcoming Galaxy Note 2. Samsung has learned a lot since it's launch of the current Galaxy S3 this summer. The Galaxy Note 2 will be announced August 29th and launched just like the Galaxy S3 was this past summer

  • MatthewMurawski

    I already have the T-Mobile Galaxy Note? Does this mean no Jelly Bean update?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      It's unclear at this point and up to T-Mobile and Samsung.

  • http://twitter.com/fightcrazy Vinny

    Just hope the Note 2 comes to T-Mobile. It would really suck if it didn't.

    • Tony

      Yeah Note 2 will come to tmobile at the end of 2013, three weeks before Note 3 release date..lol.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        Looks like it's going to happen in November of this year.

  • Fuzzypaw

    There is actually still a viable release path for the Note 1. Release it as a low-end device you get for free or $50 with a new / renewed contract, simultaneously with launching Note 2 as the high end device. That's what the carriers do with iPhone, after all; the current iteration is the high end, the previous iteration is the low end.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I'd say it could work for something smaller, like it currently does for the SGS II and III, but I don't think it makes much sense for such a unique and niche device like the Note. I just can't see a carrier stocking both I and II at the same time without discontinuing one.

      • note_lover

        I can see them carrying both, the Galaxy S & SII are still selling so why woudn't they offer the original Note? There are people that don't have to have the biggest and the best, they'll be happy with a discounted Note, if it's offered. This way they can enjoy the Note for less money.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          They have to think about not confusing people and offering too much choice (that's not always a good thing). The Note hasn't returned back to stock on t-mobile's site or any other e-tailer, so looks like our source was correct.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Susan-Martin/100003697994211 Susan Martin

    Note 2 is just around the corner, off course they would pull the note.

  • Alphonse Bourdierd

    This is the same thing that happened with the gs2 skyrocket HD. att cancelled it, cause they were getting the gsIII, instead.

  • Taihron Heaven

    is it confirmed whether or not that t-mobile willbe receiving the Note 2? i was gonna get the Note as an upgrade from my HTC G2 shortly after my birthday but now hearing about the fact that the Note is no longer available im really disappointed. Im just praying that the Note 2 will be released on T-mobile very VERY soon.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      It's confirmed now.

  • Jax

    I ordered the Galaxy Note from T-mobile via phone a week ago. At the time they told me it was backordered and I would see it shipped to me sometime this week. I just called them and they told me that they only received a small order of them and that it's officially no longer available. However, the orders that went in should be filled. I now have to wait 48 hours to see what will happen...in the meantime, no phone for me. T-mobile has always been very helpful and I chose them because they had the cheapest data plan for me, but I am disappointed with what's going on :(

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-D-Marks/1262577234 John D. Marks

      What happened with your order?

  • Dumbo

    I do not have a degree in business, but I wouldn't do this kind of blunder. You bring a phone weeks before its next version appears? That is retarded a business decision.

  • http://about.me/arjunyadav Arjun Yadav

    Sounds like a plan.. But the features of the Jelly Bean look pretty kick ass:
    http://www.examiner.com/article/features-of-android-4-1-jelly-bean-os