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The Galaxy Note 3 is set to launch on T-Mobile on October 2nd, but if waiting that long causes you too much anxiety, you can now head over to their website and call dibs on one of your own. That's right, Samsung's latest phablet is now available for pre-order on T-Mobile, and while the company may not believe in subsidizing their phones anymore, you're probably going to want to stick with the payment plan when placing that order. The Note 3 costs $199 with a two-year commitment to pay $21 per month. That amounts to $703.99, which is what you're going to pay if you choose to buy this device entirely upfront.

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If you put your name down, you will eventually go home with a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 3GB of RAM, a 3200mAh battery, a 5.7-inch 1080p display, and - of course - the Note's requisite S-Pen. Just to be clear, the Galaxy Gear isn't included with this purchase. There's no mention of a bundle here like what Verizon offers, so you will have to make a separate purchase if you're keen on sporting one of Samsung's $300 watches.

Galaxy Note 3 on T-Mobile

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Giingee

    What is a Sim starter kit?

    • Andy_in_Indy

      That is for people who bring unlocked or used T-Mobile Devices and they do not have the SIM card necessary to use the phone on T-Mobile. They call it a starter kit because it includes an instruction booklet, which you don't get if you just need to replace the SIM card.

  • Brandon Fletcher

    It's not working right now for existing customers. It's gonna be another hour or so before it opens up to existing customers (just got off the phone with support).

    • deeznutz1977

      I ordered mine at 9am eastern time existing customer here. Estimated delivery date: 09/26/2013

      • Brandon Fletcher

        How did you do it? I went to their landing page for the Note 3 and it tries to sell me a sim package and choose a new plan. As soon as I login to My T-Mobile, when I search "note 3" it gives me an upgrade button. When I click that, it tells me to call customer support.

        After being on the phone with 3 different departments, I'm just relaying what they told me about it being another hour or so. Edit: They also couldn't pre-order it over the phone for me, I tried that too.

        • slcty

          I'm in the same boat except it will let me place an order with a $150 migration fee. I'm not switching plans, just buying a phone so the migration fee shouldn't apply. I talked to support who said existing customers will have to wait until 10/2 to order without the $150 fee, or switch to a new plan and pay the fee. LAME.

          • deeznutz1977

            I guess i got lucky then.

          • slcty

            Are you on one of the newer simple choice plans?

          • Brandon Fletcher

            I finally found a technician that sees the problem. I've been through about 10 people and 5 departments. They're supposed to call me back when they get it figured out. I'd be willing to bet that the person who told you "existing customers will have to wait until 10/2" was just creating a clever way to make you call back tomorrow to get them off their back. I fell for similar excuses twice today (it'll be available in our computers in an hour, etc). Nobody's used that one on me though.

          • slcty

            Let me know what you find. I'd love to preorder one of these and replace my Note 2.

          • Matthew DiGiacomo

            Any luck? I am able to get to full checkout online and then it fails "order cannot be placed at this time". Other times, I can't even get to the upgrade page it gives me an error right away.

      • beinghitesh

        Hey...did you do regular UPS shipping or expedited ? Thanks!

  • Patrick

    Do you have to buy it from to mobile to get their 4G? I know they have 1900/2100 band in my area. Does T-mo version of the note 3 have the 1700 band?

    • Brandon Fletcher

      To my knowledge, if you are in a refarmed city using 1900/2100, you should be fine with AT&T version or international. All T-Mobile phones have the 1700 band, so there's no reason why the Note 3 wouldn't. My city is still on 1700, that's why I have to have the T-Mobile branded version.

  • Brandon Fletcher

    I've always heard that T-Mobile is notoriously bad with their phone pre-orders, but this is ridiculous. Doesn't look like it's improved any. My buddy had to get a new number and new account just to get the G2, even though they did the pre-order over the phone with that one - they couldn't figure out how to do it on his existing account. Both accounts are post paid accounts (month to month).

  • Joe

    what is the web page to pre order i cant find it? for tmobile

  • Matthew DiGiacomo

    I am able to get to full checkout online and then it fails "order cannot be placed at this time". Other times, I can't even get to the upgrade page it gives me an error right away. HELP

    • Brandon Fletcher

      I've already spent several hours on the phone today. They have no idea what's going on, but that error you're seeing is happening for us too.

      • cnelson700

        The tmobile website is the worst site I have ever been on - it is worse than Southwest.com! Anyway, when you have problems with the tmobile website, your best bet is to clear your cookies, history files, etc. and close and reopen your browser. Than try the excruciatingly slow and terribly incompatible tmobile website again.