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Samsung Galaxy Note 2 for Sprint Available October 25 for $299

Sprint announced this morning that they will launch the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 on October 25 for $299 on 2-year contract. They are the first of the four major carriers to announce a date. Samsung told us that the device would be out on all carriers by mid-November, but we sort of suspected that there would be carriers looking to push it out before then. Next week, Samsung is throwing a big NYC bash to kick-off the launch of the Note 2, so expect there to be more availability announcements around that time.

Still no word on Verizon’s version. Would anyone be surprised if it was last to the party, though?  

Samsung Galaxy Note II with Sprint 4G LTE Available Oct. 25 for $299.99

Innovative Device Combines the Creativity of a Tablet and Productivity of a Smartphone with Truly Unlimited Data from Sprint

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), October 16, 2012 – Sprint (NYSE:S), the only national carrier with Truly UnlimitedSM 4G LTE data, text and calling to any mobile, today announced an availability date for Samsung Galaxy Note® II. Beginning Oct. 25, it can be purchased for $299.99 with a new line or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement (excludes taxes and surcharges) for either color option – Marble White or Titanium Gray.

Manufactured by Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC (Samsung Mobile), the No.1 mobile phone provider in the United States, Galaxy Note II will boast several firsts for Sprint – first to launch with Android™ 4.1.1, Jelly Bean; first smartphone display larger than 5 inches; and first device to launch with a quad-core processor.

With the latest HD Super AMOLED™ screen technology powering the device’s 5.5-inch 720p display, images are bigger, clearer and brighter than ever. Performance and power are built-in on Galaxy Note II with Samsung’s Exynos™ 1.6GHz quad-core processor, a long-lasting battery, blazing fast 4G /LTE network speeds, and international voice and data capable compatibility with GSM/UMTS/CDMA networks.

Galaxy Note II comes with a built-in S Pen™ that is longer, thicker and ergonomically designed for the perfect grip. Its advanced features also provide enhanced capabilities to capture ideas and inspirations instantly and to combine handwriting with any digital content directly on the screen. Galaxy Note II features an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera with HD video recording. The camera’s powerful features include Buddy Photo Share, Burst Shot and Best Photo, which were introduced on Galaxy S III in June.

With the diverse mix of mobile devices being used in the workplace, companies must be assured about the security of corporate data and applications available on the devices. Earlier this year, Sprint introduced a designation for select smartphones, including Galaxy Note II, that deliver enhanced security, device management and Exchange Active Sync capabilities to business customers, Sprint Professional Grade.

Following the same business-friendly path, Galaxy Note II is a SAFE™ (Samsung for Enterprise) device, providing the ability to securely sync corporate email, calendars, contacts and sensitive information. SAFE provides a comprehensive approach to making Android devices more secure and manageable for business users. With a thorough quality assurance process in place to test and confirm the Note II enterprise capabilities, SAFE systematically meets the rapidly evolving needs of IT and the growing number of businesses allowing employees to “bring your own device” (BYOD) to work.

Enjoy Data without Limits

Samsung Galaxy Note II customers can enjoy an unlimited data experience with Sprint Everything Data plans. Sprint’s Everything Data plan with Any Mobile, AnytimeSM includes unlimited Web, texting and calling to and from any mobile in America while on the Sprint Network, starting at just $79.99 per month for smartphones – a savings of $20 per month versus Verizon’s comparable plan with unlimited talk, text and 2GB Web (excludes taxes and surcharges). With Sprint’s Everything Data and other plans that include Truly Unlimited data, Sprint is continuing its history of data leadership by making it easy for its customers to use data in all the ways that are useful to them, such as news, email, music, TV and GPS navigation, without worrying about data overages on their monthly bill.

Sprint 4G LTE is available in 24 citiesi and is expected to be in more than 100 additional cities in coming months. Sprint introduced its all-new 4G LTE network in July 2012 and expects to have largely completed the nationwide build-out by the end of 2013. For the most up-to-date details on Sprint’s 4G LTE portfolio and rollout, visit www.sprint.com/4GLTE.

Sprint will host the 12th annual Open Solutions Conference Oct. 24-25 at the San Jose, Calif., Convention Center, offering developers, ecosystem partners and executive attendees an up-close view into the latest app developing tools and capabilities, keynote presentations from Sprint CEO Dan Hesse and other industry leaders, breakout sessions, coding sessions, event sponsor exhibits, and business-critical networking opportunities. Registration is open at http://developer.sprint.com/OSC2012.

About Sprint Nextel

Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served more than 56 million customers at the end of the second quarter of 2012 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The American Customer Satisfaction Index rated Sprint No. 1 among all national carriers in customer satisfaction and most improved, across all 47 industries, during the last four years.Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 3 in its 2011 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation’s greenest companies, the highest of any telecommunications company. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com orwww.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.

  • marsh

    I preordered the note 2 and the internet is slower than my wifes galaxy s. Wonder if there are radio issues

    • marsh

      Im with us cellular

  • viewthis66

    WTF?!

  • Damon Aldora

    I think I am going to stick to T-Mobile for the Note 2… T-Mobile is the
    only carrier to offer an unlimited plan that actually has fast speeds, so I’ll
    be upgrading to the Note 2 through them. Also, in many instances, my phone is
    so much faster than one of my DISH coworker’s LTE phone from Verizon Sprint. We
    like to use the DISH Remote Access app on our phones to stream live and
    recorded shows using the Sling Adapter that’s connected to our receivers. With
    how much his phone buffers, I can’t see the worth in paying so much. It’s nice
    being able to stream when I want without worrying about hitting a data cap.

  • Chelsea Richards

    I know they get this a lot and everyone knows that they have the
    expensive plans on the menu but I have to say “NO DOUBT” they deliver results
    as expected…

    BuyElevators.com

  • ThatsHowISeeIt

    Verizon, can you hear Sprint now?

  • Tim242

    I can’t wait to use my Sprint commission check to buy the Verizon Note 2 full retail to keep my awesome unlimited LTE!

  • StoneColdCarl

    Great, that’ll be about $400 for Verizon.

  • Rickerbilly

    I will be buying this!

  • OG

    So…..would I have able to transfer my upgrade from my unlimited line, onto my line with no data, get the note 2 and just switch back to my unlimited? Keeping my unlimited?

    • OG

      ****would I BE able to…..stupid swype

  • David

    Might Jump on this one… I hope they fix radio over the S3 had lots of issues… Maybe 3rd time a charm,Nexus and S3 both had issues.. Will take an upgrade for this and rock on my unlimited data plus 4G is coming about on Thurs..

    • BSweetness

      I had tons of reception issues with the Galaxy Nexus, but the S3 has surprisingly been rock solid. I haven’t had any radio problems, and it’s been just barely behind my Motorola devices and on par with HTC when looking at actual reception numbers.

  • Paul

    I’ll visit a sprint to hold one, but I’m pretty sure I’ll end up going with the DLX or a Nexus. I just don’t think this would fit in my pocket, but it’s worth a look at.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1593169740 Chris Amaya

    Considering selling my Galaxy Nexus, using the money I get to help with the ETF cost with Verizon, jumping ship to Sprint, and getting this monster. It would still be cheaper than buying this thing at full price just to keep my unlimited data with Verizon. And hopefully Sprint’s LTE will be up and running here in Los Angeles by December. What say you people?

    • Drew

      If you are on a family share plan, could you open a $10 line on it and use that “upgrade” for this phone, and simply activate it on your line? That is what I did for my wife’s iPhone 5 and what I plan to do to get this beaut (Im on an OG Razr now, but want to keep my unlimited plan).

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1593169740 Chris Amaya

        I upgraded the other phone on my line this past June. So if I open another line then what would I do with it? I would have no use for it.

    • Br_d

      I’d wait till December to see if you’re right about LTE. Galaxy Nexus with LTE > Galaxy Note 2 without LTE. JMO.

      Also, the next Nexus phone might be out by then, and you might want that over the Note.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1593169740 Chris Amaya

        Next Galaxy Nexus?

    • Tim242

      As a Sprint employee, I say that would be crazy!

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1593169740 Chris Amaya

        Crazy? ‘Splain yourself good sir!

        • Tim242

          In the markets where Sprint advertises 100% LTE coverage, they only have 10-20% actual coverage. The network in general is crap.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1593169740 Chris Amaya

            Hmm….A lot can happen between now and December though.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mark.schleupner Mark Schleupner

    I don’t care when it comes to Verizon, I just don’t want “Verizon Wireless” on the home button….

    • Tim242

      That was a fake.

  • Brittany n

    if I could get good reception where I need it most I would switch back to sprint for this

    • yarrellray

      Trust me Verizon is just as bad from a reception and signal strength standpoint. Don’t be fooled by this large footprint with LTE. The battery life on most of the LTE devices they have is horrid mainly because of it’s poor inconsistent reception they get on various devices. Verizon is overrated and overpriced at best I was glad when I kicked them to the curb for Tmobile.. Tmobile wips there ass her in New York City… GSM vs CDMA no comparison at all….

      • squiddy20

        WTF does Verizon have to do with Brittany’s comment? She said absolutely nothing about Verizon, and yet here you are putting in your stupid, needless words. Try reading and comprehending before you so blindly comment.

      • Tim242

        There’s a reason that GSM carriers have the most dropped calls and the worst reception. Why do you even waste your time typing comments? Everybody knows that you are mentally challenged.

      • Brittany n

        actually I’m with Verizon now and I do get better reception especially in certain buildings and in elevator’s when I always dropped calls with sprint and even tho I have lte in my area I’m always on WiFi so I Don’t experience any issues with it

      • http://www.facebook.com/troy.woodson6969 Troy Woodson

        Really? T-Mobile Sucks a**! If I were ever to switch from Verizon to another wireless carrier,T-Mobile would be last mobile company I would go to. I had two friends of mine come over to my house and they couldn’;t even place a phone call from inside. One owned a Samsung S3 and my other friend owned another device but both of them had the same problem ( poor reception). I live in Brooklyn,N.Y and they had to go outside on the stoop to place a call. Verizon has the best 4g/LTE service in the nation.I travel a lot and I have never experienced any trouble with my service whatsoever. My phone works in elevators,lower level basements,etc. Overpriced…yea! Overrated..Not!!

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Glendon-Jackson/100001816356589 Glendon Jackson

        T-Mobile is super trash in every way possible

      • http://www.facebook.com/la.harrison.3 LA Harrison

        I had Sprint and traveled to many states.. in the cities and the country side. Sprint overall had the slowest data, and worst reception. AT&T was better, but with Verizon, I get a solid and consistent LTE signal. Speaking of battery life being bad on Verizon phones? I’d say no. Only if someone has gps and other features on. But using LTE/24 hours per day, I get 12-15 hours with heavy use on my Galaxy S3. This includes many phone calls, texts, music from YT, surfing the web for reading, being on forums, taking photos… By the way… Sprint waived my ETF in writing… then a few months later turned me into a collection agency for not paying the ETF. I forwarded on my documents where they told me it was waived, and all they did was laughed, and said they had the right to change their minds. Sprint = thieves!

  • http://twitter.com/garagelogician Jeff C

    Sprint is pretty good in my neck of the woods, if I was in the market for my own phone and plan (currently provided by my employer) I would get this phone on Sprint. For my usage, I’d rather have unlimited 3G data than capped 4G.

    • Tim242

      Except that Sprint’s unlimited 3G is actually only 1G speeds.

  • http://www.facebook.com/timothy.mclaughlin.520 Timothy Mclaughlin

    Any word on off contract price?

  • MichaelFranz

    anyone hoping for a Note 2 Mini?….wait, wouldn’t that just be a updated spec S3? lol sorry i had to

    • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

      you mean a downgraded-spec?… because the “mini” customers care more about form factor than specs. maybe they could just slap “note 2 mini” stickers on the gs3

  • chris125

    But, but, but, verizon is the only one that charges $299 for phones I mean everyone likes to bash them for that, but at least they actually have an lte network to use phones like these on…

    • r0lct

      No, the problem was Verizon was charging an extra $100 because of LTE, not because the hardware was more expensive. It was an artificial premium.

      This phone has a much larger screen and other top end specs which at least you can make an argument that there is a higher cost to pass on.

  • Br_d

    I would buy this phone if Sprint had LTE in my area. Sprints plans are way more reasonable than the other carriers, but there’s just no way I could go back to 3G.

    • JoshGroff

      Where I live, it’s VZW and Sprint with 3G, and AT&T and T-Mo both have HSPA+. :/ Hoping VZW brings me that LTE love by the end of the year.

      • KB26

        I live outside a large city, and i mean WAAAY outside, so I doubt that ANYONE has 4G of any sorts. Funny thing is that 1 mile away from my neighborhood, I can pull a good LTE signal.

  • Manuel Coronado

    Verizon where you at?

    • fixxmyhead

      last place as usual

  • Chuck Finley

    $799.99 off-contract?
    (VZW, because I’m sure all carriers will use the $299.99 subsidized price point)

    • G

      Just a thought, but if this phone comes to vzw for $800, why not start a new contact and pay the subsidized price of $300 and cancel immediately for a $350 etf…even with the new activation fee, it would still be a savings of over a $100.

      • Chuck Finley

        Yeah, but I wouldn’t risk my unlimited data on VZW by starting a new contract.

        • JoshGroff

          Add a line, take upgrade, cancel line? Assuming there’s no hidden charges, that should work.

        • ericsf8

          Chuck, I thought that myself, as I didn’t want to lose my unlimited data. But if you do the math. It makes no sense to keep the unlimited data plan unless you use A LOT of data. This is what I pay currently, I’m thinking you’re probably similar. $60 for 900 mins, $30 for unlimited data, $10 for text. That’s $100. Lets take away the text plan. For $90 you can get 8GB limit + unlimited talk and text. Full price of the phone $800, contract price $300. You’re paying $500 more over 2 years or $21 more a month. For $10 more a month you can easily add another 2GB bringing your total to 10GB a month and still be saving money over keeping your unlimited plan and paying full retail price. If your using more than 12GB a month than I would say go for it and pay full retail price.

          • jessiejames1209

            Would you come by my house and do the math on my contract when you get a chance?

          • Chuck Finley

            You’re close but over by some… I’m actually $40 for 450 mins, $30 for unlimited data, $5 for 250 texts + 20% Preferred Employer discount; but I do fluctuate between 12-20GB/month (depending on how often I use my N7 on the go).
            I’m still stuck though, because I love my Gnex (w/BB) and I haven’t quite seen anything that’ll make me give it up for full retail. Note II sounds great but I’m also keeping an eye on that HTC beast that’s lurking in the bushes. And I don’t want to get the next Nexus for the sake of having the next Nexus, I want the next Nexus to be a Nexus I REALLY want…

          • ericsf8

            hmm, sounds like you fall in the “I use a lot of data” category so keeping unlimited would make sense. For me, I use like 3-4 GB a month, so it’s not as worth it for me. I’m in the same boat when it comes to my next phone though. I want the Note II. But I’m such a crack flasher on my GNEX that I’m afraid I’m going to be overwhelmed with envy when new updates come out for the new GNEX. Maybe it’ll be better for me though. Imagine all those hours saved not tinkering with my phone (that’s me trying to convince myself it’ll be ok not getting the new GNEX)

      • Detonation

        I wouldn’t be surprised if this phone has a special ETF that’s higher or something. They’re sly enough to make sure it won’t be cheaper than retail.

        • G

          I can see the VZW presser for that now…”All phones with a screen size greater than 5.1 inches, initially released after today but before the holiday season concludes, are subject to an ETF that falls outside of our normal fee schedule. The new fee will be solely based on the discretion of Verizon Wireless and its affiliates (not to exceed $999), and is henceforth agreed to upon purchasing said phone…”

          Or something like that…

        • BSweetness

          So far they haven’t done this for any of the 64GB iPhones (which are $849 off contract), but I wouldn’t put it past them to start at some point.

      • Brian Menius

        I’ll have to look into that option, G.

  • MichaelFranz

    Pretty Sure VZW will market a thanksgiving week launch, maybe week before and promote the hell out of it for holiday season. However considering it is an 4 carrier phone it might not be crazy high on their marketing list. Samsung may do more of the marketing

    • r0lct

      The multi-carrier is why I wouldn’t be surprised if they push the DROIDS through Thanksgiving and release it in Dec like they did the GNex to make sure “their phones” are the top sellers.

      • MichaelFranz

        yea that may be true i forgot about the razr HD’s already. even if the DLX comes out before then too, still no word on that, waiting for Kellex and the gang to find out more on that device and how official the specs are other the the rumors we heard

  • Visual360

    Anyone knows why ATT seems quiet about announcing the release date on their Note 2?

    • r0lct

      It seems typically all the carriers don’t announce a phone’s date/price until it’s 2 weeks out or less.

  • Dan

    Sprint Sucks

    • JoshGroff

      Actually Dan, that’s a vacuum. I can see how you’d get them mixed up though.

      • 3of5

        I don’t think Dan has ever tried Sprint

        • sam

          ya lol i sprint kicks A## in my town

      • Aaron Decker

        +1 internets to you good sir.

  • Zacharypt

    The only phone bigger than the network that supports it ;)

    • JoshGroff

      :)

  • KleenDroid

    I dig it, I really dig it!