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Verizon’s Galaxy Note 2 is Now Available for $299

If you managed to wait all this time to get a hold of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 on Verizon, and also didn’t feel like pre-ordering, then today is your day. The device can be purchased in-store or online for $299 on new 2-year contract in grey or white. If giving up that precious unlimited data doesn’t sound appealing, then you’ll have to fork out $700 to buy it off contract.

We reviewed the T-Mobile version of the Note 2 a few weeks ago, with the only difference being LTE. Both Tim and I were very impressed by its power, speed, display, and software suite. Unfortunately for us, the size was a bit much. If you are on the fence about this phone, the only thing you need to do now is head into a store and get your little paws all over it to decide whether or not you can overcome its heft.

Buy.

  • John Paul

    I called customer service to inquire about an early upgrade today. They told me they would like to upgrade me so long as it wasn’t an apple product or a Samsung s3 or note 2 as their manufacturers would not allow them to upgrade early. Uncle Verizon and I may have to part ways.

  • Richard Ortiz

    !!!–Verizon is cheating people on the new Galaxy Note 2.–!!!
    So I tried T-Mobile and their GNote2 was packed nice and tamper proof sealed. In the box you get:

    1 Phone
    1 USB Cable
    1 Battery
    1 Wall Charger
    1 Set of Ear buds

    Their coverage was the worst in my area so I gave them back. Then I tried Sprints version of the GNote2 it came and I got:

    1 Phone
    1 USB Cable
    1 Battery
    1 Wall Charger
    1 Set of Ear buds

    3G only in my area in Northeastern PA. So I gave both phones back. Unfortunately I was going to drop Verizon but I felt like I had no choice because of where I live. Not only was I forced to drop Unlimited but I got my 2 phones and in each box I get.

    1 Phone
    1 USB Cable
    1 Battery
    1 Wall Charger

    Where are my headphones??? Why is every other carrier putting them in the box and Verizon will not make you pay extra to get a set? I want to return my 2 phones now because I know it is not just the European versions of this phone that come with headphones. Verizon deliberately told someone to take them out of the box for each phone. Not only that the boxes the phones come in were already open. NO tamper proof seal??? what gives. I am going to blow this up all over the internet because this is Verizon way of deliberately cheating people out of a product. I must I got everything in the box with T-Mobile and they gave me a rebate that brought the GNote2 to $99 and I still got headphones. I am forced to go with Verizon, pay full price and I get cheated out of headphones??? This is definitely the last straw with me and I hope others also. Chime in if you want to start a riot.

  • http://ryanscottmiller.com Ryan

    Got mine today and I’m loving it! The size is what drew me to it. Have a SGS3, got a Nexus 7 and started carrying both. Then I dropped my Nexus 7 and rather than replace it, I decided to go phablet!

  • SUPREME4LIFE

    What happened to the samsung headphones? I didn’t get headphones. .

  • keystpwn

    Anyone else notice that Flash Player 11 is “not compatible with your device”?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brian-Shaw/1079499009 Brian Shaw

    Went into Verizon to pick the Note II up and they only had the white in stock. I will try a different store tomorrow.

  • N8shon

    Just finished charging mine, about to get this beast going. This is going to be fun.

  • http://www.sipidation.com/ Sipidation

    I don’t mind the logo on the button. Is it dumb? Yes. I came from the droid x that has a bigger logo right below the screen. So it isn’t that bad. Also the awesomeness of the phone shadows the lameness of the button.

  • RaptorOO7

    Got it, love it, can’t wait to use it. It might even save me from needing a tablet, well maybe a nexus 7 for games and stuff.

    The only reason to get a tablet is 16GB of storage leaves you with just over 9GB of actual space and some games take way too much space.

  • steevka

    As someone who bought the DNA on release day and just exchanged it today for a note, do yourself a favor and return your DNA for a note.

    • OxygenPowerNow

      Why did you switch to the Note?

      • steevka

        Battery life, sd card, and bigger screen initially. But just the shock factor of the note surprised me. Samsung’s TW skin adds to 4.1 while sense feels like it’s taking away from the stock experience. The s pen seemed like a non practical selling point but even with 10 hours I’m hooked.

  • cooksta32676

    Here is the link for the Verizon button replacement. http://m.androidcentral.com/first-verizon-galaxy-note-2-accessory-you-ll-want-buy

  • Sapan Dhora

    More like $460 wtih taxes and upgrade fee

  • cooksta32676

    From arm length away, the DNA display looks no better. I tried the one handed mode and it worked great. Felt solid for 6″ piece of plastic also.

  • treypoundz

    Verizons version comes with group text and multi windows

    • r0lct

      I believe Sprint’s has been updated with multi-window already.

  • IHS89

    Still waiting for the S3 to drop in price at Verizon–WTH already!!!!!

    • X5denali

      Go on Amazon. Print the page for new line or upgrade price is $59-74. Take to BestBuy mobile department they price match Amazon thru Xmas.. Got a Note2 for AT&T for $174.99 last night

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dominick-White/642535026 Dominick White

        I think it when back to 125 for upgrades, and but still 59 for a new line

  • KOBALT

    Got mine on an early upgrade an hour ago. Really nice store manager. They’ll give you one early if you have a good payment history. They only had (1) in white and I was able to snag it. This thing is awesome. Paired with a FlexiShield TPU case and SPG Spigen screen protector.

  • http://www.facebook.com/objection89 Miguel Angel Portela

    Pardon my french but that button is f-cking horrible.

    • KOBALT

      It’s not that bad actually. The big ass screen takes away the focus from it. Plus, there is plenty of sites online that have vinyl coverups for sale. I wouldn’t scrap such a kick-ass phone because of the lame button.

      • http://www.facebook.com/objection89 Miguel Angel Portela

        Neither would I :) but I’m on T-Mobile. I just hope shameless branding doesn’t become a trend…

  • http://www.facebook.com/YouBaxter Chris Baxter

    Quick question I need clarification on. . .

    My wife is due for an upgrade and currently has unlimited data (iPhone). She does not use much data a month, maybe 1GB. If I upgrade her line to the Note 2 and active it on my line later, will ONLY her account be moved to shared? If so, which allotment since mine mine is unlimited and hers has a cap….

    • http://www.facebook.com/YouBaxter Chris Baxter

      I’m unsure if upgrading her line whill automatically enroll me into the shared plan as well.

      • will bartlett

        you can upgrade her, they still have separate data plans with 2gb being the lowest.

        • http://www.facebook.com/YouBaxter Chris Baxter

          Thanks Will. Would the month cost stay the same. . .? I imagine moving one line (29.99) unlimited to 2GB would stay the same if not go down . .

          • will bartlett

            yeah, it is the same price.

  • http://twitter.com/Dominick_7 Dominick S.

    Uh there are actually TWO ways to keep unlimited data: Fork out $700 OR upgrade on another line (do NOT use “alternate upgrade”) without unlimited, then switch/activate it back to your line with unlimited to keep the unlimited data plan, as the other way to do it.. Only catch is you can never use the upgrade on the line with unlimited or you lose it and will be forced out of it and into a shared data.

    • K L

      Can you explain “Alternate Upgrade?” Let’s say you have a Upgrade on a Unlimited Line, but you also have a Dumb Phone Line that doesn’t have a Upgrade, can you transfer the Upgrade to the Dumb Phone, get a New Smartphone then put the Smartphone on the Unlimited Line without losing it? Thanks.

      • http://twitter.com/Dominick_7 Dominick S.

        It’s like say you don’t have an upgrade on your line, but your family member on one of your family lines does, and you want it. When you take their upgrade, it brings an upgrade to YOUR LINE that has unlimited data on it.. that will effect your unlimited, will get rid of it for a new plan with only tiered family share crap. What you’re trying to do is at all costs avoid EVER upgrading the line that has unlimited. That’s basically what alternate upgrade is. If you want to keep your unlimited, don’t do that. Just upgrade on the line that doesn’t have unlimited. Period. Then once that’s done, just activate the Note 2 on your line.. as if you had a phone lying around and just wanted to activate it because you like it or what not.

      • http://twitter.com/Dominick_7 Dominick S.

        Thought I answered this, but basically its when you have an upgrade on another line when you don’t have one, and you ask to use that upgrade for yourself. It’s like borrowing an upgrade from another line. No matter what though, if you want to keep unlimited you can never use the upgrade on the line that has unlimited data. This is why you just activate it on another line, then just move it/activate to your line.

  • Eric Blackman

    any 4g signal issues? my g-nex is horrible, and makes me leary of going Samsung again. Thinking about the DNA. Help! I have an upgrade burning a hole in my pocket.

    • KOBALT

      Crystal clear, here

    • steevka

      Had the dna for a week, exchanged it for a note today. Get the note, it’s truly a revolutionary device while the dna is just a super charged smartphone that will have the best specs for a few months

  • DC_Guy

    Mine was delivered yesterday and let me tell you that this thing is simply amazing! But make no mistake about it, this is a big azz phone! It is most definitely a two-handed device. The screen is so big and beautiful that you hardly even notice the home button branding. The display totally eclipses it.

    But Big Red served up another cruel joke. Google Wallet came pre-installed, but when you open it you get a message saying “it is not yet compatible with your device or mobile carrier. ” Well played Big Red, well played…

    • KOBALT

      i disagree a bit. It is big, but it can be used comfortably with one hand. The only time I needed to bring in the second was for the Settings button. I have small hands, too. You get used to the size ‘real quick’.

      • KOBALT

        Thats what she said^

      • DC_Guy

        Let me clarify, I meant two handed typing. Although am I getting used to one handed typing (somewhat). It’s only been a day. Perhaps I need a couple more days to get it down.

        ——– Original message ——–

  • cooksta32676

    No NFC? That’s gotta be a typo.

    • http://twitter.com/Dominick_7 Dominick S.

      Its a typo

  • Aaron

    After going through four Galaxy S III’s, I’m done with Samsung. Broken SIM trays, broken WIfI radios, detaching screens, etc. The Note 2 felt more solid when I played with it a couple days ago at Verizon but it’s still a Samsung..

    • Hunter

      Were you using them to drive nails or something? geesh!

      • Sobr0801

        You can do that with a L920 :P

    • KOBALT
    • Immolate

      Three recommendations for you:
      1) Otter Box Defender
      2) Let a woman handle all of the delicate parts of the interior of your phone for you
      3) No more bull-riding with your phone in your pocket

  • Bionicman

    im heading to the VZW store for my lunch break!

  • haupman

    Is there anything more ridiculous than Lets Talk selling this for $510 for new customers and $530 for upgrades?

  • Brittany N

    I can’t wit to get my hands on this phone….I’ve read that some people are having random reboots so I may wait Till they figure out what’s causing it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/cindy.leavell.3 Cindy Leavell

      That is why i gave my note 2 back to sprint and got the iphone5 but switching from sprint to Verizon today …. #note 2 owner again

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

        welcome back!

        • http://www.facebook.com/cindy.leavell.3 Cindy Leavell

          Thanks :)

    • KOBALT

      No probs thus far

      • Brittany N

        that’s good to hear

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1676447393 Michael Woods

    Note 2 Verizon in hand and activated! I like it and size doesn’t seem to bad for my big hands. Now to remove the verizon logo from the home button.

    • Steve Douglas

      Let me know if you succeed.. and how you went about it!

    • EC8CH

      Mark of the Beast!

    • cooksta32676

      I saw a kit on Amazon to replace the button.

      • http://twitter.com/Dominick_7 Dominick S.

        Do you happen to have a link please?

    • MatthewSimmons

      Verizon home button covers: http://cl.ly/3o3m3U1E3D19

      I really want to take the phone apart to switch out the home button but for now these will have to do .

  • Mike Hawk

    It’s funny. If you go to Verizon’s homepage and click on the link to the Note 2, it takes you to the iPhone. Verizon = fail..

    • r0lct

      Took me to the Note 2

    • Immolate

      Mike Hawk = mouse click fail

      j/k. I’ve always wondered how Verizon always wins in customer service surveys, after having been with them for years. I guess people rate them for their network.

  • Michael33704

    Just got mine….What a beast!….I got to the store about a half hour before they opened because I thought the line would stretch halfway to Clearwater….when the door opened I was the only one there…not that I’m complaining….

  • EC8CH

    “with the only difference being LTE”

    and a sweet Verizon Button!

    • Hunter

      I was going to say, does that button really have the VZ logo plastered on it…

      • EC8CH

        sad but true

      • KOBALT

        It’s actually etched in

        • DB

          No it isn’t. It’s printed on top.

      • cooksta32676

        There are kits to replace it on Amazon.

      • michael arazan

        If verizon had their way , the phone would be laced with acid so the first time you picked it up the acid would burn the verizon logo onto you your skin, just like branding cattle.

    • Sobr0801

      This is one ugly phone, and that button does not help it.

    • Robert

      Don’t forget the Verizon version has Multi-Window capability. TMO doesn’t yet.

    • Bob

      Verizon FACKWORSed the button up with their stupid logo.

      • EC8CH

        BINGO!

        • Bob

          We can’t let FACKWORS die

  • r0lct

    Now I wait for the price drop… :P

  • Octotron

    I have had mine for a day now. I love it. It is PERFECT for someone with larger hands. The display is gorgeous.

    • Michael33704

      Agreed…my only concern was if it would fit into my pocket….

      • KOBALT

        It fits real easily in my jeans no problem. If you’ve had a phone like a DX, Rezound or even a GS3 with cases on them, this’ll be no problem. It’s super thin.

      • Octotron

        I have had no issues. So long as you are not a hipster in super tight jeans, you will be fine.

        • RaptorOO7

          Its super thin and fits in my front and back pockets, not worried about it.

    • http://twitter.com/jeffaye Jeff Ayers

      so is it your outside phone? or just your home phone?

      • r0lct

        Or when you take it outside, is in on a leash or do you allow it to roam?

        • Octotron

          He bites.. so he has a muzzle.

      • kretz7

        People have both?

      • Octotron

        Both. :)

  • David Verba

    Quick question – so if I have a line that has a “dumb phone” on it and I upgrade that line to the Note 2 – activate it, then immediately switch that line back to the “dumb phone” and reactivate the Note 2 on my main line (unlimited data) – will I still keep unlimited data on the main line – and still pay only $10 for the other line as I was before the upgrade?

    • Ernie

      I had a rep that was willing to do that in-store for me last month when I told him I wanted to buy a Droid at full retail in order to keep my unlimited data. I passed and bought the Droid at full retail anyway, cause I wanted to save the upgrade. But fact is, the rep brought it up, without me asking, and was trying to help me out.

      • David Verba

        And Thank You!

        • MatthewSimmons

          I don’t want to be a Debbie downer but I just tried to do that and the rep told me I had to keep the 2GB data plan on my “dumb line” for 90 days before I could remove it. I said no thanks and am headed to another Verizon store so we shall see.

          • will bartlett

            well they were lying to you. i just did it…

    • r0lct

      Yes, that’s been doable. The rep will help you in store to make it easier than doing all the switching yourself. They don’t care about you keeping unlimited, they just want the commission.

      • David Verba

        Thank You

    • EC8CH

      Only downside I can see over paying retail is that you are still signing up for a 2 year contract. But saving $400 might be worth it for some.

      • r0lct

        Yes, better to find a family member you can “borrow” an upgrade from. :)

        • N8shon

          That’s what I did :)

        • Vu

          Actually, I “borrowed” my moms upgrade. Verizon cut off my unlimited data. It’s a new policy that’s been out for 2 months apparently. I had to call customer service and complained about it. Because I called like 7 other stores asking if I could do that to keep my unlimited. They said yes. Since I called like 7 stores, they were nice enough to switch me back to unlimited but warned me in the future if I attempt this. I would lose my unlimited data.

    • SUPREME4LIFE

      Yes u will keep unlimited.

      • David Verba

        Thank You

      • N8shon

        Still have unlimited, used a relative’s upgrade that just has a basic phone and needs nothing more. Merry Christmas to me early!

    • JoYu

      “will I still keep unlimited data on the main line?”
      Yes

      “and still pay only $10 for the other line as I was before the upgrade?”

      No, if you upgrade a line you are going to have to pay $30 for data on that line for the 2 year term of the contract. You could use your current smart phone on the second line if you want.

      • will bartlett

        You can take off the data plan…I did

      • jefferz0087

        That is not true. I just did this myself..Upgraded a non smart phone to a smart phone and then switched it back to my non smart phone and put the new phone on my line and kept unlimited, and only pay $10 a month on the other line

      • chris125

        false. If you remove the smart phone the data also gets removed..

    • Bionicman

      I had at least 1 “VZW autorized dealer” told me it wasn’t possible because VZW flags these loopholes now. I did this with my GS3 a few months ago and it worked like a charm. kept unlimited on both lines. though i may switch to shared data anyways because i keep going over my talk minutes :/

    • FAL_Fan

      Yes, I’ve done it previously and next week I’ll do it to get the Note 2

    • Dave

      Went into a Verizon store this morning in St. Louis, MO. They actually told me that I could not do that anymore. In fact I could no longer just tell them I wanted to use my father’s upgrade. The rep said the new protocol is that I would have to activate my father’s number with the upgraded phone, go home, call customer service and have it switched over to my number. I said okay but I would still get to keep unlimited data because of that method right? She said no and that the reason they make you jump through those hoops now is to close that loop hole of keeping unlimited. Just my unfortunate experience this morning.

      • SUPREME4LIFE

        They b.s.ed you. Did it with my gs3 and did it again with the note2 today

    • http://twitter.com/Dominick_7 Dominick S.

      Just make sure you do NOT do “alternate upgrade” or you will be screwed that way too. As I was saying the only way to make sure it stays is you can’t use the upgrade though on your line with the unlimited.

    • rjbell4

      Worked for me, though for some reason reactivating the Note 2 on my unlimited data line didn’t “take” until day.

  • jbegs

    I currently have the GS3. I have wanted the original Note since it came out, but I’m on Verizon. My father (separate account) is due for an upgrade next week. Looks like I’m going to do the old switcharoo and have hime upgrade to the Note II then trade him my GS3. Just got to work out the details with the “lovely” people of Verizon. I need to keep the unlimited data, and this should do it.

    • evltwn

      No need to work out any details with Verizon. Just have him buy it and then when you get home, just switch sim cards. It’s that easy.

      • jbegs

        Thanks for the tip. I thought it would be that easy, but I want to make sure I cover everything before pulling the trigger.

    • KOBALT

      They’ll even do in store for you, no prob. It’s no scam.

      • jbegs

        Thanks. I will make sure to ask before I make the final purchase.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cindy.leavell.3 Cindy Leavell

    Dear Samsung,
    I had the note2 through sprint.. I gave in and returned for the iphone5 … With that being said As of today I will be a Samsung note 2 owner again #downside with VERIZON …

    • r0lct

      This may help:
      Samsung Corporate Communication Team
      CPO Box 170, Samsung Electronics Bldg.,
      1320-10 Seocho-2-dong, Seocho-gu,
      Seoul, Korea 137-857
      Tel. 82-2-2255-0114

      • http://www.facebook.com/cindy.leavell.3 Cindy Leavell

        This also may help …. Kiss my BLACK ASS…. Have a great day

        • r0lct

          What, no nonsensical hash tag? How will your followers hope to find this unoriginal and exhausted reply?

          • EC8CH

            I kinda thought it was funny :-P

          • http://www.facebook.com/cindy.leavell.3 Cindy Leavell

            Why are you being and ass … You must have been the boy at school that got picked on ALL THE TIME ….

          • r0lct

            OK, maybe I was too harsh, sorry.

            It seems like every post mentioning switching to/from iPhone is just people throwing flame bait or fishing for recommends.

          • OxygenPowerNow.Com

            Cindy, why are you switching back to Note 2?

          • http://www.facebook.com/cindy.leavell.3 Cindy Leavell

            So in love with the phone and the specs are amazing. Also I can’t stand the iphone5 …