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Crazy Deal: Galaxy Note 3 (Certified Like-New) on AT&T is $249 Off Contract

Here is your ultimate deal of the weekend. AT&T is currently selling a “certified like-new” Galaxy Note 3 for $249 without a contract. Yes, we’re talking Note 3, not Note 2. This is the same Note 3 that typically runs $299 on-contract or $699 full retail when brand new.

Pretty tough to pass on, especially if you are in the market for a almost-new phone.

I should point out that AT&T’s website does require you to add a wireless plan in order to purchase the phone. If you are already on AT&T, though, might be worth a look.

AT&T Link

Cheers Thomas and Scott!
  • Elizabeth Bruce Shannon

    You can get the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 online from AT&T for $0 right now. It’s for a refurb device. You must sign up online, and purchase a 2 year contract. They will credit your bill $100 after 45 days.

  • Nw_adventure

    Note is working great so far- Its huge but manageable. Who else ?

  • Larry Richelli

    I was on straight talk but I wanted to port my phone number to Google voice. When I noticed this deal it was perfect so I bought the phone and the $50 plan. Only $5 more than ST. I will stay on that for a while and see how it goes. If google hangouts starts letting us call out from it soon then I will cancel my plan with ATT and because I bought a $35 hot spot from Freedom Pop with a free 500 mb a month, I will go on a full wifi only plan. I have wifi at home and work so with the freedom pop plan to use in the car and on the weekends I can be 100% free cell use….just waiting for google to allow calling out from hangouts. I know there are programs I could use now but google is turning off support for them next month.

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  • Tucker Nebel

    Thank you for your patience! Your AT&T Representative will be with you shortly.

    Welcome! You are now chatting with ‘Janeese Carter’

    Janeese Carter: Hey Tucker!

    Tucker Nebel: Hey Janeese!

    Janeese Carter: I understand you would like to cancel a line I can help with this.

    Tucker Nebel: Ok good

    Janeese Carter: May I know the last four of the line that you would like to cancel?

    Tucker Nebel: It is 0692

    Janeese Carter: I have cancelled that line effective as of today.

    Tucker Nebel: Really? That easy?

    Janeese Carter: Yup. 🙂

  • ppb

    Glad I found this thread and I am looking for more. Apparently AT&T cancelled many, if not most orders placed on this deal, all with a BS excuse, and suggested that customers with canned orders got to ATT store, which of course could not honor the $249 price and tried to sell for more. Furthermore, ATT then proceeded to raise the price from $249 to $679 and suggested that new orders be placed, but at a higher price point then. I am one of the victims of this Bait and Switch and I’ve found lots and lots of folks with the same problem. I’ve been communicating with ATT for several days now, here’s a link to my case and several similar ones posted on art’s forums: . http://soc.att.com/1rhZb2n

  • Andrew

    Just got mine delivered today, bought on a new activation. Canceled the service with no extra charges. Took about 3 minutes to cancel.

    • John

      Did you call customer service or customer care?

    • Joe

      Good to hear that! I am getting mine and will call to cancel later today. 🙂

  • David Li

    wtf mine has horizontal lines all over the screen

    • bad as save

      Were u able cancel your service without paying anu more?

      • Nw_adventure

        I just cancelled- although it took three people and three departments. Ask for “CARE” for the correct department to cancel the line of service.

      • David Li

        have not tried yet, will do so after I get it exchanged

  • Derrick Amundsen

    Dang. It’s in-stock again, but off contract is $675. Boy did I miss out on that.

  • Joe

    Mine is coming in tomorrow but I will cancel service and unlock it to
    use on TM. Anyone got theirs and done that already? Will AT&T ask
    their phone back?

  • kelly1519

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  • Out of stock, predictably.


    False False False

  • p0k3y

    OOS now both colors

  • mcdonsco

    Holy Crap…For a second made me wish I was on AT&T

    I wonder how many “normans” know about this, if one could get away with buying it then turning it on eBay for $500+???

    …Nevermind…only going for the high $300’s, some low $400’s on ebay…maybe a few bucks to be made, but not solid enough to risk it as a non AT&T consumer…

    …But maybe I can get the little lady off her iPhone with this?

  • LaFave07

    Correct me if I’m wrong but won’t AT&T unlock this right away for free since it was bought at full price without contract? So the best thing would be to get the phone, have them unlock it then cancel service?

    I think you have to have an account for them to unlock it that’s why you have to unlock it before you cancel.

  • feztheforeigner

    Doesn’t the Note 3 support Verizon radios even in the ATT model? Would this work if I popped in my Verizon SIM?

    • LaFave07

      No. ONLY Verizon phones work on Verizon. There’s no CDMA on this model and even if there was, the ESN needs to be on Verizon’s list.

  • Neil Fujiwara

    It looks like the Note 3 is no longer available this way, HOWEVER,


    The S4 is availalbe this way, same refurbished deal, but for $179. Even with the S5 out, the S4 is very nice phone.

  • Mark Fleming

    Can you still buy the phone? Says sold out?

  • Rahul Khanna

    Howzzzzz I Purchase That ………Can you Tell Me …….

  • George264

    The S4 is also running for 180 off contract if anyone is looking for one.

  • Minh Nguyen

    Would it be possible to use this with T-Mobile?

  • Mark Fleming

    So as a Verizon customer I can buy this phone from at&t and use it on Verizon?



  • Minh Thai

    They charged me $307.99 but at checkout and on the confirmation email they said it’s $269.99 included tax. Did anyone get charge that much amount of money.

  • Wow… Misinformed

    Wow. Let me clear up all of this misinformation being spewed. You will have to RETURN THE DEVICE if you decide to cancel within the 14 days. Yes, AT&T will cancel service without any ETF’s, but you have to return the device to get the money back. AT&T is a business, they aren’t a charity giving away devices. They know people can “try to cheat the system”, so they put these preventative measures in place. Also, there is up-to a $35 restocking fee you will have to pay when you return the device. So, before more misinformation continues to be spread, make sure people know this. This is not AT&T’s fault, this is not Achal’s fault, this is just misinformation being spread on Droid-Life. That representative must have inferred that you knew you had to return the device when canceling within 14 days. Keeping the device doesn’t even make sense…

    • chris125

      False. This isn’t using an upgrade or contract renewal. This is just like buying what normally costs 600+ aka full retail. YOU are the misinformed one.

    • abhele

      your an idiot, idk where u geting your information from and the phone is off contract get it through your head

  • Jeffrey Fazal

    It is still out of stock don’t know how long it will
    take. Well the offer is interesting and I will definitely present this to my friend
    on her birthday along with qi charger as she has iphone 4S right now.

  • freddie g

    sold out online =( so sad

  • anezarati

    out of stock? is this deal available in store as well?

  • Colin Huber

    Most powerful phone there is. Get after this, folks.

  • Tony Byatt

    May be time for a new “Daily Driver” poll next Friday…HA…

  • Wayne K.

    Before I pull the trigger on this, is it possible to use the N900A (AT&T Note 3) on Verizon’s network? I’ve done some searching but can’t find anything except using a Verizon N3 on AT&T. Any help would be much appreciated!

    • Chris Hannan

      If you could get this phone unlocked and if it supported LTE on both networks, you could only get LTE data and only use it like a tablet when on LTE. You wouldn’t get 3G and, because of that, you couldn’t make standard calls or text.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    Wtf this why I need droidlife notifications

    • #pushbullet

      I kinda-sorta wrote a post about how to set it up some time ago, too lazy to find an article. Something about iFTTT and Pushbullet.

  • Jordan

    Really hope they don’t cancel the orders this time. They screwed up like this once before(I forget the specific phone) & cancelled the order I had put in.

  • Miles

    So do we cancel the plan once we get the phone or right after we order it?

    • Junior G.

      +1 — What’s the best way to get this phone at the $249 price scot-free?

      • Periculum

        I called AT&T. Activation fee is $35 and you have to add a plan which at the minimum is $60. They said you cancel the activation within 3 days, you aren’t charged. You cancel the plan within 14 days, you aren’t charged. At checkout you only pay $250; the plan and activation fee would take place at your first month billing cycle. As long as you cancel within a few days the phone with no strings attached is $250

        • Miles

          So when we get the phone we have to call AT&T and tell them what or do we call them now and if so tell them to do what?

        • cpoe89

          So do you cancel before you received receive the device, or wait until you receive it?

  • andy

    Cool bought one. Planning on selling it and my S4 and buying the S5 off contact.

    • Justin Larmay

      S5 is comes with all sorts of jank man. I would reconsider. I returned mine.

  • Ricky Villatorr

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. you have to do a credit check -_______-

  • Jeremiah Hawkins

    Buy, hold, and sell for 400? Could this work? I literally might buy like 5 or 6 on a card at different times and sell for 350 or 400. Could make between 500 and 700 bucks. These things sell fast on Craiglist

    • Achal Srinivasan

      This will kill your credit – they do a check everytime you open a new line with AT&T, even if it’s cancelled.

      • Jeremiah Hawkins

        What do you mean. I will pay back card.

        • WickedToby741

          Your credit takes a hit every time it gets checked by an institution.

        • You don’t know how credit works do you? How do you plan on having 5-6 lines open anyways? You can’t have more than one account at the same address with the same info.

        • NIGHTSCOUT

          AT&T runs a credit check. Your credit score will take a hit if you try to buy 6 phones.

      • If you have an account, all you have to do is add a line. No credit check or new plan necessary.

    • migespy

      I hate scalpers. Don’t be a douche. Let those who really need the deal get a great phone at a great price.

  • Orion

    Not getting it but wow that price.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    I’m guessing you can’t just buy it outright? The online sales person told me to go through the process and they could cancel it…but that included running a credit check, which I won’t be doing.

    *Activation fees may apply. No-annual-contract pricing requires new activation and qualifying monthly data and voice plan. Savings compares Mobile Share Value plan w/ smartphone w/ no annual contract (or on an AT&T NextSM installment agrmt) to one on a 2-yr agrmt. Per smartphone savings is $25 on plans 10 GB and larger and $15 for plans less than 10 GB

  • Achal Srinivasan

    You can purchase the phone with a plan, and throw away the SIM card without activating it and you will not be charged.

    To clarify, DO NOT PUT THE SIM IN THE PHONE — throw it away as soon as you receive the device and since the plan will not be activated, you do not have to pay a monthly fee.

    Ask for “secondary services” or “secondary purchases” and they should be able to help you (whereas technical support will not).

    ALSO, the online support chat person stated that I can cancel the plan within 14 days with no ETF. You can do it either of these two ways.

    Go order your Note 3! I just got mine in black.

    • Achal Srinivasan

      Here’s proof:

      • Alex Boro

        Thanks man just ordered mine. Ill show em this if they do charge me.

        • Achal Srinivasan

          No problem. The only reason they require you to purchase a plan is that all AT&T web purchases must be bought with a plan. You do not have a contract but you have to get a plan when you order this phone. Regardless, you just have to order the phone with a plan, and don’t activate the plan. Call them, ask them to cancel it. Whereas they’d usually ask you to return the phone, you don’t have to because the phone is not under contract. I’m pretty happy – I was about to get a HTC One M8 for $640+tax before I saw this. This and my 5s will probably hold me over until the next Nexus or whatever. Worst case, I can flip it and make a pretty penny.

          • Jared Denman

            Just to note: if your credit isn’t the highest don’t even attempt as they will charge you a deposit.

          • Guest

            we found u

      • millenialkid

        I wonder if it’s SIM Locked.

        Also, in the original article, it says AT&T NEXT℠ two-year installment plan is needed.

        I guess you can cancel your data plan service but me thinks you’ll still get a bill from AT&T for the AT&T NEXT℠.

        If it’s not SIM locked, I’d grab one and take it to T-Mobile for the Free-Data-For-Life℠ SIM card and plan. It doesn’t have a contract, is FREE for life. It’s worth getting even if your an AT&T customer. http://newsroom.t-mobile.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=251624&p=irol-newsarticle&ID=1872166

        • khha4113

          Of course it is SIM locked!

      • ppb

        many of not more orders were cancelled by att, under vague (likely false) pretense. I started a complaint on art’s community forums and now their social media and executive office (?) are involved too. see my story and feel free to add: soc.att.com/1rhZb2n

        • Achal Srinivasan

          Mine was shipped and delivered… That’s totally weird.

    • Matt G

      Okay so once you order it with a plan can you activate the phone with a different Sim card since you throw the original one away? Or how does that work?

      • Achal Srinivasan

        Yes, throw the original away (figuratively, just like keep it aside just in case haha). Call AT&T immediately, cancel service so that you do not get charged, and make sure that the line you added is cancelled completely. Then you can put in another sim and use the phone normally.

        • cpoe89

          So, should I call and cancel before I receive the device, or after I have received it?

    • Alexander Anteneh

      is it at&t locked? could I use it with AIO or other prepaid services?

      • CHRIS42060

        I just spoke with customer service and they are locked. You can put in an unlock request, but are required to have an account for 60 days. There are other ways to unlock the device though if you’re willing to go that route.

    • Anant

      So I get everything what you’re saying. I will cancel the monthly plan as soon as I receive the device but will I be able to use say T-Mobile sim card with it afterwards ? Also do you know if its a global GSM i.e will it work in another country ?

      • Achal Srinivasan

        No, you need to SIM unlock the device. Just google “how to SIM Unlock AT&T Galaxy Note 3”.

        • Anant

          Ah well I figured that. But it is doable that’s what I was wondering. Thanks for the reply man. Did you get your order confirmation ?

          • Achal Srinivasan

            Yes, I did – it’s about to be shipped out.

          • Justin Larmay

            Mine too. I’m in the same boat as you. Have a 5s. Bout to have a note 3 as well. Not sure if I will resell one or not though. Either way this deal is a win.

    • Nw_adventure

      Perfecto ! Got tired of waiting for Moto-X 2 and using my S3 as a daily driver for the last 2 years. Pushed the button on this deal – hopefully when following cancellation instructions I do not mess up my unlimited plan.

      • Nw_adventure

        uh-oh – just noticed some large threads about the GPS not functioning on ATT Note 3 units- This might be a deal-breaker for me…

        • Just rumors I’m sure, I highly doubt all AT&T Note 3’s don’t have a working GPS.

          • Nw_adventure

            Not a lie on the GPS issue, read up on the amazon reviews. With that being said a main component of the kitkat ATT N3 update improves the GPS functionality. Hooray.

          • JoeN

            Not a rumor lol. Plenty of complaints especially of the AT&T version. I know 2 personally with that issue. If you play Ingress or rely on NAV, please note this consideration.

    • Wow… Misinformed

      Wow. Let me clear up all of this misinformation being spewed. You will have to RETURN THE DEVICE if you decide to cancel within the 14 days. Yes, AT&T will cancel service without any ETF’s, but you have to return the device to get the money back. AT&T is a business, they aren’t a charity giving away devices. They know people can “try to cheat the system”, so they put these preventative measures in place. Also, there is up-to a $35 restocking fee you will have to pay when you return the device. So, before more misinformation continues to be spread, make sure people know this. This is not AT&T’s fault, this is not Achal’s fault, this is just misinformation being spread on Droid-Life. That representative must have inferred that you knew you had to return the device when canceling within 14 days. Keeping the device doesn’t even make sense…

      • Achal Srinivasan

        With all due respect, you, sir, are misinformed. You are purchasing the device with no annual contract. You do not need service with this device, but in order for the purchase to go through, they need you to add a line. Yes, they are selling the device for this price. No, there is no ETF because there is no contract in the first place. You do not need to return the device, I clarified this multiple times with the supervisor on duty. There is no $35 restocking fee because the device does not need to be returned.

        You are conflating an on-contract device with a no-contract device. Please get your facts aligned.

      • You are completely wrong. You do NOT have to return the device if you paid full retail for it. If you bought a phone at the subsidized price, you can return it within 14 days for a $35 restocking fee, or wait 15 days and pay the ETF.

      • Kisuk3

        Maybe if you read his posts it would.

  • CaptainHowdy13

    I’m trying to tell myself “you don’t NEED this” but my other side of the brain has a pretty good argument for “But you WANT this”

    • Same here. I even have AT&T and they are offering $100 for added lines right now so that’s $269 (phone+tax) -$100 = $169+36 Activation = $205 + $30 (2 months of service) = Phone costs $235. Plus it can probably be unlocked, which is a bonus too. So hard to not pull the trigger.

      • CaptainHowdy13

        I totally bought one for possible resale. I use straight talk ATT so I’m hoping to use it on that. Plus I’m an Oregonian so no tax!

        • You are not making it easier on me…

          • CaptainHowdy13

            Just do it.

          • Ha! Sitting in front of me I have 3 tablets and 2 phones – and not cheap or old generation stuff either. I need another phone like a hole in the head. I talk big like selling in easy, but it takes me a while to get off my ass and do it.

          • They are now sold out. That was fast!

      • Justin Larmay

        What do you need the two months of service for? To get the $100 bill credit?

        • Yes. I think it’s actually 45 days, but I doubt they prorate so 2 months of service is what you have to pay.

          • Justin Larmay

            Gotcha. My plan is to just cancel the service as soon as I get it. Fingers crossed that it won’t be a pain.

  • Pizn

    Since this is an off-contract price you should be able to order it with a small plan and then once you get the phone just cancel the prior to 14 days. There might be a $36 activation charge but that might also get refunded.

  • Pizn

    Just ordered one. Had to call in because it wouldn’t go through on the website. PHone rep had to do an override but she got me one. In White too 🙂

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Woo. So you just told her what? You want the phone full price but didn’t want a plan?

      • Pizn

        I already am a customer on a family share value plan. But we I tried to upgrade my phone via the website this wasn’t an option do I had to call in.

        • Phillip Bee

          You wont be able to upgrade. Need to add a line and then cancel it

          • Pizn

            I was able to upgrade by calling in and speaking to a rep. She had to do an override but was able to get it to me for the $249 price.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    What if you’re prepaid? I guess go phone technically doesn’t count as a plan. Let me go hound a rep that is thirsty for a sale. Brb

  • Po

    Too bad “certified like-new” can range from very beat up to scratches everywhere and minimal testing was actually done. Too much hassle.

    • Ray

      The phone is still under warranty so if it’s crap file a claim and get a good one.

      • lo

        That’s the too much hassle part depending on your patience.

    • Certified like new means exactly that, it will looking just like new. You won’t get a CLN device with scratches everywhere haha

  • Justin Foster

    That’s insane man. I would almost sell my note 3 and buy this….

    • Ray

      Where’s the logic in that?

      • The Narrator

        Touchwiz logic

        • guest

          What a stupid comment lol

        • MicroNix

          Better than your logic

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        He can sell his note 3 for more than this phone is worth easily…then buy this phone and still make a profit.

        • Ray

          Does he own a gold plated note 3 that is worth more than this model?

          • The Narrator

            I don’t see it selling for much, so I don’t see the logic on selling your phone to buy a refurbished model that who knows what the person did with it.

          • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

            IT’s Certified. Meaning like new, and warrantied. It’s not a big deal… And Note 3s are going for 400+

          • The Narrator

            Trust me, I’ve had 4 devices returned that Verizon said “Like new” . I just don’t see why’d you’d sell your device that you know works for a device that isn’t perfect or could have problems.

          • Justin Foster

            When people say “I would almost,” they are apparently using rhetoric to emphasize how good of a deal it is. Nevertheless, I could sell this for 400+ easy where I live and buy this model as @Good_Ole_Pinocchio:disqus said. +1

          • MicroNix

            Swappa has the Note 3 *starting* at the top end of what your beloved G2s are selling for and even iPhones. I don’t see your comment being worth much.

          • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

            Don’t resell phones much do you? http://swappa.com/buy/samsung-galaxy-note-3-att/us

  • Tony Byatt

    Very tempting…

    If this was an ebay deal for an unlocked one, then the trigger would have been pulled without hesitation…


    You can’t buy the device unless you sign up for a plan.

    • Alexander Anteneh

      yeah, its a good deal if you were actually trying to get a new phone plan I guess. I was ready to buy this, play with it and resell it

      • CaptainHowdy13

        The chat rep says you can just cancel the plan when you get the phone and there is no ETF

        • adh328

          Right after buying it?

          • CaptainHowdy13

            Yes. I had to call and got confirmation

    • John B

      I’m speaking to an online rep now to see if there’s a way around it.

      • John B

        No dice. Best you can do is deactivate the line after two months.

      • Alec


    • The Narrator

      Nexus 5 is still better.

      • Dave


      • guest

        You wish

      • Hau Trung Dang

        nexus 5 is good but its not a powerhouse device like the note 3.

        • grumpyfuzz

          It’s the same processor, but the Note has 3gb of ram which it needs. I’m sure they’re pretty similar though.

      • ye

        It’s like you Nexus shills aren’t even trying anymore

      • It’s more expensive..

    • Alex Boro

      requires new activation


        False. Go open a cart and tell me if the activation fee is there. It is.

        • lo

          Uh, that’s what he said…

    • Michael Jones

      You have to sign up for a plan when you buy the phone because ATT sells plans with everything. But when you get the phone you do not need to activate the line that you set it up with. This allows you to get the price without the 36$ activation fee. This is how all of their phones work in this new no contract system.

  • chris125

    Someone’s getting fired lol

  • Kevin Lauscher


    • bigL.

      Obviously bootloader is locked tight from ATT

      • patt

        or maybe he is asking about sim lock?

    • Justin Foster

      That can be easily undone if so

  • Mike Aurin

    Wow. I can’t think of a better deal in recent memory.