Many “buy one, get one” smartphone deals require buyers to activate both phones on an expensive service plan, pay for both upfront, and then get a refund for one device via a small monthly credit spread out over 18 or more months. That’s not necessarily a bad deal, but it is restrictive. T-Mobile is bucking the trend, though, by offering new customers an entirely free Galaxy S8 or Galaxy Note 8 to give away to someone else as a gift.
T-Mobile has launched this as a special holiday promotion that differs from its regular BOGO offer. Under this deal, new or existing T-Mobile customers who buy two Galaxy S8 or Galaxy Note 8 phones from the carrier will receive a prepaid MasterCard containing the balance of the second phone, effectively making it free. The phone doesn’t have to be activated on the buyer’s account — you can just pack it up and give it away to someone for Christmas.
The free BOGO gifting deal is available for the Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, and Galaxy S8 Active models. The overall process is fairly simple: you’ll buy both phones and add an eligible line of service to one of them (either Simple Choice Unlimited or T-Mobile ONE). Both phones must be purchased under the carrier’s Equipment Installment Plan, which spreads the cost of the devices out over 24-months at 0% APR.
You’ll also need to pay the down payment for these devices, which depends on whether T-Mobile considers you a “well-qualified” customer. Assuming you meet that definition, you’ll pay $100 down for the Note 8, S8 Active, and S8+, or $30 down for the regular S8 model. All four devices have a monthly device fee of $30/month after that down payment. Note that you’re going to be billed for both devices on a monthly basis.
After 6 – 8 weeks, assuming you make the payments on time and maintain the wireless service, T-Mobile will send you a prepaid MasterCard that covers the cost of one of the two devices. To get that prepaid MasterCard, you’ll need to complete a rebate form on T-Mobile promotions website within 30 days; you’ll need to enter this code — “Q4MAGSAM17“. If you don’t submit the rebate form within 30 days, you won’t get the MasterCard.
T-Mobile is allowing qualified customers to get up to 6 free Galaxy devices per account under this deal (which would mean buying 6 Galaxy devices, mind). You’ll need to keep wireless service for the length of the installment plan (24-months), otherwise T-Mobile is going to send you a bill for the full amount. You can find the deal, including all of its fine print, here.