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Friday, 26 October 2012

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 availability roundup – U.S. and Canada

So it’s finally here – the sequel to the smartphone that has launched a thousand “size” jokes and debates on what to call it, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. Especially for you, we’ve compiled everything we know so far of the Galaxy Note 2’s availability on several U.S. and Canadian carriers. Happy hunting!

U.S. carriers

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2 is already up for sale on Sprint and T-Mobile. While Sprint is selling the smartphone for $300 with the usual two-year contract, purchasing the device from T-Mobile will set you back $370 on contract (after $50 mail-in rebate). If you want to purchase the Note 2 outright without the hassle of a service agreement, both carriers are offering it for $650.
As for AT&T and Verizon, the phone is only up for pre-order for now, where both are offering the Galaxy Note 2 for $300 with a two-year contract. Buying the AT&T variant outright will cost you $650, while Verizon charges $700. You can expect a faster shipping date for AT&T’s Note 2 (Nov. 7) than Verizon’s (Nov. 27).
Over at U.S. Cellular, the pen-equipped smartphone will hit its brick-and-mortar stores on October 26 for $300 with the mandatory two-year contract. If the idea of being stuck to paying monthly payments bothers you, you can pay $800 just for the handset.

Canadian carriers

The Galaxy Note 2 is coming to all major carriers in Canada – a list that includes Telus, Bell, Rogers, Mobilicity, Wind, Videotron, and SaskTel. We know that Samsung is planning to throw a big launch party for the phone’s arrival on October 30, but we’re not sure if it’ll go on sale right away for all seven. As for its price, it’s likely that you’ll have to pay $199 with a three-year contract and $729 unlocked – though the Rogers variant might come $100 more expensive on contract.



What’s great about the Note 2 is that you can get one on any network and still have a great phone. I am sticking with T-Mobile since they are the only carrier to offer an unlimited data plan with useable internet speeds. In most cases, the 4G on my current phone than the LTE phone that one of my DISH coworkers has. We use the DISH Remote Access app on our phones to stream live and recorded shows through the Sling Adapter that we have on our home receivers. With how much his phone buffers, it hardly seems worth paying extra for LTE. It will be nice being able to stream as much as I want without hitting a cap, which doesn’t make sense having on a smartphone.

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