T-Mobile Prices Big-Screen Galaxy Note

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Bellevue, Wash. - T-Mobile announced pricing and an Aug. 6 availability date for the big-screen Samsung Galaxy Note hybrid smartphone/tablet.

The device will be available through select T-Mobile stores and the carrier's web site on Aug. 6, but an availability date through the indirect-retail channel wasn't announced.

The Android 4.0 device with 5.3-inch HD touchscreen will be priced at $249 with a Classic voice and data plan after a $50 mail-in-rebate card with a two-year service agreement.

With Value voice and data plans, which are priced lower than the Classic plans, the handset's price drops to an out-of-pocket $199 with two-year service agreement, but users also pay an additional $20 per month for 20 months under T-Mobile's Equipment Installment Plan (EIP).

Samsung's Galaxy Note made its way to AT&T early this year at $299 and now retails for $249.

The device, sometimes called a phablet because it is a cross between tablet and phone, comes with an S Pen, which lets users sketch drawings, write notes, or compose handwritten emails and texts.

 Samsung contends the device will replace multiple devices for many consumers, including e-readers, because of the display's size and use of proprietary high-definition 1,280 by 800 Super AMOLED technology, said to make the display easy to read indoors and outdoors.

For the T-Mobile network, the Android 4.0 Note will incorporate multiple features not in the AT&T version,

as previously announced.

The T-Mobile version will feature Android 4.0, whereas the AT&T version currently features Android version 2.3.6 (Gingerbread), and the T-Mobile version will use 4G HSPA+42 technology, whereas the AT&T version features 4G LTE and HSPA+ wireless technology. T-Mobile's Note will also add Wi-Fi calling and the T-Mobile 4G Pro App Pack, an aggregation of applications designed to make it easier to find business-related applications. The apps include Dropbox, Evernote, Square, TripIt, CamScanner and LinkedIn. The device also adds T-Mobile TV for watching live TV programming.

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