News by Andrew Kameka on Wednesday October 02, 2013.
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T-Mobile will temporarily make it easier to acquire a new smartphone by removing the need to pay money upfront. The carrier has dropped the down payment requirement for several smartphones, including some that are brand new, like the LG G2 and Samsung Galaxy Note 3.
Since T-Mobile removed device subsidies and offered consumers a chance to pay for devices in full or build the costs into their monthly service plans, buying a phone on the Magenta network has required a down payment. The $99 customers would normally pay for their devices has been dropped. Customers will still have to pay for the cost of the device, but someone who doesn't want to spend the cash right away can instead pay an additional $4.13 per month.
Not all phones are included in the deal. The Apple iPhone 5S, BlackBerry Q10, BlackBerry Z10, still requires a $99 up front payment. The HTC One requires $49, the Nokia Lumia 925 costs $29.99, and the Sony Xperia Z costs $19. The following notable smartphones are available for $0 down:
- LG G2
- Samsung Galaxy Note 3
- Samsung Galaxy S 4
- Apple iPhone 5C
- Apple iPhone 4S/4
- Nokia Lumia 521
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.