Up for grabs on pre-orders with Verizon and AT&T for close to two weeks now, the baddest, proudest phablet in the world can be also booked via T-Mobile starting today. Magenta has a slightly different pricing structure than the competition, charging just $199.99 upfront (vs. $299.99,) but requiring an additional 24 monthly payments of 21 bucks each.
In the long haul, you’ll be paying $703.99 in two years for the GNote 3, which is north of Verizon’s off-contract price (by a lousy $4) and actually $21 less than what AT&T charges for an outright Android 4.3-running, Full HD screen-sporting, Snapdragon 800 chip-toting 5.7-incher.
But the bigger race is on for which of America’s major carriers will be able to ship the first ever GNote 3. At the time, Ma Bell and T-Mobile are neck and neck in this evenly matched contest, both promising to fulfill the first orders come October 1.
Meanwhile, Big Red is a little lazier (as if we’re not used to that,) setting the ETA for October 12, with Sprint keeping an ominous silence on the matter, as pre-orders are not even underway. Anyone care to engage in a little wager on who’ll be first after all? I got a buck on T-Mo.