NEW YORK (
) - The release of
Galaxy Note II super-phone is big in almost every possible way. The phone is somewhat smaller than the original Galaxy Note, but has a larger screen of 5.5 inches, measured diagonally. It has loads of memory, a quad-core processor and a slew of new phone and tablet features (accessed with its Wacom stylus) It runs on
latest Android 4.1 OS - code named Jelly Bean.
You should watch our
- and our
That said, when we recorded those pieces we weren't sure about final pricing from the five cellular providers. We knew that
was asking $300. And we've since learned that
will match that price.
But this morning we received word on pricing from T-Mobile, a division of
- and it sets a new record for a contract-based Android smartphone bought from a carrier.
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"The device will be available in retail stores and online - and paired with a qualifying T-Mobile Value voice and data plan and two year service agreement, the Note II will cost an out-of-pocket down payment of $249.99 with 20 equal monthly payments of $20 per month via T-Mobile's Equipment Installment Plan (EIP). The Value plan paired with EIP is offered at T-Mobile retail stores.
Customers can also purchase the Samsung Galaxy Note II at T-Mobile retail stores and online for $369.99 with a qualifying T-Mobile Classic voice and data plan and two year service agreement."
The bottom line? That's one expensive cell phone.
T-Mobile's Galaxy Note II is also the first to come with
Need For Speed: Most Wanted
game pre-loaded in the phone's memory.
--Written by Gary Krakow in New York.
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Gary Krakow is TheStreet's senior technology correspondent.