In line with earlier reports, T-Mobile on Wednesday made Samsung’s (005930) Galaxy Note II smartphone-tablet hybrid available starting at $299.99. That entry price requires one of T-Mobile’s Value plans, which spreads out additional phone subsidies over several months. To purchase the Note II with one of the carrier’s standard voice and data plans, it will cost users $419.99 out of pocket, $50 of which will be recouped in the form of a mail-in rebate for a final price of $369.99. BGR reviewed the Galaxy Note II on Wednesday and called it a device that is without competition in the “phablet” category.

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than a decade, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.