Prepare to be underwhelmed. Last week we revealed a couple of really sweet Black Friday sales that will be hitting Verizon and AT&T this coming weekend. We spent the past couple of days eagerly anticipating what T-Mobile or Sprint might have in store for us, considering both Verizon and AT&T are having penny smartphone sales. T-Mobile does have a Black Friday sale, but it really doesn’t live up to what we’ve recently come to expect from The Big T (I just made that up. Maybe it will stick.)
From November 26th through January 18th, if you buy a myTouch 4G or a Samsung Galaxy Tab at regular price you can get another phone free. Sounds alright, but lest really break this down. Two of the phones, the LG Optimus T and the T-Mobile Comet are already free on a two year contract. So that reduces the number of ‘free’ phones down to just six. The two Motorola phones on offer, the Charm and the Defy, are already on the lower end, costing $49 and $99 respectively on a two year contract. The Blackberry Bold is also on the list, which is a step up. It is the best Blackberry phone in T-Mobile’s arsenal, but is still only $129 on contract.
The last three phones on the list are all top end phones, including the HTC HD7 (Windows Phone), the myTouch 4G and the T-Mobile G2. We can respect this list, but the other 5 seem to be padding and not much else.
For a company that recently started selling iPhone accessories in their stores despite not carrying the iPhone, boldly claimed to have the largest 4G network in the nation, and is running a national ad campaign slamming AT&T, we expected more. Maybe we’re being a little cynical, but putting two phones that would have been free anyway on a buy one get one free list is kind of tacky. Now we wait and see what Sprint can come up with.