Earlier today I received a few messages from readers/viewers asking about the T-Mobile Touch Pro2's pricing. Lots of information was flying around the Interwebs, some of it correctly pegging the 2-year contract price at $349.99 after rebate, and some of it incorrectly speculating the phone would cost $279 under the same terms. A few folks even said they'd talked to T-Mobile sales reps who'd told them the price would be $279. Huh?
I received a review loaner TP2 a week ago under embargo, a common practice that allows journalists to test devices and prepare their reviews for release at a preset time (when the embargo "lifts"). My review hit just after midnight last night, as did many others across the Web. All of the reviews mentioned the $349.99 price. We all had the information. The information came from T-Mo. So why are people reporting that T-Mo reps have been telling them $279, and not the $349.99 price that the media was given, and is now showing on the T-Mobile Website?
Very strange. But true. People asked me about it earlier today, and people are commenting about it now online. Here's a snippet from the comments over at TmoNews:
I have just spoken with a T-mobile Rep via online chat. Here is a quote:
Skyler L: ok, only one final question then
Skyler Loth: you are certain that the phone is 279 on a two-year contract?
Carolyn B: Yes.
What gives? What happened? Did any of you call T-Mo - or chat with an online rep - about the Touch Pro2? If so, what were you told?
It's too bad - $279 is closer to what this phone should cost. Great device, but $349 is way too much to ask. Even $279 seems steep. Check out my review for more on Touch Pro2, T-Mobile style. And sound off in the comments if you have a tale of T-Mobile to tell.