A couple of new deals showed up on T-Mobile this afternoon. The Samsung Exhibit II (left) is $179.99 after a $150 mail in rebate. The Exhibit II has a 1 GHz CPU and 3.7 inch 480 X 800 (WVGA) screen and is my pick for as the current T-Mobile prepaid phone that offers the most bang for the buck. T-Mobile's regular price for the Exhibit II is $329.99. If you don't want to deal with the hastle and uncertainty of a mail in rebate walmart.com. and amazon.com both sell the Exhibit II for around $200.
The Lumia 710 and is a Windows Phone. Like the Exhibit II, it has a 3.7 inch 480 X 800 (WVGA) screen. The Lumia trumps the Exhibit II in the camera department with a 5 MP shooter versus the Exhibit II's 3 MP unit. The Lumia's sale price is $199.99 after a $150 mail in rebate.
There are a couple od downsides to this deal. To receive the mail in rebate on either phone you must be active on a $50/month or higher Monthly 4G prepaid plan and it can take up to 8 weeks to receive the rebate.