My first post- thanks for all the info I've picked up so far.
Here's my long-story-short: Started dealing with letstalk.com- tried to order my Droid and wife's samsung phone, with a new family plan. During which, letstalk linked me to takeonegetone.com- had to sign up for People magazine to get $30 (had 90 days to cancel and pay nothing). Ended up canceling phone/service order with letstalk (they aren't very bright or easy to deal with), but still received the $30 check a few days later for "trying" People magazine.
Hooked up to wirefly through Bing search to get $50 back per phone. Wirefly is great in my book because you can live chat with their reps= never have to wait on hold/talk to anyone.
My Droid (at the time) was $109.99. Wife's was free. $10 shipping.
Scorecard: $30 rebate + $100 Bing rebate ($50x2 phones)=$130 back
$119.99 going out for phones and shipping
Therefore, my Droid for free + $10 in my pocket
Also, got $60 activation fee waved by Verizon ($30 per phone). All I said to Verizon was that "the rep at letstalk.com told me that you'd wave the activiation fee for me". Verizon said they'd do that, but they weren't happy with letstalk.
Moral: There're ways to save money if you just know where to look.
THANKS FOR ALL THE GREAT INFO!!!
I paid a little extra for mine buying straight from Verizon. $200 for one, get one free. I needed two, so $100 a piece. Free activation, fee overnight shipping.
I had a total of 4 phones on a family plan I was moving over from AT&T, so I liked how easy the Verizon site got all my info to handle the transfer. Amazon.com also has them for $49 but with $35 activation fee. That activation fee is evil...
I have this evil plan to call verizon and try to get an upgrade 3 months early, and then later order the phone for $49 through amazon instead of going through a verizon store. Does anyone know if this will work or maybe tried something like this?