I posted this over at DroidxForum and figured it might be of use here as well.
So I been with AT&T since 1997 so I used this fact to my advantage when I finally stepped foot into a Verizon store. My contract is pretty much up with AT&T, I'm able to renew it and get a new phone at a huge discount but I have no interest in what's offered. Never been a fan of apple, sorry.
After some extensive homework and looking up everything there is to know about the Droid X I'm left with only one conclusion. I need this phone!
Before I entered the store though I tried using the Live Chat service on Verizon's website. Waste of time. They were not willing to negotiate as courtesy and friendly I was on the other end. I tried calling, after tons of being put on hold I was finally hung up on. Well damn. This encouraged me to go into a store and work the fine arts of negotiating.
What I wanted:
I wanted to take the 450 mins/nights/weekends/data plan ....and make it into a family plan to split between my partner since we both are not big talkers. Txting and surfing like geeks is what we do.
I didn't want to pay 59.99 for EACH phone PLUS 29.99 data plan for EACH phone bringing it to about 90+ EACH for a monthly bill.
So they did some talking with the higher ups and after some bargaining this is what we worked up.
700 minutes/nights/weekends family plan at 99.99/month
data plan x2 at 19.99/month
Total monthly bill: 132 (tax included in that) = $66 each (YAY college life)
Then they tried to tack on insurance at 7.99/month EACH which works out to a extra 384 / 2yrs. I say 2yrs because looking into insurance through Squaretrade is cheaper. For both phones it works to 288 for the 2years plus I have a 50% coupon from the warranty of the new Xbox 360.
Total coverage insurance: 144 (2yrs for 2 phones)
The phones themselves.
200.00 instant mail-in rebate (i hate that crap)
60.00 discount (told her online they offered me a promo of 29.99 off, she went with it)
439 = total for 2 phones
66 = monthly charge each
Work the system, it never hurts!