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200$ ... What's the catch?

Discussion in 'Android General Discussions' started by Insane_Cat, Feb 8, 2010.

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    Verizon advertises a $200 price tag for the droid, but there's got to be a catch, though.
    What are the conditions for buying a droid at that price through verizon?
    And what is the price if you don't qualify for their special pricing?
    I really, really want to get a droid but I want to know what I'm getting into before I go buy it.
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    I'm confused? What do you mean?
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    Do you have credit, are you over 18, do you currently have Verizon Wireless as your carrier, if so are you eligible for an upgrade. There are too many questions to ask first before we can answer your question. Can you give us some background?
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    mandatory data plan so $30/mo

    also minutes plan, possible texting plan, that's it.

    i don't get why you think there is a "catch" it's how it is with all cell phones.

    with the questions and your suspicion, i don't think you're 18....
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    ? What do you mean?
    I got mine for $150, my friend got his for $200 with a free Eris for his wife??

    There's nothing 'special' other than the 2-yr contract.
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    Bingo...read my post above. :)
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    no problem with a kid being curious.

    Ask your parents about your current plan and see if you can upgrade. If you get it, be VERY grateful and appreciative of what they do.
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    That's what I paid. Two contract and $100 mail in rebate brought it down to $200
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    The catch is that price (or lower) is contingent upon a 2 year contract which is what allows VZW to subsidize the phone and make it more affordable.
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    Again, nobody here can answer the o.p. without some background, and hopefully they will be back to answer some of my probing questions to see how we can really answer the questions.
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    insane cat, here is a quick summary.

    droid is $200 with a 2 year contract. if you have verizon now and it's been 2 years, you'll get $50 more dollars off the price, or you can look around for better prices, i think amazon sells it for 150 or less (still with a contract).

    a 2 year contract requires both minutes ($40/450 minutes/month minimum) and a data plan ($30/month). ~80/month or so if you include texts and fees.

    with no contract the phone alone is 550ish. but there's no reason to get it with no contract.
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    The $50 dollars you mention that you get as a discount is the "New Every Two" discount that applies to the primary account holder, IF you're in a family share plan.

    Amazon is still selling the Droid for $99.99 for NEW customers and $109.99 for EXISTING customers (including family share lines, primary and secondary).

    Verizon Wireless is also still offering a free HTC Droid Eris for customers who buy the $199.99 Moto Droid, but each phone would require the 29.99 monthly fee for the data package (a requirement for ALL smartphones).
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    Wirefly.com and Amazon have the Droid for $99 with a new 2 year contract. If you can, jump on that!!
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    Damn.....I wish it was it was that cheap whenever I got my Droid...
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    Yeah, it's right on the page for the Droid next to the price on Verizon's site. See where it says "2-yr Contract Price"? The 2 yr contract is the "catch". ;) There's a drop-box if you want to see the 1 yr and month-to-month prices.

    The info is all there on Verizon's site.

    If you go with an authorized agent definitely make sure that you fully read and understand their fine print. They tend to tack on additional requirements and tend to penalize you with a fee if you don't adhere to their additional terms.
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    Compared with the contract cost, the purchase price is immaterial.
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    I'm glad to see some people actually trying to answer the OP, instead of just throwing out random thoughts that seem a bit aggressive. At least, that's how I would have taken them.

    I will add to the above response: You get 30 days to evaluate your Droid purchase before becoming locked into your contract. And that contract comes with a hefty $350 Early Termination Fee. Moral of the story: if you buy it and find yourself not sure you want to keep it, don't wait too long before trying to take it back.
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