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Best Buy Mobile will offer Droid Pre-orders with instant rebate

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    Best Buy Mobile, the mobile specialty retail unit of Best Buy Co., Inc., will pre-sell the highly anticipated Verizon Motorola DROID smartphone beginning October 29. The phone will land in stores November 6. The Motorola DROID is the first Verizon device running on Google’s innovative Android operating platform.

    Customers who purchase the smartphone at Best Buy Mobile can avoid the hassle of mail-in rebates with instant savings applied at the point of purchase. The phone will retail for $199.99 with two-year activation.

    “We’re excited to feature this new device for our consumers, as it represents the latest and greatest in mobile technology,” said Best Buy Mobile President Shawn Score. “Bringing the DROID to Best Buy Mobile expands our already unmatched assortment of smartphones allowing customers to compare high-end devices like the iPhone 3GS, HTC Hero and DROID all under one roof. The fact that customers can purchase the phone first at Best Buy through the pre-sell is an added bonus.”

    Best Buy Mobile has become a leading destination for smartphone purchases, in part because of the promises the store offers its customers: better choice of phones and networks; impartial, informed advice; straightforward pricing; and someone to be there for the life of the phone.

    The new Motorola DROID comes equipped with a 3.7” high-resolution screen, a 5 megapixel camera with AutoFocus, image stabilization and dual-LED flash, DVD-quality video, 3G internet capabilities and access to thousands of applications and hundreds of widgets available on Android Market™. DROID is the first device with Google Maps Navigation, providing turn-by-turn voice guidance as a free feature of Google Maps. It also comes preloaded with a voice-activated Google search function, integrated Gmail™, Exchange e-mail capabilities, and enhancements to Google services including Google Maps, Gmail, YouTube and Google Talk™.

    In addition to the pre-sell and instant savings, Best Buy Mobile offers an array of services aimed at improving the mobile phone buying experience, including:

    * Upgrade Checker: A quick and easy in-store service that gives customers the ability to see when they are eligible for their next phone upgrade. When the upgrade time is nearing, customers receive a complimentary reminder call or email.
    * Walk Out Working™: Free in-store smartphone setup by a Best Buy Mobile Phone Specialist who will sync personal email accounts, set up Bluetooth® headsets, transfer contacts and activate other services to allow the customer to leave the store with a fully functional new smartphone.

    About Best Buy Mobile

    Best Buy Mobile features one of the largest selections of carriers, handsets and accessories available anywhere, as well as a highly-trained staff to help customers make the most of their mobile phones. Best Buy Mobile locations feature more than 90 different handsets from nine carriers, and over 130 accessories. Employees undergo at least 80 hours of intensive training, as well as continuing education on mobile phone technology and trends. Look for your mobile phone solution at Best Buy Mobile locations in every Best Buy store as well as in standalone stores nationwide.

    About Best Buy Co., Inc.

    With operations in the United States, Canada, Europe, China and Mexico, Best Buy is a multinational retailer of technology and entertainment products and services with a commitment to growth and innovation. The Best Buy family of brands and partnerships collectively generates more than $45 billion in annual revenue and includes brands such as Best Buy; Audiovisions; The Carphone Warehouse; Future Shop; Geek Squad, Jiangsu Five Star; Magnolia Audio Video; Napster; Pacific Sales; The Phone House; and Speakeasy. Approximately 155,000 employees apply their talents to help bring the benefits of these brands to life for customers through retail locations, multiple call centers and Web sites, in-home solutions, product delivery and activities in our communities. Community partnership is central to the way we do business at Best Buy. In fiscal 2009, we donated a combined $33.4 million to improve the vitality of the communities where our employees and customers live and work. For more information about Best Buy, visit Best Buy.
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    wait, so NOT a $300 phone with a $100 mail-in rebate? someone might be shopping at best buy...
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    I would love to get it there but someone also mentioned that best-buy would not be offering the new every 2 thing. If that is true I would be really mad.
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    Yup, it would be $199 OTD.. How cool is that.. I hate waiting on rebates..

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    oh yeah.. so how does that work out? if i were to get it at best buy, and then two years down the road i go to verizon, do i not get the 2-year price for a new phone?
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    Right now it all depends for me about the new every 2 thing. Because if they will give me another 100 off the price for that, then it would be just like getting it at bestbuy just with another 100 bucks coming my way. so WOOT!
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    Already pre-ordered mine!
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    NICE! Just need to contact my local best buy and talk to them about it, and make sure they offer everything i need, if they do then i will pre-order mine also.

    Also, welcome to the forums 06gasi.
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    Thanks! The rep told me that I pay $50 for a gift card and they take your name down so they can hold one for me. Present the gift card and the receipt to get the phone. Then she proceeds to tell me I owe $53 and that the $50 goes toward the phone. I ask why is that and she tells me they are chargung tax........needless to say I only paid $50!
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    I'm just hoping this can actually replace my iPhone. I'm tired of Att's bullshit.
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    Did you ask them at all about the new every 2?
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    No. I don't even know what that is
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    I agree - if no new every 2, I'll get at Verizon. Hopefully they offer it.
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    Just phoned my store and they unfortunately do not do the new every two program there. So to the verizon store it is. What worthless interaction between verizon and it's resellers.
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    Seems to me the strategy may be for Best Buy to focus on new customer and Verizon stores existing. Could explain why BB doesn't offer new every 2. :confused:
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    Yeah that could very easily be, seeing as they stated that all customers at best buy will walk out with a working phone (if they want of course), the reps will set everything up for you and move all your stuff over from one phone to the other. Either way, I guess I will end up at my verizon store this time then. No big worries seeing as there is a verizon store about 5 minutes from my house.
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    Same for me. Verizon is actually closer than BB in my case. Either way it will still work out.
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    I am at my New Every 2 also. I hope this is providing those of us who are, a discount on top of the rebate. Has anyone received anything in their snail mail boxes from VZW offering discounts? I have been out of town lately and haven't had a chance to look in mine.

    It is a shame that BB is not going to offer anything for the NE2. When I did the check my account thing on BB's website it did say I was eligible for a discount, but never specified how much that was.
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    I went to BB last night. The guy there was clueless. He said no on the Pre-order. then said the S2 wasn't out yet...Go figure :rolleyes:
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    Sounds like you talked to the guy from the the Appliance section :rolleyes:
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