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Bionic just became a penny phone.

Discussion in 'Motorola Droid Bionic' started by davidckivi, Oct 11, 2011.

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    It says can buy without service too?


    This is only through Amazon? Not shown on the vierizonwireless.com site as this deal

    edit: to get the deal you need to be upgrading, duh!

    Still a good deal to jump on considering Verizon is not marketing this
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    Shows $249.99 when I did it.
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    Just shows that verizon has no faith in the staying power of this phone. They are trying to get out of their stock quickly.
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    This is why i always suggest to wait just a bit before dumping huge piles of cash on a phone. How long did this take? ;) and even for a penny, i still dont want it lol

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    .01 is for NEW VZW accts only. Upgrades are $219 - $249
    this is due to the commission structure resellers get for contracts.
    obviously a new contract is worth a LOT more commission than an upgrade.
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    Has ZERO to do with VZW.
    VZW has a ton of faith in this device which is why they are still pimping the hell out of it with ads.
    This pricing is related to reseller commissions. thats all.
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    Does nothing remain sacred anymore??? o_O *sigh*
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    Looks like I'm making a trip to Best Buy today to have them price match.
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    Good luck with that. I've read stories of Best Buy shopping backfiring on customers in a bad and costly way. The Best Buy in our area is Worst Buy so I had to say goodbye. :)

    Seriously, be careful.

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    Didn't work for me but out of curiousity, what do you bean by "Best Buy shopping backfiring on customers"?
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    Concerning your title...

    /\ misleading title /\

    "* Bionic just became a penny phone *"

    /\ Better /\

    " Bionic just became a penny phone with a new contract "

    /\ Best /\

    Carry on... :reddroid:
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    I had an issue with failed Best Buy laptop repairs several months ago. I posted the problem on a forum. I also read other customer's posts where Best Buy price match requests went very bad, and other problems, such as disappearing phones during repairs, etc. Admittedly, I am somewhat biased against Best Buy, but customers that were treated like I had read about that had legitimate complaints were treated very poorly and unprofessionally. And that does not include how I felt that I was treated after spending $1200 for laptop and repair plan. Just sayin', that was what I was meaning.
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    I wish news sites wouldn't post these. All they do is get peoples hopes up and then it goes a muck.

    Anytime you see these prices it's 99% new customers only. Or for the primary line.

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    You obviously don't follow phone sales trends on Amazon or Wirefly. If you did you would know they do this with practically every phone. In the end, Amazon gains customers while VZW gains subscribers, thats where they make their money.
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    What Shadez said is 100% correct. This phone was designed to have staying power. It just happens to be great at release as well. And I want to RE-EMPHASIZE, that it's not a penny phone, it's not even a penny phone with a new contract.

    It's a penny phone with a new contract for NEW customers. It is a good deal however if you're jumping ship to Verizon from somewhere else.
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    I have two things to say about this.

    First, it's a slap in the face for those of us that have been loyal verizon customers for years and years. It really grinds on me that a new customer can get such a better deal. especially considering we don't even get upgrade bonus after this year. I know all carriers are doing this, but it still makes me mad.

    Second. I've been a loyal best buy customer for years, but there customer service has gone way down hill lately. Case in point. Radio shack had a printed ad for the bionic $199. I took it to BB and they refused a price match because "sometimes radio shack has other qualifications" and "as the manager it's up to me to set the policy, not what's written above customer service". It basically comes down to they have promoted from within too quickly and now have children running the place.
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    Had the same type of issue with best buy, but with a laptop...they wont be getting any more of my business either

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    We have another thread like this going in the news section. So, I'm going to close this one. Feel free to go to the other thread: http://www.droidforums.net/forum/showthread.php?p=1783648
    Smokin Deal! All Verizon Phones at Amazon for a Penny... Even the Bionic!

    Tapped from an Umbrickable DROID
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