Buying a phone at Best Buy?

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  1. gymangel812

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    I have an appt at best buy to get the TB on thursday but I'm wondering how they are different then buying from verizon. i am reading that they may not come with the 32gb card and have an activation fee?

    actually according to BB's site, the card is not included:
    microSD card slot
    Allows you to store or transfer media (card not included).
    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/HTC - T...49051&st=thunderbolt&cp=1&lp=1&contract_desc=

    perhaps i will cancel my appt if the card is not included. no reason not to get something free.


    also, how much is insurance from best buy? if i buy a phone at best buy, can i get insurance from vzw (if it's cheaper)?
     
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    I'm pretty sure it's just a typo. They also has the wrong amount of memory on there.

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    BB ins, iirc, is $10/mo. VZW is $7/mo. BB's has better screen coverage, and you can get still get VZW ins even if you buy from BB.
     
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    Wow, it even says it has a physical keyboard.
     
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    Maybe that's what the delay was? :p

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    What about a connection fee or activation fee any one know if they are charging more. I went on their form and it does include the 32 gig card and is 249 with pre order but what other fees can they come up with
     
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    New customer or existing?

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    BB has a HORRIBLE warranty, look at consumerist to see it. They take your phone to fix it and give you a "loaner"

    VZW is 2nd shipping

    another alternative is squaretrade.com... I usually buy mine from them (google around for 30% off coupons)
     
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    Neither one of them are very good, There are better providers that cover more types of losses for less per month if you purchase the insurance separately.
     
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    I just spoke to a sales rep at the BB store in Arlington, VA and he said that the phone would come with the 32GB SD card and there would be no activation or any other fees.

    I'm month to month and I anticipate replacing the TB within 6 - 12 months because IMHO, much better phones will be available. (iPhone5 with 4.3" Retina display, LTE 4G, Talk & Surf, etc.):).
    Options:
    1. Verizon 2 year contract = $249.99
    2. Verizon 1 year contract = ?
    3. BB = Pre-order, 2 year = $249.99 with Buy Back ($59.99).
    4. Buying at MSRP ($750) - and selling when I'm ready for another phone has been suggested but I don't believe it's best for me.)

    At this point BB appears to be best future proofing option, but I must clarify whether the buy back price is the MSRP of the TB at the time of purchase or the normal BB non-sale price and whether there will, be a restocking fee.

    BB defines "purchase price" in their Buy Back contract as: "Purchase price for mobile phones refers to the Best Buy regular retail price prior to any specific carrier-based rebates, offers, discounts, or promotions." Is that $299.99 or $750?
    The Sales rep at BB told me that the Buy Back price would be the MSRP of the new phone minus 40 or 50% (in my case) of the TB MSRP when I purchased it. Either way, without a 1 year contract option at Verizon, Best Buy Buy Back seems to be the best option. Any advice/opinions:confused:
     
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    What about Assurion? That may be the VZ insurer but I have used it on two occasions (5 years apart) with no problems
     
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    Existing Verizon customer
     
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