Emailed VRZ about $99 Droid

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    I emailed Verizon last night regarding the $99 droid offered at a few places (I sent a link to the Wirefly ad) as well as the free T-Shirt (see the T-shirt post) and this is the response I received this morning:

    I figured I wouldn't get refunded the difference but I had to ask anyway...
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    That's why you buy from best buy...

    Bought for 199.00. Came back a week later to price match at 149.00. Came back a week after that to price match for 119.99. As long as you're within 30 days you're golden. Gotta play hardball with VZW too, you should have threatened to return the phone if it was within 30 days and told them you were going to go buy it from wirefly or best buy. They might have said we'll charge you a restocking fee but that fee can't beat getting the phone for 99.00.

    VZW tries to f you every way they can - I just bought two replacement phones for my parents. Basic Samsung Smooth flip phones. Without redoing my contract they would have cost me 199.00 from VZW. So, I went to Best Buy and bought them as pay as you go phones for 39.00 each brand new :) Now, the guy at the VZW store told me I was going to have to wait 90 days to activate that pay as you go phone to a contract account. Called cust service and the woman said "I just activated one for a customer the other day, no problem you can do it" SO I told her what the store rep told me, she went back and asked her supervisor who said i'd have to wait SIX months. The cust rep told me i could try it then return the phones if it didn't work. So I buy the phones, called the automated activation and got them up and running. Bingo, 199.00 phone for 39.00 and Screw you Verizon.
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    I am surprised BB even price matched you. Most places will not price match unless a physical store is giving the ad and price.

    No one is screwing you. The phone is brand new and a 2 year plan for $200 is what the market demands these days. The phone retails for $599.
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    Yeah that is a little trick that you will not get out of VZW and one that they definitely do want to be publicized. What is funny is through EROS the activation system that most direct and indirect agent locations use will not even allow for a "prepay" phone bought at wal-mart or best buy to be activated. But dial *228 option 3 and activates right up. :icon_ banana: I keep this one in my back pocket for customers that want something basic to replace a broken or lost phone. When they dont have insurance or cannot afford to pay retail price.

    I actually go to wal mart about once a week and buy 2 or 3 of them. Just to keep in the back of my store :)
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    no one pays 599 for their phone. or at least almost no one. I think verizon really should consider some more incentives if their competitors are knocking the price down by half. A lot of people don't care about the conditions that are listed by wirefly. Those conditions are only for people who change their services anyways.
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    I was forced to buy a Samsung i760 for full retail when it was released and it cost $549. I bought it as a gift and could not upgrade my line as I got a phone 4 months earlier and did not have the information for their line. (SS #, PW, etc)..It also saved their upgrade to a later date, which happened to be used on a Droid just recently.

    So of course people will buy a Droid for $599 if necessary. People who do not want to go through the hassle of getting others billing info and who are not eligible for an upgrade anytime soon.

    If you think Verizon should sell the phone for anything under $200, you are crazy. By decreasing the price so much you make the product seem cheap too, regardless of the reality.
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    99 bucks. lol damn that is a good deal. but i wen to best buy for a blackberry updated phone and i got my bill at the month and they screwed everything up and i had a 500 dollar monthly bill. so im skeptical of them.
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    direct retail stores dont use EROES.
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    Um I bought my moto droid through verizon on the 8th of nov. Online and it was only $99.00. How? New every 2 credit( $100) and another $100 off for buying it online, all instant rebates and they deduct from new customer price of $299.00. That's 1 of my reasons for staying w/ vzw plus they let me bill it to my acct !
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    That jerk didnt telly ou a thing about the T-shirt! :biggrin:
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    How were you "forced"?
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    "People who do not want to go through the hassle of getting others billing info" What are you talking about?

    If you think Verizon should sell the phone for anything under $200, you are crazy. By decreasing the price so much you make the product seem cheap too" Why would the product "seem cheap" selling it for what it's worth and why would that matter anyways lol?

    The reason the phone is 39.00 when you buy it pay as you go is b/c that's what the phone is worth - actual cost of the hardware. No one (best buy OR verizon) is taking a hit on the actual cost of the phone if you decide not to activate it and smash it instead. They can charge 199.00 at the store b/c they know they have you by the balls if you're already under contract and MUST have a replacement.

    So yes, VZW DOES try to screw you by overcharging for things like certain phones and most of all, accessories that can be bought 2.00 on ebay brand new.


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    Forced meaning that was my only option. I purchased someone a phone as a gift. The line is under someone else's name than the person I was talking to. I wasn't going to ask for the last 4 digits of the social security numbers and password.

    And to the latest post..first off I don't know where you came up with the $39 figure. I am talking about the model Droid. But it's called market value. If you lower the phone to an extremely cheap price you make the phone...well pardon the term but somewhat "ghetto". (perception wise)

    I could care less either way. I like my Droid but just food for thought.
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    Lol ok, so does the fact that the droid is offered for $99 make it "ghetto" now compared to if you bought it for 500? Maybe VZW should have two prices 1) for the people that want to pay the actual cost of the hardware like I did for the 39.00 basic flip phones 2) for people that want to take it in the poo-hole and pay the 199.00 inflated price for the same phone because they think anything less would make it ghetto.

    Don't get me wrong, I know the droid hardware probably isn't as low as $99.00, I would guess it's actual cost is more along the $200 - 300 mark they charge you when the renew your contract... not 500.00.
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    Reading the verizon reply, I see nothing in there that has to do with Wirefly making a profit. All the conditions are related to a verizon plan. I deduct from that that they must be in cahoots with Verizon. Thus for Verizon to say that they have no control over that market is bull.
    As for the warranty issue, Motorola is responsible for that, not Verizon.
    We who bought the phone at its release only to see it sell for 50% less in a mere 2 weeks are suckers and I for one have learned my lesson.
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    I think all the rep was saying was that if you buy your droid from Wirefly, don't expect to be able to walk into a vzw store and get them to exchange a dud. You'll have to deal with Wirefly.