Retail price to be $587

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    Honestly....587 was less than I expected for this phone so not bad on Verizon's part. Now they just need to make the upgrade and new contract price $249<=.
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    Looks promising. If this thing came out next week, they'd definitely gain a lot more buyers than if it released mid/late September.
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    $587 is the cost to verizon per phone. Full retail will likely be in the $599-$699 range.
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    That is what I figured. Besides $587 is such an odd number for or verizon retail price.

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    I hope that 587 # sticks.
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    Pretty sure they're right in assuming the $587 is what Verizon pays for them. It will most likely be 649-699 for non-contract purchases.
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    I bet the price will be right around that 587-600 mark, Verizon lowered the retail price on phones quite a bit when they got rid of 1 year contracts. Currently the only phone that costs over 600 is the iPhone.
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    VZW is not paying that much. Phone mark up is crazy high. The landed cost to stores is less than $300 and this is based on previous device cost. Phones are marked up to force folks into getting contracts and get the discount.

    The non Verizon price will be close to $700, if purchased at Best Buy, since are always significantly higher.

    VZW revenue stream plans on either getting margin for locked in contracts, or a nice fat profit from the phone at retail.
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    As a former mgr for vzw I can assure you that they make little, if any, money on full retail phones. There is no money in selling a phone off contract, the money is in locking people into 2 year contracts. The image above seems to be from an inventory reconciliation form, that is the only document I saw that gave the actual unit cost per item. Inventory is done every month in all stores. Or this could be an invoice from a shipping warehouse.
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    We don't have Costco's here in Oklahoma, but we do have Sam's Club and from what I understand, they have pretty similar business models. I know that a majority of revenue at Sam's is membership fees and their profit margins on products are extremely low; especially in electronics (I believe they mark up is around 1% on TVs, if that). I've heard a lot of people talk about going to Costco to buy their phones, but what kind of price difference do you see between Costco and a VWZ store on the majority of top-tier phones? What ever that difference is should give you a good idea of VZW's markup on phones and what kind of kick up might be seen on this 587 price point...
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    Honestly...... 587.00 for a phone is just too expensive. My new every 2 is up and I am just waiting. I can tell you this; no way am I spending over 250.00 for a phone. I don't care what it's got.
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    I wonder what the price will be with a 2 year contract.
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    The generally accepted theory is $299 with a secondary hope at $249...
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    When I bought my younger brother the Droid Inc 2, I got it for $69 at Costco and it was still $179 at my Verizon store.
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    I'm assuming those were 2-year contract prices?
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    Correct

    It also came with a car charger and a case.

    Costco has great deals on phones, I was going to buy the Bionic from Costco, but I wasn't aware that the big box stores don't get phones until a week or two after their normal release.
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    I'm disappointed but not surprised at this price. I would expect the price of the next big phones (Vigor, iPhone, Prime, SG2 if 4glte) to be at least the same. Guess I'll have to wait on buying some of the accessories.

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