Costco plans to introduce the Motorola DROID BIONIC with a $280 price and free accessory kit?
However, it seems that Costco is aiming to ease the burden of buying the handset by giving potential customers a tiny discount when it goes on sale starting tomorrow. One of our tipster managed to pass along some juicy tid bits regarding Costco’s plans with the 4G LTE equipped Motorola DROID BIONIC. From the looks of it, the wholesale retailer will be selling the handset for $279.99 to both new and upgrade customers signing 2-year contracts.
In addition to purchasing the brand spanking new handset, it appears that new buyers will be treated to a free exclusive accessories bonus pack consisting of a standard dock, vehicle car mount with rapid car charger, extra battery, and a battery charger. All in all, the bonus accessory pack is valued at $158, which is nice considering that early adopters will get it for free.
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1. LA2Kay (unregistered)
Will I get my $200 new every 2 bonus if i get it at costco?
2. BarneyDroid (Posts: 35; Member since: 01 Sep 2011)
From what I have read we either get a 50 or 100 dollar discount for the new every two depending on your current device.
5. impact (unregistered)
Can you get the $50 new every two upgrade discount if you purchase from Costco? I was under the impression that you cannot use that at a big box store and can only use that if you buy directly from Verizon. If I could get this discount on top of the bundle from Costco that would be one sweet deal :)
7. Codename: Infamous (unregistered)
New every two credits are only applicable in VZW stores. VZW also changed it policies. After a certain date in February 2011 if you have not received a new every two then you will not get one, that program cease to exist. Second if you did become eligible before that date you did receive your new every two; you have 6 months from that date to use it before it expires. Most of you all already either used the credit or lost it except for those who became eligible in Feb before the cut off date. Now if u have family accounts I say used the credit on a feature phone for a member who doesn't require a smart phone. Also then use their upgrade to purchase the phone from either amazon mobile or wirefly. Amazon mobile discounts are the best. Phones like the droid charge and htc thunderbolt were discounted to 99.99 and 79.99 respectively. That's the best bang for your buck.
3. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)
I have the same question; is this offer for current customes that are eligible for an upgrade as well?
4. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
i'll be getting mine there tomorrow but i want to see official confirmation from Costco somewhere.
6. Krishaun27 (unregistered)
$279 is still to much for this phone. Id wait till it drops below $150 at least, gives u time to see all the bugs being worked out for the suckers that copped it too early.
14. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
the phone itself is $130 if you get it from Costco. yes, you've got to front the $280 but after which you can just sell all of the accessories new in box to make back a lot of the money.
34. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
I have bad news -- you might not get the full value for the accessories. I wouldn't be surprised if you got 80 cents on the dollar.
37. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
that's still a lot of the money. it's better than paying $300 for just the phone.
38. Cbphx (unregistered)
Let's see... $280 for the phone, $150 worth of accessories at 80 cents on the dollar...
$160 for the phone.
8. unknown mojo (unregistered)
People don't understand that they are hurting their local Verizon stores when they buy from Costco, Wal-Mart, Bestbuy, ect. These places give the average customer the idea that highend phones shouldn't cost so much. Think about the customer that buys a $500 smartphone from walmart for $29 and decides not to get insurance because the phone is so "cheap." And then they come into a Verizon store to replace their broken phone and flip out when they hear its $500 for a new one. And then go on to say how the sales rep never told them about insurance. Oh wait, you mean a wal-mart employee didn't go over everything with you and offer you a professional experience? Wow, shocking...
10. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)
Why would I pay $299.99 for just the phone when I can pay $279.99 for the phone plus over $100 worth of accessaries? So I can go into a little verizon store wait for 30min to an 1hr to make sure I'm offered insurance? Realy? Verizon store FTL.
33. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
You have to keep in mind that Verizon allows Costco as a reseller because the benefits outweigh the costs. Verizon knows its a different target market meaning you have to be a Costco member to get the deal. Plus, Verizon gets customers with high income levels, etc due to the demographics that shop at Costco. The lower prices may be due to lower churn, less headaches, etc.
As for insurance, I believe in self-insurance. I have bought otter cases for my iPod touch and those cases (both the defender and reflex) are built to withstand serious abuse. I got a Zagg screen and rocket fish case (each was overpriced) for my Motorola Triumph and the phone is well protected.
Let's not forget it's an electronic device and it's not some low-tech toy.
46. swim (unregistered)
Well.. Bestbuy sells the phone at the 299 price and you still get the new every 2 rebate.. I have the 50.00 one.. And.. here's the kicker too..
If you purchase their "black tie" protection for the 9.99 for a month.. was told you can cancel at any time, but before you do, call the geek squad and say your battery is dead.. They will send you a new battery and now you have the spare instead of the 40-50 price tag.. They explained all at Best buy.. You should consider it.. Worth it ..
49. cr8tive007 (Posts: 53; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)
whats your point? If i bought a 500 phone for 29 i'd rub my two brain cells together and get the insurance on my own accord... your the idiot for not getting insurance.
9. Jayson850 (unregistered)
I talked to a Verizon person at Costco today. They will have the phone, 6 at my store, on the 8th with the bundle. No, you will not get the $50 every 2 year credit like you would get at the Verizon store.
Bottom line: Costco = $279 + bundle / Big Red = $249 & no accessories.
The extra batter and charger + the car dock is worth it for me to go to Costco in the morning.
11. jnort (unregistered)
"Fittingly priced." I don't understand, doesn't any variation of the galaxy s2 have better specs at a hundred dollars less. Faster processor, better screen, better design.
Am I wrong?
12. chample (unregistered)
Well, Verizon doesn't have the GS2, soooo....
13. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)
Faster processor yes
Faster internet no
Better screen debatable(opinion not fact)
Better design also debatable(opinion not fact)
Havent heard about the price...
15. jnort (unregistered)
Wow you're going to argue screen quality, check any professional review; a super amoled plus with wvga, has better contrast, color, clarity and overall picture than the cheaper qhd. You obviously haven't been keeping up with the times. I recommend cnet, phandroid, engadget, maybe even this site in the future.
Now on to form. The s2 is the thinnest super phone to date, you know what just read engadget, phandroid, or cnet's review and learn something.
By the way, opinion becomes fact when the majority says it's true, especially if the majority consists of professionals most qualified to make such claims
18. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
anyone with any sense will tell you there's trade offs for both of the technologies. qHD actually has more clarity and even on a larger screen has a fairly dense pixel density and SA+ has it's true blacks and beautiful colors. the differences matter more on phones with 4.3" screens and up.
20. whitman5115 (Posts: 28; Member since: 27 Jan 2009)
Lte - No
Build Quality - Cheap plastic
Flimsy back cover
IPhone Rip-off -- FACT proven by courts.
Motorola has its own style and basically made Android what it is. Respect the Droiiiiids!
21. darth8ball (Posts: 519; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)
By the way, opinion becomes fact when the majority says it's true, especially if the majority consists of professionals most qualified to make such claims
I tend to disagree, back in 1969 the experts and the majority said the Colts were the best team in the Super Bowl....but the Jets proved them wrong.
The majority is exactly that the majority of opinions....Before Columbus the majority thought the world was flat does that make it so?????
43. johnson12 (unregistered)
Re: quote from jnort:
"By the way, opinion becomes fact when the majority says it's true..."
Are you f##king serious?? Have you taken a science class before? Grow up. Just because you disagree doesn't mean it was a personal stab at you and your beliefs. You are the authority on smartphone screens because you read a few reviews? That gives you the right to rudely insult someone's intelligence? I've read all of those same reviews and most say that there are ups and downs to each technology. THAT is fact. THAT can be measured.
As for which downside is worse, that could never be anything but opinion - no matter how many people think it. Comparing the two different screen technologies is not apples to apples. It is simply not possible to prove objectively that one is better.
There is certainly nothing wrong with all of us chiming in with our opinions, but you are most definitely not a genius. Don't talk to others like they're morons because you've read a few reviews and think you know a thing or two.
44. Goldeneye (Posts: 373; Member since: 22 Jan 2011)
One thing that makes the Bionic more expensive LTE
50. cr8tive007 (Posts: 53; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)
the biggest issue with samsung is their software updates.... I know sooooo many people who were way excited about getting their new samsung. Samsung either really pissed someone off at google, or maybe they just don't want to contribute to the upgrade fundage..... that's what me thinks. It makes me a bit nervous though having amazon already drop the price 100 bucks right from day one.... they know something we don't!
16. I Hate Costco (unregistered)
Must be the great customer service Costco gives:-)
17. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)
An opinion is an opinion regarles if its given by a "professional most qualified", expecially about a cell phones design. The screen quality of super amoled and qhd is no matter what you say debatable. Some may find super amoled overly saturated in terms of color. I do admitt however that it out does the qhd when viewing in direct sunlight.
19. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
hold up.. now according to Taco, who is never wrong and only logical (just ask him!), only the iPhone should be expencive and this phone should obviously be bogo, since price dictates quality! lol
22. Costco Rep (unregistered)
First off I work for the wireless kiosk inside of Costco called Wireless Advocates and the phone is confirmed to be $279.99 with the accesory bundle. Not only that but you have to consider there is no mail in rebates here and the phone is only taxed on $299.99. Also Costco always gives a 90 day exhange policy incase your phone is defective or a new model comes out. They will also do a 30 day price match on the phone incase it goes on a weekend special (which they always do, I got my charge on release date and had it price matched to $180 3 weeks later) I will also be using my 90 day exchange to switch to the bionic, which i am currently playing with right now because we have recieved or demo unit.
23. Deuce (unregistered)
Do you know if Costco is participating in the $100 dumbphone/smartphone trade-in promotion that is going on right now?
24. Costco Rep (unregistered)
Yes if you are coming from a "dumb" phone or feature phone you can go online after upgrading and participate in the $100 trade in offer which can then be used towards your bill :)
26. Deuce (unregistered)
Thanks for the info! I think it might be finally time to upgrade.
27. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
now i wish i got my Droid 3 from you guys.
28. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)
wow now thats a deal!
So by what your saying One could get the bionic and if the prime comes out 2 months latter they would be able to exchange correct?
30. Costco Rep (unregistered)
You are correct. Its quite a steal compared to other retailers, if only we advertised I would be making way more money HAHA
35. ILUVPHONES (unregistered)
WHICH LOCATION DO YOU WORK AT I WANT THIS PHONE!!!!!! :D
52. Costco Rep (unregistered)
I am located in a San Diego location but cannot give out which one due to posting on sites like this.
53. ILUVPHONES (unregistered)
kEWL I LIVE IN COROANDO SO I HOPE I SEE U!!!!!!
31. TheGambler (unregistered)
I was thinking of getting a Bionic and then upgrading to the Droid Prime when it comes out. What are the chances of the Droid Prime coming out in the next 90 days? Everything points to Oct. or Nov. for the Droid Prime.
32. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
90 days is around three months. your plan is sound. i might do it with the Bionic and i wish i could have that freedom with my Droid 3...WHERE WERE YOU A MONTH AGO COSTCO REP!? *cries*
36. Bellos69 (unregistered)
Whoever said you cannot apply your new every 2 Verizon discount at Costco is wrong. I just left there and it can was was applied.........
39. darth8ball (Posts: 519; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)
So much for this story anyway I just read that the Bionic is 199 on contract at VZW. which would make this package 80 not free.
40. darth8ball (Posts: 519; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)
Sorry guys just got off the phone with my local VZW store and they said 249 not 199
54. darth8ball (Posts: 519; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)
It was going to be 199 for me because I have a credit of 50 on my account from a past overcharge they are telling me now, that and my corporate discount.
51. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
the free accessories bury most of it.
41. Costco4Life (unregistered)
199 at vzw? I was just there and it is 299.99 and the tax is off 589.99. So around 350 after tax. Costco has it 279.99 and tax off of 299.99. So right around 310.00, throw on the bundle(media dock, car dock, xtra battery and charger), plus there standard bundle (car charger, case, screen protector) oh yeah, 90 day in store exchange policey and not to mention if you shop with an american express card you get a second year warrenty. And BTW, we do mention INSURANCE. Dont compare Costco to Walmart!
42. cr8tive007 (Posts: 53; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)
Man o man.... I see what you mean Thump, just a lot of jaw jackin peeps who just like to talk out the side of their neck... look the phone is what it is...right now it's the best phone on the market in MY OPINION. It's too much money for me right now, I'm at home on disability from carpal tunnel so that extra 100 bucks it costs adds up for me, 4 g doesn't work in the Valencia, CA area yet, and can any new user please tell me how the phone feels in their hand, what battery life actually is, and how does that camera/4g chip hump actually look...? and for those waiting for a price drop, it won't be for quite some time... or you can go to amazon and get it for 199
45. ridefast (unregistered)
verizon is giving a $100 credit if you trad in you non smart phone. Can this be applied at costco too?
47. TheSentinel (unregistered)
Was the third person to buy the combo pack from my Costco today. By the time i got back to the people from paying and picking up the phone they had sold the last Bionic. (Sales rep was kinda bummed as she wanted to get one herself.) Got a bit of bad news while we do get the extras (desktop dock, car window mount, and spare battery charger w/ battery) they don't come in their own respective boxes. The Bionic itself does come eith it's own box. The combo pack also includes a holster and what appears to be a screen skin. I'd put up a pic or two but not sure how to go about doing that.
P.S. I'm having a lot of fun with my bionic
48. TheSentinel (unregistered)
Regarding the $100 non-smartphone and $50 upgrade or anything verizon is offering. Those will not apply at Costco, the only offer i think might be comperable from Verizon is the $100 rebate when you buy the Bionic and the lapdock.
55. dhavard (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Sep 2011)
Here is the ultimate question... Can you get this deal on-line through Costco? Does anyone know that. It might be worth the $50 to get a Costco membership.