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Leaked rebate sheet confirms new Verizon strategy on rebates for high end devices

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Leaked rebate sheet confirms new Verizon strategy on rebates for high end devices
Yesterday we reported that internal Verizon documents that leaked, reveal that the carrier is eliminating all mail-in-rebates on its high-end phones priced at $150 or more, purchased at one of Verizon's retail stores. Currently, rebates are automatically removed from the purchase price of phones purchased online.

While Verizon hasn't confirmed the change, a leaked copy of Big Red's new rebate sheet for the two weeks ending on February 14th 2011 no longer shows any phones costing more than $149.99. For example, sharp-eyed readers with a copy of the prior form might notice that the Motorola DROID X is no longer on the rebate form. "Aha!", you say, "What about the Motorola DROID R2-D2?". To that, we answer that a price cut to $149.99 should be announced tomorrow or by Monday night, which would leave the device on the rebate form.

With this new policy expected to start after Sunday, if you are planning a weekend trip to your local Verizon store to buy a high end handset, you just might save yourself the hassle of mailing the rebate in if you wait until Monday to visit the store. Sure, you would get the money back anyway in the form of a debit card, but there are those out there who just find the whole process of making copies of  UPC codes to be like having a tooth pulled.

source: BGR

If true, starting Monday at the retail stores, Verizon will simply subtract the rebate from the price of a high-end phone costing $150 or more

If true, starting Monday at the retail stores, Verizon will simply subtract the rebate from the price of a high-end phone costing $150 or more


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posted on 29 Jan 2011, 18:07

1. Goos (unregistered)


It's a promo the rebate forms r never that short of a time frame. Idiots. One time deal prolly just to help with none iphoners to sway them in.

posted on 30 Jan 2011, 09:17

2. XxVerbalxX (unregistered)


either way seems pretty rough for the dealers that need those mail-ins to either turn a profit or not lose $$ on a device to b competitive

posted on 30 Jan 2011, 16:04

3. mikel45365 (Posts: 10; Member since: 07 Feb 2009)


Verizon subsidizes those rebates for dealers so everyone wins

posted on 31 Jan 2011, 09:06

5. jskrenes (Posts: 209; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


Verizon doesn't subsidize me as a dealer when a rebate gets pulled. But my wholesale prices *usually* take a nosedive when stuff like this changes, so it's not that bad. Dealers who were stupid enough to order 6 months worth of Droid Xs last week are screwed though.

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