Tips on how you can get the best deals with your next smartphone purchase
So before you head off to your local retail store to scope out your next handset of choice, you ought to check out some of the ways you can get the best deals with your next smartphone purchase – trust us, you’ll be amazed at how much control you can command during the experience. Yeah, you might feed your own ego during the process, but it’s possible to save even more money on your purchase as well. As always folks, please feel free to share some of your other ideas or tactics in the comments to know, since you know, we’re dying to hear what else some of you have up your sleeves.
Tips on how you can get the best deals on your next smartphone purchase
1. Wait until the new version comes out to buy the old one
2. Price matching
3. Buy it, then come back another day "trying" to return it
4. Sign up for a new line of service
5. Start a brand new family plan
3. jdubtrye (Posts: 12; Member since: 08 Jul 2012)
I find the first 2 suggestions to be helpful.
The last two aren't really an approach (you either need a new/family plan or you don't) and the third might not be worth the trouble.\
With Ting, Straight Talk and TMo Value Plans, you can actually save money in the long run by getting a phone off-contract. I wish there was a good way to comparison shop for off-contract phone prices. Try it; its not easy.
15. ardent1 (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
Both Ting and Straight Talk are poor choices if you like data.
For Ting, data is very expensive based on their current monthly fee and pricing matrix. For Straight Talk, the unofficial numbers are 100 MB a day or 2 GB a month of data -- once you cross either thresholds, there's a good chance they don't want you anymore.
If you like data, Virgin's $35 a month plan (2.5GB at 3G) or T-mobile's/Walmart's $30 a month plan (5 GB at 4G) are great deals. You might have to buy the phone outright, but you save on the monthly hit.
I wouldn't recommend Boost unless you plan to keep the phone for 18 months, which is hard since people like new toys. I was itching to replace my Moto Triumph after 6 months after the novelty wore off.
16. jdubtrye (Posts: 12; Member since: 08 Jul 2012)
I actually have virgin mobile.
However, I was trying to think of services that would allow the most recent phones to be used. VM/Boost's handsets are about 6-12 months behind the big 4 brands, though the phones are much cheaper even if you include the reduced rates.
I don't like TMo prepaid because in order to get a good balance of voice and data, you have to pay $60.
Like you said, Straight Talk is a borderline scam :), but if you don't use much data, the price is decent. I would never go with ST, but some love it.
4. kartik4u98 (Posts: 511; Member since: 19 May 2012)
the best is to bug the retailer by telling him the untrue low prices of mobile offered by other shop...
13. kaintae (Posts: 61; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)
With the third, you may actually spend more if the retailer doesnt bite and you end up paying a restocking fee.
9. hobble (Posts: 130; Member since: 11 Oct 2011)
If anyone came to my store to try any of these, I'd laugh them out.
11. downphoenix (Posts: 2426; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
That's probably why you dont have many repeat customers.
14. kaintae (Posts: 61; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)
I wouldnt lol. Definitely internally though
10. structureman116 (Posts: 135; Member since: 14 Sep 2010)
After dealing with the same saleman with VZW for 14 years, I just tell him what I want and what I am willing to pay, and he does the rest. a little loyalty to a saleman will go a long way...I got my VZ Gnex two weeks after release for $139.00.
12. master0fursinz (Posts: 104; Member since: 26 Apr 2010)
if you really want a great deal on a new phone shop around and be smart from where you buy it, sometimes you might end up getting something that you never wanted in the first place.
like im looking for a droid xyboard 10.1 - 64gb tablet and i found it for $415.00, which is great but i dont know what the condition of the unit is and there isnt a phone number to call them and find out. so i will hold back on that buy button just a bit longer.
17. asdfasdfasdf123 (Posts: 11; Member since: 26 Mar 2012)
I love the pictures on the beginning of each article :)