Verizon is getting rid of mail-in-rebates for higher-end smartphones?
Although they offer instant prices on handsets purchased through their web site, Verizon still carries mail-in-rebates on devices purchased through actual retail stores nationwide. As some of us have probably experienced, the whole process regarding mail-in-rebates can be a hassle since you have to follow explicit directions and wait some weeks before seeing a gift card.
However, it looks like Big Red is going to roll out a new strategy that eliminates mail-in-rebates for higher-end devices. Specifically, smartphones that have a net price of $150 or higher won't have a mail-in-rebate attached to them, but smartphones with a net price of $149.99 and under will come along with $50 rebates. Unless you're looking at low to mid-range smartphones, you can rest knowing that your new smartphone purchase won't require you to tediously follow instructions for a mail-in-rebate.
Definitely a nice gesture if it actually is true, but we won't know for sure until Big Red officially confirms the juicy details. Still, it would be even better if they eliminate mail-in-rebates altogether, but then again, that's what their web site is for.
source: Android Central
1. Heywood G (unregistered)
Its a smartphone promo running from 1/31/11 to 2/14/11
2. downphoenix (Posts: 2553; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
Yea, probably just a valentine's day promo but would be nice to see this be a little more permanent.
3. ShiftMobile (unregistered)
It says new smartphone strategy, not promo. All rebate forms have a start and end date to them, hence the two week time period that's listed. It does not say promo on that document.
5. Heywood G (unregistered)
LOL, okay, whatever you say. LOL
And it's only a coincidence that the current smartphone promo, "Smartphones Talk Free", ends on 1/31/11 as well, right?
6. wilt (unregistered)
why is this a good thing so if i want i 299.99 droid x i dont get a very very helpful 100.00 mir? how is this good who wnats a mid range not as good smartphone??? if you are going to get a smartphone and pay the 29.99 data or even the 15 15omb data plan why get a "MID" range device might as well step it up and not having a rebate would make a customer not want to pay for a higher priced device.
at my store a lg vortex is $100.00 with a 100 MIR know will it be 100 with a 50 MIR how is that better???
7. ReaverSpark (unregistered)
Hey, look. Another employee without a job. I sure hope you got at least a year's salary or more from PS to cover your lack of funds.