Amazon offers DROID and DROID ERIS for less than Verizon's BOGO deal
posted by Alan F. / Dec 18, 2009, 2:00 PM
Through the Amazon web site, you can buy the DROID for $149.99 and the DROID ERIS for $9.99 (of course, two year contracts are required for each phone) and that adds up to $159.98. Through the Verizon BOGO, your cost would be $199.99. Now, we do have to note that Verizon's activation fees for the DROID and DROID ERIS are $35 and $25 respectively, versus the $35 activation fee that Amazon will levy on each phone. That reduces your savings to $30. But hey, $30 is nothing to sneeze at, especially at this time of the year and with the economy still not at full strength. Plus, you will be saving money on gas. The only thing you will miss is the human connection and is getting a few minutes to talk to a Verizon rep really worth $30?.
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Posts: 80; Member since: Dec 29, 2008
Activated working phone in my hand today vs. two days from now? I'd pay the extra 30 bucks. But maybe I'm just that impatient.
posted on Oct 20, 2010, 1:44 AM 0
i paid $2,300 for my droid before it was even a finished model. I paid an underage korean orphan to infiltrate the moto factory in Seoul. but that wasn't the expensive part (i only had to give him a walking stick to balance his peg leg and a can of huffing glue). after Soo Kim had secured the prototype i had to pay numerous S Korean authorities to ignore certain customs laws. that ran me $2k. once back in the US, I had to find a "techie" to reprogram the language from Korean to english, $200. the last $100 was spent on THE MOST DELICIOUS korean barbeque. moto007
posted on Dec 18, 2009, 5:37 PM 0
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30 day worry free guarantee Sir, Buy now, what till price drops, call customer service and under VZW's WFG you get a healthy price match- I bought my Droid Nov 9 and my Eris for free (BOGO) 30 days to the date later just because of WFG> Go VZW another reason your the Best!!!
posted on Dec 21, 2009, 1:34 AM 0
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Just don't come into a store to get your contacts transferred after buying from Amazon...lol
posted on Dec 18, 2009, 4:57 PM 0
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exactly. anyone that works at my store will charge a person 10 dollars if they buy the phone from anywhere other than a verizon corporate location. the phonebook transfer is supposed to be 10 dollars anyway but if you buy the phone from a corporate store or youre VIP then we never charge at my store.
posted on Dec 18, 2009, 5:33 PM 0
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Not that I'm going to lose sleep over my ranking on Phonearena, but why the hell did that comment deserve a -1? Must have been someone that is still upset that they bought their phone online and had to pay the $10...lol
posted on Dec 18, 2009, 7:18 PM 0
7. Rico Dinero
Posts: 21; Member since: Oct 28, 2009
"The only thing you will miss is the human connection and is getting a few minutes to talk to a Verizon rep really worth $30?." That last line really bothered me. I am a Sales manager and that last line just costed a rep at least $100.00. Someone who reads that article or reads an Amazon review is actually hurting the economy. That slightly extra spending would not only help out a fellow human who spent time to not only answer your questions (God knows that stupid customers will still go into stores and waste reps time with concerns and yet didnt buy from that rep or hell...that store), but took the time making sure you're comfortable with your phone that you dont know how to use. When that happens here, I don't redirect them but inform them I'm limited to information due to not aware of the invoice or terms the client has agreed to. After phone book fees (remember ..it's 10.00 per phone), gas and possible meter paying, that client saves about 4.50 The thing that I'm getting at is that customers will still go into a store...too bad it isn't always to purchase
posted on Dec 18, 2009, 5:46 PM 0
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I'm an indirect retailer, and I tell any of my custoemrs who ask about online/walmart/other pricing that if they buy their phone at another store, it's a $10 service fee to change numbers, $15 for numbers and media, and $25 for smartphones before I lift a finger, no matter what the question is. Not that I want to sell out of my own pocket, but I'll throw in a free car charger to close the deal if it means losing a Droid sale to Amazon. Besides, let's look at total cost of ownership: $200 for the phone, $600 for 20 months of data service is $800. Divide that by 600 (assuming you'll keep the phone for 20 months and upgrade then as opposed to fulfilling the full 24 months contract) comes out to $1.33 a day. Subract $30 from that total, and you get $1.28 per day. Is it worth an extra 5 pennies a day to have local support?
posted on Dec 19, 2009, 9:59 AM 0
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Help out a fellow human being? What? Why doesn't VZW help out its fellow human beings by offering the same prices as Amazon? Your slanted view is downright obnoxious. God knows your customers are not as stupid as you think: although some of them may not know technical things or are so inclined to read this website, us customers sure are smart enough to all know we're getting raped by VZW. Not comfortable with our phones? There are good reasons: Bluetooth file transfer disabled, rearranged buttons so they don't match other phones, crippling, etc. Case in point, and thanks for bringing it up- phone number transfer fees? I have never understood why there is a charge for that. It's just good customer service to do it free because the customer is already paying gas and meter fees to get to your overcrowded, stressful store. VZW doesn't use SIM cards so they can control more of our lives and milk additional transfer fees out of us. Thankfully all my contacts are stored on Gmail now so it's one less thing you can have control over and switching phones is the way it should be. VZNav- another stupid fee. Text message charges, another stupid fee. Get over yourselves, carriers!
posted on Dec 20, 2009, 6:08 PM 0
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Too many Verizon users and employees on this website.
posted on Dec 19, 2009, 1:38 AM 0
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Im also an Indirect agent and we recently started charging for data transfers as well. $10 for everything the Cellbrite can transfer. If you buy a memory card (recomended) the transfer is free and you'll be able to do media files on your own next time. Back up assistant is free if you have a VZW account online. I'm all for great customer service and do my best to provide it. What it comes down to is that if someone who was going to buy a phone walks out because we're busy helping someone who is paying nothing for a transfer we're losing money. In that situation were losing money even with the xfer fee. That said, transfers are still free when you purchase any new phone or accessory or if you are transfering info on an insurance or warantee claim. the best thing you can do is inform your customer how to get the most out of their phone so that they can easily do their own transfers. The time you put in doing this initially will keep them happy and usually saves you time later on because they are comfortable doing it themselves. I can't speak for everybody but generally this is enough to keep them coming back to you next time they need a phone.
posted on Dec 20, 2009, 7:31 PM 0
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