Tips on how you can get the best deals with your next smartphone purchase

Tips on how you can get the best deals with your next smartphone purchase
Feelings of helplessness might be something that most consumers share together when they set foot into a local wireless retail shop, but as we’ve pointed out in one of our previous articles, there are many sales tactics you need to watch out for – so you can possibly land the best deals for yourself. As the good old saying goes, “knowledge is power,” but in reality, it’s applying knowledge in real-world situations that truly uncorks the potential of its worth and value. On one hand, consumers might feel as though control isn’t something they have in the saddle when it comes to dictating deals with a wireless sales employee, however, there’s a lot one can do to somehow squeeze out a fabulous deal.

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.




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17 Comments

1. deadinside

Posts: 27; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I got my S3 for $100 bucks at best buy!!

2. aaronkatrini

Posts: 242; Member since: Jun 06, 2012

contract free?

7. deadinside

Posts: 27; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

no upgrade..

5. kartik4u98

Posts: 511; Member since: May 19, 2012

:banghead: on your photo..!

3. jdubtrye

Posts: 20; Member since: Jul 08, 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: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 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: 20; Member since: Jul 08, 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: May 19, 2012

the best is to bug the retailer by telling him the untrue low prices of mobile offered by other shop...

6. Nookie4u

Posts: 133; Member since: Aug 13, 2012

Lol for the third advice. :D

13. kaintae

Posts: 98; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

With the third, you may actually spend more if the retailer doesnt bite and you end up paying a restocking fee.

8. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Try Amazon wireless.

9. hobble

Posts: 130; Member since: Oct 11, 2011

If anyone came to my store to try any of these, I'd laugh them out.

11. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

That's probably why you dont have many repeat customers.

14. kaintae

Posts: 98; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

I wouldnt lol. Definitely internally though

10. structureman116

Posts: 142; Member since: Sep 14, 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: Apr 26, 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: Mar 26, 2012

I love the pictures on the beginning of each article :)

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