Verizon doing away with Palm mail-in-rebates; making them instant?

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Verizon doing away with Palm mail-in-rebates; making them instant?
With the fate on Palm still hanging in the balance in the near term, Verizon Wireless is looking to do something that's considered as a bit unorthodox. One of BGR's Verizon Wireless connects has informed them that Palm webOS devices on their lineup will not require a mail-in-rebate starting tomorrow. Instead, customers choosing to go with either the Pre Plus or Pixi Plus will receive the discount instantly – much like what indirect dealers like Best Buy or Radio Shack offers. This surprising move may spell some kind of ominous feeling as one source says that “we make a ton of money off people not sending those rebates in.” It also may point to the fact that they're taking some daring measures as the handset offerings may not be preforming well and not meeting their expectations. Even though it's only limited to the Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus handsets, it would really be something if Big Red decides to ditch the whole concept of mail-in-rebates altogether – potentially paving the way to even greater rewards with its customers.

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8 Comments

1. iH8vzw

Posts: 5; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

You can already do instant rebates for vzw. Just have to place your order over the phone and tell them you saw it online. Beats getting raped by a mail in rebate.

3. HanfordStore

Posts: 18; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

But the rebate isnt so bad, it only takes 2 weeks to get back to you. And plus, if you have any questions, you can ask the employees in the store, right then and there! PLUS, you can do data and contact transfers in the store, online, you cannot. =)

2. herbiederb

Posts: 275; Member since: Jan 28, 2010

Anything to push that stagnant inventory of Palm phones.

4. tshow84

Posts: 65; Member since: Jun 11, 2009

if they do that to all their phones, every authorized retailer in the country will go out of business because they wont be able to price match...usually that mail in rebate is how authorized retailers make any profit....

5. WnnaFghtAboutIt

Posts: 149; Member since: Aug 31, 2009

you'll never see MIR go away alltogether...people are too stupid and the companies make too much money

6. rjt185

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 11, 2009

More lazy than stupid. but yeah, it's a big profit maker.

7. DonLouie

Posts: 594; Member since: Dec 22, 2008

I hope the rest of their lineup and the rest of the carriers follow this and not the ETF and data requirement for regular phones that look good

8. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

These phones need to follow the rebates the same way...out the door.

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