Verizon goes ahead and eliminates mail-in-rebates for its WebOS handsets

Verizon goes ahead and eliminates mail-in-rebates for its WebOS handsets
With Palm updating its guidance for the year, Verizon has seemingly executed a movement that's extremely rare for them to do with its handsets in-stores. Although there were rumors about the potential of eliminating the need for mail-in-rebates for its Palm WebOS devices, it's now clear that the number one wireless carrier has gone ahead in its word of removing the sometimes unfavored mail-in-rebates. This is of course considered a stunning sales move as Big Red rarely ever has to rely on providing instant rebates to its phones being sold in stores – although prices on its web site are all after instant rebates. The Palm Pixi Plus can be fetched at $79.99 while the Pre Plus at $149.99 respectively – making it an extremely attractive offer which looks like it can be combined with their current BOGO promotion. Although most companies do not like to state a move like this was brought on by poor sales, a Verizon spokeswoman said “There was a brief period where we tested mail-in rebates on some phones. We have found that online customers expect instant rebates and since this is a very competitive arena in which to do business, we responded accordingly.” With that in mind, we'll see if there are any expected changes with other handsets down the road.

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8 Comments

1. vzwtechbill

Posts: 175; Member since: Mar 16, 2009

Maybe BestBuy should follow suit, and I'd shop there again

2. yongone

Posts: 6; Member since: Aug 29, 2009

do you know how much this sucks for authorized retailers? I bought like a pixi and a pre now that the rebate is gone I lose 100 dollars a piece.

3. BrokenImaege

Posts: 173; Member since: Jul 27, 2009

Do you realize how much you authorized retailers affect us corporate sales people????? FAIL on this comment

4. joey7613

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 08, 2010

Right back at ya. It works both ways. Sure, there are some bad indirects, but the picture of perfection direct stores are not! I have 3 corp stores around me and I love it when customers come to me aggravated as all hell. Easy conversion to become one of my customers.

5. BrokenImaege

Posts: 173; Member since: Jul 27, 2009

I am not saying corporate is perfect. Trust me, I've run into shaddy sales reps. Those are in both direct and indirect. I was commenting on pricing. By this, it makes us even and fair playing field. I get tired of customers walking in to buy a phone and walk out cause they walk out to a kiosk down the hall and get a phone $20 cheaper just because they are indirect and as a direct location, I can't do any discounting... Sucks....

6. downbeat3

Posts: 13; Member since: Nov 05, 2009

WEB OS....back to the warehouse!! I like em'....but i won't sell em'. I wanted to say that corporate can licksy me nutsies....but I won't. ;-)

7. joey7613

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 08, 2010

Absolutely agree on the pricing issue. My company bases our pricing on direct pricing. Occasionally we get to sell a phone cheaper because it was purchased at a low cost. The real pains in the arse are the walmart and best buys of the world...............especially wal mart.

8. iH8vzw

Posts: 5; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Again. Order any phone by phone and say you saw it on the vzw website with free overnight shipping and instant rebates on new lines or eligible upgrades. Push for free activation if offered online as well. Just say online wasn't able to process. This is only good for a terrible phone that you'd want instant gratification for in a store.

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