Verizon is getting rid of mail-in-rebates for higher-end smartphones?

Verizon is getting rid of mail-in-rebates for higher-end smartphones?
If a recent leaked internal document is to be believed, it surely will resonate well for customers who are looking to purchase a high-end smartphone.

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

Hellooooooooooo, McFly? Its a smartphone promo running from 1/31/11 to 2/14/11 Readers read.

2. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Yea, probably just a valentine's day promo but would be nice to see this be a little more permanent.

3. ShiftMobile unregistered

Helloooooooooooo, McFly? 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. Readers read.

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?

4. downbeat4

Posts: 94; Member since: Dec 03, 2010

It's true...100% true.

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.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.