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Old 07-02-2007, 12:10 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi Everyone,

Quick question about buying a Pearl from amazon.com. It would appear that for new service, I can buy a new BB 8100 for $.01 and move my number over from Verizon after the phone arrives. Is there a catch? Obviously, that is a better price than I can get through AT&T. Has anyone had experience buying a cell phone from amazon?

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Old 07-02-2007, 01:25 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I did, moved from Cingular to T-Mobile and ported number. Also got a $50 rebate from T-Mobile so phone cost me net -$49.58 ($0.01 for the phone and $0.41 for the stamp for the rebate) and it had 2 day free shipping from Amazon.

They do list the limits of the offer on a link (not obvious), in the case of T-Mobile it had to be a new activation on T-Mobile and I could not drop to a lower level of service for 6 months. Other service providers have different requirements.

So far, it has been fine. The phone arrived, I turned it on, called and ported my number and have not looked back.
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i bought my pearl through amazon.com.

the catch is:

Conditional $250 Equipment Discount Included: Your price paid includes an equipment discount of $250 that has been provided to you in exchange for either activating a new, non-substitute line of service or renewing an existing line of service with AT&T and your agreement that for the 181-day period following such activation or renewal you will: (1) pay your balance due to AT&T each month and otherwise maintain your account in good standing; (2) not disconnect this AT&T line of service; (3) not transfer this equipment to another AT&T line of service; (4) not change your AT&T service rate plan to a lower monthly service rate--this includes canceling or removing required PDA, BlackBerry, or smartphone features after your product has shipped; (5) not use this line of service to replace an existing account with AT&T. If these conditions are not met, you hereby authorize Amazon.com to charge your credit card $250 as reimbursement of this equipment discount without need for further approval.

it's a good deal. i suggest it to anyone that wants a pearl!! or even a new phone
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Interesting that vendors and carriers do not prominently mention cancellation rights.

Here in California you have 30 days to cancel the contract and return the phone, no questions asked, regardless of where you buy the phone [that is, any authorized vendor].

I just had a friend get a Pearl for free, with a $75 rebate, so the T-Mo vendor was paying her $75 and giving a free phone to sign up and stay on the service.

Alas, the phone coverage/signal was spotty in her condo, so she had to return it. So she won't be getting the $75, obviously.

So keep in mind your right to try the phone out and if you don't like it, return it. I think in all states there is a minimum of two weeks return right, but check for what it is in your state. Some states have 21 days, others 30.

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amazon does have good deals, i have seen some ads on newegg.com for pearls as well that are free. i bought mine at car toys, paid $100 and had two rebates one from them and one from t-mobile... although i just recently was denied by car toys rebates so i wouldn't recommend going through them. i do love my phone though!
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As to good deals, here is the vendor offering a free Pearl and $75 in rebates, plus they are running the T-Mo promo plan, $40 for 1000 minutes, nights and weekends free.

That seems as good as anything you could find on Amazon.

We have used these guys for three phone purchases and I have four friends who also bought the Pearl through them, all without incident, even got our rebates.

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Thanks everyone. When I found the great deal on the Pearl, I had just purchased one from a local Cingular/AT&T store. I went in to talk to the manager, and they were able to match the amazon.com price. I was very pleased. Honestly, even though they are still an AT&T store, they are not carrying the iPhone, and I got the impression that they were losing some contracts because of it. I mentioned that my husband is either going to go with the Curve or iPhone, he made a point to say they would match the best price we could find on the Curve.
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i bought my pearl through amazon.com.

the catch is:

Conditional $250 Equipment Discount Included: Your price paid includes an equipment discount of $250 that has been provided to you in exchange for either activating a new, non-substitute line of service or renewing an existing line of service with AT&T and your agreement that for the 181-day period following such activation or renewal you will: (1) pay your balance due to AT&T each month and otherwise maintain your account in good standing; (2) not disconnect this AT&T line of service; (3) not transfer this equipment to another AT&T line of service; (4) not change your AT&T service rate plan to a lower monthly service rate--this includes canceling or removing required PDA, BlackBerry, or smartphone features after your product has shipped; (5) not use this line of service to replace an existing account with AT&T. If these conditions are not met, you hereby authorize Amazon.com to charge your credit card $250 as reimbursement of this equipment discount without need for further approval.

it's a good deal. i suggest it to anyone that wants a pearl!! or even a new phone
Yup, she is right. Not that I doubted but I had to see for myself and this is a hard deal to beat. I also would rather trust Amazon than others on line. Thanks
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Hi Everyone,

Quick question about buying a Pearl from amazon.com. It would appear that for new service, I can buy a new BB 8100 for $.01 and move my number over from Verizon after the phone arrives. Is there a catch? Obviously, that is a better price than I can get through AT&T. Has anyone had experience buying a cell phone from amazon?

Thanks,

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I went from Tmobile to Cingular on the exact same deal. I got a brand new unit for one penny. The only catch is that you have to keep service for 181 days and not switch to a cheaper plan. If you cancel, or switch to a cheaper plan, they will automatically bill you the full price of the phone. This is because AT&T gives them money to sign customers for 181 days, and this is where the savings come from. If they dont keep you, they lost the money from AT&T and make up for it by billing you. It makes sense really. No reason a company should lose out on money just because you wont keep a contract.

But, if you plan on staying ... no worries! Oh, and don't get caught on cancellation because you didn't pay your bill. You will get a bill from Cingular, AND Amazon.
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But if you're already on T-Mobile and want to stay on T-Mobile, is there anything better than what I'm being offered?

$199 - $50 = $149 w/ 2 year extension
$249 - $50 = $199 w/ 1 year extension
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I also would rather trust Amazon than others on line. Thanks
Keep in mind that much of what is listed on Amazon is simply that, a list of vendors. Amazon does not offer any more protection than going directly to "others" on line. In fact, many of those "others" show up on Amazon as vendors.

The only thing Amazon offers is their reviews from users and customers about their shopping experience with the vendor, a sort of eBay feedback system, if you will.

And as far as I know, despite horrible reviews, vendors remain on Amazon. In fact, many have complained that Amazon does not kick the bad vendors off Amazon.

But Amazon is a business that makes money on sales, the more sales, the better. That is why they simply say, like eBay, buyer beware.
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But if you're already on T-Mobile and want to stay on T-Mobile, is there anything better than what I'm being offered?

$199 - $50 = $149 w/ 2 year extension
$249 - $50 = $199 w/ 1 year extension
You cannot do any better than what T-Mo offers as a "phone upgrade price."

For example, on an existing two year contract, one can upgrade the phone every 20 months or something like that. If one is on an existing one year contract, one can upgrade every 11 months.

Note, however, that the Pearl on eBay, for example, that are used, but in perfect condition, can now be had for $150 or less. That is far cheaper than getting a new one through T-Mo, but having to extend your contract for one to two years.
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You cannot do any better than what T-Mo offers as a "phone upgrade price."

For example, on an existing two year contract, one can upgrade the phone every 20 months or something like that. If one is on an existing one year contract, one can upgrade every 11 months.

Note, however, that the Pearl on eBay, for example, that are used, but in perfect condition, can now be had for $150 or less. That is far cheaper than getting a new one through T-Mo, but having to extend your contract for one to two years.
I'm on a two year through T-MO and I can upgrade every 3 months with upgrade price no questions asked if I wanted too.
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