Went to the local VZW store today myself, and got to play with the demo unit (not actual live phone just the lifelike mock-up) they told me 199 after rebate as well, keyboard wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. Its portable and looks really sharp/eye catching.
Trying to make up my mind to add a line and try it out for 20 days or so to see if I like it better than my Storm and return it if not.
"For pretty things that serve no use, the true art finds its tether.
To those who know illumination comes wickless in the nether."
I was eligible for my N.E.T. upgrade discount ($100), so I was able to stack that with a 2 yr renewal discount of another hundred, plus I ordered online to get the $100 instant rebate (took 24 hrs to get in my hands, vs buying in the store and getting a rebate check in 6 weeks!).
$299 - Tour w/ 2yr contract renewal
-$100 - New Every Two discount
-$100 - online instant rebate
$99 out of pocket and in my hand.
__________________ Rockin' the new Tour 9600 (VZW) and lovin' it!
Whenever I get the hankering for a new phone, I always make it a three step process. First, I go to the store and inquire about the best deal that they can give me to upgrade to what I want. Then I go home and check on-line through Verizon's website. Finally, I make a phone call to Verizon. By using the store price, and the on-line price, I simply ask if they can sweeten the deal or convince me to upgrade because "I am not crazy about spending that much..." Everytime I have used this method, I end up getting what I want cheaper than I thought. We just upgraded my wife to the Tour, and I spent a total of $79 bucks. This included an additional case, package of screen protectors, and vehicle charger. Plus, I was able to reassess my plan to make sure I was signed up for the appropriate amount of minutes for my family.
Did they change the eligibility for "new every two"?
I'm the secondary number on the contract and have been for about 8-10 years or so and every time my two years were up I went in and got the discount, but not this time. I've never had a blackberry before but can't see why that would mean not getting the discount. I got it online ($149), so that I wouldn't have to pay more out of pocket and wait to be reimbursed, but that didn't affect getting the discount cuz they wouldn't do it over the phone or in the store either. I've also gotten a phone online before with the new every two discount.