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Online websites for cell phone/plan purchase?

Discussion in 'alt.cellular.verizon' started by Brian Goodheim, May 17, 2005.

  1. Does anyone have any positive or negative advice regarding where to purchase
    new cellular phones and service?

    I am considering purchasing a family plan with verizon, transferring a
    landline phone number, and purchasing several phones.

    Can this be done reliably and safely from a website, or is it better to pay
    the premium price charged at the retail stores?

    Thanks,

    -Brian
     



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  2. Quick

    Quick Guest

    Brian Goodheim wrote:
    > Does anyone have any positive or negative advice
    > regarding where to purchase new cellular phones and
    > service?
    >
    > I am considering purchasing a family plan with verizon,
    > transferring a landline phone number, and purchasing
    > several phones.
    >
    > Can this be done reliably and safely from a website, or
    > is it better to pay the premium price charged at the
    > retail stores?


    Do it with VZW customer service on the phone.
    Retail store would be my last choice

    -Quick
     
  3. Quick

    Quick Guest

    Quick wrote:
    > Brian Goodheim wrote:
    >> Does anyone have any positive or negative advice
    >> regarding where to purchase new cellular phones and
    >> service?
    >>
    >> I am considering purchasing a family plan with verizon,
    >> transferring a landline phone number, and purchasing
    >> several phones.
    >>
    >> Can this be done reliably and safely from a website, or
    >> is it better to pay the premium price charged at the
    >> retail stores?

    >
    > Do it with VZW customer service on the phone.
    > Retail store would be my last choice


    Oh, and what "premium price" are you refering to?
    The price should be the same except for possibly
    some equipment or accessory deals on the website.

    -Quick
     
  4. For example, comparing phone prices (net of rebates) with new service...

    LG VX6100
    Verizon retail store: $49.99 ($99.99 using limited B1G1 free offer)
    Verizon website: $99.99
    LetsTalk.com: purchaser recieves $50.00/phone

    Motorola V710
    Verizon retail store: $99.99
    Verizon website: $99.99
    LetsTalk.com: FREE

    Audiovox CDM-8940
    Verizon retail store: $179.99
    Verizon website: $129.99
    LetsTalk.com: FREE

    Samsung A890
    Verizon retail store: $199.99
    Verizon website: $199.99 (buy 1 get 2 Samsung 650s free)
    LetsTalk.com: $79.99

    Phone pricing is very dynamic, but the online sites I've researched
    (letstalk.com, inphonic.com, wirefly.com, myphonefinder.com) all seem to
    have much lower prices than the local retail stores here. My posting simply
    asks for feedback regarding the reliability of these sites, especially since
    I will be transferring the landline phone # which I have had for 20 years.

    Thanks,

    -Brian

    "Quick" <quick7135-news@NOSPAMyahoo.com> wrote in message
    news:1116378413.27766@sj-nntpcache-5...
    > Quick wrote:
    > > Brian Goodheim wrote:
    > >> Does anyone have any positive or negative advice
    > >> regarding where to purchase new cellular phones and
    > >> service?
    > >>
    > >> I am considering purchasing a family plan with verizon,
    > >> transferring a landline phone number, and purchasing
    > >> several phones.
    > >>
    > >> Can this be done reliably and safely from a website, or
    > >> is it better to pay the premium price charged at the
    > >> retail stores?

    > >
    > > Do it with VZW customer service on the phone.
    > > Retail store would be my last choice

    >
    > Oh, and what "premium price" are you refering to?
    > The price should be the same except for possibly
    > some equipment or accessory deals on the website.
    >
    > -Quick
    >
    >
     
  5. Quick

    Quick Guest

    Ok... I don't know the deals/conditions/etc.
    How about this. Call VZW customer service
    and tell them you want to discuss exactly what
    you want to do, your alternatives, and itemized
    price. I'd think they would be happy to go through
    everything with you. Then you would have a lot
    more information and prices for comparisons. I
    wouldn't hesitate to ask them what they think
    about purchasing through the websites you are
    considering.

    -Quick

    Brian Goodheim wrote:
    > For example, comparing phone prices (net of rebates) with
    > new service...
    >
    > LG VX6100
    > Verizon retail store: $49.99 ($99.99 using limited B1G1
    > free offer)
    > Verizon website: $99.99
    > LetsTalk.com: purchaser recieves $50.00/phone
    >
    > Motorola V710
    > Verizon retail store: $99.99
    > Verizon website: $99.99
    > LetsTalk.com: FREE
    >
    > Audiovox CDM-8940
    > Verizon retail store: $179.99
    > Verizon website: $129.99
    > LetsTalk.com: FREE
    >
    > Samsung A890
    > Verizon retail store: $199.99
    > Verizon website: $199.99 (buy 1 get 2 Samsung 650s free)
    > LetsTalk.com: $79.99
    >
    > Phone pricing is very dynamic, but the online sites I've
    > researched (letstalk.com, inphonic.com, wirefly.com,
    > myphonefinder.com) all seem to have much lower prices
    > than the local retail stores here. My posting simply
    > asks for feedback regarding the reliability of these
    > sites, especially since I will be transferring the
    > landline phone # which I have had for 20 years.
    >
    > Thanks,
    >
    > -Brian
    >
    > "Quick" <quick7135-news@NOSPAMyahoo.com> wrote in message
    > news:1116378413.27766@sj-nntpcache-5...
    >> Quick wrote:
    >>> Brian Goodheim wrote:
    >>>> Does anyone have any positive or negative advice
    >>>> regarding where to purchase new cellular phones and
    >>>> service?
    >>>>
    >>>> I am considering purchasing a family plan with verizon,
    >>>> transferring a landline phone number, and purchasing
    >>>> several phones.
    >>>>
    >>>> Can this be done reliably and safely from a website, or
    >>>> is it better to pay the premium price charged at the
    >>>> retail stores?
    >>>
    >>> Do it with VZW customer service on the phone.
    >>> Retail store would be my last choice

    >>
    >> Oh, and what "premium price" are you refering to?
    >> The price should be the same except for possibly
    >> some equipment or accessory deals on the website.
    >>
    >> -Quick
     
  6. Carl Keehn

    Carl Keehn Guest

    Just read the fine print very carefully. The lower prices on the internet
    sites are generally created through the use of rebates. Most of the rebates
    seem to work a similar way. You need to wait 3 months before submitting the
    rebate request and have a limited time window in which to submit the
    request. I would guess that there would be a delay in the processing of the
    rebate also, Ultimately, if you jump through all the hoops properly, you
    may get the phone at the price you expect but it won't come quickly.

    "Brian Goodheim" <goodheim@colorado.edu> wrote in message
    news:KNednb8GkM03KxffRVn-uQ@comcast.com...
    > For example, comparing phone prices (net of rebates) with new service...
    >
    > LG VX6100
    > Verizon retail store: $49.99 ($99.99 using limited B1G1 free offer)
    > Verizon website: $99.99
    > LetsTalk.com: purchaser recieves $50.00/phone
    >
    > Motorola V710
    > Verizon retail store: $99.99
    > Verizon website: $99.99
    > LetsTalk.com: FREE
    >
    > Audiovox CDM-8940
    > Verizon retail store: $179.99
    > Verizon website: $129.99
    > LetsTalk.com: FREE
    >
    > Samsung A890
    > Verizon retail store: $199.99
    > Verizon website: $199.99 (buy 1 get 2 Samsung 650s free)
    > LetsTalk.com: $79.99
    >
    > Phone pricing is very dynamic, but the online sites I've researched
    > (letstalk.com, inphonic.com, wirefly.com, myphonefinder.com) all seem to
    > have much lower prices than the local retail stores here. My posting

    simply
    > asks for feedback regarding the reliability of these sites, especially

    since
    > I will be transferring the landline phone # which I have had for 20 years.
    >
    > Thanks,
    >
    > -Brian
    >
    > "Quick" <quick7135-news@NOSPAMyahoo.com> wrote in message
    > news:1116378413.27766@sj-nntpcache-5...
    > > Quick wrote:
    > > > Brian Goodheim wrote:
    > > >> Does anyone have any positive or negative advice
    > > >> regarding where to purchase new cellular phones and
    > > >> service?
    > > >>
    > > >> I am considering purchasing a family plan with verizon,
    > > >> transferring a landline phone number, and purchasing
    > > >> several phones.
    > > >>
    > > >> Can this be done reliably and safely from a website, or
    > > >> is it better to pay the premium price charged at the
    > > >> retail stores?
    > > >
    > > > Do it with VZW customer service on the phone.
    > > > Retail store would be my last choice

    > >
    > > Oh, and what "premium price" are you refering to?
    > > The price should be the same except for possibly
    > > some equipment or accessory deals on the website.
    > >
    > > -Quick
    > >
    > >

    >
    >
     
  7. Not Me

    Not Me Guest

    "Quick"

    | Ok... I don't know the deals/conditions/etc.
    | How about this. Call VZW customer service
    | and tell them you want to discuss exactly what
    | you want to do, your alternatives, and itemized
    | price. I'd think they would be happy to go through
    | everything with you. Then you would have a lot
    | more information and prices for comparisons. I
    | wouldn't hesitate to ask them what they think
    | about purchasing through the websites you are
    | considering.

    My experiance (all over the country as I travel) is that the information
    provided by VZN CS and VZN stores is often wrong. With most misinformation
    seemingly provided to 'make the sale'.
     
  8. talksense

    talksense Guest

    You can buy from Amazon.com. They have some of the best deals going on right
    now. Here is a link to some good deals available from Amazon.com

    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/e...es&keyword=Verizon+phones&tag=mobileisgood-20

    Imran

    "Brian Goodheim" <goodheim@colorado.edu> wrote in message
    news:MaednVXPPIGg6hffRVn-hw@comcast.com...
    > Does anyone have any positive or negative advice regarding where to

    purchase
    > new cellular phones and service?
    >
    > I am considering purchasing a family plan with verizon, transferring a
    > landline phone number, and purchasing several phones.
    >
    > Can this be done reliably and safely from a website, or is it better to

    pay
    > the premium price charged at the retail stores?
    >
    > Thanks,
    >
    > -Brian
    >
    >
     
  9. Ofcourse you can do it reliable online these days. In fact you can
    search for offers from all carriers in one place instead of comparing
    store to store to see what different Carriers are offering. My choice
    to start would be at http://www.wirelessphone.com

    Good luck!
     

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