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Old February 5th, 2011, 07:21 PM   #51 (permalink)
 
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thats a good question,

here are some reasons why people are buying this phone (or the atrix) out of contact:

1 - they work for AT&T (me lol)
2 - they got screwed with the captivate (some people didnt, but a lot did)
3 - they are phone whores. (me lol) They buy new phones, have them for 6 months, sell them on craigslist, and use the money to buy the latest and greatest

And some don't have upgrades

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thats a good question,

here are some reasons why people are buying this phone (or the atrix) out of contact:

1 - they work for AT&T (me lol)
2 - they got screwed with the captivate (some people didnt, but a lot did)
3 - they are phone whores. (me lol) They buy new phones, have them for 6 months, sell them on craigslist, and use the money to buy the latest and greatest
It's precisely because of reason #3 that I have to be very cautious...the wife gets a bit annoyed with my phone upgrading. Luckily, this one is only $99, and I'm eligible for a full upgrade. A wife unhappy, means a husband unhappy. lol
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It's precisely because of reason #3 that I have to be very cautious...the wife gets a bit annoyed with my phone upgrading. Luckily, this one is only $99, and I'm eligible for a full upgrade. A wife unhappy, means a husband unhappy. lol

My future wife doesn't care its my one thing I spend and I always make more than enough to buy the next. Plus we have a deal as long as bills are paid and savings grows im good
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Well, here is another scenario.

I have had a blackberry 9700 since 2009. 6 months left until I can upgrade early.
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I'm a #3 for sure.
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I have an upgrade first week in March and i am going to wait. Im excited though cause i get another month of following this forum and learning from your experiences!
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I reserved mine yesterday. They didn't really give me a hard time about using the upgrade of another number on our family plan. They just said I will have to add the data plan to the other line. They said what I do "when I walk out the door, is my own business"
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I reserved mine yesterday. They didn't really give me a hard time about using the upgrade of another number on our family plan. They just said I will have to add the data plan to the other line. They said what I do "when I walk out the door, is my own business"
very cool
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I reserved mine yesterday. They didn't really give me a hard time about using the upgrade of another number on our family plan. They just said I will have to add the data plan to the other line. They said what I do "when I walk out the door, is my own business"
Thats the smartest answer I have heard to date. Honestly, they are there to sell products, not get involved in the minutae of contract specifics. Just sell you the device and let you and att deal with the garbage.
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I reserved mine yesterday. They didn't really give me a hard time about using the upgrade of another number on our family plan. They just said I will have to add the data plan to the other line. They said what I do "when I walk out the door, is my own business"
You may want to push back on that "have to add the data plan to the other line" if it means you'll wind up with an extra data plan you don't need/want.

At one point, my Dad had an HTC Tilt. He broke the screen after a couple of months. He went back to replace it (wound up with an iPhone 3GS), but it was to early in the contract to do anything but pay full price (no upgrade available).

The rep at the AT&T store had the same suggestion - use my Mom's available upgrade to get the discounted price. I'm 99% sure they did not need to put a data plan on my Mom's line (she had an old junk flip phone), just extend her contract date 2yrs.
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So radioshack just told me they wont sell phone off contract? ? How stupid is that?
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So radioshack just told me they wont sell phone off contract? ? How stupid is that?
WTH!?!?!?!?!? That's just dumb if that is indeed their policy. Guess they can kiss a lot of sales bye-bye.
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WTH!?!?!?!?!? That's just dumb if that is indeed their policy. Guess they can kiss a lot of sales bye-bye.

Yea basically said company policy no off contract phones they loose money
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Yea basically said company policy no off contract phones they loose money
Just shaking my head....
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It can't be that wide-spread of a "company policy". I pre-ordered mine off-contract.
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Just shaking my head....
Makes two of us. He would have totally had my sale. I would have returned my captivate and got my money back but I don't have any upgrades so they are beat
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wait what? my local radioshack knows me very well...we always exchange business between stores, and I have bought all of my off contract phones from them:

Captivate
HTC Surround
HTC Aria
Iphone 3gs (eww)

plus, look at this:

"unactivated price"


set your radioshack straight! whats their number ill give them a talking to
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wait what? my local radioshack knows me very well...we always exchange business between stores, and I have bought all of my off contract phones from them:

Captivate
HTC Surround
HTC Aria
Iphone 3gs (eww)

plus, look at this:

"unactivated price"


set your radioshack straight! whats their number ill give them a talking to

Serious lol the best was he preceeded that telling me how knowledgeable there staff is bwwweuuuhaha
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Serious lol the best was he preceeded that telling me how knowledgeable there staff is bwwweuuuhaha
Sounds like he may of been sick...you know...open-mouth-insert-foot-itis.
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Sounds like he may of been sick...you know...open-mouth-insert-foot-itis.

Or its cousin dumbassitis
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Or its cousin dumbassitis
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You may want to push back on that "have to add the data plan to the other line" if it means you'll wind up with an extra data plan you don't need/want.

At one point, my Dad had an HTC Tilt. He broke the screen after a couple of months. He went back to replace it (wound up with an iPhone 3GS), but it was to early in the contract to do anything but pay full price (no upgrade available).

The rep at the AT&T store had the same suggestion - use my Mom's available upgrade to get the discounted price. I'm 99% sure they did not need to put a data plan on my Mom's line (she had an old junk flip phone), just extend her contract date 2yrs.
I thought I would be able to just extend the other contract 2 years and not have them add the data plan to the other line. They are aware I have no intention of using the inspire on the line I am using for the upgrade. It's no big deal either way. If they add it then I will take it off when I get home. Just glad they let me upgrade. I don't even see the big deal about them letting me upgrade using another line. They are getting their new 2 year contract, what does it matter if it is me or my family member getting the phone. A new 2 year contract is a new 2 year contract no matter how you slice it.
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Just reserved mine. I have the iPhone 4 and plan on swapping the SIM whenever I feel like changing phones. For $99 I couldn't resist. And now I can learn and play with Android. My iPhone is jailbroken (jailbreaked?) or whatever, but I still would like the freedom of the Android. I have had a few Windows phones, with XDA ROMs on them. Just looking to broaden my horizons. Anyway, can't wait for next Sunday.
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Just reserved mine. I have the iPhone 4 and plan on swapping the SIM whenever I feel like changing phones.
IIRC, iPhone 4 uses a micro-SIM. I don't think it'll be swappable.
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Chew's right. Since the iPhone 4 has a smaller sim, you'll need to get AT&T to issue you another card for the Inspire, essentially crippling your swapping.
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Chew's right. Since the iPhone 4 has a smaller sim, you'll need to get AT&T to issue you another card for the Inspire, essentially crippling your swapping.

Or just get a micro-sim adaptor. That's what I'm using when I switch from iPhone 4 to samsung focus
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I just called a radioshack near me and they said if I Pre ordered from them they'll give me a $50 coupon that I can use towards the purchase. I confirmed with her that drops my price to $399. This also works if I was doing an upgrade for the $99 price. Hopefully you guys will get the same deal.
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I just called a radioshack near me and they said if I Pre ordered from them they'll give me a $50 coupon that I can use towards the purchase. I confirmed with her that drops my price to $399. This also works if I was doing an upgrade for the $99 price. Hopefully you guys will get the same deal.

That doesn't match what's in post #1 of this thread, which says you need to pay a $50 non refundable deposit to get a reservation and get that $50 gift card.

So you aren't really saving $50, just pre-paying $50 up front when they put your name on the list.
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That doesn't match what's in post #1 of this thread, which says you need to pay a $50 non refundable deposit to get a reservation and get that $50 gift card.

So you aren't really saving $50, just pre-paying $50 up front when they put your name on the list.
I'll find out when I go in, but I made it a point to ask that the phone would then be $399 and she said yes. I'll post back after I actually hand them money.
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The $50 is a mandatory deposit for the phone put onto a gift card. When you pick up the phone, the card is applied to the balance total. So, if the phone is 449.99, the remaining balance will be $399.99 after the card is applied to the balance.
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IIRC, iPhone 4 uses a micro-SIM. I don't think it'll be swappable.
Silly rookies. The SIM adapter is what I have been using with my Tilt 2. Yes, it is a micro SIM... but can still be, and is, used with other ATT phones.
No raining on my parade. Yehaa!
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The $50 is a mandatory deposit for the phone put onto a gift card. When you pick up the phone, the card is applied to the balance total. So, if the phone is 449.99, the remaining balance will be $399.99 after the card is applied to the balance.
^ ^ This is pretty much correct. Although, it is actually not a deposit put on the phone. It is simply a $50 gift card that you buy and they reserve a phone for you. If for some crazy reason you lose your mind and decide not to go through with the phone purchase, you can simply use the card to buy something else. You aren't obligated to make the phone purchase. (I read my receipt.)
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I'll be heading over to my local RS tomorrow at lunch to see how many are already on the pre-order list vs. how many they will be allocated on the 13th - Nothing worse then pre-ordering and not getting a device (happend to me twice with Big Red)
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I'm not eligible for an upgrade until the 19th....So can I reserve it a the Shack and then pick it up the 19th and still get the $30 credit? Or should I wait to get it somewhere else for possibly a better price/deal?
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I'm not eligible for an upgrade until the 19th....So can I reserve it a the Shack and then pick it up the 19th and still get the $30 credit? Or should I wait to get it somewhere else for possibly a better price/deal?
You can reserve as many as you want. Since you arent required to purchase it on launch date, you should have no problem waiting until you are upgrade eligible.
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I'm not eligible for an upgrade until the 19th....So can I reserve it a the Shack and then pick it up the 19th and still get the $30 credit? Or should I wait to get it somewhere else for possibly a better price/deal?
The $30 credit for store merchandise is only for this who preorder. To preorder, I believe, you must be eligible for an upgrade. One other, at least, has stated that they won't sell the phone sans contract. That may of been an isolated incident, however.
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The $30 credit for store merchandise is only for this who preorder. To preorder, I believe, you must be eligible for an upgrade. One other, at least, has stated that they won't sell the phone sans contract. That may of been an isolated incident, however.
Are you sure about this? Someone who wants to purchase at full price cannot preorder? That sounds fishy to me...
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Are you sure about this? Someone who wants to purchase at full price cannot preorder? That sounds fishy to me...
Sounds fishy, and inaccurate to us as well, but he was turned away from purchasing without contract. Probably just that store, hopefully won't be that way everywhere. You can preorder it, but it must be on contract according to one source.
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As I stated earlier, I'm buying off-contract and had no issue pre-ordering.
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As I stated earlier, I'm buying off-contract and had no issue pre-ordering.
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Well im.gonna look at another.radio shack
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yeah, go somewhere else. Sounds like a bunch of idiots, or jaded employees you dealt with. Good luck...Just remember, if you want to preorder there, it's only available to do so until the 9th.
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So radioshack just told me they wont sell phone off contract? ? How stupid is that?
I called our Shack in the Mall and he told me the same thing. The place where I reserved it today (another Shack here in town, told me he would sell it either way). Plus they had a sign display on the counter that plainly shows the no contract price of $449.
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Chew's right. Since the iPhone 4 has a smaller sim, you'll need to get AT&T to issue you another card for the Inspire, essentially crippling your swapping.
...or you can order a SIM card adapter from ebay or Amazon.
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I called our Shack in the Mall and he told me the same thing. The place where I reserved it today (another Shack here in town, told me he would sell it either way). Plus they had a sign display on the counter that plainly shows the no contract price of $449.

That's exactly what just happened to me. Mall said no stand alone said yes
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If the Shack or BB give any trouble just tell them they lost a sale and find the local AT&T corp store. I've NEVER had a problem with them selling me anything.
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If the Shack or BB give any trouble just tell them they lost a sale and find the local AT&T corp store. I've NEVER had a problem with them selling me anything.

Yea we will see the final count down is tomorrow
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I will be adding a line to my AT&T account, so today at lunch I pre-ordered mine at RS, for $99.00 and as others had stated paid $50 to get on the list (I was #5) I was given a $50 RS gift card which I would need to bring as well as the receipt with me on Sunday.
When I pick up the phone on Sunday, I will also get a $30 credit for accessories or other RS items - They said they will have at least 2 to 3 cases available as well as screen protectors and 1 or 2 car chargers.
RS also seems to have a pretty good warranty program (at least as I understood it) one time $99.00 fee within 30 days of purchase, no deductible includes accidental damages - I asked for more details but he was out of brochures but on a 2 year deal it is $20.00 cheaper than AT&T who charges $4.99 a month.
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I just realized something. RS didn't ask what color I want. So, how do they reserve a phone for me when they don't know if I want black or bronze? They aren't making the decision for me, right?
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Silly rookies. The SIM adapter is what I have been using with my Tilt 2. Yes, it is a micro SIM... but can still be, and is, used with other ATT phones.
No raining on my parade. Yehaa!
Where can I pick up a Micro-Sim adapter? because as I have an iPhone 4 as well, I'd like to swap out the sims.
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