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Old August 31st, 2011, 08:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I wounder if Sprint will offer any sort of trade-in deals for folks with higher-end phones who aren't up for their regular 2-year upgrade yet...hope so!

If not, I'm thinking places like Radio Shack are more apt to run specials like that?

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That's what I would like to know. My upgrade aint till 2012. But if I don't hear anything about the next Nexus in the coming weeks, I just might give in and get the Epic Touch.
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I would like to know why I have called several Sprint stores and they are all still clueless, no release date known, no off contract price known, can't leave a deposit, don't even know what I'm talking about!!!!

And the release is in just over two weeks.
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I would like to know why I have called several Sprint stores and they are all still clueless, no release date known, no off contract price known, can't leave a deposit, don't even know what I'm talking about!!!!

And the release is in just over two weeks.
That is odd. I read on Android Central that theyd be taking pre orders right away.

If i do decide to try and grab one of these, it's looking like we could be staring down the same kind of fiasco as when I got my evo within a month of its launch.
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Tell them to look it up in their computer systems and stop being lazy.

See this: xda-developers - View Single Post - Epic 4g touch 4.52" screen pics too, yes!!!
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Pre ordered mine this morning at the nearby corporate store. Two local Best Buy stores had nothing about it on their syste.
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Yep just got back from the Sprint store. They had no clue of this phone. I showed them via their website that they should be taking pre-orders but they couldn't find the password for the system that takes pre-orders. I was told they rarely use the system and it was usually reserved for "major launches". I walked out.
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Yep just got back from the Sprint store. They had no clue of this phone. I showed them via their website that they should be taking pre-orders but they couldn't find the password for the system that takes pre-orders. I was told they rarely use the system and it was usually reserved for "major launches". I walked out.
For major launches, there are usually a memo that is sent out to all employees instructing them that this device is a major launch and on how to take preorders and stuff like that.

Apparently the SGS2 is not considered a major launch for Sprint...unlike the EVO 3D and the Motorola Photon.
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So the successor to one of, if not the best, phone on their network, isn't a major launch?
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Here's some hope for those of us who aren't up for upgrades...

Get out of your HTC EVO contract, ETF-free

I've seen stuff like this before but have my doubt about how many people actually get it to work.

Any experiences here?
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Here's some hope for those of us who aren't up for upgrades...

Get out of your HTC EVO contract, ETF-free

I've seen stuff like this before but have my doubt about how many people actually get it to work.

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Upgrades don't reset. You need to leave and come back 45 days later. May only work if you have mulitple lines and try to do some musical chairs with them.
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Upgrades don't reset. You need to leave and come back 45 days later. May only work if you have mulitple lines and try to do some musical chairs with them.
I get that upgrades are based on time, not contracts. Assuming one can use this loophole to get off their contract but stay on sprint month to month, they could just get the full discount on the phone with a new plan, no?
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For major launches, there are usually a memo that is sent out to all employees instructing them that this device is a major launch and on how to take preorders and stuff like that.

Apparently the SGS2 is not considered a major launch for Sprint...unlike the EVO 3D and the Motorola Photon.
Info came out yesterday - give it more than a day before tossing your hands up in disgust.
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For major launches, there are usually a memo that is sent out to all employees instructing them that this device is a major launch and on how to take preorders and stuff like that.

Apparently the SGS2 is not considered a major launch for Sprint...unlike the EVO 3D and the Motorola Photon.

Samsung is lazy, they wait until two weeks prior to the launch to release any info which is already after they are behind the 8-ball having many potential customers locked into contracts on Photon's, EVO 3D's etc.

You would think they have learned their lesson from failures like the EPIC.
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I get that upgrades are based on time, not contracts. Assuming one can use this loophole to get off their contract but stay on sprint month to month, they could just get the full discount on the phone with a new plan, no?
Nope the upgrade date never changes. You can sign a new two year contract but he system will still show that you are not eligible for the upgrade price or new customer price yet. You can go to sprintusers.com as they have a few Sprint employees over there that will tell you the same thing. Of course there are times when there is glitches in the system or the Sprint employee enter some wrong info that may reset you upgrades earlier.

Basically this is great if you are willing to port out and back in later. You have multiple lines and port out some lines and sign up new contracts. You want to leave but haven't made up your mind yet (month to month).

Of course you should try it yourself. You might get a sympathetic employee.
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they know how to do it. phone was announced 310 pt. I walked into a local sprint store at 420 pt. and had my pre-order. they just have to look it up.
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Could someone find out an off contract price for me please? TIA
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We will not know until much closer to launch date. If I see something, I'll link it.
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I like radio shack but their trade in deals are pretty poor. Sprint buy back at for evo 4g (my phone) at evo 3d was $150, and I just checked, its currently $125 (pretty good for 3 months later). If you sign it now you have 45 days to return your evo 4g so its basically "locked in" @ $125 buy back by the time you got the SGS2 and then some. You could try ebaying your phone depending on what you have, and ebay is almost always a better route financially, but YMMV and its a hassle depending on your buyer, of course.

If I go with the SGS 2 (99% sure) i'll prolly just go the easy route and sell my evo back to sprint. $215 (w/tax) - $125 = $90 for 2.5x faster is a pretty good deal. Just a new contract
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I like radio shack but their trade in deals are pretty poor. Sprint buy back at for evo 4g (my phone) at evo 3d was $150, and I just checked, its currently $125 (pretty good for 3 months later). If you sign it now you have 45 days to return your evo 4g so its basically "locked in" @ $125 buy back by the time you got the SGS2 and then some. You could try ebaying your phone depending on what you have, and ebay is almost always a better route financially, but YMMV and its a hassle depending on your buyer, of course.

If I go with the SGS 2 (99% sure) i'll prolly just go the easy route and sell my evo back to sprint. $215 (w/tax) - $125 = $90 for 2.5x faster is a pretty good deal. Just a new contract
You turning in your evo or evo3d? If your returning your 3D I would sell it on craigslist. You can get ALOT more than 125 for it.
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Yeah don't sell an EVO 3D for $125... it's worth a lot more than that.
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Could someone find out an off contract price for me please? TIA
Based on the link below, it looks like $650 to me.

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Based on the link below, it looks like $650 to me.

Samsung Epic 4G Touch for Sprint - Wirefly.com

Damn, even if I get a trade in deal that is still $450! What to do, what to do!
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Updated to $539.99 without a contract

on wirefly now.

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On wirefly, if I select upgrade a line on my family plan, they will give me the phone for $150. Can I extend my contract another 2 years even though I am at my 1 year mark? I wouldn't mind sticking around fr two more years.

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On wirefly, if I select upgrade a line on my family plan, they will give me the phone for $150. Can I extend my contract another 2 years even though I am at my 1 year mark? I wouldn't mind sticking around fr two more years.

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If you have a line that is eligible for an upgrade, yes.
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If you have a line that is eligible for an upgrade, yes.
I am a Premier Silver member on a 2 year contract. My 1 year upgrade will come up in a few weeks. That one year upgrade will allow me to get the phone for $150? Do I need to sign another 2 year contract?

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I am a Premier Silver member on a 2 year contract. My 1 year upgrade will come up in a few weeks. That one year upgrade will allow me to get the phone for $150? Do I need to sign another 2 year contract?

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It depends, sometimes they give you $75 off and you're partially eligible, and then if you get $150 off then you're fully eligible. If you log into your Sprint account on Sprints website, it should tell you next to your listed device. You can also use this upgrade checker below to check the lines on your account to see if they're eligible.

Check Upgrade Eligibility

I don't want to simply say yes, cuz I have no idea the details on your account. You can check with Sprint website, or even call customer service and find out for sure though.

And yes, if you upgrade, you basically renew/extend your contract another 2 years.
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It depends, sometimes they give you $75 off and you're partially eligible, and then if you get $150 off then you're fully eligible. If you log into your Sprint account on Sprints website, it should tell you next to your listed device. You can also use this upgrade checker below to check the lines on your account to see if they're eligible.

Check Upgrade Eligibility

I don't want to simply say yes, cuz I have no idea the details on your account. You can check with Sprint website, or even call customer service and find out for sure though.

And yes, if you upgrade, you basically renew/extend your contract another 2 years.
According to that tool I am not eligible until 7/1/12. Which is odd because I got the phone in late September, early December. I'll call Sprint later to see what is happening.

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According to that tool I am not eligible until 7/1/12. Which is odd because I got the phone in late September, early December. I'll call Sprint later to see what is happening.

Thanks for that link.
That may be the date you become fully eligible? I do know there's 2 different levels so yeah calling Sprint would be the best way to know for sure.
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After 11 months you are eligible for a $75 discount, and after 22 months you are eligible for $150 discount.
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Updated to $539.99 without a contract

on wirefly now.


If I buy from Wirefly, how long after release day will it be until I get my unit?
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It depends on the shipping you select at checkout. I believe they have 1 day shipping available.

I called Sprint and they told me the best they can do is $75 off. I can't pay that much for a phone. Looks like I will be searching Ebay a few weeks after release.
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I have an EVO and EVO 3D of which I will sell one to cover some of the cost of the ET. How much i like the real world application of the ET will determine which one I sell. The GS II forum seems to have a ton of problem threads, very annoying problems. Same with the EPIC and GS's. That concerns me about the spec changes if they haven't fixed all of the other problems yet.
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After 11 months you are eligible for a $75 discount, and after 22 months you are eligible for $150 discount.
This all depends what status you are as a prmemiere customer. I am Gold and I can upgrade yearly with 150.00 towards it.
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i thought they ended the 1 year upgrade?
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Not for everyone... There are two "levels" for Sprint Premier now. If your Sprint Primer status is "Gold," Sprint will still give you an upgrade every year.
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Not for everyone... There are two "levels" for Sprint Premier now. If your Sprint Primer status is "Gold," Sprint will still give you an upgrade every year.
Yeah, I just confirmed it with Sprint. I'm a Premier Gold and I can get an upgrade every year.
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I guess premiere customers are waiting for that text or email from Sprint saying you can get it a couple days early as always. Just one week. In the coming days we should see some unboxing reviews. WIREFLY has one but they didn't do anything more then a quadrant score.
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After 11 months you are eligible for a $75 discount, and after 22 months you are eligible for $150 discount.
Yes, technically. But in reality, the $75 discount gets you just exactly that. However, the $150 includes all the hundred dollar+ rebates, etc. Only the $150 discount results in a $550 phone purchased for $150 to $200.

So the reality is that you get a phone for $475 with the $75 discount and you get the same phone for $150 with the "$150" discount. The "$150" discount is more like a $400 discount.
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I have an EVO and EVO 3D of which I will sell one to cover some of the cost of the ET. How much i like the real world application of the ET will determine which one I sell. The GS II forum seems to have a ton of problem threads, very annoying problems. Same with the EPIC and GS's. That concerns me about the spec changes if they haven't fixed all of the other problems yet.
Enh, that's mainly what the forums are for. There will always be more negative posts than positive.

I follow Vincent from Slash Gear who uses the GSII daily and he can't seem to stop praising it. He got to review the Bionic and still said the GSII wins hands down.
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With the Walmart deal there is an option to sell them your old phone. They don't give the best prices, but it might be something you can look into.

They offered $180 or something like that for my iphone 4 32gb
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I signed a new 2 year contract with Sprint last year on Sept 6, 2010. I currently have the Evo 4G and it has been giving me problems for the past 3-4 months, it keeps rebooting. I've taken the phone into the Sprint service store 3 times to try to get it fixed but nothing worked. I called customer service this past Sunday to see if I could cancel my line b/c it would probably be cheaper to pay the cancellation fee rather then pay the $473 price they were charging to upgrade my phone to an EVO 3D. She said I could "purchase" to a full upgrade for $110.

I decided to agree to this since I could sell my Evo back to Sprint for $87 so it will cover most of the cost of the upgrade. I didn't want to sell it on Ebay since the phone keeps resetting and I didn't want to sell a defective phone to some poor kid.

I was able to get the Samsung Galaxy S II on letstalk.com for $134 since Sprint gave me the full reset. Hopefully this will give another option to some of you out there. I'm not sure how they calculate the cost to get the full upgrade discount, but I"m sure it's based on how many months I had left on my contract and also that I've always paid my bill on time.
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