The Photon 4G Pre-Order Info ThreadGeneral


  1. burgertime

    burgertime Well-Known Member

    Typically don't most legit companies always have the pre orders at your door the day they come out? I thought that was just kind of a standard thing....but maybe it's just Amazon.

    **EDIT**

    Wow totally forgot about the Sunday thing it just slipped my mind. In that case wouldn't it be at your door on Monday?
  2. drexappeal

    drexappeal Well-Known Member

  3. twospirits

    twospirits AF's janitor Moderator

    damn that was quick oh well.
  4. whatsitsname

    whatsitsname Well-Known Member


    From your earlier post it seems Sprint or Best buy is a safer choice. Wirefly and I believe Amazon also requires the phone to stay on the contract line for at least 180 days. Which means you can't use ur kids upgrade and switch it over to your number without penalty in the first 180 days.
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  5. amimemeami

    amimemeami Member

    If you order on Sunday with next day shipping, it will ship Monday and get there Tuesday, two day / Wednesday. However, if you pre-order you might get it as soon as Monday. Depending on if they are allowed to ship early so it arrives on or just after the release date in this case.
  6. drexappeal

    drexappeal Well-Known Member

    Really? That seems strange to me. How does the 3rd party seller have override over Sprint's Gold Premiere program?

    If that is the case, looks like Best Buy will be my choice.
  7. drexappeal

    drexappeal Well-Known Member

    Here's something interesting regarding Best Buy not having a pre-order. They have an accessories page for any accessories that can be used for the photon!...LOL. How do you have an accessories page, but no pre-order for the phone? That's the funniest ish I've ever seen for sales
    New Motorola Photon 4G Accessories - Best Buy Mobile Accessories
  8. Whiskeypawz

    Whiskeypawz Well-Known Member

    Is it possible that they aren't going to carry the Photon yet? :confused: I don't see why they wouldn't but with the release being a week & a half away & it not even showing "coming soon" on BB's website....it makes no sense!
  9. mkvoran

    mkvoran Well-Known Member

    Still looks like its working! At least for me. I just checked it out. I'm thinking this is the way to go, but like another on here(can't remember who) I'm curious when I would actually get the phone? Also - has anyone else had any trouble going through the friends and family site, even though they have no friends or family who are employed there?

    Thanks, Stoked to get the Photon. FINALLY Sprint has a top of the line android WORLD PHONE!

    WOOT.
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  10. drexappeal

    drexappeal Well-Known Member

    Somebody had mentioned that Wirefly and Amazon requires the phone staying activated on the line for 18 months, but I don't know exactly how they'd be able to override Sprint's Gold Premiere program. Nontheless, I tried the link again and it's still showing this error for me:

  11. drexappeal

    drexappeal Well-Known Member

  12. mkvoran

    mkvoran Well-Known Member

    yeah weird. I got that error when I tried the link, but just going to the page and searching the photon gets me there fine.


    I saw the mention about the 18months..... I'm inclined to agree with you that they shouldn't be able to override the Sprint Premier status.... at any rate, I bet I could just talk some sense into the Sprint CSR and take care of it at that time.... having the 11yr tenure comes in handy most times. :)
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  13. mkvoran

    mkvoran Well-Known Member

    FWIW I found this on the Wirefly Website

    Interesting......
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  14. drexappeal

    drexappeal Well-Known Member

    Hmmm, with that stipulation, I think I may be leaning towards either the early Sprint purchase or Best Buy...possibly Amazon, if they don't have the same stipulation as Wirefly. I'm only holding out for Best Buy to confirm that they're actually going to have the phone on launch. Otherwise, it'll be my first upgrade directly through Sprint in years!
  15. mkvoran

    mkvoran Well-Known Member

    I think I'm considering the same. Although I would probably plan to keep the phone for 18 months anyway, being tied to a carrier is bad enough - I don't want to be tied to Wirefly as well..... I usually prefer to go through BB.

    Actually, after reading this more, do you think that this is just Wirefly passing on the carrier ETF? I mean, I would guess that if Wirefly signs you up, and you terminate early, the carrier goes after Wirefly for the ETF. So perhaps this is really just the same as the carrier ETF and therefore, my Gold Premier status would actually carry through?

    I think I might call Wirefly and confirm....
  16. whatsitsname

    whatsitsname Well-Known Member

    No. Its 2 separate contracts and 2 separate penalties. $200 from Sprint and $200 from Wirefly. This is why they can offer phones for a penny.
  17. Whiskeypawz

    Whiskeypawz Well-Known Member

    The Nexus S for AT&T will be available in 3 days at Best Buy & the presale starts today.
    I just checked Best Buy's website & it doesn't show on there yet.
    Hopefully this is a sign that Best Buy is just dragging their feet on the presale for the Photon.
  18. burgertime

    burgertime Well-Known Member

    I never understood why you would wait less than a week before release (in AT&T's case) to set up pre order. I mean understand maybe you get overwhelmed with pre-orders and you're out of stock but come on...they should be able to give us at least 2 weeks.
  19. mkvoran

    mkvoran Well-Known Member

    Yep - came to that conclusion after reading a bit more around the web. BUT I was initially under the impression (for some reason) that it was 18months. It's actually just 180 days. So if I am reading this right, the 2 year agreement they are referring to is the CARRIER agreement, and the WF agreement is just 180 days...

    Also it's not 200.00, its 350.00 for smartphones. :eek:

    I might pull the trigger with Wirefly....
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  20. twospirits

    twospirits AF's janitor Moderator

    Still, can't anyplace cheaper than 200.

    Edit: just realized that 2 out of 4 of my devices gets $150 each off toward a new phone but on Aug 1 and beyond. So I'm going to have to wait regardless. :mad:

    TS
  21. drexappeal

    drexappeal Well-Known Member

    TS, if Sprint is an option for you, I have absolutely NO doubt that they'd be willing to change the date for you, so that you could get the phone on the day of release.
  22. Godfather13

    Godfather13 Well-Known Member

    If the release date is Sunday July 31 and many say that being a Sprint Premier customer you can usually get the phone a few days before that (I believe someone mentioned Thursday July 28th) then that would mean today would be exactly 1 week from then. But yet Sprint has no mention of it as of now. So just how long can they wait to open this up to allow people to order and them to package it and get it ready for shipping for next week?
  23. drexappeal

    drexappeal Well-Known Member

    Sprint stated it clearly in their press release on July 13.

    Sprint Newsroom | Motorola PHOTON 4G Debuts on July 31 for $199.99

    2nd paragraph
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  24. drexappeal

    drexappeal Well-Known Member

    Thought about reasons why best buy doesn't have pre-order going yet. Anybody think it's due to the titanium being released on the 24th? Just trying to come up with logical speculation. We're getting closer to release and there isn't even any indication if they'll be offering the phone, which would be really disappointing.
  25. l1fe

    l1fe Member

    If your contract has just expired, or will expire soon, you may want to ask about this $50 credit. Considering the added restrictions you'd get from buying from Amazon and WF, I think it might be safest to just do the SP pre-order and ask for the credit. Then again, not sure if you can get the credit AND order from WF...
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