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Cheap droids. Are they a scam?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by BigTimeNexusFan, Mar 29, 2010.

  1. BigTimeNexusFan

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  2. Brendanmurphy

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  3. BigTimeNexusFan

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  4. TheGr81

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    No, I just bought a Curve from Amazon and activated it on Verizon's website like normal. Just wanted a change from my Droid for a while.
     
  5. dmodert66

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    My friend/coworker bought 2 Droids and a dumb phone all for under $50 shipped. He ordered them on a Friday, and got them on Monday (even though they said they would arrive on Wednesday)...Pretty awesome deal...

    **EDIT** The only issue he had was one of the Droid's did not want to port their number. It took like 2 days to get it sorted, but after that, everything went fine...
     
  6. KAL-EL

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    I bought my droid from amazon a month ago (the price then was $49.99) and they even refunded me the difference when the droid dropped to $19.99. Definitely not a scam by any means. The entire process was hassle free.
     
  7. johnny99

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    These 3rd party vendors can work well if you're getting a new phone for a new Verizon account and with a new phone number. They are likely to screw up (or screw you) if you try to add the phone to a family plan or try to renew an existing account. Keeping your old phone number sometimes works and sometimes not.
     
  8. aaronmach1

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    so then why couldnt i buy them at this dirt cheap price and sell them on ebay for $200?
     
  9. tireironmike

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    Just got mine yesterday. Right from the company store for $20. I've included the link.

    Verizon Wireless Cell Phones

    Edit: From the motostore (above link) they come with 2.01 NOT 2.1
     
  10. Brendanmurphy

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    Thats contracted price.
     
  11. smacky

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    No, Wirefly and Amazon have legit deals, but for new customers only, I believe. If not, it's at least for another two-year contract. Dell also has deals as well, which shocked me. But they too sell phones.
     
  12. gwlaw99

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    Wirefly has deals for existing customers too.
     
  13. dougwilson2000

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    Just turn them on and they will update like any other phone.
     
  14. johnny99

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    In theory this is true, but I have heard many complaints about upgrade deals not working out. On the other hand, new account deals seem to go very smoothly, at least ever since Wirefly stopped their rebate scams.
     
  15. oppendroid

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    I'm looking at buying a Droid for 19.99 off Amazon.com but I was told in the Verizon store today that if there are any problems, they won't touch it - it has to go back to Amazon.

    I have an existing account and I have no problem signing a new 2-year contract but I'm still leery.
     
  16. bufftallica

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    For $20, it's worth not having to deal with Verizon...chances are you'll never have to bring it to them anyway.
     
  17. johnny99

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    I bought my last several phones through internet discounters. Only had a problem once when Wirefly tried to scam me out of a $200 rebate. They finally paid up after I filed a complaint with the state DA. No problems with Amazon and a couple of others that I don't remember any more. You do have to be very careful with the fine print if you're upgrading an account instead of getting a completely new account.
     
  18. akkkmed

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    It should be known that these websites have their own contracts outside of Verizon's (or any one elses) contract. I don't know the exact terms, but something like you have to maintain your plan/data plan for so many months or they will charge you full price for the phone. Don't quote me on this, but I'm 99.99999% sure.
     
  19. oppendroid

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    Thanks for all the great information! A couple more questions:

    Since my NE2 has been reinstated, I can order a Droid online for $99.99 - is this a better option than messing around with Amazon?

    If I do go with Amazon, where is the "fine print"? I've searched the Amazon website, specifically regarding cell phones, and I can't find any of the cautions listed in this thread. Before I buy ANYTHING, I want to see all the information in writing.

    Lastly, does Amazon have a 30-day return policy (similar to Verizon's) if I don't like the phone?

    Thanks again!
     
  20. XxZxx

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    I got mine from wirefly as well.. but i got it for $29.99 2 months ago. Seem to be good..

    One thing i don't like about wirefly that after u received your phone, if you are switching numbers, call Verizon Transfer department to activate your phone immediately so you can use it. I waited 4 days for my number to transfer.

    Opendroid, Wirefly has 30 days return policy. If you want to save more money, goto bing.com, type droid and get $50 cash back from bing when clicking the sponsor link.
     
  21. thetomas

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    I've heard alot of bad things about wirefly, but I imagine amazon is safe.
     
  22. oppendroid

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    I found this information about ordering from Amazon.com:

    AmazonWireless

    and this:

    Amazon.com Message

    Which answer=s just about all my questions but I'm going to call them tomorrow to verify a couple of things.

    If/when I do order a Droid from Amazon Wireless, I'll let you know how it goes. :D
     
  23. inssane

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    Just pay attention from wirefly http://www.wirefly.com/about/purchaseterms/ :


    Delivering on this promise means that you must agree to maintain your agreement for a minimum of 6 months after activation. Deactivating your phone, or downgrading features or the rate plan, may lead to additional charges.

    When you sign up for wireless carrier service through Wirefly, we discount your phone purchase price by an Equipment Discount amount ranging from $200 to $300. By ordering through Wirefly, you agree to repay this discount if, during the 181 days after your new equipment is activated, if you:

    Fail to pay your balance due to your carrier each month
    Disconnect this line of service
    Transfer this equipment to another line of service
    Change your carrier service rate plan to a lower monthly service rate plan
    Deactivate the email/data feature if one was required at the point of purchase
    Transfer/port an existing phone number from another account if this is a new line of service
    Replace an existing account with this account if this is a new line of service
    Return or exchange your phone and it is not in its original, new condition with no more than 30 minutes of usage
    If you break any of these contract provisions, except as a result of a documented service quality issue related to the carrier service, you authorize us to charge your credit card in repayment of the Equipment Discount


    Yeah...
    Also, they do not mention a particular early termination fee - I think its $400, or it used to be.
    Just beware, these are sticky rules.
     
  24. KAL-EL

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    Amazon is very safe! My buying experience with them (regarding my Droid) from purchase to activation was hassle free.
     
  25. inssane

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    AMAZON:
    AmazonWireless Instant Discount Policy
    When you purchase your device with service from AmazonWireless.com, we automatically pass along an instant discount from the carrier to you. This discount has been provided to you based on your agreement to (a) activate a new, or extend an existing, line of service for this device with the carrier, and (b) maintain this service in good standing for a minimum of 181 consecutive days. If you do not activate or extend a line of service in connection with this device, or if your service is canceled/disconnected before 181 consecutive days, AmazonWireless.com will charge you $250 per device, plus applicable taxes.
     

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