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General DROID Bionic And Accessory Bundle Costco Discussion Thread (Including Q&A from YankeeDudeL)

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  1. SoDroid

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    According to one WA rep here in Denver, all Denver Costcos and Verizon stores are experiencing a 2 day delay in shipments. Shipments were supposed to arrive yesterday but it now looks like tomorrow is more likely. Not sure how reliable this is, just passing it on.
     

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    Holding out in Denver also. Thanks for the info. which store did you talk to?
     
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    Today I've talked to the following:

    4000 River Point Parkway - On Santa Fe.
    9/14: Deliveries delayed 2 days for all costcos in denver and VZW stores. Try again on 9/15.

    Highlands Ranch
    9/14: Nothing is on their order list for today. Sounds like shipment was delayed.

    Parker Location
    Nothing in stock but I'm 6th on the waiting list.

    Southwest Plaza
    They didn't know much of anything, just that they didn't have Bionics in.

    I'll call all of them again in the morning after 10am. Let me know if you hear anything!

    Good luck
     
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    I'm on the north side of town, so I have been calling all those locations. "nothing is on our order list" is what I have been hearing.
     
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    I'm willing to drive pretty far to get this, so let me know if anything opens up on the north side, I'll hold down the south and report on here.

    The "nothing is on our order list" is the same response I got. One employee said that meant nothing was coming in today, which confirms the report I was told about the shipment delay. Hopefully tomorrow. Also, Radio Shack will begin to sell the Bionic tomorrow for $200!

    RadioShack and Verizon Making Sweet Music Together on September 15, Cutting $100 Off of Select Smartphones - Droid Life: A Droid Community Blog

    But don't tell anyone till tomorrow afternoon, we need to secure some Bionics first :D.

    For me this is a good deal because I was going to sign up for a year of Costco, making my total price around $330 before taxes. If I buy from Radio Shack tomorrow, I can still buy the accessories included at Costco ($158), get it tomorrow, and only pay $30 more (IF I were interested in every accessory, which I'm not). If I can't purchase from a Costco tomorrow morning, I'm going straight to Radio Shack.
     
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    Good deal!! However, I bought a Charge on the last day of Verizon unlimited in hopes that the bionic would come out before the 90 day exchange period. So, I can't take the stroll down to Radio Shack.

    Have a guy at the Westminster location that put me on the waitlist. I believe i'm first on it because I watched this lady buy the last two phones on launch day. I have been calling to check in every couple of days and he seems to know my voice now as I don't even have to say my name....lol
     
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    Yankee,

    I realize you have nothing to do with this situation - you have been nothing but gracious, and helpful.

    After not having any luck with getting a unit at the kiosk (always missed it by one) - and having the guys pull up my account and verify eligability etc., I decided to hedge my bets and placed the order online. I confirmed eligability, unlimited data plan, and processing time.

    Within an hour I received an email addressed to a different person saying my order was cancelled - calling in - it was not - the email was sent in error.

    Today I receive an email 5 days after the order was processed - telling me that the order was cancelled - because Wireless Advocates can not do upgrades on Business Accounts.

    I called in and was told that NONE of the online, or kiosk employees could do anything on a business account.

    I called my local kiosk and was told again - it would be no problem - and to just come by when they have them.

    I can honestly say that I have very little faith in Costco/wireless advocates. And I still sit here - without a phone.
     
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    Woah, I might have seen you in line on Day 1 if you were there. I was, and they didn't have them :p

    I got mine yesterday after ordering on the 8th. The order didn't change from submitted to processing until monday. After another full day of it at processing I called on tuesday and they said "we are experiencing shipping delays, we apologize, but your order should be set to ship today"

    Sure enough it shipped, and surprisingly they sent it next day air (maybe because I called?) and I certainly didn't pay for next day air. Low and behold the next morning I had my Bionic.

    They sent me a 4G sim card that didn't work however. Don't know what that is about but I grabbed one from my store, popped it in and it worked fine.

    Loving it so far!
     
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    Maybe he's got caller ID? ;-)
     
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    Got mine today from Radio Shack. It was $199 but came with no accessories. I bought a zagg shield, HDMI cord, and extended battery, spent $280 with tax. Pretty good deal. The only thing I really wanted out of the Costco deal was the car dock, so I'm satisfied with this. Wish I could've took advantage of the Costco deal in a more timely tho. Good luck to everyone still searching! Hopefully the Denver area will finally get another shipment nkostman.
     
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    Finally picked up my Bionic today from Costco and for what is it worth, I was able to return my Droid Charge 89 days after I purchased it (Purchased June 19th, 2011). When I bought the Charge I let the KM know my intent was to return the phone and get the Bionic or SGSII, which ever came out first. He said that was fine and lived up to his word when I returned the Charge today. However, the apparently they are having some kind of battery issue (not sure if it is a shortage or what) but my bundle didn't include the extra battery. It did include the charger for the extra battery. The KM told me to check back next week as he wasn't sure what they were going to do about it. Anybody else hear that?

    This is the first shipment my Costco has received since launch day and they only received 3 phones.
     
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    man i want all the accessories for FREE!!!!!! extra battery, charger, and dock sound sweet.
     
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    I did hear reports of a battery shortage that people picking up the Costco bundle would receive some kind of 'rain check' for another battery. Not sure where I got that info, it could honestly be somewhere in this thread but I'm not sure. Glad you got the bundle tho!
     
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    Correct, that's a two day period between it posting in our inventory list and it's arrival.

    Not true. Everything I've been told is that this deal will be going on for a while. And there's the fact that we were told about the battery shortage (more on that in just a bit), and how to go about that, which only just started. And it didn't show up on the weekly promotions as changing, and that only came out on Wednesday.

    You're welcome. :)

    I do apologize for the situation, and I'm a bit taken aback by it. None of it really makes sense. I don't understand how the site could cancel your order twice or tell you that you can't upgrade a business account. You just need to use your Tax ID number instead of your social. We do them all the time.

    I sympathize with your frustration and completely understand if you decide to take your business elsewhere. Radio Shack seems to be the only retailer offering anywhere near as close a deal, so perhaps you'd want to look toward them if a resolution to your issue isn't met. You'd still wind up paying more than us with the accessories, but at least you'd have the phone you desire and when you desire it.

    The battery shortage is true and has adversely affected shipments. To complicate matters worse, it won't be until October that Motorola has the batteries ready to ship. I'll know tomorrow exactly how we plan on going about it. I knew Wednesday, actually, but I forgot. :eek:

    Also, I have to eat some crow here. I'm trying to get the proper info out to you guys as quickly as possible, so there's going to be times when information changes as developments occur. This was one of them. We only received three units today instead of the large shipment we were hoping for. I'm desperately hoping we get another shipment tomorrow, but I have no way of knowing until I'm there. The reason for this being the battery shortage.

    Also, I did want to let you'se know that I'll be going on vacation starting Saturday. I'll be away for a week, so I may not be around to get to every question. Of course I'll have my Bionic in hand, so I'll still have access, but expect any answers to be much shorter. :cool:
     
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    Got a call today that they had 3 so I drove 30 mins to get there and I was the 3rd! But I was told that Costco doesn't/can't upgrade business accounts? Can anyone verify? Thanks!
     
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    I have been told the online cannot touch Business Accounts but Store can.

    The Kiosk at Clearwater that supposedly didn't get any yesterday miraculously sold 3. Decided I needed to talk with the Kiosk manager because there is obviously something shady happening. THey don't have a Kiosk manager presently, but the District Manager happened to be in the booth. He provided cover for whatever is going on. When you are at the Kiosk at 10:45, and they say the delivery has not arrived and not expecting any - and while shopping over the course of an hour there is no delivery - eat lunch - delivery has come - NO BIONICS. Next day - we sold three that came in the shipment....how does that work?????

    I'm frustrated. Going to try to talk to the club gm when I'm up there next. I understand they are scarce and have limited supply, but if I am calling you several times daily and standing in your kiosk at approximate delivery time...I'm putting the time in to get one.
     
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    For what it is worth, my dealings with the clearwater kiosk have been mostly negative. That being said, I'm sure this shortage is just as stressful on them as it is on you. Not to mention I had very limited dealings with them because when they didn't have any on launch day I promptly ordered online. I would suggest you do the same if you don't mind waiting a little longer. If your order stays processing for too long call them up. :eek:
     
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    Hmmmm interesting, Thanks. I'm going to ask the other Costco in my area and see what they say.
     
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    Tried that - and they cancelled my order. Business Accounts can't order online - Kiosk only :-(
     
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    Only requirements should be:
    Authorized to make changes to the account
    Have the account password (if set)
    Have the business tax id.
     
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    I didn't have the tax id, that must have been it! I went to a Verizon store after I went to Costco to get the Bionic(OG Droid was KILLING ME). The folks at Verizon rushed me to death to sign the contract asap and I don't like that kind of business. Is it possible to return the phone I bought yesterday and go back to Costco with the tax id?
     
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    Finally got one from Costco today. I can confirm that the extra battery is missing and was given a mail in rebate form to get one shipped to me later.

    All the people complaining about the screen. Yes, it is a bit pixelated compared to the Charge that I just swapped. However, if you are like me and do things outdoors a lot, you will actually be able to see the screen....well! This alone is enough to make it a good screen
     
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    Finally got one from Costco today. I can confirm that the extra battery is missing and was given a mail in rebate form to get one shipped to me later.

    To all of the people complaining about the screen. Yes, it is a bit pixelated compared to the Charge that a just swapped. However, if you are like me and do things outdoors a lot, you will actually be able to see the screen....well!
     
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    Yeah, the beauty of seeing that screen in broad daylight (and I live in the Deep South - it gets bright over here!) makes me not worry overmuch about the pixelation.

    Of course, when we get things going in terms of development, I wonder if anyone will be able to significantly up the DPI to make that lessen any?

    At any rate, yet another kudos to YankeeDudeL for pointing me to this bundle - The extended battery I bought also fits that charger.

    off to buy a second extended battery and then sell my original batteries! :D
     
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