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General What's the best strategy for buying this phone in-store next week?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by chimpy, May 14, 2010.

  1. chimpy

    chimpy Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    May 4, 2010
    Long story short, my Dad gets a discount on monthly data plans on VZW through his job, so I don't want to order the Incredible online or by mail because it would be a hassle to set up the contract that way. And after reading other forums people are having a ton of problems with finding when their orders will arrive, canceling credit card billing, etc.

    So next week I'm coming home from school, my current phone is broken, and I need a new phone before I start a new job on the week of the 24th.

    If I went into one of my four local Verizon stores on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, what are some tips to get the phone in-store? Are there any chances of finding one or advice you guys could offer on getting employees to pull strings?


  2. brettlewis

    brettlewis Well-Known Member

    Nov 3, 2009
    As far as I know they have NONE in any store in the US.
    All orders made in store are being shipped out on or before the first of June.

    If you need it by the 24th, I would order ASAP and pray you get it in time.

    I ordered mine on may 10th and they said I will get it ON OR BEFORE may 29th. may people have been getting it way before the day they were told, but you should definitely allow padding in your order and need by dates.
  3. Marlboro

    Marlboro Active Member

    May 8, 2010
    I got my phone yesterday without having to order it.

    I went to Best Buy's website, and searched nearby areas. There were a couple stores that had atleast one Incredible. I tried to order it for instore pickup, but ran into a problem. I called Best Buy and the lady couldnt complete the order for me, but she did call that particular store and had them hold it for me for a couple hours.

    I had previously tried to order the phone from Amazon, but just received an email stating it wouldnt ship till about June. I have since canceled that order, of course.

    I dont know what area of the country you live in and how many Best Buys are around, or how far you may be willing to drive, but check out their site and input cities youd be willing to go to, and see if they have any. Then attempt to order for instore pick up or call them and see if theyll hold it for you.
  4. howarmat

    howarmat Well-Known Member

    Apr 8, 2010
    Generation Dispatcher
    Noblesville, IN
    most companies that haev a discount for their monthly bill have a VZW site that you can do everything on. So you would get your discount no matter what. its not a "hassle" at all
  5. OtisPimpBoot

    OtisPimpBoot Member

    May 10, 2010
    There is one way you can do it that involves a DeLorean, a Flux Capacitor, some plutonium and a road where you can get up to 88MPH.

    Procure these things and then post back in this thread. Then I'll explain. ;)
  6. potterdood

    potterdood Well-Known Member

    Apr 30, 2010
    Verizon Wireless Tech Support
    Anderson, SC
    i love the sense of humors here, :)
  7. Kazakaz

    Kazakaz Well-Known Member

    Oct 30, 2009
    Buffalo, NY
    Roads? Where we're going, we don't need roads!
  8. seVer

    seVer Well-Known Member

    May 1, 2010
    Unknown. Previous VZW Tech Support for 7 years.
    the best strategy is to show up when there are phones available. no "strings" can be pulled on a "first come, first served" basis. stores can't magically pull phones out of the air for sale.

    we have to go back, to save your future!
  9. sean76

    sean76 Well-Known Member

    May 5, 2010
    Best Buy has em....I was sitting in front of one yesterday. I was there to pre-order the EVO and one was being sold. so obviously there are still some left here and there.
  10. CaseyKees

    CaseyKees Well-Known Member

    Apr 11, 2010
    Western NY
    After reading this article on msnbc.com, I might order online if I were you!

    This is quoted from the article...

    "The executive would not give current-quarter mobile subscriber estimates for Verizon Wireless, the biggest U.S. mobile service provider, a venture of Verizon Communications and Vodafone Group Plc. But he said there are "plenty of sales to be had" on some consumer devices.

    In particular, McAdam said Verizon is unable to keep up with strong demand for the Droid Incredible[​IMG] smartphone from HTC, due in part to component shortages such as the advanced screens made by Samsung Electronics.

    Verizon sold 100,000 of the phones, which run Google's Android software, in the first two days after launch in late April and is now mostly restricted to online sales because it cannot keep the phones on store shelves, he said.

    The Incredible would "definitely outsell" the Motorola Droid if it didn't have supply constraints, McAdam said. "When a shipment gets to a store now, it's gone in a matter of hours," he said. "We've had to pull way back ... Right now supply is a big problem."

    This is the article in its entirety regarding Verizon and Android Tablets

    Verizon Wireless to carry Android tablets - Wireless- msnbc.com
  11. DonDraper

    DonDraper Well-Known Member

    Apr 5, 2010
    Windows System Admin
    You need to find out when "the truck comes" or when they get their phones in. Then show up that day and hope you get lucky. Otherwise I would order one online. It won't make a difference with your contract and discount. You either have the discount on your account or you don't, and that won't change if you get one online or in store. I have a 22% discount off of plans, and 25% off accessories through work, and once it's applied to your account it's there either way.
  12. Steel~Gray

    Steel~Gray New Member

    May 6, 2010
    When I put in for my discount, I was informed that it could take 2-3 billing cycles to post on my verizon bill. Ordering online really won't matter if the discount could take that long anyway. I put in the request for the discount online, they sent an e-mail to my work e-mail and I clicked a link to confirm... no hassle whatsoever.
  13. johnofcross

    johnofcross Member

    May 15, 2010
    Jacksonville, FL
    I bought mine from Best Buy when it came out. I think getting it from them is best because they forgo the rebate and give you the savings automatically. For me, I called around my local stores and asked if they had any in stock. The guy was nice enough to "hold" one for me until the end of the day. This way you have some insurance that you will get the phone. This depends however.

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