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  1. brentj's Avatar
    Originally Posted by mty msi
    You can check the value of your trade in on Best Buy's website. It's not BB giving you the $200 it's Samsung, all BB is giving you is the actual trade in value and Samsung is reimbursing BB for the difference which is why you can't claim a Samsung rebate when you use the BB rebate.


    no, theres 2 programs. you're thinking of the one where samsung gives you money. best buy ALSO has it's OWN program where they give you a $200 gift card for "any" phone.
    I think mty msi knows there are two programs. All that mty msi is saying is that if you go the BB route, BB isn't giving you the $200 out of its own pocket; BB will be reimbursed by Samsung in the end. In a sense, BB is "fronting" you the rebate that Samsung is offering.

    So under both programs you get $200 for your trade-in. The main difference is that at BB it is given instantly as a $200 "gift card" that is applied to the cost of the Note 4, while at other retailers you get the trade-in value of your old phone at time of purchase, and then have to submit all the receipts, etc., to Samsung in order to receive 6-8 weeks later a rebate check from Samsung for the difference between your trade-in value and $200.
    erinpac likes this.
    09-28-2014 02:40 PM
  2. reesh11's Avatar
    I must be missing something because I don't understand the advantage to buying without a contract considering you need the service to use the phone.

    I use AT&T because they and Verizon have the best coverage in my area. I looked at T Mobile's new plans and they're actually more expensive because you have to pay full price for the phone and the monthly service fee is just slightly less than AT&T. On top of that their coverage isn't nearly as good as AT&T or Verizon.

    What is the advantage of buying the phone at full price without a contract?
    I don't have a choice. My contract just started in June I'm not eligible for an upgrade for two more years.

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    09-28-2014 03:07 PM
  3. potatoesinthesand's Avatar
    I thought I'd let anyone who is considering buying an inexpensive so-called "LS720 Optimus F3" from BestBuy in order to trade it in to receive Samsung's $200 promotion know that this phone will not qualify for the $10 minimum trade in value.

    I bought the Optimus F3 (listed as the LS720 version) from BestBuy and when I brought it into a T-Mobile store and initiated the trade in process, the rep took out the battery and the model number listed on the phone is the VM720 version, NOT the LS720 version. The VM720 version is worth only $9, which is not enough to qualify for the $200 promo. I called other BestBuy stores asking about the Optimus F3 and they all said it was the LS720, but could not verify if the phone inside was actually the LS720 model as they would have to open the packaging to find out. BestBuy's listing is INCORRECT.
    JimSmith94 likes this.
    09-28-2014 03:37 PM
  4. TechNut79's Avatar
    I don't have a choice. My contract just started in June I'm not eligible for an upgrade for two more years.

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    So reesh11, are you going through at&t or bb? BB won't allow you to purchase the phone outright and get the promotion, so I guess I'm stuck with dealing with Verizon. Can I do this online? Please tell me I don't have to go into a store.

    Note 2 via Android Central App
    09-28-2014 04:04 PM
  5. reesh11's Avatar
    So reesh11, are you going through at&t or bb? BB won't allow you to purchase the phone outright and get the promotion, so I guess I'm stuck with dealing with Verizon. Can I do this online? Please tell me I don't have to go into a store.

    Note 2 via Android Central App
    I was told by 3 employees that I could use it. It's cheaper at Best Buy even if I don't get to use the promotion. Plus best buy accepts more than one form of payment so I'll be picking up in store on the 17 th. I think you can mail the trade in etc but I would think it would all take much longer. I personally feel that if I throw enough of a fit with the store manager I will get what I want and technically speaking the phone will be activated before I leave best buy right? Don't they have to put my new SIM in etc? I will visit the store several more times over the next three weeks to clear this up. May need to just go to a different Best Buy lol

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    09-28-2014 04:32 PM
  6. TechNut79's Avatar
    I would think the same but I can get really bad if I get angry. They won't like me when I'm angry. And unfortunately, I only have one BB near me.

    Note 2 via Android Central App
    09-28-2014 04:36 PM
  7. reesh11's Avatar
    I would think the same but I can get really bad if I get angry. They won't like me when I'm angry.

    Note 2 via Android Central App
    Me either but like I said I will be calling/visiting often. As it gets closer there should be more info released to employees. I see nothing stating it can't be an outright purchase I've read both pages multiple times.

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    09-28-2014 04:40 PM
  8. xxx420's Avatar
    how are you doing the verizon method? going into a store and handing the phone in physically, or like mailing it in? my S3 has two small cracks, so i wonder if they'd give me anything. i'm taking best buy outta the equation now, which like you said makes it much less complicated. but for reasons i won't get into, i can't create a my verizon account and i have to call in to pre-order or physically goto a store.
    I went on their device recycling program webpage and just put in what phone model I have and what condition its in and they will send a pre addressed and posted envelope for me to ship the phone to them. Once they receive it they will email me a Verizon gift card for the amount it is worth, $52. I will use the gift card towards the purchase of my Note 4 and send the credentials in to Samsung for the remaining balance of $148.
    As for your phone, I think they will still accept it with the cracks but I do remember on the web page there is a question that asks if phone is cracked in any way. It probably just detract from the amount its worth but I think they would still take it as it is a phone recycling program, or so they say.

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    09-28-2014 04:43 PM
  9. TechNut79's Avatar
    Like I said, I'd go the CL or Ebay route, but with the burn-in, I'm just not sure what anyone would pay.

    Note 2 via Android Central App
    09-28-2014 05:07 PM
  10. jayochs's Avatar
    I went on their device recycling program webpage and just put in what phone model I have and what condition its in and they will send a pre addressed and posted envelope for me to ship the phone to them. Once they receive it they will email me a Verizon gift card for the amount it is worth, $52. I will use the gift card towards the purchase of my Note 4 and send the credentials in to Samsung for the remaining balance of $148.
    As for your phone, I think they will still accept it with the cracks but I do remember on the web page there is a question that asks if phone is cracked in any way. It probably just detract from the amount its worth but I think they would still take it as it is a phone recycling program, or so they say.

    Posted via Android Central App
    thanks! maybe i'll call in to reactivate my online account so i can do this, then have them deactivate it. had a very annoying security breach that verizon refused to fix, so i had to disable my online account with them. maybe i'll give it a go.
    09-28-2014 05:51 PM
  11. InfinitiFX35's Avatar
    Can i do the trade directly at a Verizon store and get the value back with a receipt for the promotion through Samsung?
    09-28-2014 05:51 PM
  12. TheDonJ77's Avatar
    Ok, can someone explain this to me real quick PLEASE.......Thus will be my first samsung phone since the galaxy s2. I am on t-mobile, I plan on pre-ordering today and buying at full price on t-mobile. Will this work on t-mobile? Will it work on-line only or also in the store? The samsung ad says trade in your phone to a "Participating retailer", is t-mobile a participating retailer???
    09-28-2014 06:30 PM
  13. JimSmith94's Avatar
    Ok, can someone explain this to me real quick PLEASE.......Thus will be my first samsung phone since the galaxy s2. I am on t-mobile, I plan on pre-ordering today and buying at full price on t-mobile. Will this work on t-mobile? Will it work on-line only or also in the store? The samsung ad says trade in your phone to a "Participating retailer", is t-mobile a participating retailer???
    No, it says, "Preorder the Samsung Galaxy Note® 4 from any carrier or retailer in the U.S. now through 10/16 (Verizon customers through 10/22)." Check it out at https://samsunggalaxypromotions.com/Note4/.
    TheDonJ77 likes this.
    09-28-2014 08:52 PM
  14. Jun Watanabe's Avatar
    Ok, can someone explain this to me real quick PLEASE.......Thus will be my first samsung phone since the galaxy s2. I am on t-mobile, I plan on pre-ordering today and buying at full price on t-mobile. Will this work on t-mobile? Will it work on-line only or also in the store? The samsung ad says trade in your phone to a "Participating retailer", is t-mobile a participating retailer???
    Yes, you can. You can't preorder via the website unless you have a postpaid plan. For prepaid, you can preorder via phone or in brick and mortar store. If you download the terms and conditions, it clearly states t-mo is included.
    TheDonJ77 likes this.
    09-28-2014 10:26 PM
  15. rushmore's Avatar
    we'll see, but i still stand by the fact i'm doubting that BB will take ANY phone for $200 right off the bat on off contract. you think they'd take my worthless droid eris and give me $200 of a Note 4? i highly doubt it.
    I agree with this, unfortunately....

    Best Buy is giving the $200 card up front and then waiting for reimbursement from Samsung, however long that will take. The process is a waste for Best Buy if full price gets the offer as well.

    The offer from Samsung clearly points out the deal depends on terms, conditions and limitations. Big wide Out, that wording is for all entities supporting the offer.

    This seems destined to be an absolute cluster fook for BB, carriers and Samsung- for months. Seems poorly planned, communicated and in an absolute Apple is taking marketshare panic.
    09-28-2014 11:07 PM
  16. steelrain82's Avatar
    Can I pre order a contract phone? Or is pre ordering only for people buying them out right?

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    09-29-2014 12:11 AM
  17. afgmuscle's Avatar
    hey guys, I've been looking into this, and honestly this is just a mess, very little info given to us, and I'm an assistant manager at a Best Buy Mobile Specialty Store. Seems like the biggest question here is whether this will apply to off contract pricing as well. I too plan on getting it OFF-contract as I don't have an upgrade. I received an email last weekend (a couple of days after the pre orders went live) stating that the $200 trade in promo applied to phones that were activated, this was during the Iphone 6 launch week so everything was thrown at us all at once. Since then, the Samsung promo has changed its terms, however on BestBuy.com I did not see anywhere in the fine print that states it must be activated to receive the trade in promo.

    I've gone over this with my store GM, and also one of my buddies at corporate, we haven't been able to figure this one yet. I'm sure we'll be getting more details as the launch date gets near, I'll keep you guys posted if and when I hear anything.
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    09-29-2014 12:17 AM
  18. cruiserandmax's Avatar
    Current Note 2 user- Just pre-ordered an un-subsidized Note 4 from the sprint website for $720 and used my old Galaxy S2 for a $26 trade-in value. Will be submitting to Samsung for the $174 difference- $520 for my new Note 4 with not contract (I am 6+ months away from upgrade), not bad!
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    09-29-2014 01:09 AM
  19. reesh11's Avatar
    hey guys, I've been looking into this, and honestly this is just a mess, very little info given to us, and I'm an assistant manager at a Best Buy Mobile Specialty Store. Seems like the biggest question here is whether this will apply to off contract pricing as well. I too plan on getting it OFF-contract as I don't have an upgrade. I received an email last weekend (a couple of days after the pre orders went live) stating that the $200 trade in promo applied to phones that were activated, this was during the Iphone 6 launch week so everything was thrown at us all at once. Since then, the Samsung promo has changed its terms, however on BestBuy.com I did not see anywhere in the fine print that states it must be activated to receive the trade in promo.

    I've gone over this with my store GM, and also one of my buddies at corporate, we haven't been able to figure this one yet. I'm sure we'll be getting more details as the launch date gets near, I'll keep you guys posted if and when I hear anything.
    Please do keep us informed. I may just have to go to different stores until I get one that will give me the gift card lol.

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    09-29-2014 08:57 AM
  20. hmmm's Avatar
    When I look for the trade in value of an Evo Shift Best Buy's site says there is no trade in value for that phone. What does Best Buy do in that case? I'd rather not trade in a Note 2 if my older Evo Shift will work. The value is $5 through Sprint but I see no minimum value in Best Buy's terms. I am guessing Sprint made a whole bunch of phones $5 just prior to this deal going live to prevent phones older than 2 years from qualifying.
    09-29-2014 10:06 AM
  21. afgmuscle's Avatar
    Even if your phone has no trade in value, when we're doing a trade in on our end, it will prompt with different options like "recycle" or if there is a trade in promotion going on, it will give us an option to click on that as well. It doesn't seem that Best Buy requires a trade in value like Samsung does, as long as it's in good working condition; and if it's an iPhone, "find my iphone" must be turned off, IMEI must be clean and not reported lost or stolen as we check those things and go through several several several several steps on iPhones (God, I can't stand iPhones).
    09-29-2014 10:51 AM
  22. mty msi's Avatar
    Even if your phone has no trade in value, when we're doing a trade in on our end, it will prompt with different options like "recycle" or if there is a trade in promotion going on, it will give us an option to click on that as well. It doesn't seem that Best Buy requires a trade in value like Samsung does, as long as it's in good working condition; and if it's an iPhone, "find my iphone" must be turned off, IMEI must be clean and not reported lost or stolen as we check those things and go through several several several several steps on iPhones (God, I can't stand iPhones).
    Are you saying you can arbitrarily put a value over $10 on any trade in?
    09-29-2014 10:57 AM
  23. michaelkelly923's Avatar
    Can someone tell me if this offer applies to plan discounted phones? I will be opening a new line of service with AT&T for the Note 4 (2yr agreement has ended with Sprint and I want to move from them) does the $200 discount apply to the $299 new-contract price?
    09-29-2014 11:19 AM
  24. mty msi's Avatar
    Can someone tell me if this offer applies to plan discounted phones? I will be opening a new line of service with AT&T for the Note 4 (2yr agreement has ended with Sprint and I want to move from them) does the $200 discount apply to the $299 new-contract price?
    Yes as long as you're trading a phone that has a $10 minimum trade in value.
    09-29-2014 11:28 AM
  25. michaelkelly923's Avatar
    Thanks for the reply. My HTC EVO 4G LTE is worth exactly $10 to AT&T. Is it even possible to pre-order considering I'm on Sprint and want to pre-order for AT&T? It seems I'd have to set up my new line of service at AT&T today to complete the pre-order.

    Update: So I spoke with an AT&T rep who said I cannot preorder without switching my service to AT&T today. Does anyone know a way that I can keep my line of service with Sprint until the Note 4 arrives but still preorder this phone through AT&T?
    09-29-2014 11:36 AM
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