05-25-2010 01:34 AM
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  1. dannychaos's Avatar
    Ok, looking for an Incredible but to be totally honest I'd rather not pay full retail price if possible. Anybody know where I can find any good deals, cheap prices? EBAY? AMAZON? RETAIL STORES? LINKS? Any suggestions or fully welcomed. Thank you!
    05-20-2010 11:01 PM
  2. YourMobileGuru's Avatar
    You need to give us more info. Are you currently a verizon customer? If so: How long into your contract are you?

    Ebay prices of new hot devices are usually pretty close (sometimes higher) than the cost of getting them in the vzw store -- plus unless they are an authorized reseller you forfeit the right to add insurance and may have issues getting a warranty replacement if needed, and buying them outright from a retailer like BB or Radio Shack is generally about $50 more than the Verizon store.
    05-20-2010 11:27 PM
  3. Qazme's Avatar
    Call Verizon on contract $199
    Amazon $249 on contract. Believe the price is the same at Bestbuy, maybe they will match Verizon. Cheapest you will get it off contract no NE2 and no rebate is still Verizon.
    05-21-2010 12:00 AM
  4. dannychaos's Avatar
    Ok I have a two year contract and I have an HTC Droid Eris, both which I got in December. I would like to have a warranty available so only trustworthy places, call me crazy but I would rather not be scammed by some guy craigslist.
    05-21-2010 12:09 AM
  5. wowpaw's Avatar
    Ok I have a two year contract and I have an HTC Droid Eris, both which I got in December. I would like to have a warranty available so only trustworthy places, call me crazy but I would rather not be scammed by some guy craigslist.
    Then you're pretty much stuck to retail pricing. $500ish dollars.
    05-21-2010 12:15 AM
  6. YourMobileGuru's Avatar
    Ok I have a two year contract and I have an HTC Droid Eris, both which I got in December. I would like to have a warranty available so only trustworthy places, call me crazy but I would rather not be scammed by some guy craigslist.
    They aren't going to give you update pricing this short a time into your contract so you are going to have to pay full retail, unfortunately.

    I completely agree about steering clear of Craigslist. This is wierd though I just did a search on ebay to get a ballpark price and all it is coming up is accessories. Anyone else see this? Could it have something to do with the shortage?
    05-21-2010 12:19 AM
  7. dannychaos's Avatar
    This is wierd though I just did a search on ebay to get a ballpark price and all it is coming up is accessories. Anyone else see this? Could it have something to do with the shortage?
    I noticed that too but I was just thinking it was my ebay apps fault. I guess its the shortage. Darn, I dobt want to spend that much when its basically a given right now that Android phones are becoming outdated every other 4 months. I may just wait till this december and pay that extra 20 bucks for an early upgrade for an android phone with a front camera like the evo. Perferably HTC of course. ;-)
    05-21-2010 12:34 AM
  8. Qazme's Avatar
    Don't give up on Verizon, call them and tell them what you want to do. Sometimes they will let you extend your contract out and get 2 year pricing, they did mine 8 months early. Not so sure they will do it with only 5-6 months in on your current contract though.
    05-21-2010 12:38 AM
  9. dannychaos's Avatar
    Don't give up on Verizon, call them and tell them what you want to do. Sometimes they will let you extend your contract out and get 2 year pricing, they did mine 8 months early. Not so sure they will do it with only 5-6 months in on your current contract though.
    WHOA WHOA WHOA! That is awesome. I may see what they say. I am just tired of the laggyness. I love love love the vzw customer service but I feel like a used car dealer tricked me into buying a bad car!
    05-21-2010 12:46 AM
  10. YourMobileGuru's Avatar
    You can ask but you are 6 months into a 2 year contract. It's normal for them to let you early upgrade at a year if your calling plan is high enough but a year and a half is stretching it.

    Yeah it sucks that Verizon and HTC basically re-branded the (at the time) 4-5 month old Hero and gave it a new name to get people to buy it. It's not a bad phone per se but it is definitely underpowered and your 2.1 upgrade was gutted. I'd mention that about all the stuff that was listed on their site as being in the Eris upgrade that wasn't too.
    05-21-2010 12:55 AM
  11. Qazme's Avatar
    Yeah bring up how the 2.1 update was gutted and you weren't delivered what was promised, you phone is laggier than is was etc. Tell them you aren't happy with your device. Basically tell them you are about the ditch them without saying it. That's what I did about my Storm and they didn't hesitate to give me 2 year pricing and some of my NE2. I ended up paying $174 final price for my phone. Beats the pants off $500+
    05-21-2010 01:03 AM
  12. dannychaos's Avatar
    I tried twice at a store and once on the phone but I honestly come off too nice. I'm gonna put my foot down tomorrow.
    05-21-2010 01:13 AM
  13. wowpaw's Avatar
    I tried twice at a store and once on the phone but I honestly come off too nice. I'm gonna put my foot down tomorrow.
    As someone said earlier, I HIGHLY doubt you will get anything when you're only 5 months into the contract, foot down or not. Lets be real, if they honored your demands, then whats the point of contracts? Everyone can go in stomping their feet asking for a new phone after a few months into signing a contract. Try again in another 5 months, and you'll get more leiway. You can do an early upgrade after 1 year (on a 2 year contract), but you will forfeit your NE2.
    05-21-2010 01:28 AM
  14. dannychaos's Avatar
    I'm sorry but what is a NE2???
    05-21-2010 01:34 AM
  15. wowpaw's Avatar
    New Every 2. Its credit that VZW gives you after you've fulfilled 20 months into a 2 year contract (or 10 months into a 1 year contract). Depending on how long you've been with VZW, you either get $100 dollars on a 2 year contract (I've been with VZW for a while, so this was grandfathered to me as this amount was the policy before they updated); or now, I believe its $50? I may be wrong, since I'm on the older credit policy.
    05-21-2010 01:36 AM
  16. YourMobileGuru's Avatar
    As someone said earlier, I HIGHLY doubt you will get anything when you're only 5 months into the contract, foot down or not. Lets be real, if they honored your demands, then whats the point of contracts? Everyone can go in stomping their feet asking for a new phone after a few months into signing a contract. Try again in another 5 months, and you'll get more leiway. You can do an early upgrade after 1 year (on a 2 year contract), but you will forfeit your NE2.
    I've seen it happen (also seen it not happen a whole lot more often) but you never know.

    But here's some food for thought: Incredible is the king of the hill on Verizon right now (with Moto Droid a close second) but in 6 months (when they will almost certainly let you upgrade as long as your calling plan is high enough and you are in good standing with billing) there will be a new powerhouse Android phone that blows the Eris, Droid, Incredible, AND Evo out of the water.

    Are you really THAT dissatisfied with the Eris with 2.1 or are you just chomping for something newer and better... if you are that dissatisfied with the phone them by all means to go the mattresses with it but if not sit tight for a bit and get something even better :-)
    05-21-2010 01:40 AM
  17. YourMobileGuru's Avatar
    New Every 2. Its credit that VZW gives you after you've fulfilled 20 months into a 2 year contract (or 10 months into a 1 year contract). Depending on how long you've been with VZW, you either get $100 dollars on a 2 year contract (I've been with VZW for a while, so this was grandfathered to me as this amount was the policy before they updated); or now, I believe its $50? I may be wrong, since I'm on the older credit policy.
    Actually it does not really matter anymore how long you have been with them, they are taking any opportunity that they can (ESN swap, early upgrade, calling plan change) to scam us out of the larger NE2 amount. They have done it to me twice now so far both lines were originated long before they changed the NE2 amounts (like a YEAR before). I would not bank on getting any more than $50 out of them.
    05-21-2010 01:44 AM
  18. dannychaos's Avatar
    I am honestly dissastified with the phone and yes I do want the new bad a** incredible I guess I could manage for 6 more months to see what's new but I would hate to wait and see the new thing is the Wildfire. The Shadow aka droid 2 is not my style really, I like candy bar phones better.
    05-21-2010 02:30 AM
  19. wowpaw's Avatar
    I've seen it happen (also seen it not happen a whole lot more often) but you never know.

    But here's some food for thought: Incredible is the king of the hill on Verizon right now (with Moto Droid a close second) but in 6 months (when they will almost certainly let you upgrade as long as your calling plan is high enough and you are in good standing with billing) there will be a new powerhouse Android phone that blows the Eris, Droid, Incredible, AND Evo out of the water.

    Are you really THAT dissatisfied with the Eris with 2.1 or are you just chomping for something newer and better... if you are that dissatisfied with the phone them by all means to go the mattresses with it but if not sit tight for a bit and get something even better :-)
    I know more than two handfuls of people that work all throughout VZW's hierarchy and none of them have done so(and have assured me that they are discouraged to do so), so I would say the chances are slim to none (and judging by the OP's post of trying THREE times and being denied all THREE times, I'd say its irrelevant at this point)

    What you say is true about more phones coming out. The Droid 2 will be released soon (supposedly cleared FCC), so OP, I wouldn't get too infatuated by the DI seeing as how you are going to have to wait atleast another 5-6 months. Keep your options open as many more Android phones will be coming out, running 2.2 or higher (Gingerbread supposedly will be released Q4 of this year)
    05-21-2010 02:50 AM
  20. wowpaw's Avatar
    Actually it does not really matter anymore how long you have been with them, they are taking any opportunity that they can (ESN swap, early upgrade, calling plan change) to scam us out of the larger NE2 amount. They have done it to me twice now so far both lines were originated long before they changed the NE2 amounts (like a YEAR before). I would not bank on getting any more than $50 out of them.
    That is incorrect. I have been with Verizon for over 7 years now, and have had my $100 dollar NE2 grandfathered to me, to which I used it on my Incredible. I have been told directly from VZW representatives that there is a certain cutoff in age that you can have it grandfathered. How long have you been with VZW? A year before is not long, considering I have several years under my belt.
    05-21-2010 02:53 AM
  21. wowpaw's Avatar
    I am honestly dissastified with the phone and yes I do want the new bad a** incredible I guess I could manage for 6 more months to see what's new but I would hate to wait and see the new thing is the Wildfire. The Shadow aka droid 2 is not my style really, I like candy bar phones better.
    The Wildfire, from what I've read, doesn't look like it will be coming to the states (will be on T-Mo in the UK, and I believe some Asian carriers), and if it did, it wouldn't be on VZW since they already have a target phone for that target audience (tweens' that are obsessed with social networking = Kin 1 and Kin 2)

    Honestly, I wouldn't dive too much into the renders of the Shadow/Droid 2. Let actual photos come out before you decide as you'd be surprised. The guys at Howardforums have leaked some pretty awesome specs for it and if I wasn't so impatient (and if I didn't love HTC much more than Motorola), I'd be all over their next coming of the Droid.
    05-21-2010 02:55 AM
  22. Qazme's Avatar
    With the speed of Android device releases if they turn you down and you decide to give up you haven't lost anything. To mirror what some have already said give it another 5-6 months and you will be able to get your hands on a device that will probably stomp on everything out right now.

    As far as the NE2 I still get $100 if I wait. so far the last two phones I haven't so I'm not sure if I still get the $100 of it I only get $50 right now. I know they gave me $50 this time only 1 year into my contract and he said he was giving me half my NE2, so I'm still not 100% sure.
    05-21-2010 01:33 PM
  23. dannychaos's Avatar
    Im gonna wait another 6 months. At least till they put it on the cpo list.
    05-22-2010 01:00 PM
  24. YourMobileGuru's Avatar
    That is incorrect. I have been with Verizon for over 7 years now, and have had my $100 dollar NE2 grandfathered to me, to which I used it on my Incredible. I have been told directly from VZW representatives that there is a certain cutoff in age that you can have it grandfathered. How long have you been with VZW? A year before is not long, considering I have several years under my belt.
    Please don't tell me that something is "incorrect' when it happened to me.

    Here's an email I sent Verizon after one of the times it happened (Got Storm2 back in November 2009):

    "if you were enrolled in the New Every Two program on or after February 15, 2009, and you were on a price plan between $34.99 - $79.98 monthly access for at least the last three months; then your next New Every Two upgrade will qualify you to receive up to an extra $30.00 off the promotional price for a new phone. If your price plan is $79.99 monthly access and higher, the extra discount will be up to $50.00 off."

    That was my point. I created the line -- enrolled in NE2 if you prefer -- in MARCH 24 of 2008 and the only significant change to that line was changing the 8830 I bought on the line to the Storm1 in November of last year. I did not use an upgrade from that account to do so (the upgrade was from another account, I can look it up if you need but I am fairly certain it was the xxx-xxx-xxxx line) nor did I change the calling plan so tell me why I am not eligible for the full $100 I was when I created the line in the first place?
    Now here is their response:

    I do understand your frustration.

    At this time because the phone was replaced multiple times is the reason why your New Every Two discount changed.
    Now those reading that this was a Storm may be thinking that she is referring to a FRU (defective replacent) but she isn't. I still have my original Storm from a week after launch and I've never had it replaced.

    All I did was use an upgrade FROM ANOTHER LINE to get a Storm and put it on the line that had an 8 month old 8830 on it.

    It most certainly IS happening and it's happened to me TWICE! Do not tell them I am "incorrect" again.

    I've been with them for about 4 years and pay them over $400 a month (and was a VIP at the time when the program still existed) so I would think they would cut me some slack if they had the flexibility to do so.
    05-23-2010 03:58 AM
  25. Qazme's Avatar
    Please don't tell me that something is "incorrect' when it happened to me.

    It most certainly IS happening and it's happened to me TWICE! Do not tell them I am "incorrect" again.
    Whoa partner calm down there. You do realize this is the internet and that he doesn't know you and you don't know him. In situations like this, where personal circumstances change the results, nothing is fact based off what you know, versus what is true with the other person. But I understand your frustration, but it's not like he's calling you a liar and knows you're telling the truth, sheesh.

    With that being said, I only got $50 with my early upgrade which the rep on the phone told me would be half my NE2. Not sure now, if I'm still eligible for a full $100 NE2 now, lol. The mystery continues. I've been with Verizon since 2004 and have never had an issue getting my halved NE2 on early upgrades or my full $100 NE2 when I waited.....once lol.
    05-23-2010 04:16 AM
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