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My wife and I have been stuck with Sprint cellphones for the last year and a half or so, and we absolutely hate it because the service didn't work well (even in my own home!). Today my wife decided she had had enough and got on the chat with them to complain. Two hours later she convinced them to let us out of our contract with no early termination fees if we turned in our cell phones.
So we ended up going to Verizon Wireless (which works well almost everywhere) to get new phones. While there, we were told that if we ported our numbers over we would get a $100 bill credit per line a month or two down the line. That was a good deal, but it was about to get a whole lot better...
The sales rep said we could get $200 for every phone we traded in as an instant gift card that we could use today. I told him that we had to turn our old phones back in to get out of our ETF, and that is when he dropped this gem:
"I tell you what. Go to Wal-Mart and buy three $20 prepaid cell phones and bring them back to trade in. We will give you $200 for each of those phones."
So my wife and I went to Wal-Mart, and 10 minutes later came back to the Verizon store. Sure enough, we got $600 in gift cards to use at the store! This allowed my wife and I to get two new iPhone 6 Pluses for us, an iPhone 5s for our daughter, 3 really nice Zagg screen protectors, 2 Mophie Cases, and a NEW iPad Air...
I ended up paying a whopping $9 out of pocket for everything at Verizon (plus $60 in cell phones at Wal-Mart), and my cell phone bill will actually be a few dollars a month cheaper than with Sprint!
I actually feel like I won a jackpot today. Our transactions for full retail was just under $3,000... I'd say we got a pretty good deal! 🙂
I can't believe the sales rep told you to do that. Good on him! That is pretty much hitting the jackpot.
I bet the marketing folks who dreamed that deal up never thought that would happen. It is pretty stupid on their part. When you're thinking up an offer or deal like that, you always have to think about how it can be exploited.
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Yeah, I can't believe it worked. It was a process for him to even find the cheap phone in his system to process the trade in. It was like magic watching it happen in person.
I can't believe they didn't have strings attached to it either. I mean I literally walked in to Wal-Mart and bought the phones on clearance. They looked to be like the original Android series of phones in terms of OS and features on the box, and the lady at Wal-Mart was trying to sell us pre-paid minutes for them.
I had to say to her, "Oh, no no. I don't even plan on turning these on. I am simply taking them out of the packaging and trading them in to get $200 in gift cards for each of them at Verizon."
She wasn't very impressed with our scheme, but she did admit that it was an insanely good deal to trade that junk for new iPhones and an iPad.
I don't understand how you bought those iPhones and all that for only 600 dollars Isn't the new iPhone almost that much alone? Maybe I am missing something. Awesome deal, but I don't completely understand. Can you clarify for this blonde woman? lol
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Sure. They ended up rolling some of the cost into the phone bill, so the cost of the phone was pretty much negated. I think the real savings came for the iPad, cases, and screen protectors.
I believe that the cost was something like this (I don't have my receipt in front of me so bear with me if the numbers aren't 100% exact):
- iPhone 6 Plus ($849 retail-$50 discount rolled into the contract of 24 months) = $33.29 per month in my contract, but nothing due up front x 2 phones
- iPhone 5s ($549 retail- $50 discount rolled into the contract of 24 months) = $20.79 per month with nothing due up front
- iPad Air ($549 retail, but clearance price of $349- $50 discount and no contract) = $299
- Mophie iPhone 6 Plus Battery case ($99.99 retail x 2 cases) = $199.98
- Zagg screen protectors ($35 retail x 3 screens) = $105.00
If you add those bottom three things you get pretty close to $609 ($603.99 to be exact, but once again I don't have the receipt so my figures are likely off by a few bucks. If you take that $609 and subtract $600 for the gift cards they gave me for the $20 prepaid phones you get the $9 out of pocket that I came to before.
Is that a bit clearer? I hope it is, as I almost confused myself for a second there 😂
Lol, thanks for going through all that, 'Slim. I knew the iPhones had to be expensive, but people hardly notice when it is included in their cell phone bill. I am with T Mobile and I had a horrible experience with them with my first iPhone but after literally HOURS On the phone with them and coming close to giving up on them they finally made good LONG story I won't go into here, but I wanted to switch to Verizon but when I called them my phone bill would have been even higher with them. I have heard they have the very best customer service.
My youngest son has that iPhone 6+ and those battery cases are really awesome. I still have an android - just upgraded by buying my middle son's phone when he bought a new phone. The iPhone is very tempting, but I am have to settle for now. 🙂
Awesome deal for you and your family!
I also like the iPhone as well but don't use at all. Cause I think it's little bit experience for me to use. So prefer another device which is best for me to use and within my budget range.
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