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Costco - Black Friday Sale - Samsung Galaxy S3 - All Carriers - $29

pinkydove 36 November 21, 2012 at 10:27 PM in Tech & Electronics (3)
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FYI, stopped by Costco before closing today and found out that all Samsung Galaxy S3 phones will be on sale for $29. Not sure about other phones, but then I don't care about them other phones.

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#31
costco has the best deals anyways, so you know all the Black Friday Deals are going to be amazing.
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#32
Very excited for this deal tomorrow....lets hope the OP is right.... will be hitting up Costco at 9am to upgrade my mom's dumbphone then switch the s3 onto my line to keep my unlimited data. Will post back at 9 to see if the deal is legit
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#33
Costco's return policy on phone's is 90 days, though.
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Quote from joejdsn View Post :
Costco's return policy on phone's is 90 days, though.
I believe Costco gives you 90 days to return the phone, but carriers only give you 14 days to cancel your new or upgraded plan. So if you return the phone after the 14-day window, you still get a bill from Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, or Sprint each month.
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#35
Costco.com has Samsung Galaxy SIII for 29.00 (after $100 MIR) + tax
http://membershipwireless.com/ind...uctId/5290
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#36
I pulled the trigger on this one after having little success with the retention reps earlier. I was out of contract, so eligible for an upgrade. I believe doing this qualifies for the waived activation fee, and while I saw the footnote "4 An Upgrade Fee of $36.00 applies to each Upgrade Line," it was never cited on the itemized invoice. I'm assuming the contract renewal is what waives it?

It's especially nice, because this deal comes with a free accessory kit:

Hard Shell Carrying Case
2 Leather Cases
3 in 1 Charger
Screen Protectors

All in all, $140 out the door with a $100 mail in rebate. Awesome.
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#37
It also appears that VZW is giving a $40 statement credit to any person who activates a smartphone or mobile hotspot on a share everything plan. This doesn't appear to be limited to purchases through Costco even though it's the only place I've seen it.

http://membershipwireless.com/Mar...Credit.pdf
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Quote from drosius View Post :
I pulled the trigger on this one after having little success with the retention reps earlier. I was out of contract, so eligible for an upgrade. I believe doing this qualifies for the waived activation fee, and while I saw the footnote "4 An Upgrade Fee of $36.00 applies to each Upgrade Line," it was never cited on the itemized invoice. I'm assuming the contract renewal is what waives it?

It's especially nice, because this deal comes with a free accessory kit:

Hard Shell Carrying Case
2 Leather Cases
3 in 1 Charger
Screen Protectors

All in all, $140 out the door with a $100 mail in rebate. Awesome.
So u purchased this already? I think u may be able to answer a question for me as it may be possible that we might be in the same situation. I am out of a contract, eligible for an upgrade, currently paying a classic unlimited everything plan. If I pull the trigger, this is a phone upgrade and new 2 year contract only correct? I will still be able to keep my existing plan correct? Thanks.
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#39
Isn't Sams 96 cents?
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#40
Yes, but I believe you have to go in for it, and I don't know if they will waive activation (still not 100% it's waived on mine, but it looked like it). This one also comes with the accessory kit.

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So u purchased this already? I think u may be able to answer a question for me as it may be possible that we might be in the same situation. I am out of a contract, eligible for an upgrade, currently paying a classic unlimited everything plan. If I pull the trigger, this is a phone upgrade and new 2 year contract only correct? I will still be able to keep my existing plan correct? Thanks.
I believe so, though I did have a grandfathered unlimited iPhone data plan, and when I added the phone it asked if I wanted to keep my current plan, or choose a new one. This must have only been referring to my minutes, because when I chose to keep my current plan, it DID make me select a new data plan (3gb or 5gb LTE). A quick Google shows that some have had success with getting their unlimited plans back after the fact, but it's certainly a calculated risk I was willing to take.
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Quote from drosius View Post :
Yes, but I believe you have to go in for it, and I don't know if they will waive activation (still not 100% it's waived on mine, but it looked like it). This one also comes with the accessory kit.



I believe so, though I did have a grandfathered unlimited iPhone data plan, and when I added the phone it asked if I wanted to keep my current plan, or choose a new one. This must have only been referring to my minutes, because when I chose to keep my current plan, it DID make me select a new data plan (3gb or 5gb LTE). A quick Google shows that some have had success with getting their unlimited plans back after the fact, but it's certainly a calculated risk I was willing to take.
oh ok thanks. I want to get it in store but I don't want to get all the way there just to be disappointed you know. thanks again.
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#42
I work for the wireless company inside of Costco, so i may be able to answer some of your guys questions.

Quote from greenbird65 View Post :
I believe Costco gives you 90 days to return the phone, but carriers only give you 14 days to cancel your new or upgraded plan. So if you return the phone after the 14-day window, you still get a bill from Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, or Sprint each month.
Yes, this is true, but T-Mobile's is 30 days in california. Select Costco's will also pricematch WITHIN 30 days. My Costco does, but its up to the store manager if they want to or not.

Quote from Richmond1231 View Post :
It also appears that VZW is giving a $40 statement credit to any person who activates a smartphone or mobile hotspot on a share everything plan. This doesn't appear to be limited to purchases through Costco even though it's the only place I've seen it.

http://membershipwireless.com/Mar...Credit.pdf
Yes, not only we waive activation fees (always have), we also will be giving $40 bill credit 11/23 - 11/25. Activations= New Accounts Upgrades = Previous Verzion Customers. FYI The taxes are also only on the wholesale price you see on membershipwireless and not the retail you would normally pay on it california atleast.


Quote from Atrain01 View Post :
So u purchased this already? I think u may be able to answer a question for me as it may be possible that we might be in the same situation. I am out of a contract, eligible for an upgrade, currently paying a classic unlimited everything plan. If I pull the trigger, this is a phone upgrade and new 2 year contract only correct? I will still be able to keep my existing plan correct? Thanks.
Classic unlimited...so T-Mobile. You would have to move the $30 truely unlimited data plan instead of the $20 (2GB High Speed then slows down) to get any MIR's from TMobile.
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Quote from stopspazzing View Post :
I work for the wireless company inside of Costco, so i may be able to answer some of your guys questions.



Yes, this is true, but T-Mobile's is 30 days in california. Select Costco's will also pricematch WITHIN 30 days. My Costco does, but its up to the store manager if they want to or not.



Yes, not only we waive activation fees (always have), we also will be giving $40 bill credit 11/23 - 11/25. Activations= New Accounts Upgrades = Previous Verzion Customers. FYI The taxes are also only on the wholesale price you see on membershipwireless and not the retail you would normally pay on it california atleast.




Classic unlimited...so T-Mobile. You would have to move the $30 truely unlimited data plan instead of the $20 (2GB High Speed then slows down) to get any MIR's from TMobile.
Nah im sorry its the old iphone plan with att similar to the guy above me
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#44
Quote from stopspazzing View Post :
I work for the wireless company inside of Costco, so i may be able to answer some of your guys questions.
Thanks.

Have a question - I see that here [membershipwireless.com] it says

Quote :
Costco.com only sells cellular phones to customers who sign a new activation agreement, or who qualify for an upgrade and sign a qualified contract extension with their respective carrier. Costco is unable to exchange or sell a replacement phone after the Carrier Trial Period ends.

The handset(s) you purchased reflects a discount based on activation of a service agreement with a wireless carrier. If for any reason you cancel your service or your service is terminated within 90 days of activation, the handset(s) you purchased must be returned in accordance with this return policy so we can continue to offer a value to Costco.com customers.
Does this mean that if I were to get a phone from Costco and then cancel it after a month I'd have to pay the carrier ETF and return the phone to Wireless Advocates? That's different that going through the actual carrier where after paying the ETF I'd be able to keep the phone.

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More info here [membershipwireless.com] [PDF file]. Looks like that's correct. If cancelling within 90 days the equipment must be returned. At least that's what it says on Costco.com and I'm assuming it's the same company for the in-store kiosks.

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#45
not a costco member, if we bought thru membershipwireless.com, would activation fee be waived? thanks!
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