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czarnwsk 06-13-2013 07:50 PM

Samsung Galaxy S4 16GB for $149.99 at Costco.com or Costco B&M (requires 2 year activation) Black or White. Addl. $30 off unlimited data plan.
 
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Apologies if this thread exists already, I haven't found it if it does.

Purchased from B&M today.

http://membershipwireless.com/ind...ctId/10221

Per previous thread, Costco still features the "old" version of T-Mobile Plans. This means that for those nefarious slickdealers, you can get the phone for $149, then soon after pay $200 early termination fee, giving you the S4 out of contract for $349 + Taxes

All Costco phones come with an accessory kit which includes car charger, sceen protector, and some useless stuff as well.

They also have a coupon for $30 off "unlimited" data plan.

For those worried about 16GB, this phone has an expandable memory slot, so you can cheaply add another 64GB if needed.

If you dont already have a Costco membership, they offer refunds for those who purchase membership and decide to cancel it.

josephf 06-13-2013 07:57 PM

Dupe thread.

Also, you have to pay T-Mobile for one month of service, bringing your cost to $400 after cancellation.

mrtrance 06-13-2013 07:58 PM

Wonder if BB will PM Costco since I have a few GCs to burn and if you do the ETF route there is no extra fees at BB. But does BB have those old Tmo plans still or not?

Quote:

Originally Posted by josephf (Post 60089000)
Dupe thread.

Also, you have to pay T-Mobile for one month of service, bringing your cost to $400 after cancellation.

Still like at least $150 or more lower than you would pay for buying the phone outright.

czarnwsk 06-13-2013 08:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by josephf (Post 60089000)
Dupe thread.

Also, you have to pay T-Mobile for one month of service, bringing your cost to $400 after cancellation.

Please send link for the dupe thread, I could not find it.
Thanks

mrtrance 06-13-2013 08:03 PM

The other thread is about the S3 for $0.01. This one is about S4.

josephf 06-13-2013 08:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by czarnwsk (Post 60089088)
Please send link for the dupe thread, I could not find it.
Thanks

http://slickdeals.net/f/6090930-Samsung-S4-for-160-tax-Costco-Free-Accessory-Bundle-06-13-06-16

ferganer 06-13-2013 08:06 PM

If you buy online, you cannot cancel your contract within 90 days of purchase. If you do, you are required to return the phone. Otherwise, they will charge the full price.

I am not sure if this is true for B&M purchases though.

josephf 06-13-2013 08:09 PM

The full price plus the ETF?

ferganer 06-13-2013 08:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by josephf (Post 60089246)
The full price plus the ETF?

It looks like it.

czarnwsk 06-13-2013 08:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ferganer (Post 60089266)
It looks like it.

I plan on keeping the contract for awhile so I haven't tried it. But per rep. at the store, I would be able to cancel the contract and keep the phone, I would only be required to pay the early term. fee. Per the contract I received, I don't see any requirement to return the phone in the 90 day period either, I only see early term. fee of $200 if there is 180 days or more left on the contract.

The only reference to 90 days is that Costco has a 90 day return policy on the phone (vs 14 days thru TMobile directly). However if you elect to return the phone but it is after 14 days, TMoble would still not let you out of the contract without paying the $200 early term fee. The practical benefit of this policy is that you could decide between day 15 and 90 that you don't like that particular phone and could get another phone, for example HTC One or another smartphone instead.

mrtrance 06-13-2013 08:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by czarnwsk (Post 60089510)
I plan on keeping the contract for awhile so I haven't tried it. But per rep. at the store, I would be able to cancel the contract and keep the phone, I would only be required to pay the early term. fee. Per the contract I received, I don't see any requirement to return the phone in the 90 day period either, I only see early term. fee of $200 if there is 180 days or more left on the contract.

The only reference to 90 days is that Costco has a 90 day return policy on the phone (vs 14 days thru TMobile directly). However if you elect to return the phone but it is after 14 days, TMoble would still not let you out of the contract without paying the $200 early term fee. The practical benefit of this policy is that you could decide between day 15 and 90 that you don't like that particular phone and could get another phone, for example HTC One or another smartphone instead.

So what is the lowest Tmo plan you would need to sign at Costco with a S4?

czarnwsk 06-13-2013 08:27 PM

Thanks, I guess I had "Galaxy" in my search which wasn't in orig. posting title. I have never worked well with the slickdeals search functionality....

czarnwsk 06-13-2013 08:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mrtrance (Post 60089558)
So what is the lowest Tmo plan you would need to sign at Costco with a S4?

I believe the lowest cost rate is $70 (unlimited talk/text/data but data speed slows down after 2.5GB), but if you go for the $80 plan (doesn't slow down after 2.5 GB) you get $30 credit with the current promotion so it actually comes out to $50.

I think for those who like the TMobile service, an option is to purchase this phone with the $80 plan (Which comes to $50 for the first month with the current promo.), then cancel service after 30 days and open TMobile Prepaid plan which is $50 per month for the equivalent of the $70 Plan mentioned above. It gets cheaper with multiple lines as well. Also worth looking into, I believe WalMart and some others also sell this same TMobile service for even a bit less, $45 or so per month for the first line for again the equivalent of the $70 plan mentioned above.

depofmed 06-13-2013 08:37 PM

Can you buy the phone/plan at costco and then pay a migration fee of 200 dollars to a simple choice plan ?

czarnwsk 06-13-2013 08:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by depofmed (Post 60089764)
Can you buy the phone/plan at costco and then pay a migration fee of 200 dollars to a simple choice plan ?

I would think so as the $200 terminates the contract, but I have not tried it.

prashanthm 06-13-2013 08:44 PM

I think you can't cancel it in the first 90 days with Costco/wireless advocates. Also, you can get the unlock code from TMo after 90 days while the activation fee refund and 4G promo refund in the 3rd month's bill...

Parachute07 06-13-2013 08:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by prashanthm (Post 60089888)
I think you can't cancel it in the first 90 days with Costco/wireless advocates. Also, you can get the unlock code from TMo after 90 days while the activation fee refund and 4G promo refund in the 3rd month's bill...

I haven't been on a cell phone contract in YEARS.......do they do a hard credit pull?

MA1 06-13-2013 09:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Parachute07 (Post 60090004)
I haven't been on a cell phone contract in YEARS.......do they do a hard credit pull?


Yes, it is hard credit pull.

mur007 06-14-2013 05:39 AM

Any body got this deal from B&M, couple weeks ago friend of mine upgraded his line, Costco charged tax on MSRP price,it is around $48. BTW it is in Minnesota.

I have $10 data on my current plan and a week ago when talked with a sales man at Costco he said I can keep my current talk and data plan as is and can upgrade to S4, but online their website is forcing to sign up minimum of $30 data plan, is it the case for every body?

ferganer 06-14-2013 06:31 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by czarnwsk (Post 60089510)
I plan on keeping the contract for awhile so I haven't tried it. But per rep. at the store, I would be able to cancel the contract and keep the phone, I would only be required to pay the early term. fee. Per the contract I received, I don't see any requirement to return the phone in the 90 day period either, I only see early term. fee of $200 if there is 180 days or more left on the contract.

The only reference to 90 days is that Costco has a 90 day return policy on the phone (vs 14 days thru TMobile directly). However if you elect to return the phone but it is after 14 days, TMoble would still not let you out of the contract without paying the $200 early term fee. The practical benefit of this policy is that you could decide between day 15 and 90 that you don't like that particular phone and could get another phone, for example HTC One or another smartphone instead.

Here is the excerpt from their policies:

"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."

I am not sure if they have the same requirement for in-store purchases, but it's most likely it does.

Lindsford 06-14-2013 06:59 AM

Pretty sure you still have to "pay off" the phone even after you end the service. Isn't that tmobiles whole thing $149 is likely the down payment

medbuyer 06-14-2013 07:13 AM

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Originally Posted by Lindsford (Post 60095820)
Pretty sure you still have to "pay off" the phone even after you end the service. Isn't that tmobiles whole thing $149 is likely the down payment

I believe this is true as I inquired about it at Tmobile...

correct me if I am wrong though....

fyatwyrio 06-14-2013 07:18 AM

That's on TMO's newer plans. These old plans Costco is using are still the subsidized ones.

holycow1 06-14-2013 07:34 AM

Can someone please explain this a little more clearly. I'm trying to understand exactly the hoops we have to jump through.

Which ETFs do you pay? Costco's or T-Mobile's or both?
What are the upfront costs?
What T-Mobile plan do you get to do this?
How can you make sure Costco hasn't migrated to the new T-Mobile form?

medbuyer 06-14-2013 12:32 PM

149.99 - phone
13.87 - tax for my local zip
163.86 TOTAL

60.00 - unlimited talk & text
20.00 - 2.5GB data plan [required]
90.00 - Total incl. taxes

so 163.86 + 90.00 + 200.00 [ETF] = 453.86 to get an S4 after a month of service and paying the ETF

not bad....but the hassle is of dealing with TMobile might be the biggest headache...but then after downgrading the plan to their newer plans or even the $30 walmart plan, it's all worth it...

I got my unit for $475 without the hassle of dealing with Tmobile or Costco..

josephf 06-14-2013 12:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by medbuyer (Post 60103602)
I got my unit for $475 without the hassle of dealing with Tmobile..

How so?

medbuyer 06-14-2013 01:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by josephf (Post 60103882)
How so?

there are other ways / venues of procuring items other than Tmobile or Costco...

you'll have to do some research...

ferganer 06-14-2013 01:23 PM

nvm.......

ferganer 06-14-2013 01:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by medbuyer (Post 60104286)
there are other ways / venues of procuring items other than Tmobile or Costco...

you'll have to do some research...

Please, enlighten.

As far as I know Only Best Buy doesn't have additional ETF and it unfortunately doesn't offer T-Mo classic plans (or any other T-Mo plans).

GyuhyonL 06-14-2013 01:36 PM

can someone let me know how to do this?
so which plans do i sign up for? T-mobile - unlimited talk & text classic? with unlimited data with 500mb smartphone mobile hotspot (to use 30$ off coupon)?

would then this be 149.99+90+200-30 +tax ? =442.08$??

gmxno 06-14-2013 02:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mur007 (Post 60094710)
I have $10 data on my current plan and a week ago when talked with a sales man at Costco he said I can keep my current talk and data plan as is and can upgrade to S4, but online their website is forcing to sign up minimum of $30 data plan, is it the case for every body?

In my case (AT&T) after upgrading the device I had to sign-up for the new data plan; my old plan was not carried over to the new device (I bought in-store in Costco)

sheltem 06-14-2013 02:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by medbuyer (Post 60103602)
149.99 - phone
13.87 - tax for my local zip
163.86 TOTAL

60.00 - unlimited talk & text
20.00 - 2.5GB data plan [required]
90.00 - Total incl. taxes

so 163.86 + 90.00 + 200.00 [ETF] = 453.86 to get an S4 after a month of service and paying the ETF

not bad....but the hassle is of dealing with TMobile might be the biggest headache...but then after downgrading the plan to their newer plans or even the $30 walmart plan, it's all worth it...

I got my unit for $475 without the hassle of dealing with Tmobile or Costco..

I think you have to pay tax on the etf as well.

onlythebest 06-14-2013 04:42 PM

I talked to two representative from the Wireless Advocacy and both said that I can cancel the service anytime and keep the phone. They explained that 90 is the return/exchange period.

ferganer 06-14-2013 05:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by onlythebest (Post 60108986)
I talked to two representative from the Wireless Advocacy and both said that I can cancel the service anytime and keep the phone. They explained that 90 is the return/exchange period.

Sales reps will tell you anything you want t hear, because there is no recourse for them, unless you get a written, signed and sworn statement from them.

What will matter is the contract you sign. So, read it very carefully.

medbuyer 06-14-2013 07:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by onlythebest (Post 60108986)
I talked to two representative from the Wireless Advocacy and both said that I can cancel the service anytime and keep the phone. They explained that 90 is the return/exchange period.

ha ha ha ha ...you really think they'll let you walk away anytime with you keeping the phone?

bh805 06-14-2013 10:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by medbuyer (Post 60103602)
149.99 - phone
13.87 - tax for my local zip
163.86 TOTAL

60.00 - unlimited talk & text
20.00 - 2.5GB data plan [required]
90.00 - Total incl. taxes

so 163.86 + 90.00 + 200.00 [ETF] = 453.86 to get an S4 after a month of service and paying the ETF

not bad....but the hassle is of dealing with TMobile might be the biggest headache...but then after downgrading the plan to their newer plans or even the $30 walmart plan, it's all worth it...

I got my unit for $475 without the hassle of dealing with Tmobile or Costco..

Why did I get taxed off the $580 MSRP, not off the $150 sale price? So I had to put up $44.xx for tax, instead of just $13.xx? Is it just me? I'm curious so I went online at costco.com and added this http://www.costco.com/SHARP-AQUOS...32627.html which has discount of $2200 and what do you know? It charges me tax off the before discount price

Subtotal: $9,699.99
Less Promo Code: ($2,200.00)
Shipping & Handling: $0.00
Tax: $921.50
Order Total: $8,421.49

Why costco? I bought stuff from bestbuy or B&N, like the Nook HD+ on sale for $150, MSRP $270, and I just pay tax off the $150, so just $13.xx instead of $25.xx

SDRebel 06-14-2013 11:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by czarnwsk (Post 60089510)
I plan on keeping the contract for awhile so I haven't tried it. But per rep. at the store, I would be able to cancel the contract and keep the phone, I would only be required to pay the early term. fee. Per the contract I received, I don't see any requirement to return the phone in the 90 day period either, I only see early term. fee of $200 if there is 180 days or more left on the contract.

The only reference to 90 days is that Costco has a 90 day return policy on the phone (vs 14 days thru TMobile directly). However if you elect to return the phone but it is after 14 days, TMoble would still not let you out of the contract without paying the $200 early term fee. The practical benefit of this policy is that you could decide between day 15 and 90 that you don't like that particular phone and could get another phone, for example HTC One or another smartphone instead.

he clearly said online and you clearly said at the store...one is not like the other

SDRebel 06-14-2013 11:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sheltem (Post 60105770)
I think you have to pay tax on the etf as well.

i think so too

Quote:

Originally Posted by depofmed (Post 60089764)
Can you buy the phone/plan at costco and then pay a migration fee of 200 dollars to a simple choice plan ?

I've read complaints of people not allowed to do so right away, they were told to wait x months, so YMMV

mur007 06-15-2013 06:35 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bh805 (Post 60114282)
Why did I get taxed off the $580 MSRP, not off the $150 sale price? So I had to put up $44.xx for tax, instead of just $13.xx? Is it just me? I'm curious so I went online at costco.com and added this http://www.costco.com/SHARP-AQUOS...32627.html which has discount of $2200 and what do you know? It charges me tax off the before discount price

Subtotal: $9,699.99
Less Promo Code: ($2,200.00)
Shipping & Handling: $0.00
Tax: $921.50
Order Total: $8,421.49

Why costco? I bought stuff from bestbuy or B&N, like the Nook HD+ on sale for $150, MSRP $270, and I just pay tax off the $150, so just $13.xx instead of $25.xx

I think it is by state law(said by rep at Costco), according to him CA, MN and few other states has a law to charge tax on MSRP even if there is a instant rebate. I live in MN and yesterday I got two phones from Costco and I too paid tax on $580. But Samsclub and Walmart are charging tax on only sale price which is $200, still it is little expensive than Costco after tax and you will a free accessory kit from Costco.

kaimanson 06-15-2013 07:41 AM

too good to be true, they make you get the hotspot service +$30 to my monthly bill =( not worthy.

bh805 06-15-2013 08:54 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mur007 (Post 60116854)
I think it is by state law(said by rep at Costco), according to him CA, MN and few other states has a law to charge tax on MSRP even if there is a instant rebate. I live in MN and yesterday I got two phones from Costco and I too paid tax on $580. But Samsclub and Walmart are charging tax on only sale price which is $200, still it is little expensive than Costco after tax and you will a free accessory kit from Costco.

That's the thing, if it's a state law, why only on costco? Not on sams club, nor best buy? sams club is also a warehouse.

mur007 06-15-2013 07:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bh805 (Post 60118344)
That's the thing, if it's a state law, why only on costco? Not on sams club, nor best buy? sams club is also a warehouse.

I think it depends how the vendor show discount in the invoice, rep said discount is a rebate but Costco is giving that as instant.

s783 06-16-2013 01:10 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by medbuyer (Post 60103602)
149.99 - phone
13.87 - tax for my local zip
163.86 TOTAL

60.00 - unlimited talk & text
20.00 - 2.5GB data plan [required]
90.00 - Total incl. taxes

so 163.86 + 90.00 + 200.00 [ETF] = 453.86 to get an S4 after a month of service and paying the ETF

not bad....but the hassle is of dealing with TMobile might be the biggest headache...but then after downgrading the plan to their newer plans or even the $30 walmart plan, it's all worth it...

I got my unit for $475 without the hassle of dealing with Tmobile or Costco..

this is an excellent deal for the S4 right now (albeit with a little bit of work involved). why didn't this get like 5 thumbs up?

Leonds 06-17-2013 01:19 PM

Verizon GS4 available for $129.99, free one-day shipping, no tax, from wireless.newegg.com. GS3 going for $9.99. Activation fee waived through 6-17.

whatshannenin 06-17-2013 02:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by medbuyer (Post 60103602)
149.99 - phone
13.87 - tax for my local zip
163.86 TOTAL

60.00 - unlimited talk & text
20.00 - 2.5GB data plan [required]
90.00 - Total incl. taxes

so 163.86 + 90.00 + 200.00 [ETF] = 453.86 to get an S4 after a month of service and paying the ETF

not bad....but the hassle is of dealing with TMobile might be the biggest headache...but then after downgrading the plan to their newer plans or even the $30 walmart plan, it's all worth it...

I got my unit for $475 without the hassle of dealing with Tmobile or Costco..

Has anyone actually tried this? In theory it's a good deal but it says pretty explicitly on the wirelessadvocates page "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.".

medbuyer 06-17-2013 02:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by whatshannenin (Post 60156166)
Has anyone actually tried this? In theory it's a good deal but it says pretty explicitly on the wirelessadvocates page "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.".

that's why it's better to do it in store and might still be a YMMV...

whatshannenin 06-17-2013 03:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by medbuyer (Post 60156308)
that's why it's better to do it in store and might still be a YMMV...

Someone posted in this thread or another thread that Costco charges their own ETF on top of the t-mobile ETF if you purchased online. So looks like in store is the only option anyways.

I think you gotta factor in activation fee as well. It's "free" because they credit it back to you in the 2nd/3rd month of service, but since we're cancelling well before that we don't get it back.

eugenile 06-17-2013 03:11 PM

the tax on the retail price also occurs in CA. i know because this is what they did to me when the S3 came out.

Now I have a question,

I can't do this online because it is requiring me to get a $30 data plan

When i did this same plan for the S3. I'm on the tmobile value plan. and only paying $10 for "unlimited" data for smart phone (you know the 2GB cap then slowed down)

Can i go to Costco B&M and have the rep do this for my old plan with my current data.

I know that also on the value plan they offer $20 "truly unlimited" data no cap as fast as you want, but 2GB has been good

EDIT: because i see it also the same price for "UPGRADE" price

AcuraTLSFan 06-17-2013 05:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by medbuyer (Post 60112205)
ha ha ha ha ...you really think they'll let you walk away anytime with you keeping the phone?

This subject has been covered on mobile forums and many deals sites. This is the main reason why ATT/Verizon/Tmo/Sprint raised their ETF from 150 to 200 to 250 to 300 ....etc..this is to cover the expense of ever increasing smartphone prices.

The KEY to this deal/OP post is that Costco is still offering "old-tmobile plans" combined with a ETF $200 (lower than other carriers)

AT&T S4 would be $200 + $325 ETF = $525 + 1 month service
T-Mo S4 $150 + $200 ETF = $350 + 1 month service

If you pay for ETF..that lets you "break" your contract with them. On the "old plan", your contract is for 2 yr SERVICE agreement. The "new plan"..your contract is the payment plan for the device.

....but then again, there are other ways / venues of procuring this device...

whatshannenin 06-17-2013 05:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AcuraTLSFan (Post 60158950)
This subject has been covered on mobile forums and many deals sites. This is the main reason why ATT/Verizon/Tmo/Sprint raised their ETF from 150 to 200 to 250 to 300 ....etc..this is to cover the expense of ever increasing smartphone prices.

The KEY to this deal/OP post is that Costco is still offering "old-tmobile plans" combined with a ETF $200 (lower than other carriers)

AT&T S4 would be $200 + $325 ETF = $525 + 1 month service
T-Mo S4 $150 + $200 ETF = $350 + 1 month service

If you pay for ETF..that lets you "break" your contract with them. On the "old plan", your contract is for 2 yr SERVICE agreement. The "new plan"..your contract is the payment plan for the device.

....but then again, there are other ways / venues of procuring this device...

According to some posters here you can't cancel the service within 90 days of the purchase. So it be more like:

T-Mo S4 $150 + $200 ETF = $350 + 3 month service

medbuyer 06-18-2013 03:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AcuraTLSFan (Post 60158950)
....but then again, there are other ways / venues of procuring this device...

I''ll have to start charging you on using catch phrases or sue you for plagiarism...:D

http://slickdeals.net/forums/showpost.php?p=60104286&postcount=27

"there are other ways / venues of procuring items other than Tmobile or Costco..."

AcuraTLSFan 06-19-2013 01:19 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by medbuyer (Post 60179482)
I''ll have to start charging you on using catch phrases or sue you for plagiarism...:D

http://slickdeals.net/forums/showpost.php?p=60104286&postcount=27

"there are other ways / venues of procuring items other than Tmobile or Costco..."

Sure...I'll give you a percentage of the REP points I get from your catch phrases...
I'll have to do some research on that though :wave:

Mixmode 06-19-2013 09:51 AM

So $60 for talk & text but an additional $20 for 2gb data? Am I missing something? I thought their plans were $60 for unlimited everything?

Kensic 06-19-2013 11:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mixmode (Post 60194890)
So $60 for talk & text but an additional $20 for 2gb data? Am I missing something? I thought their plans were $60 for unlimited everything?

yes it is. but the unlimited data gets slowed down after 500mb....have you to pay more to get more high speed data.

other wise who knows they slow it down to 2g speed.

pitt23fan 06-20-2013 12:09 AM

Saw it asked earlier, but Best Buy WILL price match to Costco. They knew about the price before I even pulled out the print out of the total in cart from Costco website.

x2ruff4u 06-20-2013 01:20 AM

You guys are crazy. I would never pay more than $50 for phone service. I get unlimited 4G data, minutes, text etc. for $35

Mixmode 06-20-2013 06:47 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Kensic (Post 60211408)
yes it is. but the unlimited data gets slowed down after 500mb....have you to pay more to get more high speed data.

other wise who knows they slow it down to 2g speed.

But this offer makes you pick a data plan of $20 or more thus making the monthly fee no less than $80? I still don't get it (and won't if I have to pay $80-90/mo, if I did consider paying that much, I'd go with Verizon)

Quote:

Originally Posted by x2ruff4u (Post 60212656)
You guys are crazy. I would never pay more than $50 for phone service. I get unlimited 4G data, minutes, text etc. for $35

Well share your slickdeal then..

funkmasterta 06-27-2013 06:15 AM

Has anyone successfully gotten a phone like this?

If so, how much did you pay exactly?

Was it hard to do?

Should I get the GS4 or wait for the Note 3?

hustler23 07-08-2013 06:16 PM

Yea, it would be great to know if the phone can be cancelled with only $200 ETF

Jackalopes 07-12-2013 08:41 PM

I too just talked briefly over the phone with a local Costco wireless advocates rep (in CA). She confirmed what others have said: you get to KEEP the phone as long as you don't cancel your contract within the first 14 days, and you have to pay a $200 Early Termination Fee.

She also told me that the cheapest plans are $90 per month. So I am expecting to pay $150 down payment + $200 ETF + $90 one-month service + taxes (probably on full retail value of $599).

I recommend spending a few minutes to read through your contract terms to be sure that you will not have to return the phone after you cancel your contract. I think it is likely that the online terms and the B&M terms are not the same. This is a great deal provided you don't have to return the phone and want to later downgrade to the "walmart" plan of $30/mo. Will update if I am successful (or if I even try :P).

prashanthm 07-12-2013 08:52 PM

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Originally Posted by Jackalopes (Post 60663118)
I too just talked briefly over the phone with a local Costco wireless advocates rep (in CA). She confirmed what others have said: you get to KEEP the phone as long as you don't cancel your contract within the first 14 days, and you have to pay a $200 Early Termination Fee.

She also told me that the cheapest plans are $90 per month. So I am expecting to pay $150 down payment + $200 ETF + $90 one-month service + taxes (probably on full retail value of $599).

I recommend spending a few minutes to read through your contract terms to be sure that you will not have to return the phone after you cancel your contract. I think it is likely that the online terms and the B&M terms are not the same. This is a great deal provided you don't have to return the phone and want to later downgrade to the "walmart" plan of $30/mo. Will update if I am successful (or if I even try :P).

Don't commit yourselves till the contract unless you have that in writing.... I don't think they'll let you walk away with the phone after just 14 days...

Jackalopes 07-12-2013 10:21 PM

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Don't commit yourselves till the contract unless you have that in writing.... I don't think they'll let you walk away with the phone after just 14 days...

I will be going in tomorrow or soon thereafter. Perhaps a copy of the terms would be more helpful to people interested in this deal? That's what matters after all. I doubt any sales rep. or manager is going to sign anything that I put in front of them guaranteeing that I get to keep my expensive phone.

prashanthm 07-13-2013 08:27 AM

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Originally Posted by Jackalopes (Post 60664604)
I will be going in tomorrow or soon thereafter. Perhaps a copy of the terms would be more helpful to people interested in this deal? That's what matters after all. I doubt any sales rep. or manager is going to sign anything that I put in front of them guaranteeing that I get to keep my expensive phone.

good luck with that... I originally bought this for 199 and then had to get the additional 50 off later when the coupon went up... also, they had a 50 rebate on all tmo phones from 7/3 to 7/10...

calisoldier83 07-13-2013 08:51 AM

Had anyone done this yet? I'm assuming you wouldn't want to port your number, so in order to do this I would essentially have to keep my current line for 14 days or port twice. I'm thinking about switching to T-Mobile and would like to take advantage of this deal.

calisoldier83 07-13-2013 08:14 PM

I went ahead and bought an S3 and S4 with this plan. However, activation is NOT FREE, it was waived after the second or third bill. Therefore, add +$35 per line plus $200 per line, making it roughly $405 less tax. Still this is a decent deal, as I was looking to switch to T-mobile and I'm looking forward to the cancelling come day 14.

Do you think T-mobile would allow be to turn around and sign up for a pay by the month plan right after cancelling?

Jackalopes 07-16-2013 12:37 AM

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I will be going in tomorrow or soon thereafter. Perhaps a copy of the terms would be more helpful to people interested in this deal? That's what matters after all. I doubt any sales rep. or manager is going to sign anything that I put in front of them guaranteeing that I get to keep my expensive phone.

Well, I went in. Overall, the terms are VAGUE. It is clear that you pay for at least the $150 down + tax on MSRP + ETF, but whether or not you get to keep the phone after your "trial period" (14 days, except 30 in CA) is NOT CLEAR.

The salesperson said that I could keep the phone if cancelling after my trial period, however once I pointed out the line on the contract stating:

"If the subscriber chooses to cancel service, the phone must be returned in a complete, like-new condition with all accessories, box, and instructions in accordance with Wireless Advocates return policy in order to complete the cancellation process"

she gave me a dumb look and didn't sound all that convincing. T-mobile was also useless since they apparently have no record of this particular agreement available to their sales team.


I've attached a .jpg of the relevant portion. What do you guys think? Any first-hand experience with these terms would be illuminating.

P.S. I did NOT sign up for the contract because I do not want to be stuck paying $150 + tax + ETF and NOT have a phone when it's all said and done.

illa 07-24-2013 06:21 AM

Here is my experience,
got the phone month ago on original deal posted for T-Mobile,
paid 149+tax=200,
don't try to cancel before 14 days period, tmo refuses and will tell you to go to the store where you will have to return the phone.
called back to tmo on 15th day, they will give you hard time get ready, some people will say you still have to go back to store, just hang up and call back until you get someone with brain.
now cancellation fee is 200 etf+tax, activation fee 36, prorated monthly bill.
After all my price is 490 which is still I am very happy vs 650 from tmo .
hope this helps

GoEagles997 07-24-2013 06:30 AM

I thought the termination fee was $350 for smartphones. Also, Sprint is running a promotion where you buy the phone for $199 (S4) and get the second for free after $50 rebate card. This is for S3 as well.

illa 07-24-2013 11:00 AM

tmo etf $200, mabe sprint has own deal but i need tmo phone with bands adapted for tmo not sprint


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