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Old 11-06-2010, 03:37 PM   #1
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Walmart Cell Phones

Has anyone here bought a Verizon phone through Walmart? I'm a little wary of doing so, but it's a TON cheaper than going directly through Verizon.

For example, Verizon wants $179 for the Droid X, Walmart wants $79, plus a $50 rebate for an already free phone that my mom wants.

Any opinions?
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Old 11-06-2010, 04:11 PM   #2
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When I was traveling around the US for the military I would always pick up new phones at Walmart because they were cheaper and were the exact same phone.
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Old 11-07-2010, 12:49 AM   #3
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I guess what I'm most worried about is whether or not I'll have any hassle when needing to contact Verizon for stuff. I don't want to have to go through Walmart's thing.
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It's the same as going to a verizon. Once you buy it you can go to any verizon location for service, etc.
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It would be the same thing as buying a phone thru wireless world or radio shack
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Old 11-07-2010, 06:57 AM   #6
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It would be the same thing as buying a phone thru wireless world or radio shack
That's what I was hoping for. Thanks everyone.
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Are you getting your own service or going to use pre paid cards???

My only small complaint is my Virgin phone / which uses sprint network is long distance to call from a land line. Cause its pre pay and that local + crap.

As my number is really from somewhere in Cleveland, which means to call my phone from Walmart where I bought it or just a few miles from there at home with a land line, I must dial a 1 and you know what that means........ long distance charges, though other cell phones don't get charged that, only land lines.

Course I would not blame them 100% its that new local plus crap when they merged half of Ohio into the 419 area code creating that local + BS.
Looks like a local number but you must dial a 1 first.

Though I stick with it as they are the only ones who get good service out here. Plus I only pay $20 every 90 days.
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Are you getting your own service or going to use pre paid cards???

My only small complaint is my Virgin phone / which uses sprint network is long distance to call from a land line. Cause its pre pay and that local + crap.

As my number is really from somewhere in Cleveland, which means to call my phone from Walmart where I bought it or just a few miles from there at home with a land line, I must dial a 1 and you know what that means........ long distance charges, though other cell phones don't get charged that, only land lines.

Course I would not blame them 100% its that new local plus crap when they merged half of Ohio into the 419 area code creating that local + BS.
Looks like a local number but you must dial a 1 first.

Though I stick with it as they are the only ones who get good service out here. Plus I only pay $20 every 90 days.
I have my own service. Verizon is just charging waaaaay too much for a new phone.
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If ya got your own service then it don't matter where it comes from, long as its not reported stolen
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most everything you buy at walmart is made to walmart specs, might look the same as item at other stores but they are not,, check out laptops and tv's they all have a slightly different part number for an item that looks exactly the same

there was posting somewhere about all the differances from a walmart item compared to other stores,, the one i rememer was about a big screen tv, same model purchased from best buy and one from walmart. taken out of the box and the walmart one was like 5-10# lighter due to cheaper parts used in the build
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most everything you buy at walmart is made to walmart specs, might look the same as item at other stores but they are not,, check out laptops and tv's they all have a slightly different part number for an item that looks exactly the same

there was posting somewhere about all the differances from a walmart item compared to other stores,, the one i rememer was about a big screen tv, same model purchased from best buy and one from walmart. taken out of the box and the walmart one was like 5-10# lighter due to cheaper parts used in the build
Pretty easy to blame that on Walmart but they do not tell anyone how to build anything, what they do is say we will only sell it for a discount.

Its the manufactures who decided to build a cheaper version, then let you get a deal on it.

Only blame you could lay on Walmart is for being to big.
Only that lets them demand lower prices for the customers.
And again only them being so big like that can a manufacture produce items just for them and still profit form it. If Walmart was a bit smaller, the manufactures could not make two types of the same items and come out ahead.
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Old 11-07-2010, 09:03 AM   #12
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I was shopping for a phone over the summer and ended up ordering my Droid X from Verizon's online store. It was the same price as the ad's from places like Best Buy, & Walmart. It's all the same products only difference is stores like Walmart usually give you an instant rebate for $100-150 up front making it cheaper. The cell carrier stores pretty much have the same price, but thats after a mail in rebate. Imo why wait 3 months for a rebate when you can just pay less in the first place.
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I was thinking about buying the Droid 2 from Walmart because with Walmart it's free after a mail in rebate where as Verizon it's $120 after rebate. The thing they didn't tell me until I was getting ready to buy it is these type of phones (Verizon, ATT, etc) require a 2 year contract with Walmart and the cheapest contract they have is $90 a month for a smart phone (we pay less then that for 4 phones with Verizon and Walmart wants $90 a month for 1 phone!). I didn't want the contract, I just wanted the phone so I asked how much without a contract as I already have a contract with Verizon and all I got was "Walmart does not sell these phones by themselves. You must purchase a 2 year contract with Walmart's Straight Talk." Even after asking for a manager, that's all I got and was told that if all I wanted was a phone to buy one of their cheap Tracfone or Net10 phone. I went to two separate Walmarts and got the same answer.

So right now I'm waiting till Verizons cost comes down some as I'm not getting a 2 year contract with Walmart's inferior Straight Talk when I have one with Verizon.
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I was thinking about buying the Droid 2 from Walmart because with Walmart it's free after a mail in rebate where as Verizon it's $120 after rebate. The thing they didn't tell me until I was getting ready to buy it is these type of phones (Verizon, ATT, etc) require a 2 year contract with Walmart and the cheapest contract they have is $90 a month for a smart phone (we pay less then that for 4 phones with Verizon and Walmart wants $90 a month for 1 phone!). I didn't want the contract, I just wanted the phone so I asked how much without a contract as I already have a contract with Verizon and all I got was "Walmart does not sell these phones by themselves. You must purchase a 2 year contract with Walmart's Straight Talk." Even after asking for a manager, that's all I got and was told that if all I wanted was a phone to buy one of their cheap Tracfone or Net10 phone. I went to two separate Walmarts and got the same answer.

So right now I'm waiting till Verizons cost comes down some as I'm not getting a 2 year contract with Walmart's inferior Straight Talk when I have one with Verizon.
Really? That's interesting...might have to make some calls now...
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Old 11-07-2010, 09:34 AM   #15
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Has anyone here bought a Verizon phone through Walmart? I'm a little wary of doing so, but it's a TON cheaper than going directly through Verizon.

For example, Verizon wants $179 for the Droid X, Walmart wants $79, plus a $50 rebate for an already free phone that my mom wants.

Any opinions?

check out radio shack as well. I've got sprint and instead of buying my phones thru the sprint store having to pay nearly full cost up front, and having to wait 30-60 days to get my extra rebate in the mail. I go thru radio shack and they apply all the rebates immediately. or like the case with my new phone that I just got a couple months ago, my account wasn't eligible for the upgrade but my wifes was. so we bought the phone under her line, then swapped it over after it was turned on. Had to call sprint to do it and they told us we wouldnt be elgible to get the rebate in the mail... I just chuckled and told them not to worry about it as it was Radio shacks problem at that point.
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most everything you buy at walmart is made to walmart specs, might look the same as item at other stores but they are not,, check out laptops and tv's they all have a slightly different part number for an item that looks exactly the same

there was posting somewhere about all the differances from a walmart item compared to other stores,, the one i rememer was about a big screen tv, same model purchased from best buy and one from walmart. taken out of the box and the walmart one was like 5-10# lighter due to cheaper parts used in the build
I seriously doubt that HTC makes a 4G EVO for their normal stores and then one for Walmart. Or, for that matter I doubt any other company does this. The reason that Walmart can sell for less is VOLUME that they can purchase. That's the whole concept behind Walmart.
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companies do make different items for walmart,, just go check out the tv's and laptops,, same item part number for walmart item is a little different, usually has a W added to the part number

buy a walmart laptop and take it apart to try and add memory,, most you cant because they are made cheaper and dont come with extra memory slots like the same item from best buy or any other retail store. most all items at walmart are made special for them

doesnt mean there items dont work fine, and might last a long time,, just saying they are not all exactly the same item you would get from another retail store
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I got my droid X from walmart. Its the exact same thing as from verizon. Same box same phone. Covered through verizon and insurance just as getting it from verizon. And there are no extra charges or contracts. Walmart is cheaper than verizon overcharging you like crazy on everything they can.
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So right now I'm waiting till Verizons cost comes down some as I'm not getting a 2 year contract with Walmart's inferior Straight Talk when I have one with Verizon.
Straight talk uses verizon service...... how is it inferior?? Its verizon you just don't have verizon support because its prepay. But it uses verizon towers
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Really? That's interesting...might have to make some calls now...
I just went to Walmart.com and sure enough the Droid phones are only this cheap if you agree to sign a 2 year contract. http://www.walmart.letstalk.com/prod...e.htm?pgId=100 If you don't get a contract the phones are $550.
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Yeah, I called and figured out what's going on. If you have a contract currently with Verizon, you have to get a brand new one if you want to buy from Walmart, which I'm not putting up with.

The lady I talked to at Verizon told me it might be a good idea to wait for Black Friday sales, so I think that's my best bet right now.
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Straight talk uses verizon service...... how is it inferior?? Its verizon you just don't have verizon support because its prepay. But it uses verizon towers
Straight Talk uses T-Mobile I think.
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Straight talk uses verizon service...... how is it inferior?? Its verizon you just don't have verizon support because its prepay. But it uses verizon towers
Straight Talk has more dead zones and poorer reception then Verizon. If it uses Verizon then it should be just as good as Verizon but it's not.

One of my aunt's live in a small valley. We go to her house on the holidays as it's the only place big enough for 20-30 people. At her place, Verizon will pick up with 1 bar in the house and 2 bars out in the yard. Some of our family members have AT&T and some went with Walmart's Straight Talk. They have no reception at her house and have to wait until they leave the valley just to get 1 bar. I don't know about you but I call that inferior.
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http://www.straighttalk.com/ShopPhon...AAB4&product=8

Read the very bottom.

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Not according to verizon reps. And look at their brochures. They are an exact match to verizon coverage maps. Same fonts and all. And tracfone is gsm. Straighttalk is cdma like verizon.
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