Millions Getting Ripped Off at Verizon Wireless Stores?!
Posted December 16th, 2011 by John
After flying from Boston to San Francisco a while back, I was standing in the back of the aircraft waiting for everyone in front of me to deplane and overheard two women comparing their phones. One showed off a new Android phone while the other flashed an old, non-smartphone saying something on the order of “Look at this old thing I use…” The Android phone owner responded, “Did you know you can save a lot of money by going to Best Buy instead of the Verizon store when you go buy a new phone?”
As a frugal shopper, I was thrilled to hear someone share such a great money savings tip! Even I had not learned of this cell phone shopping tip up until a recent dinner with friends. Surely many folks are like my former self and assume they are getting good deals at Verizon stores because you were paying them for the service so they shouldn’t be charging too much for the phone itself. Heck, they always have tons of phones available for free or buy-one-get-two-free, so you’d think they were a surefire bet for getting a good deal on every phone purchase you make (Keep reading, they’re not!). Plus, buying a cell phone from a third party like some “Verizon Authorized Dealer” in a strip mall always seemed like a way to get wrapped up in a poor buying experience. These days, it turns out many stores you can trust, both online and off, sell cell phones. Best Buy, Amazon Wireless, Target and Costco are just a few of the places often offering great phone deals for new and existing customers on the major carriers (Verizon, Spring, AT&T, etc).
I was reminded of this airplane chat between two Verizon users earlier today when I was looking at recent cell phone deals discovered by Bountii shoppers. And there it was, a deal on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus: $149 at Amazon compared to $299 at Verizon Wireless stores (prices as of 12/16/2011 at noon ET). This cutting edge phone was just released today! If you aren’t familiar with it, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is the latest in the line of “Google Phones” whose releases are always much-anticipated. You can read more about it on here on Google.
Right now, it doesn’t take much work to find other cases where you save hundreds of dollars by not walking into a Verizon store to upgrade your old Verizon phone or to become a new Verizon customer. You can save $200 by buying the Motorola Droid 3 elsewhere… save $100 by buying the Samsung Stratosphere elsewhere… save $150 by buying the HTC Thunderbolt elsewhere… I could go on and on with this list. And, trust me, it’s not just Verizon Stores where you could easily wind up overpaying. This same money saving rule applies for the other carriers (AT&T, Sprint and so on).
Its 100+ million subscribers make Verizon the largest wireless service provider in the country. Think about how many of those subscribers weren’t fortunate enough to sit next to a savvy shopper on a plane at some point and are spending hundreds of dollars more than they could have otherwise kept in their pocket.