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Best Buy Mobile
I was looking to purchase my verizon iphone from best buy because this week they are offering the buy back program for free. But what is best buy mobile? how does it compare to going to the verizon retail store, how it may affect my plan, insurance, etc. and really any other info you may know. I just feel like there's a catch since it's a 3rd party...help!?
- 02-18-2011, 11:24 PM #2
- 02-19-2011, 07:07 AM #3
+1 For the buyback program being a joke...Well atleast for phones. If you take care of you phone it has a pretty high resale value especially a iPhone. For a tv, or something big with a lower resale value, it may be good, but with the iPhone there is really no advantages of buying thru Best Buy unless you are looking to buy their black tie protection. If it were me I would buy it straight from Apple.
- 02-19-2011, 08:57 AM #4
I bought mine from best buy because verizon and the local apple store were out of 16g. Transaction went smoothly, was in and out of the store in around 10 mins. Nothing on my account changed or anything. The phone showed up instantly on my verizon online all I had to do is activate it on itunes and end of story.
- 02-20-2011, 08:03 PM #5
- 02-20-2011, 09:09 PM #6
- 02-20-2011, 11:46 PM #7
Nice thing about the Buy Back program is that it is off the full retail price so If you bought a 32gb Iphone for 299 contract price then in 6 months or less when Verizon decides to have a Iphone that will work with LTE you can sell it back to Best Buy for 400 bucks, yes you can make more on ebay or craigslist but their is a lot less hassle and Its guaranteed. So if its free why not, though I probably wouldn't pay for the service but I have it because it was free.
- 02-21-2011, 05:09 AM #8
Bought it at Best Buy. Opened today, the phone is not working. It won't turn on out of the box. Worst purchase ever. I know I am not doing anything wrong, because you just have to press the power button. It simply does nothing.
Connected to USB, does nothing. Connected to AC outlet, does nothing.
Hard reset, does nothing. I have not even taken the stickers off....
Would I recommend buying at Best Buy? Well, it took them 1 hour to sell me a phone, there were only 2 more customers in front of me.
Is it worth it with the Buy Back program? Perhaps, if they actually sold you a working iPhone and not a dead one out of the box.
First time Apple user, probably last time I purchase something Apple, and last time I purchase at Best Buy. To me it is not acceptable to pay so much money for a phone made by a company such as Apple and get a defective phone right away...I wonder where or how they are making these new devices and the quality of the materials they are using.
I sure hope Best Buy give me a good phone this time when I drive hours back to their store and after such a waste of gas, this phone is going to cost me quite a lot more than I thought.
On top of that, Best Buy Reward Zone is down for "maintenance" until the 28th....so you can not use your points to save some money (I qualified for a $10 discount, they did not give it to me, since the stupid program is down for 8 days).
Conclusion: total and complete disappointment with Best Buy, and Apple. I don't know which one disappoints me the most at this moment. If after the return, it happens again, I will go back to my BlackBerry.
- 02-21-2011, 11:05 AM #9
Hrmm it seems as though you would have had them make sure the phone worked of you had to drive hours to get there. So that sounds like a mistake you made. I'll agree that it sucks that the phone doesn't work but that also isnt best buys fault that's apples. When I bought my phone at best buy on Saturday they set the whole thing up an it was a great experience. Also I believe you can apply reward zone certificates up to a certain amount of days after purchase. So you could probably still use it.
- 02-21-2011, 12:30 PM #10iPhone Experts
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- 02-21-2011, 12:49 PM #11
They bring tech to the masses and then you will pay more. Best buy is good if you need something right away. They are just going to get worse as competition dries up.
For the iPhone my recommendation is the apple store or verizon store if you have the opportunity to do so.
- 02-21-2011, 07:18 PM #12
However, your making a point. I guess I assumed too much just because I always hear Apple is great. They make defective units as well, I can see it now. I should have opened it there, the problem is I thought about it, but I hate having the employees touching my new phone and messing with it, sorry I just don't like it when I can do it myself. Lesson learned though. When I take it back tomorrow, I will simply open it in front of them and try it.
I did not mean to hijack this thread with my story, sorry about that everyone(I know nobody has complained or anything, just being polite). Just giving my experience to the OP.
Last edited by trends; 02-21-2011 at 07:42 PM.
- 02-21-2011, 07:20 PM #13
- 02-21-2011, 07:31 PM #14
- 02-21-2011, 07:33 PM #15
- 02-21-2011, 09:58 PM #16
- 02-22-2011, 06:13 AM #17
I don't really get why people have to be obessed with buying a iPhone in an Apple store. its not like the phone will be any different, trust me those so called "genius" are not that smart. (especelly when they are texting on the clock) I own a mac also and took it in and they had no clue what the problem was.
Guess people hate best buy because of some ramdom reason. I like them. A whole lot less packed then Apple stores thats for sure.
It surprises me you had so many "issues" with Best Buy mobile. I bought my phone at an actual Best Buy mobile store (where they just sell phones. nothing else) and the lady who helped me was so nice, let me play with a demo they had behind the counter while she was getting my number ported over. Phone was fine till a few days later, but I didn't complain or cry on the internet about it, I just went in and had an exchange. Same lady from before helped me, and she exchanged it, no questions asked.
- 02-22-2011, 08:29 PM #18
- 02-22-2011, 10:12 PM #19
I think I will have to finally admit, it was in part my fault for trusting Best Buy that much.
- 02-22-2011, 10:45 PM #20
- 02-22-2011, 11:14 PM #21
- 02-22-2011, 11:15 PM #22
- 02-22-2011, 11:41 PM #23
You are not wrong Chris.
You are wrong Chris. Oh!
Not right, not wrong.
If you follow the second quote of what you said, you can actually believe it or not. But all in all the point to the conclusion is to actually make sure that the activation is done, period.
With or without numbers, the solution is clear. Hope I solved it now with the 3.14159265. Man!
- 02-23-2011, 12:12 AM #24iPhone Experts
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Ignoring Pi and the therory for relativity there, let me make it simple:
The Buy Back program is utterly pointless. You can ALWAYS get much more from a private sale. Look at Kelly Blue Book. They have to values for reselling a used car. A trade in (dealer) value and a private sale (classifieds, eBay, etc) value. Which one is lower? Exactly. They WANT you to sell it back to them so they can turn right back around and sell it for what you could have had for it.
- 02-23-2011, 12:27 AM #25
Now, that's right, but if you don't have to pay the $99 for that Buy Back plan, don't you think it is at least worth it? just in case you need fast money at some point? You don't have to take it back if you don't want to, and you are not spending money on getting the plan.
But i do agree with you, that Apple products are worth a lot more than what Best Buy will give you back for it. Even old Apple products hold on for long, no doubt about it.