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Old December 18th, 2008, 11:18 AM   #1
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Default buying cell phones/contracts through wirefly.com?

seem to have the latest phones pretty cheap, anyone go thru them?

other than signing a new 2 year contract, are there any other 'catches' for getting phones less?
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Old December 18th, 2008, 11:27 AM   #2
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You really need to check their coverage.. See where their footprint is and if it is "true". do some research before you buy as you should with anything.

saving money is great, up until you really need the phone and it doesnt work for you... you will wich you paid the extra. I am not putting wirefly down, but just make sure you research first
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wirefly isn't a cell phone provider (like att, sprint, verizon, etc.)

they are a site that offers discounts on phones through the major providers. I've read both positive and negative things about them. and the fine print states that if you cancel your contract within 181 days, or downgrade your service, they charge you $200.

all the negative responses I've read were regarding people not getting rebates for the phones that were advertised. The phone I want doesn't have a rebate.. so I might give it a shot.
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You really need to check their coverage.. See where their footprint is and if it is "true". do some research before you buy as you should with anything.

saving money is great, up until you really need the phone and it doesnt work for you... you will wich you paid the extra. I am not putting wirefly down, but just make sure you research first
Wirefly isn't a carrier. They're a 3rd party retailer for all the major carriers.

I used wirefly once, and wouldn't again. They are cheap, but good luck returning the equipment if you don't want it or it's defective. I don't know how they are now, but a few years ago I wanted to kill anybody associated with them.

They have some crazy stipulations too. I myself would never deal with them again.
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I got my rebate. I was just stuck with the phone. If you order through them, they will make sure you are stuck with whatever you choose. The regular 30 day exchange through sprint somehow doesn't apply with them, or at least they make it that way.
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I would stick with the providers/manufacturers for buying phones and contracts.
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I bought my alltel service through wirefly and and got insurance. I had a problem and just went to alltel and they replaced the phone. Maybe that is due to the insurance and not the manufacturer warranty but they didn't say anything about me not purchasing it through them.

If I switched carriers again, I would go through them. The have great prices on phones.
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Gotcha. well in that regard then, I would beware. Technically, if you do not buy a phone from the actual retailer (verizon, sprtin, att) they do not need to honor the warranty. and good luck getting it covered by a 3rd party.

Cell phone are sold cheap or given away at the time you sign the contract because the carrier makes the money off the contract. they actually take a huge loss on the phone. that is why it is so expensive to buy a phone without a contract or when you are not eligible for an upgrade.
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Like others have said wirefly is just a 3rd party retailer, just like your local wireless giant. I worked for sprint/nextel for 4 years and would highly advise against it. They (wirefly) are able to give some deal stores can't because they sell in such volumes, however because you can't see them face to face there really is no incentive for customer support. Carriers are required to uphold warranties on this phones, because wirefly still buys them OEM however it is very difficult. I would honestly go to a corporate store, whatever carrier you may choose. They all have there pros and cons. Good luck!
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