I needed a new BlackBerry Bold 9700 from AT&T and was planning on upgrading online through AT&T’s online portal. I just could not believe that AT&T wanted a $299 upgrade price for the phone even though I was out of contract. They are still selling the Bold 9700 to new customers for $199 after $100 mail in rebate on their website!
So I headed down to the official AT&T store in Times Square which they just redid and its gorgeous. I walked up to a salesman and asked how much it would cost to upgrade to a Bold 9700. They answered in seconds that it was $50 after $100 mail in rebate. They even took things a step further and said that I could get $100’s worth of accessories instead of the rebate. That is pretty awesome since I rarely fill out and submit rebates within all the fine print. On top of that half way through the upgrade the Store Manager threw in another $50 of free accessories because I was a “valued customer.”
They said that this $50 after rebate deal was supposed to only be for Black Friday but they told me it was extended until the end of December and maybe further. That is an AMAZING price for a phone that is arguably the best BlackBerry available.
So if you plan on picking up an AT&T Bold 9700 and you are out of contract head on down to your local store! It still boggles my mind that AT&T charges more on its website than in store since they have the fixed costs of rent and employee salaries.
Anybody have a similar experience?