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  1. #1
    Anybody have any experience with Amazon cell phone rebates?

    I'm currently on a Sprint PCS plan ($30/mo for 300AT, unlimited 9P NW,
    plus $5 for WW) with my Kyocera 6035. I am well past my contract
    expiration date.

    I have given up on getting a Kyocera 7135, and am planning to settle for
    the mostly inferior Treo 600 (yeah, yeah... I don't like thumbboards,
    I'd prefer a clamshell, but I do like the RAM and flash memory slot --
    and the improved processor).

    Anyway, Amazon is offering a deal whereby you get $150 rebate from
    Sprint (for a 2 year contract), and a $200 rebate from Amazon. With an
    up-front price of $600, this leaves me paying $250 (plus tax/shipping)
    for the Treo.

    My concern is whether I qualify for both rebates.

    I'm pretty sure that I'll qualify for the Sprint PCS $150 rebate
    (http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B0...6.LZZZZZZZ.jpg),
    which merely requires activation on "a new line of service" with a 1
    ($100) or 2 ($150) year contract. Since I'm past contract expiration, I
    ought to qualify. At a local Sprint PCS store, they pretty much
    confirmed this -- they're showing the same rebate forms.

    It's the Amazon rebate
    (http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B0...8.LZZZZZZZ.jpg) that
    may be more problematic: "This rebate does not apply to phone purchases
    for use on an existing account and phone number. If you already have an
    existing account and wish to obtain a second line of service, you will
    qualify for the rebate if you purchase and activate the phone with a new
    service plan."

    I'm taking this to mean that although I'm out of contract, I'll need to
    first activate the Treo with a new phone number and THEN cancel my
    existing account. I can't keep my old phone number. I'd prefer to keep
    my old number, but it's not a big deal to me.

    Does anyone have any experience with this sort of thing? A salesman at
    the local Sprint PCS store started weaseling mightily when I asked him
    to explain why I shouldn't take Amazon's offer, which was $200 better
    than his offer. He was trying to tell me that Sprint might not honor
    such a deal unless I hadn't been a SPCS customer for at least 3 months.
    He wasn't being terribly convincing about this claim, though. It
    sounded a lot like he was making it up as he went along...

    Anybody have any similar experience? Any SPCS insiders who can give me
    the straight poop?




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  2. #2
    Esteban Nunez
    Guest

    Re: Amazon rebates

    You probably won't qualify for either. Both require new line of service,
    which means new customer. A contract renewal normally does not qualify.
    I'm 99.9% certain you won't qualify for the Sprint $150 2 year contract
    offer, and 90% certain on the Amazon rebate.


    "[email protected]" <[email protected]> wrote in
    message news:[email protected]
    > Anybody have any experience with Amazon cell phone rebates?
    >
    > I'm currently on a Sprint PCS plan ($30/mo for 300AT, unlimited 9P NW,
    > plus $5 for WW) with my Kyocera 6035. I am well past my contract
    > expiration date.
    >
    > I have given up on getting a Kyocera 7135, and am planning to settle for
    > the mostly inferior Treo 600 (yeah, yeah... I don't like thumbboards,
    > I'd prefer a clamshell, but I do like the RAM and flash memory slot --
    > and the improved processor).
    >
    > Anyway, Amazon is offering a deal whereby you get $150 rebate from
    > Sprint (for a 2 year contract), and a $200 rebate from Amazon. With an
    > up-front price of $600, this leaves me paying $250 (plus tax/shipping)
    > for the Treo.
    >
    > My concern is whether I qualify for both rebates.
    >
    > I'm pretty sure that I'll qualify for the Sprint PCS $150 rebate
    > (http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B0...6.LZZZZZZZ.jpg),
    > which merely requires activation on "a new line of service" with a 1
    > ($100) or 2 ($150) year contract. Since I'm past contract expiration, I
    > ought to qualify. At a local Sprint PCS store, they pretty much
    > confirmed this -- they're showing the same rebate forms.
    >
    > It's the Amazon rebate
    > (http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B0...8.LZZZZZZZ.jpg) that
    > may be more problematic: "This rebate does not apply to phone purchases
    > for use on an existing account and phone number. If you already have an
    > existing account and wish to obtain a second line of service, you will
    > qualify for the rebate if you purchase and activate the phone with a new
    > service plan."
    >
    > I'm taking this to mean that although I'm out of contract, I'll need to
    > first activate the Treo with a new phone number and THEN cancel my
    > existing account. I can't keep my old phone number. I'd prefer to keep
    > my old number, but it's not a big deal to me.
    >
    > Does anyone have any experience with this sort of thing? A salesman at
    > the local Sprint PCS store started weaseling mightily when I asked him
    > to explain why I shouldn't take Amazon's offer, which was $200 better
    > than his offer. He was trying to tell me that Sprint might not honor
    > such a deal unless I hadn't been a SPCS customer for at least 3 months.
    > He wasn't being terribly convincing about this claim, though. It
    > sounded a lot like he was making it up as he went along...
    >
    > Anybody have any similar experience? Any SPCS insiders who can give me
    > the straight poop?
    >






  3. #3

    Re: Amazon rebates



    Esteban Nunez wrote:

    > You probably won't qualify for either. Both require new line of service,
    > which means new customer. A contract renewal normally does not qualify.
    > I'm 99.9% certain you won't qualify for the Sprint $150 2 year contract
    > offer, and 90% certain on the Amazon rebate.


    Okay, thanks for your ruminations.

    I'm actually looking for someone who has experience one way or the other...




  4. #4
    O/Siris
    Guest

    Re: Amazon rebates

    In article <[email protected]>,=20
    [email protected][email protected]=20
    says...
    >=20
    >=20
    > Esteban Nunez wrote:
    >=20
    > > You probably won't qualify for either. Both require new line of servic=

    e,
    > > which means new customer. A contract renewal normally does not qualify=

    ..
    > > I'm 99.9% certain you won't qualify for the Sprint $150 2 year contract
    > > offer, and 90% certain on the Amazon rebate.

    >=20
    > Okay, thanks for your ruminations.
    >=20
    > I'm actually looking for someone who has experience one way or the other.=

    ...
    >=20
    >=20


    Your existing phone number won't qualify for the rebates=20
    Amazon is offering. For all practical purposes, "new line=20
    of service" means the same thing as "new phone number."

    That is *not* the same as "new customer." Some customers=20
    can have 2, or even more, phone numbers. As long as it=20
    gets activated under a new phone number, and that number=20
    stays active the requisite 30 days, then you qualify for=20
    the rebates.

    That said, I've helped customers with Vision problems who=20
    bought a particular phone under a new line of service, then=20
    swapped it over to an existing one. Frankly, I can't find=20
    anything in our system that declares that invalid. As long=20
    as the new line stays active for 30 days, the rebate is=20
    owed.

    --=20
    -+-
    R=D8=DF
    O/Siris
    I work for SprintPCS
    I *don't* speak for them.



  5. #5

    Re: Amazon rebates



    O/Siris wrote:

    > In article <[email protected]>,
    > [email protected][email protected]
    > says...
    >>
    >>
    >> Esteban Nunez wrote:
    >>
    >> > You probably won't qualify for either. Both require new line of service,
    >> > which means new customer. A contract renewal normally does not qualify.
    >> > I'm 99.9% certain you won't qualify for the Sprint $150 2 year contract
    >> > offer, and 90% certain on the Amazon rebate.

    >>
    >> Okay, thanks for your ruminations.
    >>
    >> I'm actually looking for someone who has experience one way or the other...
    >>
    >>

    >
    > Your existing phone number won't qualify for the rebates
    > Amazon is offering. For all practical purposes, "new line
    > of service" means the same thing as "new phone number."
    >
    > That is *not* the same as "new customer." Some customers
    > can have 2, or even more, phone numbers. As long as it
    > gets activated under a new phone number, and that number
    > stays active the requisite 30 days, then you qualify for
    > the rebates.
    >
    > That said, I've helped customers with Vision problems who
    > bought a particular phone under a new line of service, then
    > swapped it over to an existing one. Frankly, I can't find
    > anything in our system that declares that invalid. As long
    > as the new line stays active for 30 days, the rebate is
    > owed.


    Cool, thanks O.

    So, are you suggesting the possibility that if I kept both lines going
    for 30 days after receiving the Treo, I could then possibly transfer the
    Treo over to the old number?

    Alternatively, if I don't want the hassle and expense of switching, I
    should be able to cancel my old line of service shortly after activating
    the Treo without endangering my rebates?




  6. #6
    Robert Oliver
    Guest

    Re: Amazon rebates

    "[email protected]" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:<[email protected]>...
    > O/Siris wrote:
    >
    > > In article <[email protected]>,
    > > [email protected][email protected]
    > > says...
    > >>
    > >>
    > >> Esteban Nunez wrote:
    > >>
    > >> > You probably won't qualify for either. Both require new line of service,
    > >> > which means new customer. A contract renewal normally does not qualify.
    > >> > I'm 99.9% certain you won't qualify for the Sprint $150 2 year contract
    > >> > offer, and 90% certain on the Amazon rebate.
    > >>
    > >> Okay, thanks for your ruminations.
    > >>
    > >> I'm actually looking for someone who has experience one way or the other...
    > >>
    > >>

    > >
    > > Your existing phone number won't qualify for the rebates
    > > Amazon is offering. For all practical purposes, "new line
    > > of service" means the same thing as "new phone number."
    > >
    > > That is *not* the same as "new customer." Some customers
    > > can have 2, or even more, phone numbers. As long as it
    > > gets activated under a new phone number, and that number
    > > stays active the requisite 30 days, then you qualify for
    > > the rebates.
    > >
    > > That said, I've helped customers with Vision problems who
    > > bought a particular phone under a new line of service, then
    > > swapped it over to an existing one. Frankly, I can't find
    > > anything in our system that declares that invalid. As long
    > > as the new line stays active for 30 days, the rebate is
    > > owed.

    >
    > Cool, thanks O.
    >
    > So, are you suggesting the possibility that if I kept both lines going
    > for 30 days after receiving the Treo, I could then possibly transfer the
    > Treo over to the old number?
    >
    > Alternatively, if I don't want the hassle and expense of switching, I
    > should be able to cancel my old line of service shortly after activating
    > the Treo without endangering my rebates?


    That should work, but what O/Siris has neglected to mention is that
    for the 30 days, you will be paying for two phone lines (of course,
    you'd sign up the new line with a minimum plan with no Vision, etc.).
    But worse than that, when you cancel the new line of service, you're
    liable for the early termination fee. That wipes out your rebate.



  7. #7

    Re: Amazon rebates



    Robert Oliver wrote:

    > "[email protected]" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:<[email protected]>...
    >> O/Siris wrote:
    >>
    >> > In article <[email protected]>,
    >> > [email protected][email protected]
    >> > says...
    >> >>
    >> >>
    >> >> Esteban Nunez wrote:
    >> >>
    >> >> > You probably won't qualify for either. Both require new line of service,
    >> >> > which means new customer. A contract renewal normally does not qualify.
    >> >> > I'm 99.9% certain you won't qualify for the Sprint $150 2 year contract
    >> >> > offer, and 90% certain on the Amazon rebate.
    >> >>
    >> >> Okay, thanks for your ruminations.
    >> >>
    >> >> I'm actually looking for someone who has experience one way or the other...
    >> >>
    >> >>
    >> >
    >> > Your existing phone number won't qualify for the rebates
    >> > Amazon is offering. For all practical purposes, "new line
    >> > of service" means the same thing as "new phone number."
    >> >
    >> > That is *not* the same as "new customer." Some customers
    >> > can have 2, or even more, phone numbers. As long as it
    >> > gets activated under a new phone number, and that number
    >> > stays active the requisite 30 days, then you qualify for
    >> > the rebates.
    >> >
    >> > That said, I've helped customers with Vision problems who
    >> > bought a particular phone under a new line of service, then
    >> > swapped it over to an existing one. Frankly, I can't find
    >> > anything in our system that declares that invalid. As long
    >> > as the new line stays active for 30 days, the rebate is
    >> > owed.

    >>
    >> Cool, thanks O.
    >>
    >> So, are you suggesting the possibility that if I kept both lines going
    >> for 30 days after receiving the Treo, I could then possibly transfer the
    >> Treo over to the old number?
    >>
    >> Alternatively, if I don't want the hassle and expense of switching, I
    >> should be able to cancel my old line of service shortly after activating
    >> the Treo without endangering my rebates?

    >
    > That should work, but what O/Siris has neglected to mention is that
    > for the 30 days, you will be paying for two phone lines (of course,
    > you'd sign up the new line with a minimum plan with no Vision, etc.).
    > But worse than that, when you cancel the new line of service, you're
    > liable for the early termination fee. That wipes out your rebate.


    Which suggests that I simply activate the new line of service, and
    cancel the old one, shortly thereafter.

    It's not that big a deal for me to change cell phone numbers. I'm an
    old fart -- nobody calls me, except on rare occasions. It would be
    *nice* to keep my old phone number, but not a big deal.

    I'm just wondering how long "shortly" needs to be. It would be a waste
    to keep the old phone activated until the rebate shows up (usually 8
    weeks after submission). That's around $80 down the drain.

    So, it's either a matter of waiting a few days, or 30 days. I'll
    probably go with the latter, in the absence of any better information...

    We shall soon see. After 3 weeks of backorder limbo, Amazon has shipped
    my new phone!




  8. #8
    Berniez
    Guest

    Re: Amazon rebates

    This is what I have been told. To get the Amazon rebate requires a new
    line of service that is in place for a least 30 days and you sign at
    least a 1 year contract. The Sprint rebate is available to you as long
    as you have been with Sprint over 18 months with the same original
    phones. You will be required to sign a 2 year contract to get the full
    rebate.
    The way to handle this whole scenario is this. Let us assume you have 2
    original phones on one account and both are out of contract which means
    cancellable at any time. Go to Amazon, buy 2 new phones. Activate the 2
    new phones with new lines of service under a 2 year contract. You must
    then keep all 4 phones active for at least 30 days. Do not sign a
    contract for the original phones!! Then cancel the original phones that
    are out of contract after 30 days and transfer those phone numbers to
    the new phones assuming you want the original numbers. I know for fact
    Amazon only wants to see the phones were activated and that it is a new
    line of service with a 1 year contract and active for at least 30 days.
    I verified this with an Amazon cell phone specialist. The Amazon rebate
    will not work if you just replace your existing phones. It must be a NEW
    line of service. As some others have said, if you don't have the credit
    to set up 4 phones in this scenario, you can forget the Amazon rebate,
    but you still qualify for the Sprint rebate. The Amazon rebate requires
    a Sprint bill which shows activation of the phone and 30 days of service
    with a 1 year commitment on it. You can buy and get rebates on up to 5
    phones from Amazon. When ordering the phone from Amazon, you need to buy
    the phone, select your service plan, select 1 or 2 year commitment and
    then complete your purchase. The tough thing is if you buy a $500.00
    phone, you pay $500.00 and have to wait probably 12 weeks for the
    rebates. I do suspect, you could cancel the original phones sooner than
    30 days, but you will loose the original phone numbers.
    Bernie

    [email protected] wrote:
    > Anybody have any experience with Amazon cell phone rebates?
    >
    > I'm currently on a Sprint PCS plan ($30/mo for 300AT, unlimited 9P NW,
    > plus $5 for WW) with my Kyocera 6035. I am well past my contract
    > expiration date.
    >
    > I have given up on getting a Kyocera 7135, and am planning to settle for
    > the mostly inferior Treo 600 (yeah, yeah... I don't like thumbboards,
    > I'd prefer a clamshell, but I do like the RAM and flash memory slot --
    > and the improved processor).
    >
    > Anyway, Amazon is offering a deal whereby you get $150 rebate from
    > Sprint (for a 2 year contract), and a $200 rebate from Amazon. With an
    > up-front price of $600, this leaves me paying $250 (plus tax/shipping)
    > for the Treo.
    >
    > My concern is whether I qualify for both rebates.
    >
    > I'm pretty sure that I'll qualify for the Sprint PCS $150 rebate
    > (http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B0...6.LZZZZZZZ.jpg),
    > which merely requires activation on "a new line of service" with a 1
    > ($100) or 2 ($150) year contract. Since I'm past contract expiration, I
    > ought to qualify. At a local Sprint PCS store, they pretty much
    > confirmed this -- they're showing the same rebate forms.
    >
    > It's the Amazon rebate
    > (http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B0...8.LZZZZZZZ.jpg) that
    > may be more problematic: "This rebate does not apply to phone purchases
    > for use on an existing account and phone number. If you already have an
    > existing account and wish to obtain a second line of service, you will
    > qualify for the rebate if you purchase and activate the phone with a new
    > service plan."
    >
    > I'm taking this to mean that although I'm out of contract, I'll need to
    > first activate the Treo with a new phone number and THEN cancel my
    > existing account. I can't keep my old phone number. I'd prefer to keep
    > my old number, but it's not a big deal to me.
    >
    > Does anyone have any experience with this sort of thing? A salesman at
    > the local Sprint PCS store started weaseling mightily when I asked him
    > to explain why I shouldn't take Amazon's offer, which was $200 better
    > than his offer. He was trying to tell me that Sprint might not honor
    > such a deal unless I hadn't been a SPCS customer for at least 3 months.
    > He wasn't being terribly convincing about this claim, though. It
    > sounded a lot like he was making it up as he went along...
    >
    > Anybody have any similar experience? Any SPCS insiders who can give me
    > the straight poop?
    >





  9. #9

    Re: Amazon rebates



    Berniez wrote:

    > This is what I have been told. To get the Amazon rebate requires a new
    > line of service that is in place for a least 30 days and you sign at
    > least a 1 year contract. The Sprint rebate is available to you as long
    > as you have been with Sprint over 18 months with the same original
    > phones. You will be required to sign a 2 year contract to get the full
    > rebate.


    Right. That jibes with my understanding.

    > The way to handle this whole scenario is this. Let us assume you have 2
    > original phones on one account and both are out of contract which means
    > cancellable at any time. Go to Amazon, buy 2 new phones. Activate the 2
    > new phones with new lines of service under a 2 year contract. You must
    > then keep all 4 phones active for at least 30 days. Do not sign a
    > contract for the original phones!!


    Yeah, well *that* is pretty obvious! 8-)

    > Then cancel the original phones that
    > are out of contract after 30 days and transfer those phone numbers to
    > the new phones assuming you want the original numbers. I know for fact
    > Amazon only wants to see the phones were activated and that it is a new
    > line of service with a 1 year contract and active for at least 30 days.
    > I verified this with an Amazon cell phone specialist. The Amazon rebate
    > will not work if you just replace your existing phones. It must be a NEW
    > line of service. As some others have said, if you don't have the credit
    > to set up 4 phones in this scenario, you can forget the Amazon rebate,
    > but you still qualify for the Sprint rebate. The Amazon rebate requires
    > a Sprint bill which shows activation of the phone and 30 days of service
    > with a 1 year commitment on it. You can buy and get rebates on up to 5
    > phones from Amazon. When ordering the phone from Amazon, you need to buy
    > the phone, select your service plan, select 1 or 2 year commitment and
    > then complete your purchase. The tough thing is if you buy a $500.00
    > phone, you pay $500.00 and have to wait probably 12 weeks for the
    > rebates. I do suspect, you could cancel the original phones sooner than
    > 30 days, but you will loose the original phone numbers.
    > Bernie


    Okay, so your understanding is that it is possible to switch my old
    phone number to the new phone, but that I need to keep the old phone
    going at least the thirty days after activating the new phone, if I want
    to try that.

    Otherwise, if keeping the old phone number isn't worth a month's service
    to me, I could probably terminate service on that phone almost
    immediately after activating the new one.

    Sounds good.

    I appreciate the assistance, Bernie and O/Siris!

    > [email protected] wrote:
    >> Anybody have any experience with Amazon cell phone rebates?
    >>
    >> I'm currently on a Sprint PCS plan ($30/mo for 300AT, unlimited 9P NW,
    >> plus $5 for WW) with my Kyocera 6035. I am well past my contract
    >> expiration date.
    >>
    >> I have given up on getting a Kyocera 7135, and am planning to settle for
    >> the mostly inferior Treo 600 (yeah, yeah... I don't like thumbboards,
    >> I'd prefer a clamshell, but I do like the RAM and flash memory slot --
    >> and the improved processor).
    >>
    >> Anyway, Amazon is offering a deal whereby you get $150 rebate from
    >> Sprint (for a 2 year contract), and a $200 rebate from Amazon. With an
    >> up-front price of $600, this leaves me paying $250 (plus tax/shipping)
    >> for the Treo.
    >>
    >> My concern is whether I qualify for both rebates.
    >>
    >> I'm pretty sure that I'll qualify for the Sprint PCS $150 rebate
    >> (http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B0...6.LZZZZZZZ.jpg),
    >> which merely requires activation on "a new line of service" with a 1
    >> ($100) or 2 ($150) year contract. Since I'm past contract expiration, I
    >> ought to qualify. At a local Sprint PCS store, they pretty much
    >> confirmed this -- they're showing the same rebate forms.
    >>
    >> It's the Amazon rebate
    >> (http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B0...8.LZZZZZZZ.jpg) that
    >> may be more problematic: "This rebate does not apply to phone purchases
    >> for use on an existing account and phone number. If you already have an
    >> existing account and wish to obtain a second line of service, you will
    >> qualify for the rebate if you purchase and activate the phone with a new
    >> service plan."
    >>
    >> I'm taking this to mean that although I'm out of contract, I'll need to
    >> first activate the Treo with a new phone number and THEN cancel my
    >> existing account. I can't keep my old phone number. I'd prefer to keep
    >> my old number, but it's not a big deal to me.
    >>
    >> Does anyone have any experience with this sort of thing? A salesman at
    >> the local Sprint PCS store started weaseling mightily when I asked him
    >> to explain why I shouldn't take Amazon's offer, which was $200 better
    >> than his offer. He was trying to tell me that Sprint might not honor
    >> such a deal unless I hadn't been a SPCS customer for at least 3 months.
    >> He wasn't being terribly convincing about this claim, though. It
    >> sounded a lot like he was making it up as he went along...
    >>
    >> Anybody have any similar experience? Any SPCS insiders who can give me
    >> the straight poop?
    >>

    >





  10. #10
    O/Siris
    Guest

    Re: Amazon rebates

    In article <[email protected]>,=20
    [email protected][email protected]=20
    says...
    > Which suggests that I simply activate the new line of service, and
    > cancel the old one, shortly thereafter.
    >=20
    > It's not that big a deal for me to change cell phone numbers. I'm an
    > old fart -- nobody calls me, except on rare occasions. It would be
    > *nice* to keep my old phone number, but not a big deal.
    >=20
    > I'm just wondering how long "shortly" needs to be. It would be a waste
    > to keep the old phone activated until the rebate shows up (usually 8
    > weeks after submission). That's around $80 down the drain.
    >=20
    > So, it's either a matter of waiting a few days, or 30 days. I'll
    > probably go with the latter, in the absence of any better information...
    >=20
    > We shall soon see. After 3 weeks of backorder limbo, Amazon has shipped
    > my new phone!


    One of the accounts on which I worked switched the phones=20
    across the very next day. I'm not a part of the rebate=20
    center, but I've found nothing in our system which requires=20
    either

    a) the original/old line remain active
    or
    b) the phone remains on the new line

    The new line must remains active for the assigned period,=20
    obviously. That, however is the only requirement I been=20
    able to verify so far.

    --=20
    -+-
    R=D8=DF
    O/Siris
    I work for SprintPCS
    I *don't* speak for them.



  11. #11
    John Richards
    Guest

    Re: Amazon rebates

    You haven't provided a convincing argument why the old phones need to
    remain active for 30 additional days. Why not transfer the old numbers
    to the newly activated phones the very next day?

    --
    John Richards


    Berniez wrote:
    > The way to handle this whole scenario is this. Let us assume you have 2
    > original phones on one account and both are out of contract which means
    > cancellable at any time. Go to Amazon, buy 2 new phones. Activate the 2
    > new phones with new lines of service under a 2 year contract. You must
    > then keep all 4 phones active for at least 30 days. Do not sign a
    > contract for the original phones!! Then cancel the original phones that
    > are out of contract after 30 days and transfer those phone numbers to
    > the new phones assuming you want the original numbers. I know for fact
    > Amazon only wants to see the phones were activated and that it is a new
    > line of service with a 1 year contract and active for at least 30 days.






  12. #12

    Re: Amazon rebates



    John Richards wrote:
    > You haven't provided a convincing argument why the old phones need to
    > remain active for 30 additional days. Why not transfer the old numbers
    > to the newly activated phones the very next day?


    I think the rationale would be that 30 days after activation, they will
    be checking to make sure that the phone is on a new line of service.
    Once that happens, you can cancel the old line and transfer the number
    to the new line.

    I'm not sure I want to be a test case for whether they are willing to
    call my new service contract a "new line of service" if it's got the old
    phone number when they check on it.




  13. #13
    Berniez
    Guest

    Re: Amazon rebates

    The way the Amazon rebate reads is you can't use the existing phone
    number with the rebate. The rebate says you must show a new phone
    number, a new 1 year commitment and a new service plan. It can be on the
    original account but must be a new line of service. So my guess is buy
    the phone, activate the phone, set up a new line with a new phone
    number, 1 year commitment, and a new service plan. Then once you get
    your bill showing all the above, mail a copy of your bill showing all
    the above and then you can cancel the original phone and port the
    original number to the new contract. My understanding is Amazon only
    wants to see the activation, 1 year commitment, new contract, new phone
    number attached to the phone just purchased. After you send in the
    rebate, you can do what you want. The logic is it will probably take 30
    days to make this all happen anyway. The copy of the bill is the key.
    Again, this is only the Amazon rebate we are talking about.
    The Sprint rebate will be a given if you are out of contract or just
    adding extra lines. Srint wants the copy of yours Amazon phone sales
    bill and the new phone number and the account must be kept active for 30
    days. If you change the phone number, you need to update the Sprint
    rebate at an 800 number to show what your did so the rebate stays in place
    Bernie

    [email protected] wrote:

    >
    > John Richards wrote:
    >
    >>You haven't provided a convincing argument why the old phones need to
    >>remain active for 30 additional days. Why not transfer the old numbers
    >>to the newly activated phones the very next day?

    >
    >
    > I think the rationale would be that 30 days after activation, they will
    > be checking to make sure that the phone is on a new line of service.
    > Once that happens, you can cancel the old line and transfer the number
    > to the new line.
    >
    > I'm not sure I want to be a test case for whether they are willing to
    > call my new service contract a "new line of service" if it's got the old
    > phone number when they check on it.
    >





  14. #14
    O/Siris
    Guest

    Re: Amazon rebates

    In article <[email protected]>, [email protected]=20
    says...
    > The way the Amazon rebate reads is you can't use the existing phone=

    =20
    > number with the rebate.
    >=20


    I've been trying to find something authoritative on this, and failed. =20
    What follows is speculation:

    It seems to me that Amazon gets paid as long as the new phone number=20
    gets activated and stays so for at least 30 days. As a result, I can=20
    think of very little business incentive to enforce this, even if it's=20
    written as you say.

    I'm not saying it *isn't* written that way. I just haven't looked at=20
    Amazon's conditions for myself.

    --=20
    -+-
    R=D8=DF
    O/Siris
    I work for SprintPCS
    I *don't* speak for them.



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