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    What, if any, are the advantages to purchasing from someone other than service provider? ie, ebay, etc....

    I can only think of the fact that I wouldn't be locked into a service agreement.

    However, In my case I have always been a VZW customer due to superior coverage in my area.

    So what am I missing? Should I just purchase direct from VZW?

    Thanks in advance!

    Travis
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    If you qualify for a rebate, you can buy it at a lower price from the carrier. If not then you'd pay the full $600. On eBay whether you qualify or not, you can get it for less money.
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    a second hand one on ebay can be cheaper than a new unlocked one.
    However if you are going to take an (expensive) plan, a new one from your provider might be the best choice.
    All depends on how much you use the phone..
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    i use approximately 1000 minutes a month and about 60 text messages thrown in. I am able to take advantage of the upgrade offer.
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    With an eBay Treo, you take the chance of getting ripped off or getting something other than what you think you're getting, like a damaged phone or one that's not unlocked when its advertised as unlocked. For this risk you should expect to save enough $$ to make it worth your risk.

    Obviously, the usual caveats about eBay hold. Only deal with an eBay-er with lots of positive feedback. Ask the seller questions before you bid. Be real clear about what you're bidding on. My experiences on eBay have generally all been positive. Unfortunately, lots of other folks have not been so lucky. With something like a Treo, I tend to prefer to pay more and deal with an established seller like PalmOne or Cingular. Much easier to return a defective unit to one of them than to try to chase down an individual that already has your money.
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    You said your eligible for the upgrade. Definitely get it from Verizon. Has the 650 been released for them, yet? If not, but soon will be, wait for it. I had the Cingular 600 for two weeks, then the 650 came out. It was night and day. If you can afford the price difference, my advice is get the 650.
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    well I purchased a new T650 on ebay. Was listed as unlocked to Cingular. However, I ended up having to contact Cingular to obtain the Sim subsidy unlock code. It now works like a charm. In your case though, I would just go through Verizon because then you would know you are safe. I only went through ebay because I was not going to pay the outrageous data plan rates with Cingular as I already had the Unlimited MediaWorks package for $19.99.
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    I considered buying from ebay, but whilst waiting for my flight I stepped into a store called Airport Wireless (www.airportwireless.com). They were selling unlocked/unbranded GSM and CDMA Treo 600's for $299 so I bought from there. I'm really glad I did cos I had to exchange the unit twice due to small defects. They have really good service and the entire process was painless and instant. I had a bad experience buying a Nokia 6620 from ebay and swore never to buy a phone from there again. I'd highly recommend them if you're getting a 600. 650's were not very heavily discounted - $649 unlocked.
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    My advcie, oft repeated here (perhaps to the level of annoyance <grin>), is to walk in to a brick and mortar "all carriers" store. I prepared myself with various printouts of online offers prepared to argue my way into a cheap price. So I walk in, all my bluster held in check, and ask for a Cingulat Treo 650 on the 1st day of release. They didn't have any but were expecting their first one that day and said it should arrive via UPS any minute. Went next door for a slice of Pizza, came back and they were unpacking the UPS boxes.

    So I ask "How much is it gonna cost me ?"...The guy opens up his price book, checks w/ Cingular on line and says $325, w/ one year committment. Best offer I had seen on line at that point was $399 w/ $50 data plan rebate and a TWO year committment. He cancelled my old account....and opened a new account so I could qualify for the "new customer" rebates.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rambo47
    With an eBay Treo, you take the chance of getting ripped off or getting something other than what you think you're getting, like a damaged phone or one that's not unlocked when its advertised as unlocked.

    If you can get the same pricing thru the carrier - go with the carrier (obviously.

    Ebay - I ALWAYS use my preferred credit card and get an email from the seller with an EXACT description of the device, ie, brand new unregistered blah blah blah. If it is not as described, this is a fraudulent cc transaction and I simply dispute with cc company and offer to return the item. I've never had a problem.
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    please dont purchase Treo smartphones from ebay because most definitely palmOne wont support the warranty for those phones. palmOne wont honor the second hand phones from ebay and it will automatically be considered as out of Mfg Warr. trust me on this...
    Last edited by pound; 04/17/2005 at 11:59 AM. Reason: corrections
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    I went with eBay. I'm a long term Sprint customer so I can get the $150 18 month rebate, but that comes with a 2 year commitment now. So even with that the phone would have cost me $500 with taxes and all. I got a new Sprint Treo 650 off of ebay for $430 with shipping et al. Now I can either decide not to sign a contract or get another phone with the $150 rebate and sell that to put more money toward the $430 I paid on ebay for the 650.

    If you are switching carriers though. Go with the subsidized deals. I could have gotten new service with Sprint and gotten it for $289, but I want to keep my old retention plan. They don't offer anything close to that anymore. I hear you can transfer the plan to another acct. Is that true? Could I have just opened a new service, gotten the subsidy and then just transferred my old plan to the new number and closed my old number?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pound
    please dont purchase Treo smartphones from ebay because most definitely palmOne wont support the warranty for those phones. palmOne wont honor the second hand phones from ebay and it will automatically be considered as out of Mfg Warr. trust me on this...

    I'm not sure what your situation is, but I can tell you this is just incorrect for most folks.

    1 - palm has NO idea where and when you got your phone until it is registered

    2 - a co-worker bought a used phone off ebay that had a problem. he called P1 and told them where he got the phone and they still replaced it under warranty.

    I'm sure if you phone was used and already registered, you might have an issue, and understandably so. If you get a 650, they have not even been on the market for a year yet, so there is little chance they would not honor the warranty.

    ...your mileage may differ...
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    i got my treo 650 on ebay brand new and sealed. READ everything before you buy anything from ebay.
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    Amazon now has the lowest price deal I have seen for Cingular. Cingular Treos are now $299....$25 cheaper than I paid for mine on 02/02/05 in brick and mortar. Their Sprint OTOH is $469.99. Better to stay at Treo Central for the $289.99 Sprint model.

    Though try this if you want a shocker

    http://www.dealtime.com/xGS-treo_650_unlocked

    $37.49 for unlocked Treo 650....NOT !

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