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    Today I decided to make the run around to get the latest about the PRE at each of the stores in my area. I have two Sprint Corp stores, one Sprint The Customer Care store (IE Non Corp) and a Best Buy.

    Sorry if this is long, but I learned a lot today about certain things, at least in my area.

    First place I went to was the non Corp Sprint store, which is where I will probably be getting the PRE. Because of not being a Corp store, they had a Waiting list. I got on the waiting list yesterday when I called them and I am number 3. Today I went in the manager told me she now has 5 people on the waiting list, which she said it guarantees me the phone. She also told me they are definitely getting 15 phones, which is not bad for a small Sprint store. She did say they won't get the accessories right away, so if I want them I would have to go somewhere else. This was the only store opening up at 8 AM. Lets cross fingers she was telling me the truth. She did give me here card though.

    I then went to Best Buy and I talked to the mobile department manager. I asked him about the Pre and he said he will be selling it on Saturday at 10 AM. I asked him if he had the demo yet, and he said yes, but was told by Sprint that it couldn't be displayed until the 6th. With a little coaxing I got him to show me the PRE for a few minutes. I was more interested to see if my case that I have and my screen protector, which I have an extra one, would work temporarily until I can get the real thing. I have a Sprint Touch right now and I am using a Blackberry Curve magnetic leather case. The Pre fit in close to perfect. The screen protector was a little big, but could be easily cut to fit. He also said there were only a couple of cases, hard shells, and the Touchstone that will be available on launch day,and possibly they might have the car charger, but that he was unsure. He said they weren't getting the screen protector that is made for the pre until the end of June. I ask him if anyone has called about the PRE and he said about 40. I asked him how much was he getting and he told me he wasn't allowed to say. So I got him to answer without answering. I said so you probably won't have 40, I guess, more like 15- 20 and he shook his head in agreement without saying a word. I asked how he was going to handle the crowd. He said when he gets in, he will see how many people are there in line outside. If there are more than what he has, he will go outside and give numbers and the rest he will tell them to go elsewhere, so they don't have to wait. I thought that was nice.

    Now on to the Sprint Corp stores. First both stores were clueless. They have been basically been told nothing about what they are suppose to do yet. They said they have specialist coming in on Saturday to handle the PRE to set them up. Both stores are opening up at 10 AM. I asked about Premier Customer and even showed them the printout from Sprint about getting the phone early, and they said, as of now they are not doing anything different for Premier Customers. I asked about the 25% off on accessories for Premier Customers, and was told, on your anniversary, you were sent a letter, and in the letter was a Premier Card. You would be allowed to use the card to get 25% off of 1 accessory only once. But in the same sentence, she told me but I could get 20% off of all accessories instead.

    Well that was my journey today. A little bit learned, but will see come this weekend what will happen.
    Last edited by dfine1966; 06/03/2009 at 02:52 PM.
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    Just wanted to let you know though in case you didn't, that many reports are saying that the corp stores are getting buttloads of Pre phones. 75-100 are a few rumored amounts people were told from their corp store. So keep that in mind in case you come up empty handed on Saturday from your first option.
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    I know the Corp are getting a good amount. My problem is I can't be there at 10 AM. My daughters birthday party is that day and I must be home by 10 AM. My wife would kill me if I didn't. Plus, I would never place a phone over anything, especially my daughter. So going to the non corp store at 8 AM might be my only option.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dfine1966 View Post
    I know the Corp are getting a good amount. My problem is I can't be there at 10 AM. My daughters birthday party is that day and I must be home by 10 AM. My wife would kill me if I didn't. Plus, I would never place a phone over anything, especially my daughter. So going to the non corp store at 8 AM might be my only option.
    the corp store wont open till 10? hmm
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    I know the corp store near me has 125 in inventory.
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    Last week at both stores there were signs on the front doors saying they would be opened at June 6 , 2009 at 8:00 AM. When I went today, both signs for both stores were taken down. I went in and asked and they said they are now opening up at 10 AM instead, normal hours. They wouldn't give a good explanation except they were told by Sprint to change back to normal hours.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dfine1966 View Post
    Last week at both stores there were signs on the front doors saying they would be opened at June 6 , 2009 at 8:00 AM. When I went today, both signs for both stores were taken down. I went in and asked and they said they are now opening up at 10 AM instead, normal hours. They wouldn't give a good explanation except they were told by Sprint to change back to normal hours.
    Interesting, I will check out my Sprint Store (Corp) before the 6th.
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    Mayber they're going to let Best Buy sell out early, and create a rush for their stores. FWIW, the corporate store in Portland OR was just as clueless as the stores you went into. No early openings, no knowledge of promos, no special hours or anything.


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    Got on a waiting list at a non corp store. # 12 out of 20 they will be receiving. There is a corporate store in the same plaza so I think i have a pretty good chance of getting one on saturday!
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    Quote Originally Posted by dfine1966 View Post
    ...they were told by Sprint to change back to normal hours.
    I got the same story at the local Sprint Corp. store.
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    Just to be clear, when you guys talk about a Sprint corp store vs. non-corp are you referring to:
    (1) Sprint store for corporate sales (to business) vs. non-corporate (consumers)
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    (2) Sprint owned store vs. an "Authorized Affiliate" store
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    ^#2
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    Quote Originally Posted by em.eggers View Post
    the corp store wont open till 10? hmm
    Yeah, you can kiss that 8am crap goodbye lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by reidme View Post
    Just to be clear, when you guys talk about a Sprint corp store vs. non-corp are you referring to:
    (1) Sprint store for corporate sales (to business) vs. non-corporate (consumers)
    or
    (2) Sprint owned store vs. an "Authorized Affiliate" store
    Sorry, #2 Sprint owned store vs. an "Authorized Affiliate" store. I am not a business customer.
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    I went to Best Buy today, just happened to speak with the store manager and she said they already had some in stock.

    I played with the dummy unit for a few minutes, and the keyboard, the Q and A were a little hard for me to hit consistent, due to the raised up edges. But I would compare the actual KB to the Pro, with a little more spacing between the keys. To me, it doesn't feel as small as I would have thought, I held it next to the Treo Pro, seems to feel about the same.

    My Sprint store said they were opening at 8am, nothing special for Premier customers, and the closet party was in Chicago.
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    ALL SPRINT CORP stores in Manhattan will have at least 100 Pres on day 1.
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    Hmm. I had been under the impression that only corp stores were getting the pre on the 6th, and not affiliates. Anyone else hear that?

    Best regards,

    Jake
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    quick question how do you know if it is a corp store and not just a regular one?
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    Quote Originally Posted by NBENZ View Post
    quick question how do you know if it is a corp store and not just a regular one?
    Well you can ask, and if you use the store locator feature on the sprint website, it usually indicates a second name for the affliate store, eg. "Wireless Warehouse" or the like.

    Best regards,

    Jake
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    My sprint store said they didn't know if they would be selling the Pre until that morning. I said that's stupid and I will be going to best buy instead.
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