Who Are You Buying That Cell Phone From?

Today, if you were to search Google for the phrase “Free Cell Phones” you would find 179,000,000 results, or the phrase “cell phone stores online” bring back 42,100,000 results. That would lead a consumer to believe there are countless companies from which to buy a cell phone online.
During a trip down pages and pages of search Togel via gopay engine results, you will find brand name companies such as Best Buy, Radio Shack, Walmart, and Sams Club along with phone manufacturers such as Motorola, LG and Nokia, all with the ability to purchase a phone, with a service plan, through their own companies website.

After painstaking research, it turns out that besides each cellular service provider’s website, such as AT&T, T-mobile or Verizon , there are only 3 companies, or resellers, from whom fulfill the majority of online cell phone purchases.

These 3 companies are Letstalk.com, Amazon.com and Inphonic.com

Why buy through a reseller? :

1. Better prices
The example we looked at July 8th, was the BlackBerry® Curve for AT&T wireless.

AT&T

Pay now price: $299.99

Mail in Rebate card: -$100.00

Final sale price: $199.99

Inphonic / Wirefly

Pay now price: $149.99

Mail in Rebates: -$150.00

Final sale price: $0.00

Amazon

Pay now price: $99.98

Mail in Rebates: -$100.00

Final sale price: $0.00

Letstalk

Pay now price: $99.99

Mail in Rebates: -$150.00

Final sale price: $0.00 plus you get $50 back (after rebates)

2. Freedom to Choose
The wireless service provider websites do not show you what their competitors have to offer. They show their “specials” or “featured” products with descriptions, pictures and the associated cost of their phone or plan.
In contrast, 2 of the 3 online resellers, Amazon.com and Inphonic give you the ability to choose service plans and cell phones from the different service providers.It’s true that you have to toggle between pages to compare different provider plans or phones.. The third reseller, Letstalk.com, gives you the ability to not only choose from different service providers, but compare phones and plans from the different carriers side-by-side. They also offer expert and user reviews.

3. The Good, Bad and the Ugly
We have reviewed and purchased a cell phone and plan from each of the three resellers, some of which were through their partner sites.

Here is how we rate each of the buying experiences:

Website Functionality:

Letstalk.com – Navigation is superb, many offers to choose from. The “Rate Plan Finder” and “Phone Finder” functions are the best. We can view all the service plans available from the variety of carriers, and compare eight plans side-by-side. This is the only site we have seen, in which a user can add a line to your existing family plan or wireless account. The ability to buy unlocked phones and carrier phones without a service plan provides us with options and alternatives. The one stop shopping for any type of phone and plan, whether it be porting your existing number, activating a new line of service, or adding onto existing accounts,make this site a winner. The checkout is simple and straight forward.

Amazon.com – Navigation is good, the buy flow leaves a lot to be desired. Although they do have the ability to view a number of service plans on the same page, they are not well marked and a click on each plan is necessary to view all features of the plan. The same could be said about the cell phone selection as well. Amazon does not have a number porting process. The consumer would need to do most of the “port” work with the new carrier over the phone. This could lead to an extra $250 charge if the customer does not follow the exact procedure. The checkout is a simple process, and the explanations of required information are very informative, especially the “risks of buying a phone and plan for someone else”. It is confusing as to why wirefly has phone offers on the amazon website.

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