| | Re: Need to buy a phone outright
"sms88" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> On 7/20/2012 10:06 AM, tycho wrote:
>> I have purchased brand-new-in-box Verizon phones from Newegg, Amazon, and
>> many small e-tailers (Meritline; Ice Monkey) and "one deal a day" sites.
>> Last year I bought Palm Pixi Pluses for myself and my S.O., and they
>> pretty much the same way they would arrive from Verizon. Pricing runs
>> about $50 to less than $40. Just this week I bought a N.I.B Palm Pre 2
>> Verizon from Amazon for $70.
> When HP was shutting down Palm I went to the store in Mountain View where
> they were selling all the Palm phones. There was no quantity limit, and
> some individuals were buying hundreds of phones to resell. I gave up
> because the line was so long and their credit card processing machine was
> not functioning.
> The thing I worry about with some of the obsolete phones is that there are
> unlikely to be newly manufactured batteries for them. I ran into that
> problem already with an old HTC feature phone. You could buy batteries for
> it but they were so old that they didn't last long.
Fair point, but these phones are not -that- old.
The Pixies all had great batteries, and the Pre 2 (not that old a device;
new to VZW in, what, early '11?) that I just acquired similarly has a
battery of very recent vintage.
For a while I was buying batteries for my old V3m RAZR. Sometimes they'd
come dated 2006. Sometimes they'd come only a year old. But they were only
costing a buck, so no big deal...