dealshtc droid eris android phone (verizon wireless…

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I own it, I love it.
It's just a shame Verizon doesn't give deals like this to already loyal customers. For shame.

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@chewbacchi: Sure they will ... you just need to get locked in for another 2 years with them.

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Bought mine on ebay last night for $50. Phone, case, 2x battery, wall charger, usb cable -- No contract.

Refurbs rock.

But hey, if you want to chuck 2 years of your life into Verizon and don't have the option to go to Cricket Mobile or one of the other decent low-rate companies then this would be a decent deal.

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Surely there is a monthly cost associated with this?

What is it? It's not $0.01.

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Isn't it $79 a month? I'm only paying $10 a month on Verizon with my XV6700 windows phone.

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Remember, if you can afford it at all, buy the phone at full price unsubsidized. It may even be better to get it on a credit card than the "free" subsidized plan.

When you get a phone subsidized you sign a 2 year contract at a higher rate than if you were to walk in and activate a phone. Cell phone companies don't really advertise this or make it tricky to find out how much you will save (except t-mobile, who has the rate difference right on their site) but on the order of $20-$30/month is normal.

this means that over 2 years, 24 months, you are paying at least an extra $480 to get the "free" phone now. The subsidized phone is basically just a disguised store payment plan, with the huge added disadvantage that if plan prices come down in the next two years (very likely) you will still be stuck at the higher rate.

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May I ask here what pitfalls should be expected if one buys a used, almost new Verizon Droid Eris on Ebay? Can the Droid browser be used over a home 802.11g home network without activating the phone with a carrier?

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@billyjohnston: The obvious would be if the ESN is dirty. That is to say someone racked up a huge phone bill with the carrier, which all transfers to you at the time of re-activation.

It could also be a stolen phone. I don't think I need to touch on the bad points of that one.

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Anyone know if they require a deposit?

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jwm,

I used to work at verizon. the monthly cost is the same with or without contract. as for other carriers, I can't say.

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@stevec5000: No, you're paying $10 a month for the data only. You pay at least $70 a month for "talk", or $100 for "talk and text".

Try to add up all the numbers on the bill. It comes to A Lot.

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I'm not sure I understand this, r u guys saying that if I sign up for a 2 year contract, I will play more per month for service as opposed to buying the phone with out activation? I think the 79.99 deal is a good deal with 2 year activation.