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New Promo Details Emerging.... Galaxy S3 for $100? Starts July 16th

ForzaManny

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Technically that is possible if the new promo details we have been receiving are accurate.

We have been tipped of a new promo starting for U.S. Cellular on July 16th. New customers and existing customers adding a line will be receiving a $100 credit on their bill. So as long as it is a smartphone.

So if you want a Galaxy S 3 in the 16 GB model, you would be getting a $100 Mail In Rebate and the $100 Smartphone credit activation. That would be a $100 Galaxy S 3 after all credits and rebates. That's quite the bargain. Of course there is always fine print.

From what we have gathered:

  • You need to be a new customer, or existing customer adding a NEW line of service. No upgrades for the $100 Smartphone Credit.
  • The Credit is applied in $50 increments over the next 2 bill cycles.
  • You must pay your first bill before you see the first credit.

Overall quite the aggressive promo to get new customers to USC.

Phone prices seem to be changing too.... looks like starting next week, but this is what we're hearing:

  • Huawei Ascend II - FREE after MIR
  • BlackBerry Curve 9350 - FREE after MIR
  • HTC Wildfire (Grey) - $0.01 Instantly
  • Samsung Repp - $29.99 Instantly
  • Samsung Mesmerize - $79.99 Instantly
  • BlackBerry Torch - $99.99 after MIR
  • HTC Merge - $99.99 Instantly
  • HTC 7 PRO - $129.99 after MIR
  • Motorola Electrify $129.99 after MIR
  • Samsung Galaxy S Aviator - $199.99 Instantly
  • Samsung Galaxy S Aviator - $129.99 Instantly (4G areas maybe?)
  • Samsung Galaxy S II - $129.99 after MIR (Black)
  • Samsung Galaxy S II - $149.99 after MIR (White)
  • Samsung Galaxy S II - $149.99 after MIR (Black) (4G areas maybe?)
  • Samsung Galaxy S II - $179.99 after MIR (White) (4G areas maybe?)
  • Samsung Galaxy S III - $199.99 after MIR (White & Blue 16GB)
  • Samsung Galaxy S III - $249.99 after MIR (White 32GB)

We have also received details of some prepaid phone promotions.

  • HTC Wildfire will be $49.99 Instantly - No rebate required.
  • Samsung Repp $99.99 Instantly.
  • The Motorola Defy will be available for $199.99(New Model)
  • Motorola Electrify 2 for $349.99(New Model)
  • HTC Merge - $249.99 Instantly
  • Samsung Mesmerize - $249.99 Instantly
  • HTC One V - $249.99 Instantly
  • Motorola Electrify - $349.99 Instantly
  • Samsung GS II - $399.99 Instantly

Those are some decent starting points for prepaid customers looking to hop on the network but not sign the 2 year agreement required for contracts.

Those are the main highlights and it looks like pricing on other prepaid phones will remain the same for the time being.

As always, this isn't official until its official!

And... thanks to Anonymous for the info!




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So at this point, we can safely assume that they aren't planning to ever get rid of these "new customer only" deals?

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You dont have to be a new customer, you could be an existing customer adding a line of service.

The company needs to add subscribers to make the credit worth it. Otherwise they are just throwing the money away. New lines of service, new source of revenue.

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You dont have to be a new customer, you could be an existing customer adding a line of service.

The company needs to add subscribers to make the credit worth it. Otherwise they are just throwing the money away. New lines of service, new source of revenue.

Well yeah that's what I mean, but most current customers aren't looking to add a new line. I'm sure some are, but certainly not many. And I understand the reasoning, but we were told that the reason for the $30 upgrade fee was to replace the price difference between new and existing customers. So far it seems that is not the case.

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Wait, why do the SGII's have different prices? Not the white and black, but the tier under it.

The higher prices are for wave 1 and 2 LTE areas on the S2.

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Wait, why do the SGII's have different prices? Not the white and black, but the tier under it.

Those are prices in 4G areas.... guessing they are higher there to encourage customers to pay $20-$50 more and jump on the 4G network. Why get a GSII when can pay just a bit more and get GSIII is my guess at USCC's thoughts and hopefully offloading 3G customers to 4G

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blueandigo, on , said:

Wait, why do the SGII's have different prices? Not the white and black, but the tier under it.

Those are prices in 4G areas.... guessing they are higher there to encourage customers to pay $20-$50 more and jump on the 4G network. Why get a GSII when can pay just a bit more and get GSIII is my guess at USCC's thoughts and hopefully offloading 3G customers to 4G

Ah okay. We get screwed then lol.

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ForzaManny, on , said:

You dont have to be a new customer, you could be an existing customer adding a line of service.

The company needs to add subscribers to make the credit worth it. Otherwise they are just throwing the money away. New lines of service, new source of revenue.

Well yeah that's what I mean, but most current customers aren't looking to add a new line. I'm sure some are, but certainly not many. And I understand the reasoning, but we were told that the reason for the $30 upgrade fee was to replace the price difference between new and existing customers. So far it seems that is not the case.

I think the argument was that it would prevent regular customer pricing for new and existing from differing. These promos where they run $100 new line activation credits are not new or perminent, they run them from time to time. The prices being different for new and existing customers has been permiminent until the $30 charge was added.

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So, basically, I need to add a line to get a cheap phone, and then kill my current line (since it is out of contract) to get a good price on a new phone. That really sucks.

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will the ones that purchased before be able to receive it if they are in the 15 day window

No. The only way to receive the smart phone credit is to start a new line. You cannot receive it if it is an upgrade.

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