Anyone have history of sending in mail-in rebates for TigerDirect deals? Did you receive the rebate? I just want the phone so I am wondering whether doing the rebate deal is worth it. The price on the Lumia 520 alone is currently $89.99 on TigerDirect, which is lower than any other site I have found.
I am not sure why this is getting red. I was going to get the 521 from HSN for ~$80 (which had a lot of green) until I realized what a pain it is to get it unlocked (phone is for my mother while she is in Mexico). The Lumia 520 is much easier to get unlocked and is a terrific phone. With Shop Discover I will get another ~$6 back too. So basically I am getting the phone for ~$53. That is at least $27 cheaper than getting it at local store and I paid no tax. I was also under the impression they will try and activate the SIM at the store if you buy it there (unsure about that).
IndianOne (a new FatWallet member) is the one that brought this deal to our attention in the 521 HSN Thread (as MisterCheap gave him credit) and he was encouraged to start a new thread.
No one likes doing rebates. And the activation/credit card thing is annoying for the Total Defense. However, this is the absolute cheapest I have seen this phone and I believe green is merited.
(I plan on installing Total Defense in a virtual machine immediately after a snapshot so I can get rid of it...it is supposed to be utter junk.)
dealsearch said: axle619 said: The Lumia 520 is much easier to get unlocked. Could you elaborate that? a few $ from eBay.
Difficult to find such for the 521. Typically you'll need to request directly with T-Mobile for the unlock on the 521. They have a set of criteria, which may make it difficult for a new T-mobiler to obtain (ex. loaded $50, have this unit on for at least 7 days (possibly 6 months), etc)
ithinkurdumb said: The rebate is from Total Defense. Need to install and activate a subscription within 30 days to get the MIR. No, you DO NOT need to install. You can just activate your account online without installing. FYI, it signs you up for auto-renewal, but it's very easy to cancel on their website (just a few clicks)
TigerDirect has these TotalDefense bundle rebates all the time. I've only done it once before. In my experience, the MIR processing seemed longer than most of the MIR these days, and the communication was pretty poor. They initially rejected my rebate due to "missing original UPC" but I emailed them a scanned pdf of the UPC that I made and they processed it right away. N=1 so take it for what its worth, but I did get my rebate in the end. Just be sure to take all the usual MIR-related precautions and make scans (or take picture) of everything you send in.
BlueDragon said: Just wondering if anyone has used the ATT Go phone with regular ATT service? Also, what do people think about the recent change in law that make unlocking the cell phone on your own illegal?
From a signal standpoint, a phone should work identically on a GoPhone plan or a regular postpaid AT&T plan.
As for the stupid unlock "crime", nobody will ever be prosecuted for it, and it's about to change anyway.
I popped in my regular ATT sim card with the Phone. Logged on to my att account and asked the representative on chat for an unlock code . She asked me if I bought the " go phone " as a replacement . I said yes and was given the unlock code immediately on the Chat .
gtalum said: Quikboy4 said: I haven't seen this addressed, but if I am going to use this on a postpaid account, do i need to have a data plan? Yes. AT&T will see the phone on a sweep, and will automatically upgrade you to a data plan. What if you initially leave the sim out until after the first boot-up, disregard the activation requests, put it in Airplane Mode which would allow the use of wifi for data access, and since it would stop looking for the sim, then install the sim ?
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