JLP was recently bragging about the great deal on the Motorola V557 but I think I’ve got him beat. We both use the same carrier, so let me tell you about my experience today.
I know I’ve touted the excellent benefits of my employer before, but we get a litle discount for Cingular equipment and service. My wife decided she was happy with what I got her for Valentine’s day and wanted to reciprocate it, and I’ve always been nagging about how much we need a good camera phone. I was undecided between the Motorola Razr and the Cingular 2125. I’ve never known of any Cingular brand products, and it turns out the Cingular 2125 is a HTC Faraday rebranded to Cingular, so I was a little skeptical.
I wanted something with a camera and with Bluetooth, those were my major requirements. The Cingular 2125 was an immediate interest because it runs Windows CE 5 and has the other mandatory features. Even better, it’s not a flip phone, which I *hate* (ever wonder why flip phones didn’t catch on for regular analog/land lines or in business?! probably never…but why are they so popular for cell phones?! it’s MARKETING, and I’m sure of it! Some bozo said “we can sell more phones if we put at least one movable part on them that’s guaranteed to break, and we’ll double our chances if we put an antenna on it too”).
I talked to a friend at work today who got the Cingular 2125 about a month ago, and he told me about the awesome service he got through our company, so I thought I’d give them a try. The first time I called I was quoted $269 for the phone, minus $50 if I got an unlimited data plan, which she told me was $45 dollars. I thought that was kind of expensive, because through the web site it said it was $299 minus a $100 mail in rebate. I let her go and talked to my friend again and he said that she didn’t know what she was talking about when it came to the data, she was referring to a PDA plan (one for the Treo/Research In Motion/RIM/Blackberry). I called back and tried again to order, but this time was told that she wouldn’t sell to me because my personal account wasn’t linked with the business account yet. So I said, well, someone else will, so I called back, and *THIS TIME* I got it for $169. Yes, a $300 smart phone with a 1.3mp camera, a monstrous screen, a leather case, a usb cable, bluetooth support, and an included 64mb mini SD card for $169.
It took me 3 calls and a little hold time, but what a DEAL! I think the biggest lesson here is if you don’t like what you’re hearing from someone at Cingular, try again It appears to be a total crap shoot, and your odds are probably better than any table in Las Vegas. I owe a big thanks to my wife for the phone, which I expect to get Monday.