We often see third party retailers offer better deals on smartphones, as compared to what you would pay direct with the carrier. And well, while we almost expect that to happen these days — we do not always expect it to happen within the first 24 hours of the release. Anyway, that being said, that is exactly what has happened with the Motorola Droid 4. Verizon Wireless released the handset and has it selling for $199.99 on a two-year agreement. Amazon Wireless is selling the same phone for half the price, $99.99 on a two-year agreement. Of course, we should point out the “Amazon Wireless Instant Discount Policy” for those who are considering the purchase. You see, if you make this purchase with Amazon Wireless — make sure you do not cancel your contract early or you will be paying your regular ETF with Verizon as well as a $250 penalty with Amazon. According to the fine print;
“When you purchase your device with service from AmazonWireless.com, we automatically pass along an instant discount from the carrier to you. This discount has been provided to you based on your agreement to (a) activate a new, or extend an existing, line of service for this device with the carrier, and (b) maintain this service in good standing for a minimum of 181 consecutive days. If you do not activate or extend a line of service in connection with this device, or if your service is canceled/disconnected before 181 consecutive days, AmazonWireless.com will charge you $250 per device, plus applicable taxes.”
With that, this policy (or a similar one) is often associated with third party retailers as it is what allows them to offer such low prices. Bottom line, this is a good deal and it is safe to buy with third party retailers provided you plan to keep your agreement in good standing.