BlackBerry Bold FREE After Rebate via LetsTalk.com!

FREE BlackBerry Bold!
By Kevin Michaluk on 4 Nov 2008 09:02 pm EST
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WTF?! It has officially been available for less than 24 hours and you can already get yourself a BlackBerry Bold for FREE. Click on over to Walmart's website or LetsTalk.com, sign yourself up for a 2 year AT&T contract, and the $199.99 priced BlackBerry Bold will be yours for FREE after you send in the $199.99 mail-in rebate. 

Like seriously. This is sort of insane. We've been squalking at the fact the T-Mobile Pearl flip didn't hit the market at $50, and here is a deal to get RIM's flagship smartphone for nothing. I hope RIM left the BlackBerry Bold making factory turned on overnight... they're gonna need 'em! If you're thinking about taking advantage of this deal, check that the available plans suit your needs (aren't overkill), READ THE FINE PRINT and make sure you're cool with the terms and conditions before you buy.

[ via Engadget ]

Topics: News & Rumors

48 comments

Bla1ze

LetsTalk has ALWAYS had some hefty terms that come with buying from them, the deal indeed will be legit, but the terms are what you have to look out for so as to not violate them.

Previously they have had things where you have to sign up for a specific data plan and remain on the plan for 6 mnths etc..cancellation of/changing of that plan would be considered a breach of contract with them. This insures they get credit for their sales and profit from your upgrading, which is fine you get a deal...they make $$...just be sure to follow it through, make sure you READ the terms.

VoltaicShock

You can only choose two plans which are way more then I need:

http://www.letstalk.com/plans/shop.htm?pgId=101&prId=34661&indexAdd=1&sh...

AT&T Nation 1350 w/Rollover®
79.99

AT&T Unlimited Plan
99.99

Looks to me you end up paying the $399 or $549 in the long run for the phone.

mjd081

Better get your Walmart deals now, because now that Obama is in him and the democrats are gonna punish them for being so successful.

Bla1ze

Maybe that will make their "Greeters" more friendly? LMAO!!

ibarlow

i hope you were joking

centerpiece

Man, you know how many people have got to be pissed rushing out yesterday and paying 299 or whatever.

jckowal

Wirefly.com also has the Bold with new contract or upgrade for $199.

Joe The Teacher

The biggest fine print is that you have to have one of their top tier plans. So minimum you are going to be paying around 3800 bucks over a 2 year contract, thats not including taxes. Not exactly a deal kids....

Anonymous

It is a deal, it is better than the sale price being $199 or something. As some people have top tier plans already, and will pay $0 more dollars than they would have. That means their plan is $80 a month for 24 months is $1920 (not 3800 bucks), which they would pay regardless of what phone they have. Let's see do I want my old beat 8300 or a nice new shiny bold for well the exact same price. So for some it is a deal. Thanks

Father Edwardo

After the absolute shock & horror and cursing of AT&T for violating me like an alter boy by making me pay $399 w/ $100 mail in rebate, the details of the rebate make me feel a wee bit better...

$199.99 LetsTalk mail-in rebate

Purchase select AT&T phones from LetsTalk.com or any of our affiliated partners and retailers online or through our customer service department and receive a $199.99 mail-in rebate when you activate new AT&T service on a service plan of $59.99 per month or more. Offer Qualifications and Restrictions: This mail-in rebate is exclusive to LetsTalk.com and LetsTalk's affiliated online retailers and partners and is not available in any stores or carrier websites. This mail-in rebate applies only to individual plans or line 1 of a family plan This mail-in rebate requires a new 2 year service agreement. Certain other rate plans may not apply. Failure to maintain the minimum qualifying service plan for 181 days will invalidate the rebate. Rebate form will be made available for customer to download after order completion and fulfillment.

Requirements
1. Print & submit a copy of the rebate form. A customized version of your rebate form is available for download via our Rebate Center. There is a unique form for each phone purchased. Please double check to make sure you have all the right forms. Also, if you changed your cell phone number, please be sure to indicate your new cell phone number on the rebate form. Without these numbers, we will not be able to complete your rebate!
2. Submit a copy of your Proof of Purchase Receipt. You have a few options for your proof of purchase; you can use the Packing Slip that was included with your shipment or print a copy of the Receipt via our Rebate Center.
3. Attach a copy of the GREY LetsTalk.com barcode sticker (located on the bottom of your equipment box) to the space provided on the rebate form.
4. Submit a copy of your 4th month carrier bill. The bill must show that you have made payment and that "all outstanding balance" has been paid in full (Please circle this section on the bill).
5. Ensure that you have everything and make copies for your records. Then mail the required paperwork to the address indicated on the rebate form. USE SEPARATE ENVELOPES IF YOU ARE SUBMITTING MULTIPLE REBATES.

NOTE: Your rebate submission must be postmarked between 120 days and 180 days or we will be unable to process your rebate request

Terms & Conditions
Please allow 8-10 weeks after submission for check processing. Equipment serial and cell phone numbers will be verified as active on our system prior to rebate being fulfilled.

SO HERE IS THE $430+ DOLLAR QUESTION. IS IT WORTH SIGNING UP FOR A NEW 2 YEAR SERVICE AND WAITING A MINIMUM OF 5 MONTHS TO PAY ABSOLUTE ZERO FOR A BOLD?

i am glad I got the first one in Sin City and I have 30 days to figure it out?

dakatone

It isn't bad if you were going to get a plan like that already, but if I am reading the terms correctly you do not get the rebate form until AFTER the 181 days are completed. So your 200 bucks is in your hands around 3 days before the 2 year contract is up :P

darkstar286

Damn, I just came here to post this on the forums, and I got scooped by Kevin.
gg, man, gg...

Anonymous421321321

no, no lies

just need a

*2 year commit

*$79.99 voice plan

*bb unlimited plan

*unlimited messaging plan

total plan value of $129.99 for a free phone...

thats the catch!

Frediec

you pay more in the long run, because the cheapest plan is 80 bucks

relax people

I don't see what the big deal is about the terms. Who is going to get a Bold and NOT have an unlimited data and text plan? I'm currently paying $140/mo for my Curve plan with international unlimited data etc. so there is no "catch" to this new deal. I also have no problems signing a 2yr contract as I have been with AT&T for years and had great service and will stay with them anyway. Relax people, if you only use 300 minutes a month, no text plan, 5megs of data and want a $40/mo phone bill....a BlackBerry is not for you anyway! Sheesh

VoltaicShock

I agree with you about the unlimited data and text plan, but not everyone needs 1350 mintues a month.

I only need 450 at the most. If I happen to go over I can use my rollover minutes.

Anonymous

(applause) wooo wooo... I couldnt have said it better myself.

C Wong

I checked out the site. It looked like they required a 1350 min plan (at minimum). The incremental increase from ATT is about $40/mth at 24 mths = $960 over a two year period......hmmmm I'd rather pay $299 and stick with my plan

8==8

the price at wirefly would be $200 after rebate, no shenanigans from what i can tell. $200 better than $300 and better than the "free" deal from letstalk

Anonymous bb

Did any body else notice that on Wal-Mart page it says the processor is 312 Mhz instead of 624 Mhz...

anon

Yes, I noticed that too. I bet the "Blackberry Bold Unlimited" is the knockoff version of the "Blackberry Bold" that uses the rejected processors that failed full speed (624 MHz) testing.

dakatone

Also note that Intel initially made two separate PXA270 Xscale processors (the one Bold uses): one supported up to 520MHz and the later up to 624MHz. It would not be unrealistic for a portion of Bolds to be installed, inadvertently or otherwise, with the original lower frequency version and then sold appropriately.

identity070

I tried going through this coz this seemed a mouth watering deal but ofcourse there has to be a catch! Well, the plan required was minimum 79$ plus minimum 30$ data plan plus 20$ sms plan ... all required ... so basically a monthly plan of $149! (not to forget, add another few bucks for taxes) .. so I guess not as sweet as the deal sounds!!!

mxr023

Amazon.com has this phone for $150 with any voice plan and a required BB data plan. So it's a better deal than letstalk.com if you don't want to get the $79.99 voice plan.

Giblet

This promo pricing is only for new activations. On renewal it ends up being $149.99. But for that amount of difference, might be worth it to have to get a new phone number......

Rob C

I bought the Bold on Monday night and paid the upgrade price ($400 with a $100 rebate). I just called AT&T to complain that Wal-Mart is offering the Bold for $150 less for upgrade price. THE REP GAVE ME A $150 CREDIT ON MY PLAN!! :-) I didn't even have to yell or get mad!!! Well done, AT&T!!

Call into the main number and hit the option for changing your plan/service.

VoltaicShock

I should try this once I get my phone from Fedex and activate it.

sonicjai

it's not good for those who need so many minutes.. 450 is more than enough for me. i'd pass on this

S. Rimmoto

The fine print. Activate NEW AT&T service on a service plan of $59.99 per month or more. NOTICE not for upgrades. Existing customers must add another number to their account. There’s more NOTE: Your rebate submission must be postmarked between 120 days and 180 days or we will be unable to process your rebate request. Keep reading. Terms & Conditions Please allow 8-10 weeks after submission for check processing. Here’s the kicker. Equipment serial and cell phone numbers will be verified as active on our system prior to rebate being fulfilled.
Fine I have an unlimited plan anyway. Your rebate is held by Let’s Talk (LT) for 6-months then they will take another 2-months to process it. If the equipment serial number does not match on your account because you had to swap it for insurance, defective device, broken, or any other reason, you may be required to submit additional information to LT which could further delay your rebate. Your free BB will cost you money and frustration. I would deal with AT&T directly, you have more leverage should something happen to the device. Good service costs money pay for it and you’ll be better off.

packetgod

There is no way I'll pay 20$ a month for messages that should be free. I begrudgingly pay the 5$ for up to 200 messages or whatever. Plus with rollover 900 minutes is more than enough for me. They are really tricky with the phone price as well, if you select the 900 minute plan you have to pay 299 for the phone with only a 100$ rebate. Same as in the stores. Looks like Wirefly is the way to go in that instance.

But yes the Letstalk rebates are normally nuts as you have a 30 day window 120 days after purchase to submit it so you need to be on top of it. I missed out on one of those rebates as someone recyled my paperwork.

At this point I think I'll wait for the Storm and see how it suits me. Once AT&T sees their prices there might be a big drop in the Bold price as well.

elee8888

Man, this is better than my deal of going onto EBAY to purchase a unlocked phone. Shoot....wondering if I should have waited.

I am a TMOBILE customer. Can anyone that's on ATT suggest that I should switch? Are the data plans more expensive over at ATT?

Thanks,

-E

siha

Either way it's $199 if you don't fulfill the mail-in rebate requirements, which is $100 cheaper...so why are people complaining?

Bradley83

When I first read this I was outraged after paying $450 (yes I will get a rebate for $100 in 8 weeks which will bring it down to $$350 including activation fee) yesterday morning to get my Bold from an AT&T store. However, they have a limited selection of plans available for selection with the purchase of a Bold through Walmart, which would have me paying for far more minutes than I currently need on the family play I have now. Is it possible to buy the phone through Walmart and then select a different plan after delivery?

dre_accounting@yahoo.com

I will be switching to AT&T in December. If I purchase this phone from either wirefly.com and/or letstalk.com, will there be any problems if they tell me that I have to pay a security deposit?

sabersoul

Waiting on "Carrier Approval" for mine. I've already got an AT&T acct, I shouldn't have to wait! :P

hax0r

Just wait until after Christmas. These phones will be free by then.

Gregerator2

Although the banner says plans of 79.99 or more the fine print reads:

"199.99 LetsTalk mail-in rebate

Purchase select AT&T phones from LetsTalk.com or any of our affiliated partners and retailers online or through our customer service department and receive a $199.99 mail-in rebate when you activate new AT&T service on a service plan of $59.99 per month or more. Offer Qualifications and Restrictions: This mail-in rebate is exclusive to LetsTalk.com and LetsTalk's affiliated online retailers and partners and is not available in any stores or carrier websites. This mail-in rebate applies only to individual plans or line 1 of a family plan This mail-in rebate requires a new 2 year service agreement. Certain other rate plans may not apply. Failure to maintain the minimum qualifying service plan for 181 days will invalidate the rebate. Rebate form will be made available for customer to download after order completion and fulfillment.

Requirements
1. Print & submit a copy of the rebate form. A customized version of your rebate form is available for download via our Rebate Center. There is a unique form for each phone purchased. Please double check to make sure you have all the right forms. Also, if you changed your cell phone number, please be sure to indicate your new cell phone number on the rebate form. Without these numbers, we will not be able to complete your rebate!
2. Submit a copy of your Proof of Purchase Receipt. You have a few options for your proof of purchase; you can use the Packing Slip that was included with your shipment or print a copy of the Receipt via our Rebate Center.
3. Attach a copy of the GREY LetsTalk.com barcode sticker (located on the bottom of your equipment box) to the space provided on the rebate form.
4. Submit a copy of your 4th month carrier bill. The bill must show that you have made payment and that "all outstanding balance" has been paid in full (Please circle this section on the bill).
5. Ensure that you have everything and make copies for your records. Then mail the required paperwork to the address indicated on the rebate form. USE SEPARATE ENVELOPES IF YOU ARE SUBMITTING MULTIPLE REBATES.

NOTE: Your rebate submission must be postmarked between 120 days and 180 days or we will be unable to process your rebate request

Terms & Conditions
Please allow 8-10 weeks after submission for check processing. Equipment serial and cell phone numbers will be verified as active on our system prior to rebate being fulfilled."

Yet still, the only plans offered start at 79.99 so even though the fine print says a 59.99 plan will work they cover themselves by only offering plans starting at 79.99. Go figure.

razholio

I looked over the terms, called and asked questions of both 'let's talk' and ATT and decided to pull the trigger on this deal.
1. they are currently out of stock (as are most retailers it seems) and are expecting more on Nov. 18th
2. the deal is pretty damn good even if you violate the terms of the rebate! The phone has an upfront cost of 199, no rebate, no problems.
3. you can qualify for the rebate by getting 'any plan of 69.99 or more - which means all family plans qualify', the personal dataplan (30/mo), and unlimited text (20/mo for ind. 30/mo for family). This fits my needs exactly except I would have preferred the 200text plan for 5/mo. Over six months, that will cost me 150, but the rebate is for 199, so I still wind up ahead by 49 bucks.

I placed my order last night and in the span of about 30mins, they verified my info with ATT and approved my plan and asked me to call them. I called this morning and was impressed with how professional the lady was. They do a pretty extensive security check (asked age ranges of relatives, and state of resident of one of them) to verify your identity and check out *everything* that might influence your order (shipping address, credit card, carrirer plan, etc.)

My phone will ship activated. I'll test it out, and if all is good I'll call ATT and port my old number over, and then change the plan to a family plan, and add my wife to it. All of this is fine with both ATT and letstalk.

Oh, and you can cancel your order anytime before the phone ships. If costco gets the BBB prior to 11/18, I'll just buy it there and cancel my order.

osirockstars

FINALLY decided to join the BB ranks - I have been a Sidekick Gadget Girl forever. Yesterday morning, after reading your comments here (thank you), I ordered my first BB through this deal. I just received an email confirmation that FedEx is on their way to deliver it! 24 hours later!
Not sure what to do with it when it gets here - lol. But thanks to the great info on this site I should be on my way to being a fully addicted BBB user.

BTW - I agree with the above comments that if you are a lower minute/msg user, this deal may not work for you. However I can outmessage any 18 year old out there and use approx. 2000+ minutes of talk time a month, so this was perfect for me.

razholio

would you mind posting your experience after receiving your bold and setting it up, making a few calls, etc.?

osirockstars

Yeah!! My box arrived and more importantly my new BBB. Unfortunately it was right in the middle of a phone interview and it was killing me not be able to answer the door.

I was very surprised to have received it a day earlier than what they had initially said.

Phone was well packaged - box in a box.

SIM card taped to the top - same thing everyone is getting in the box.

Instructions were super easy to follow - phone walked me through setting everything up. The time/date, wifi, bluetooth, emails, contacts, etc. Was very simple. I have already tested the email program and it works great.

I had had my number ported over, however my original phone will continue to receive those calls until I call to cancel - which will gladly be this afternoon. However, I can make calls from my BBB and my ported number is showing up on my friends caller ids. Sounds on both ends are great. (Do keep in mind I came from tmobile so I have lowered expectations).

The only thing that I have issue with is I will need to do a lot of practicing to get my im speed back up - LOL

Very happy, content, and not getting any work done while playing with my new BBB. Thanks Crackberry for posting such great content. I have a new fabulous $400 phone for free - woohoo!

razholio

I didn't see this anywhere in their fine print, but got this confirmed over the phone. The limitations (plan of 79.99 or greater, 30 data plan, unlimited messaging, etc) on the rebate also apply to the special 199.00 price as well. If you violate these terms in the first 6mos of service, you will not only lose the rebate, but will also be charged $250 by letstalk.

There is some flexibility. For example, I will be changing the plan to a family plan (of higher value), as well as porting my number *after* I get the phone, and they are cool with this providing you call them and update your account with any changes you make.

I figured alota folks went for this and I don't want anyone getting hosed...

pinky.ohana

Less than 24 hours! Very messed up...

un_peacekeeper

I have Rogers, and on the first day, I went out and bought a Bold without any contracts, for $659.99. With tax, that is $728 in my province.

Now, I pay $35 or so for voice plan, and options, and $30 for the data plan. That adds up to ~$85/month, including the Robbers system access fee, 911, tax, etc.

And the only way to get the good data plan ($30/6GB) is through a 3 year contract. And they won't give me a penny off of the phone despite signing this 3 year deal because a) i bought it already and was using it; and b) apparently i wasn't eligible for a upgrade anyway since my voice plan had more than 2 of 3 years remaining

Hmm...so you southern neighbours of ours are getting it later, but also getting it for a better deal. Please stop complaining.

esaiBB

Did I read this right: need copy of 4th month's receipt showing account in good standing to get the rebate, and then it may take up to 180 days to get the rebate? That's 10 months to get the $100 back. And only on new activations.

esaiBB

Nope, I got the 180 days wrong. Sorry.

WoW Gold

I just wanna that BlackBerry Bold will sale less than $199.:(..i have lot of money..

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