A Treo odyssey
February 27, 2005
It’s been over three years, so it’s finally time to look for a new phone. I want browser, SMS, IM, and ssh client. After consultation with Mobile Monday gurus Russ Beattie and Mike Rowehl (thanks guys!) I decided that the Treo was the best option for me because I don’t need Windows compatibility.
So we go over to Fry’s last weekend, where the Treo is a very undiscounted $599. Then we decide to buy online instead, but the deal at SprintPCS.com is just too confusing and that puts us off ($599 – $150 instant rebate – $30 web special = $419). In the meantime, Rifkin gets a Treo at the Sprint store and he reports that he only paid $399 with a phone buyback.
So this weekend we went over to the Sprint Store, where the clerk himself tells us it’d be cheaper to buy the device online. Tim decides it’s not THAT much cheaper ($599 – $150 mail-in rebate – $25 buyback = $424), and just gets his Treo right away. But I’m cheaper and stubborner, and slightly ticked that they won’t buy back my phone (too old, they say), so I decide to get it online. I go over to Treocentral, which is advertising a $319 special ($569 – $150 instant rebate – $100 mail-in rebate = $319). I order, and I’m happy.
But suddenly it occurs to me: did I just sign up for a new phone number? Ruh roh.