Good and EVO

Best Buy preorders are also live with a delivery date as soon as this Friday, May 11 [Updated]

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Best Buy is now officially taking preorders for the HTC EVO 4G LTE, matching Sprint's price of $199.99 with a new two-year contract or an eligible upgrade. Preorders can be completed online or in a Best Buy retail location, and we are receiving miscellaneous reports from individuals who are being offered a $50 Best Buy gift card when preordering in-person.

According to what we're hearing, local Best Buys are confirming a May 18 release date. You should know that if your local Best Buy offers you the gift card deal, it can be used towards the purchase of the phone, although you won't actually receive the card until the release date; in effect, the price of the phone will go down to $149.99 with this deal.

Personally, I just preordered the phone through Best Buy's site, and I was given an estimated delivery date of 5/11-5/16. In other words, Best Buy is saying that it's possible I could get the phone this Friday, instead of waiting an additional week. Today just keeps getting more interesting, doesn't it?

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Update #1: As noted in the comments, the off-contract price for the EVO 4G LTE is listed as $99,999.99. Either that's a huge mistake, or Best Buy really doesn't want you to order this device off-contract.

Update #2: The $50 gift card has been confirmed good for online orders, too.

Update #3: Best Buy has finally started sending out its email reminders (see the screenshot below).

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[Best Buy] Thanks, Fachadick and Jordan!

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29 thoughts on “Best Buy preorders are also live with a delivery date as soon as this Friday, May 11 [Updated]

  • dang – $99,999.99 without contract…
    at least they offer free shipping :)

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olstemplatemapper.jsp?_dyncharset=ISO-8859-1&_dynSessConf=-4173158748873067484&id=pcat17410&type=page&lcn=Mobile+Phones&sc=phoneOfficeSP&st=processingtime%3A%3E1900-01-01&usc=abcat0800000&cp=1&sp=-currentprice+skuid&nrp=15&qp=cabcat0800000%23%23-1%23%23-1~~cpcmcat209400050001%23%23-1%23%23-1~~q70726f63657373696e6774696d653a3e313930302d30312d3031~~f926%7C%7C5265706c6163653a204e6f20657874656e73696f6e~~f929%7C%7C537072696e74~~nf953%7C%7C485443&contract_selected=Replace%3A+No+extension&remove_facetId=1004+927&add_to_pkg=false&pagetype=listing

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  • Ha! I actually noticed that and forgot to include it in the comments (my email inbox is going crazy this morning, and I’ve got tons of things going on at once…). Thanks for pointing that out!

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  • I ordered it through Bestbuy.com and selected the fastest shipping method (extra $4.99 for Reward Zone Silver members) and it says it will be delivered 5/9-5/10. I’m crossing my fingers!

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  • According to the mailer I got, there is an additional $50 off in store, plus the gift card.

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  • no you pay 50 bucks and they give you a 50 gift card, basically ur paying for the gift card

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  • Nope, that’s not what my offer says. You get $50 for trading in your old EVO. Then you get the $50 gift card. That brings the cost down to 99.99 total.

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  • I specifically asked if this is how it would work at the store, and was assured (and got the manager to put it in writing) that this is not the case. Preorders get the $50 gift card just for pre-ordering, you don’t buy it. It can then be used to purchase the phone, bringing the cost down to $150. You don’t get the card until you buy the phone though.

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    Orean Keels you’re absolutely correct. I pre-ordered and it said i’ll get a 50.00 gift card when i activate it, and there is another offer for turning in my OG Evo of 50.00 in essence this purchase is 100 bucks. Great deal if you ask me, especially if you’re like me and you spend hundreds in Best Buy store a couple times a year.

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  • I think the estimated shipping date doesn’t take into account the fact that its presale. if you do rush shipping, it says it could be here by this friday, which is a little much. I would still expect it to arrive by 16/17/18.

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    Now that i read the deal again. I wonder if a smart shopper can make this a 50.00 deal. As I now read it I see that the two offers have no fine print saying that it can’t be combined. So the deal with the trade in literally says if you trade in (and the appraisal supports) a good OG Evo you’ll get 50.00 off of a sprint phone AND (yes it says AND) a 50.00 gift card.

    Couple that with the E-Certificate from the pre-order that means that in theory the ELTE is 50.00 at Best Buy. I’m sure it’ll never be allowed to happen but their language isn’t helping them much.

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  • Where are you seeing that the $50 gift card is good for online preorders, too? Or the trade-in, for that matter?

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  • Also don’t forget that you can apply reward zone certificates towards your purchase AND obtain Reward Zone points on the remaining about that you spend. So 200 bucks minus 50 buck pre-order gift, minus 50 original EVO, minus 25 bucks in reward zone certificates = minus 75 bucks from the bank plus 75 reward zone points.

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  • I just got back from pre-ordering at my local Best Buy, and the estimated date of arrival says 05/18/2012.
    By the way, in addition to that $50 off, I had gotten a flyer in the mail from Best Buy saying I would also get another $50 if I traded in my Evo 4G.

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  • I just got back from Best Buy too. I put 50 down for pre ordering but was told I didn’t have to do that. Now when I go back on the 18th I will get an additional 50 dollar gift card to use towards the phone making the phone 149.99. My deal is for signing up for the Best Buy Phone Freedom online to save an additional 50 bucks. I was told on the phone last week there’s another offer where people are getting a 50 dollar card to use towards an accessory. I don’t know though. But if Sprint isn’t shipping the phone till the 16th how can Best Buy have it sooner? I doubt someone will have it this Friday.

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  • So come May 18th all I will owe is another 100 bucks and I’m good to go. I’m selling my 3D hopefully this Friday and will have to go back to an old phone for a week. What I will miss the most is all my accessories. I have 2 docks and nice Seidio cases. I want the same Seidio home dock and I love my car dock I got from Sprint. Now to order screen protectors. I hope Clarivue has there’s for order now.

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  • I just called my BestBuy in Austin and they said they would have to look at my phone to tell me how much the trade in is worth. The person I spoke to said something about a max of $30 for a trade-in.

    I’ll go over there later today and see what they said in person.

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  • Sprint will give you $90 for the EVO 3D at any time even if you’re not buying a new phone, it’d be real foolish to trade it in for $40 less at Best Buy.

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  • i just ordered from bb.com and there was no place that said there was $50 off. also, it appears it will be shipped to my house. when i go to my local bb store to activate, will i then get the $100 off (50 card, 50 old evo)?

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  • Scheduled for Standard delivery
    Estimated Arrival: 05/11-05/16/2012

    cost was 216 after taxes.

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  • Best Buy told me 110 for the 3D. I have someone giving me 250 but I have 2 docks car and home and 5 batteries and two wall chargers and 2 nice seidio cases one with a kickstand and phone has a screen protector on it. My problem is he wants it this Friday so I’ll be a week with an old phone the LG Lotus.

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  • Just got back from best buy. I can confirm they are taking preorders. And is offering a 50.00 with a 2 year contract. Note: got a call from Radio Shack, they also are taking preorders and have a 50.00 coupon too.

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  • I am eligible for $150 off an upgrade from Sprint.Will BestBuy honor that plus their fifty which means i get the phone essentially for free,just for signing a 2 year agreement thru them?

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  • No…it means you can apply the $150 to the off-contract price of the phone which really just means you’ll be able to get the phone for $199.99 like everyone else minus the $50 gift card. That means you’ll be paying $149.99 when Best Buy starts sending them out.

    Reserved mine yesterday as well…can’t wait!

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  • I should probably get in touch with BB, but I’ll ask here first. The email I got from BB (as pictured in the article) says you can pre-order and get the $50 gift card if I purchase and activate before 7/7/12. I’m not eligible for an upgrade until June 1. Can I preorder now and then go pick it up on June 1 when I’m eligible. Will they hold my pre-order that long? I’ve never pre-ordered so I have no clue how it works.

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  • I just pulled the preorder trigger on this one!

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  • just got off chat with Best Buy Mobile and asked him if he knew the ship date and he said, “I don’t, there has been rumors it’s tomorrow the 9th. However nothing officially yet. Guess we will find out tomorrow.”

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  • I called sprint this morning and if you go on the 18th Sprint will give the ok for a 2 week early upgrade. Which means we can’t preorder at this time.

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  • I tried to cancel my pre-order with Sprint to get the $50 deal with Best Buy.. I was told I need to wait 7 days to get the money back in my accounts… pfff!! idiots… after complaining about the early shipping date for best buy I was told:

    Sprint will receive the phones ar their Warehouse on 05/15. The will ship them on 05/16, and it will take 3-5 business days to get it… so I am thinking I will get it around the 22nd of MAY… BS !
    I will get it later than buy it thru Best Buy. !! :@ !

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