October 29, 2009 | by Andrew Kameka
Best Buy Mobile is accepting pre-sales for the highly-anticipated Motorola Droid beginning today. Though the phone will be available next Friday, November 6, customers can assure that they are able to purchase a Droid by a reserving a unit at their local Best Buy. The big box retailer will offer the Droid at $199, which is an instant discount compared to the mail-in rebate offered by Verizon stores.
As I alluded to in the Droid announcement post, I hate mail-in rebates. I’m convinced that they are nothing but a ploy companies use to annoy customers into giving up on the discounts that they promised. Anyone interested in purchasing a Droid may want to skip the sucktastic mail-in rebate process and purchase the phone from Best Buy. Rather than make customers pay $299; cut, package, stamp, and mail-in a rebate; and then wait several weeks to get a debit card, Best Buy will let customers walk out with a new Droid for $199.99 and a 2-year agreement.