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Where to Buy Your Xperia X10

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

Sony Ericsson

You want to buy an Xperia X10, so you drive to your local AT&T store, wait for an associate, and hope it is still in stock. Not quite. Times have certainly changed in the cell phone industry. While your choices of carrier are still limited (in the US at least), you can pretty much buy your phones from your favorite store, whether online or brick-and-mortar. This has added a significant amount of choice to the buyer, but it has also come with some real shortcomings, as I just discovered. One store has it at a great price for new customers only, another store has a good price for existing customers, and some stores simply have bad prices outright. I didn’t do an exhaustive search on where to buy my phone, opting to stick with the more popular firms.

Since the launch date was released, I’ve had my eye on a few sites – Amazon Wireless, Wirefly, Sony Style, and AT&T. Initially Sony Style announced the sale and the pricing but directed customers to check out their local Sony Style store in person for more information. AT&T added some information soon after as well. Wirefly and Amazon were silent. I kept checking these sites through the week and into the weekend. Sony Style added a pre-order site and added some perks. The rest remained unchanged. Just after midnight this morning I checked again. Sony Style was down for updates, AT&T had a sale page up, and Wirefly began offering the Xperia. Amazon still had no information.

Wirefly’s price was about half of AT&T’s so I tried to order online on the spot. It turned out that I was unable to purchase the correct plan for my situation and was instructed to call Wirefly with a special call code. It was closed for the night so I called it a night. I called Wirefly as soon as I woke up this morning and noticed that I was in a bit of a bind due to my status on AT&T’s account. My wife and I are on a family plan, and for various reasons she is the primary on the account. We just upgraded her from the iPhone 3G to an Android phone, and since I was off contract we waited until the Xperia was on sale for my secondary account to get an upgrade. It is the fact that I had a secondary number that caused my trouble. The price was way higher than I was prepared to pay for my phone. Discouraged, I tried Amazon again. Still nothing.

I went about the course of my day and a couple hours later tried out Sony Style again. The page looked familiar, almost identical to Wirefly’s. I intend to look into the relationship soon, but for now I will just note the similarity. I ran into the same problem with Sony Style, except the price was astronomical for secondary accounts. At this point Amazon stepped up to the plate and made the Xperia X10 available. As a secondary account holder though the price was even higher than AT&T. I was officially stuck. Having seen all the prices at all the locations it was time to work out the best deal. Here are the prices side by side.

AT&T Sony Style Wirefly Amazon Wireless
New Customer $149.99 $129.99 $79.99 $49.99
Existing Primary Customer $149.99 $129.99 $79.99 $199.99
Existing Family/
Secondary Customer
$149.99 $449.99 $149.99 $199.99
Non Contract $349.99 $499.99 $499.99 No Data
Additional Perks None 8GB microSD None None

You can see how this might be frustrating to map out. Hopefully this table helps you in your search. If you are willing to go with AT&T’s prices, it is the friendliest regarding secondary accounts. This means it is actually okay to upgrade a secondary account with AT&T. Wirefly is good for new and existing primary accounts. Sony Style has a great perk attached, but otherwise only offers $20 cheaper pricing compared to AT&T. Sony Style and Wirefly shared the same price for secondary and non-contract options.

I had to choose a pretty creative method to get the lowest price I could. In the end the best price depends on your flexibility. I was contract-free since I was waiting for this phone, so I was able to change from a secondary family customer to a primary new customer and get the Amazon one for $50. If you are not in a position to start a new account, you will need to determine which price is best for your situation. Good luck. Let me know if you have any additional tips.

Xperia X10 $80 at Wirefly

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

Sony Ericsson

I went to Wirefly to see if they had the Xperia X10 on sale yet, and I was greeted with the following banner.

Free activation sounds good to me, as it is nearly $40 now. I clicked the banner and saw the AT&T lineup, including the Xperia X10. I clicked the link and was greeted with a $79.99 price for new customers. I crossed my fingers and clicked the upgrade price. $79.99. I was stoked. Click the image below for a larger view.

I tried to start the order process, but the AT&T side of things got a bit mangled. It looks like to upgrade on Wirefly you have to do both phones if you have a family plan, or call it in. I didn’t want to try messing with my plan since my wife already upgraded. I opted to call it in. Turns out the office is closed. I have to wait until 10:00 am EST until I can try again. Fortunately that means 7:00 AM PST, so I can call in a few hours.

Impatient fellow that I am, I tried I didn’t find the phone but I did find out more about the free activation promo. Apparently it is running from the 15th through the 31st of August. I am definitely taking AT&T up on this offer. I just have to wait until the morning to try again.

I am not sure if my experience tonight with Wirefly is typical or not. I know that it offers some of the lowest prices around though, so I’d like to do business there. After my phone call I will post a brief review of Wirefly’s customer service. I figure there’s no better way to review a firm than to become a customer, so fortunately the phone I want is now available.