AT&T Consolidating Handset Retail Channels – No More Third-Party Online Discounts?

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    AT&T Consolidating Handset Retail Channels – No More Third-Party Online Discounts?



    The state of North American cellular contract plans might be something that makes Europeans shake their heads in disbelief, but when it comes to phone pricing, Americans have always had it pretty good. Hand over your soul for two years, get Phone X for free (after MIR). Well, it looks like AT&T doesn’t think that’s the best way to go. No, that doesn’t mean cheaper tariffs; don’t be silly. Instead, it means more expensive phones, of course! AT&T has just about had enough with the likes of Wirefly and Let’s Talk offering their phones for free online, when they could be making $200 on them in their own retail stores.
    As a result, AT&T handsets will, from March 8th onwards, only be vendible in bricks-and-mortar stores or on the carrier’s website. Walmart and Radio Shack’s online sales are also done through the aforementioned duo of online sellers, so you may well have to give their websites a miss, and head straight to your AT&T-approved local if you’re looking to pick up our recently-reviewed HTC Inspire 4G. It’s an interesting tactic from AT&T, and one that is surely a defensive move in the light of a certain exclusive’s lapse.
    We’ve gotten in touch with our friends at Wirefly, and we’ll let you know what they think of this move when we hear back. Stay tuned. We’ll also have to wait and see whether or not this affects the Amazon Wireless sales channel as well.
    This is the email sent out to Let’s Talk affiliates, which makes this sound pretty official to us:








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    What a slap in the face! AT&T's PR is starting to get on my nerves.

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    Verizon has lost their mind, why not follow suit AT&T! lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Martin030908 View Post
    Verizon has lost their mind, why not follow suit AT&T! lol
    They're in cahoots. We're all doomed.

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    It's like AT&T has decided that the loss of the iPhone exclusivity means they need to commit suicide.

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