- 04-07-2013, 12:44 AM #1
I waltzed into a Verizon store today looking to port my number back to Verizon from AT&T due to coverage issues.
When the rep asked me what phone I wanted to get, I told him I had an iPhone 5 on AT&T and was thinking of getting one of the Windows Phone 8 phones. He simply looked at me and said "Those Windows phones are terrible. I never recommend them to anyone. Get the iPhone 5".
Needless to say, I'm still very shocked.
- 04-07-2013, 12:54 AM #3
04-07-2013, 01:05 AM #4
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I had a similar experience. When one of my friends was shopping for a new phone at a Verizon store I was looking around while waiting for him and I saw a lady asking about the 8x. The rep was pretty much trying to talk her out of it so I chimed in by pulling out my phone and showing it to her. She asked me a few questions about it and ended up buying it.
04-07-2013, 01:20 AM #5
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This problem occurs in India too. I've visited a couple of electronics strores and asked abt the 8x and 820. The sales rep actually told me that windows phone is "very complicated" and I should take an android. When I asked how it was complicated, he started showing me how android works! I then pulled out my L800 n told him how easy it was. I think MSFT should look into this and do some serious damage control, and come up with good marketing strategies.
04-07-2013, 05:42 AM #8
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Almost the same happend to me but not at Verizon.
I choosed HTC 8S at store and he said "That's a great phone, but it has horrible OS, with android it would be so much better", that almost changed my mind of buying WP8 phone, aswell wanted to swear at him...
- 04-07-2013, 05:44 AM #9
- 04-07-2013, 06:37 AM #10
As for L822, based on what the Verizon rep said it seemed as if the OP was shopping for a phone in that price range. And L822 just doesn't compare to an iPhone 5, regardless of OS preferences.
04-07-2013, 06:57 AM #11
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This has to do that Verizon, AT&T have to sell agreed quantities to get the iPhone5, they pay a penalty for every iPhone they don't sell. This has nothing to do with a free market. But the problem starts with locked phones and consumers that believe that they can buy a good smartphone for $99.- or get it for free.*** Forza Windows Phone 8 ***
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- 04-07-2013, 06:59 AM #12
04-07-2013, 08:32 AM #13
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- 04-07-2013, 08:52 AM #14
How is the 822 terrible? It's the best phone I've used, and I've used my wife's iPhone 4S (the iPhone 5 feels like a cheap toy).
As to these reps, the local corporate store I was in when I activated my 822 had reps that were very fair to the phones. I recounted my experience in another thread, but one of the reps actually steered a group of buyers toward the 822. For those who have a rep that rips on a phone like that, you need to get the manager involved or, at least, let Verizon know the name of the rep and store. They should not be ripping on any of the phones that Verizon sells.
- 04-07-2013, 09:48 AM #15
In regards to the 8X and 822 I've owned both and the 822 gave me more problems the the 8X.
The Verizon store in my area is supportive of Windows Phone. I don't know that they would automatically recommend it over android or iPhone, but they will give it a fair shot.
- 04-07-2013, 10:12 AM #16
This is a common discussion with bb and WP. I was told by a rep that he had a windows phone it it was a piece of junk and WP was to late to the party. Which is a stupid statement. I guess apple was late to the cell phone party when the iPhone first came out. Anyway, I usually know what I want before I go in and bought the 920 despite his advise. I was right, he was wrong. 920 is an awesome phone, nothing but impressed. Point do your own research.
04-07-2013, 10:24 AM #19
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In all honesty Android and IoS does have a big lead on WP in regard to apps and the quality of those apps. I would have probed that salesperson a bit to find out why they felt the way they do. Also another person here stated the Verzion WP's are not too good. So from that persons perspective they may not be too far off base. I doubt that person could really give a hoot what phone anyone chooses.Support your third-party developers. There just about all we have...
04-07-2013, 10:27 AM #20
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I had a similar experience with Carphone Warehouse in the UK. Was talking to one of their telesales agents and he said "No one choose a Windows Phone. The only people who have them are given them by work."
I agree that MS should be educating their retail partners more.
- 04-07-2013, 12:44 PM #22
T-Mobile is JUST like this. I had a friend go in one of their brick-and-mortar retailers today to buy an HTC 8X and he stated that one of the reps told him to buy an S3, Note 2, or wait for an iPhone 5 or HTC One. I also remember last year when I went to T-Mobile to get my Lumia 920 set up on their network, one of the reps urged me to buy a Galaxy S3 and the other getting the 920 set up surely hesitated to get it working.
Honestly, I'm not surprised with this sort of behavior, but US carriers care more about Android and iOS simply because of revenue and commission. If they were to promote Windows Phone more, it would increase its popularity. Instead, we get extremely biased network operators who only market devices for the sole factor of overall popularity; anything else and they try to hide it from existence.
04-07-2013, 12:44 PM #23
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In fact, my Verizon store recommended WP over iPhone when I decided.to switch OS's.
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