What’s the Difference Between a Corporate Owned Cell Phone Store Vs Authorized Cell Phone Store?

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between the AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, etc. stores in your local mall? I’ve traveled the country and understand that some markets aren’t as saturated having perhaps only 1 cell phone store per carrier (or less) in each mall but for the most part there are usually at least 2, I’ve seen up to 8, of the same carrier in the same mall!

Why would any carrier do such a thing? Why does one kiosk, cart, or in-line store have different deals? What’s the difference between this AT&T store and that one, between this Verizon store and that one, etc.?

I’ll help answer what the difference is between a Corporate Owned Cell Phone Store vs Authorized Cell Phone Store?

Difference #1 – There are two types of retail stores. One is the actual company store which is owned and operated by that carriers company and employees. The second is an authorized retailer or dealer which is a separate business entity from the actual carrier. At the same time the authorized retailer (reseller) is approved by the actual carrier itself to sell its services & products.

Difference #2 – Phone #1 costs $100 at this store vs $50 at this store. Corporate owned stores for the most part are consistent across the board with phone pricing and plans. At the same time authorized retailers can change the prices within the bounds of its agreement with the carrier and with the P&L of the company as to what would make sense. You can often find better deals at the authorized retailer stores but the same can be said for the carrier owned stores as well.

Difference #3 – No secondary contract vs secondary contract? What is a secondary contract? A secondary contract is a contract that most authorized retailers use to help deter and secure the discount that they have passed down to the customer. Example: A phone that retails for $100 most likely costs the retailer $50-$200 more than the selling price. Believe it or not it true. On average it might cost the retailer $100 more than the selling price to the consumer. This is where the secondary contract comes in. If the consumer cancels their service with the carrier before the minimum days needed (vesting period) for the company to earn its commission from the carrier, they would lose out on not only their commission from the carrier but the cost of the phone as well. Should this scare you the consumer from buying from a authorized retailer? In my opinion, NO. The only reason it should scare the consumer is if they plan on canceling their service and not returning the phone within the grace period given.

Are the corporate stores better trained than the authorized retailers? In my experience it depends on the actual store and employees. I’ve seen it go both ways.

In theory, both carrier operated stores and authorized retailers coexist and should respect each other. In practice, I’ve seen it both friendly and downright cut-throat between the two. So if by chance you are shopping around and visit corporate owned as well as authorized dealers, make sure that you go with your gut and purchase from who you feel the most comfortable.

Key thought when purchasing: Buy from the salesperson that qualifies you the best. Meaning, asks you the right questions to help fit you to the correct plan and phone. If they don’t ask you the basic questions…keep shopping!

Hope this article helps you out.

A Beginner’s Guide to Mobile Phone Unlocking

Have you heard about the latest trend with mobile phones? It’s called “mobile phone unlocking”, and it allows you, the rightful owner of your cell phone, to get rid of your current service provider and use whichever company you’d like–and it’s all completely legal.

Think about this: How many cell phones have you bought in your life? Did you buy them because your former service contract ran out and you weren’t happy with the company’s service or reception? Did you stay with the same company but changed service plans? Did you really want to get discontinue using your phone? How many cell phones are in your junk drawer now? What about cell phone chargers? If you added up the combined cost of your cell phones, would you be able to put a down payment on a new car?

Mobile phone unlocking pretty much works like this:

Every mobile/cell phone has a “serial number”, referred to in the industry as an IMEI, or International Mobile Equipment Identity, which simultaneously connects a phone to a particular service as well as the phone to the subscriber (you being the subscriber and your monthly payments are sent to the service.) Inside many of these phones is a removable card called a SIM (Subscriber Information Module), which is the removable medium between the phone and user and the phone and provider. Many cell phone service providers put a LOCK on the SIM so that the phone will only work with their service.

Does this really seem fair when you used your own money to purchase the phone?

By having your mobile phone unlocked, not only will you gain the ability to use whichever service provider you’d like, but you alleviate roaming charges altogether AND increase the resale value of your phone. As long as the unlocking process is done properly, no harm should come to your phone and you service should go on uninterrupted.

Of course, if you have a service contract with a particular provider, you will still have to comply with its terms and conditions, including any maintenance fees and such for the remainder.

Now that you’re informed as to the “why” aspect, a bit of “how-to” is in order.

In the not so recent past, it would be necessary for cell phone’s owner to send it away to a reputable company to unlock the phone for you. However, recent advances in technology now enable cell phones to be unlocked with the use of a “secret code” based on the IMEI and the mobile service provider. This new means of unlocking is not only more cost efficient, it grants almost immediate results as the pertinent information can be sent via email or downloaded from a mobile phone unlocking kit. All you need to do is find a legitimate phone unlocking company, and you’ll have instant access to hundreds of unlocking codes.

I Lost My Friends Cell Phone Number, How Can I Find it Again?

If you have had something happen to your cell phone, phone book, or that piece of paper that you counted on to keep your phone-numbers, then you know the problems that this can cause. You won’t have much problems when it comes to finding a lot of those phone numbers. In most cases you may be able to get them back quite easily. However, you may have a few of them that you have no way of finding.

This is where the cellphone number lookup services can really help you out. You will be able to get those lost phone numbers on the Internet. All you have to do is to go on to one of the cell phone number lookup web sites that are on the Internet and search for the cellphone number that you lost, you do this by putting in the name of the person that are looking for and perform the look up. Not only will you be able to find the numbers that you lost, but you will be able to get the results almost instantly.

If you have recently lost access to all of your friends numbers then you can put your mind at ease. Rest assured that there is a simple way to get them back. This can take a weight off of your shoulders because it is an awful feeling to think that you may have just lost contact with some important people in your life. Now you won’t have to worry and you can get all of those important numbers back and maintain those relationships that you cherish. A good way of making sure you get the most accurate information is trying a reverse cell search on yourself.