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.

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.

Teens And Cell Phones

Let the battle begin, should teens have cell phones? Well you will be pleased to know that over 94% of parents agree that cellular phones are good for teens and that’s according to a survey conducted by AT&T with parents and teens in LA and New York. Most teens have their very first cell phones by the age of 15 and in many cases 13. Like with all mod cons teenagers want them but they should be used in a practical manner.

The Bill

Paying for the cellular phone is one thing but the on going costs thereafter tends to cost some friction in households. If you are the parent who insists that your son or daughter has a cell phone then understandable you should pay the bill once it’s within reason. Teens who insist on having a cell phone should pay some part of the bill with their weekly allowance that you give them. Teens who are left without any supervision on bill phones will run riot and it will be you who foots out the bill. Even if you have the money to pay the bill monthly no matter how high you should draw the line, you may not always be there to pay for everything. Prepaid cell phones are a good idea to keep the expense down, the calls are more expensive to make on these phones but you can only make the calls once the credit is there. It is a great way for teenagers to learn about financial management of their own bills.

Teens and camera phones:

Camera cell phones are more popular with teens for the obvious reasons. It’s easy to use and fool around with and let’s face it they are harmless fun. There is a downside to having the camera phone and that’s the ongoing cost. If the phone is prepaid it’s simply, you can only text friends photo’s when you have the credit but if the phone is linked to monthly bill payments camera phones are by far the more expensive to operate. If your teen insists on sending SMS via the camera phone, why not encourage them to do so through email. Simply connect the phone to the PC via a usb cable (normally supplied with the phone), upload the photo’s and with broadband in most area’s email is much cheaper.

What are the main reasons parents offer teens cell phones?

Knowing that your son or daughter is safe and sound is priceless. If ever they need your help you are only a phone call away. With many late teens driving cell phones are a necessity, let’s face it most cannot even change a puncture. Please remember if you allow your teen a cell phone in the car, make sure you or they purchase a hands free kit or earpiece. Teens have so many things to talk about and can get so wrapped up in conversation that the driving aspect takes a backseat. For a few more dollars play safe.

Trust your teen with the cell phone:

We live in a world of technology and it’s going to keep growing at a rapid pace, all teenagers are curious. Once you have gotten over the argument of bill payment your teen will be fine, they may overindulge on the first bill or two but by confiscating the cell phone for a day or two will soon teach them the importance of money management. You will always know where they are and from the sound of their voice on the other end of the phone your mind will be put at ease.

Cellular phones family plans to keep costs down:

Family plans from cell phone carriers such as AT&T are ideal if there is more than one cell phone in the household. It helps keep the costs down and maximise the free talk-time minutes per month. If one person is not using up the free minutes the other can before they are lost. Some cell phone carriers are offering rollover minutes. Rollover minutes allow all the used free minutes from one month travel over to the next so you are not losing out. Cingular offered this and since they merged with AT&T, AT&T customers can avail of this too, remember the onus is on you to ask them.