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Talkabout-Allen

Jun 20, 2007, 10:39 AM
Alltel will launch its first MEID (Mobile Equipment Identifier) handset, the MOTORAZR V3a, the week of June 18, 2007. The MOTORAZR V3a handsets will be shipped as MOTORAZR V3m (silver) inventory is depleted, which is expected to be as early as Thursday, June 21, 2007. Retail two-year pricing for the MOTORAZR V3a is $149.99 with a $100 mail-in-rebate, resulting in a net price of $49.99.


The Motorola V3a does not have expandable memory. It also only has a VGA camera. Why would Alltel go down on quality?
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yoboy8

Jun 20, 2007, 1:59 PM
MEID is this tracking by pc...or somthing like it?
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Talkabout-Allen

Jun 20, 2007, 2:16 PM
MEID

Mobile Equipment IDentity

An ID number that is globally unique for each new CDMA mobile phone in the world. It identifies that phone to the network, and can be used to flag stolen or lost phones.

MEID is a replacement for ESN (electronic serial number). MEID began replacing ESN in 2005.
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yoboy8

Jun 21, 2007, 1:49 PM
oh ...thank u sir
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sngwrtr525

Jun 21, 2007, 7:57 PM
That still doesn't explain why the lesser quality RAZR's existence. BTW, it's my understanding that only the silver V3m is going away...the fire red V3m will still be around.

Very stupid business decision on the part of Alltel, IMHO. I don't get why they're essentially going back to a V3c!
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Talkabout-Allen

Jun 22, 2007, 1:00 PM
My point exaclty. 😎
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foneguy

Jun 22, 2007, 2:38 PM
my response to your first question, then this conversation would be over.

If you're still questioning the decision to drop features from the phone, contact Motorola, if you don't get a satisfactory answer from them, you could always give Scott Ford a call.
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AlltelUser

Jun 24, 2007, 1:43 AM
Ive contacted our motorola rep for some decent response. MEID is 14 digits rather than 8(running out of Serial Numbers for phones) as for the downgrade..this is coming from the Motorola Rep....

""At Alltel, our customers are at the heart of everything we do, whether
we're launching a new phone, service or a new rate plan. Our customers
have diverse needs and desires regarding their wireless experience. Some
customers want it all and others prefer something more basic. We aspire
to deliver a wide range of phones and services to allow customers to
customize their experience based on their lifestyle. The Motorola V3a is
a classic, stylish, black Razr that is affordable and easy-to-use.

All Alltel field employees should follow the Al...
(continues)
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foneguy

Jun 20, 2007, 5:25 PM
Alltel isn't going down on quality, Motorola is, but at the same time, they're not, either.

The new phone is LBS ready, meaning navigation, and other new features, as they become available, where the V3m was not.

Based the V3MAXX launching in a little over a month, I'm not surprised that the memory card slot is being dumped, though I have to admit that the resolution on the camera dropping is odd, but that's Moto for you.
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primus

Jun 23, 2007, 3:17 AM
My guess is they are trying to make a dirt cheap RAZR. If it has the same case design as the original with cheaper internals, they will be able to mass produce them for very little cost and thus Alltel has a low end razr for people to buy. So a low cost phone that looks like the RAZR.
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sngwrtr525

Jun 23, 2007, 5:46 AM
It's still going to cost the customer $149.99 in the store before the $100 MIR. The silver RAZR V3m is doing that now. No guarantee that the rebate will stay in effect, either. Seems to me that this is a huge plus for all the indirects selling Alltel, as they do what they want anyhow. Name of the game is activations, not phones. The indirect channels will give the thing away, the customer will come back later and say that the phone is a POS, and Alltel will sustain a black eye. Sure makes sense to me.
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AlltelUser

Jun 24, 2007, 1:52 AM
Looks like a decline in sales with custs going toward more MP3 friendly phones such as 8600 and krzr. they just wanted to keep a razr in the field.
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sngwrtr525

Jun 24, 2007, 5:41 AM
There have been a lot of performance issues with both the KRZR and the 8600. We don't even have the Motorola on display anymore. It still doesn't work right after the initial recall. I have also had to DOA about a half dozen 8600's in the last three weeks. What I hope will happen is that this Qualcomm law suit gets settled quickly so that we do see some new handsets in the Alltel stores.
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MJWC

Jun 24, 2007, 6:54 PM
What issues with the 8600? I have not had any and I got my phone out of the initial batch. I know the paint chipping and occasional freezing. That is all I have heard.
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themps

Jun 24, 2007, 7:35 PM
I've had no issues with the KRZR at all.
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