PhoneNews.com has one of the first Verizon Network Extenders released, and we have complete unboxing photos… as well as how to get it for less than retail.
The Network Extender is already significantly cheaper than Sprint’s Airave, because it does not entail monthly fees (however, it does use airtime at all times). But, you can save even more money if you have a Verizon VIP account. This applies to customers that have a monthly rate plan of $79.99 or higher in most cases. The discount varies from market to market, but is $50 to $62 off the retail price of $249.99.
To get the discount, buy the Network Extender from a Verizon Wireless retail store (you may need to remind the sales representative that you qualify for VIP rewards). Supplies are very limited at this point. Despite other incorrect media reports (from other, less trustworthy web sites), stores did indeed receive a small supply. However, most stores PhoneNews.com contacted, only received a few units, many as few as two per store.
Stay tuned for a performance review, later this week… Read more for the unboxing gallery.
(Yes, it’s camera photo quality… we’re off-site and didn’t expect to receive this one on launch day).