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Quality of Costco's free Wireless Earbuds?

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Quality of Costco's free Wireless Earbuds?

Has anyone here got a phone from Costco that came with the free wireless earbuds? I'm trying to decide if they're worth it or a piece of crap.
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Think about it, if they give it away for free it can’t be that good. No different than the AKG earphones That came with my S8. If you research it it says “Tuned by AKG”.
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What do you mean by "worth it"? Worth what? They're free. Soooo....worth $0.00? Well if they're not worth that then I guess they are worthless! :lol:
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They work fine, but they're probably worth $20. Don't let them sway your decision.
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psyko514 wrote: They work fine, but they're probably worth $20. Don't let them sway your decision.
This ^^^^^ - it's just another marketing strategy to get you to buy a phone from them.
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jackrabbit000 wrote: Think about it, if they give it away for free it can’t be that good.
Not necessarily. New phones are given away for "free" all the time when you sign up for a 2-year, locked-in ripoff overpriced carrier plan. Doesn't mean that the phone isn't good.
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Kiraly wrote: Not necessarily. New phones are given away for "free" all the time when you sign up for a 2-year, locked-in ripoff overpriced carrier plan. Doesn't mean that the phone isn't good.
Phones are not given away for free and you obviously know that based on what you wrote, so your comparison is useless/
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It's this one:

Basically the Amazon.ca listing but without the wireless charging case.

The Costco freebie version comes with dual-microUSB cable to charge each "pod." The microUSB port on the pods have a plastic protector on it that's tiny and you're guaranteed to lose it. Other than that, it has really boomy bass if that's your thing, not mine. The standard 'medium' size inserts fit my ears pretty well and it's a good seal with very good sound isolation. The pods don't come loose when I shake my head. If you plan to use just one pod, that's doable but only the right pod has a microphone so you must use that one. The pods themselves are a bit large and stick out quite a bit from the ear so you'll kinda look like a Teletubby, not the cool kid with the Apple Airpods. There's a blue light on the power button(s) that blink once every 10 seconds or so.

It's a nice little perk along with the car charger for buying a phone but not worth the $80 sticker price. Definitely not the worst I've heard (looking at you JBL Yurbuds) so I'd put this in the middle-of-the-pack. You'll get similar quality buying the standard $30 Sony headphones from Best Buy or whatever, just without the wires.
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Nov 28, 2019
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Just got mine yesterday. Sounds ok. Haven’t tried it with phone calls yet but is not good with video, only audio. I tried video on my iPhone and iPad. They are not synced.
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I know this is an old thread, but just in case it benefits anyone else that comes across this on the internet going forward, they are complete shit. I just got my free set with a new phone on black friday and wanted to like them. I gave them a full charge, took them to the gym to try out, and they were giving me a low battery warning 45 minutes in to my workout. They look and feel cheap. Sound is okay, nothing to rave about. But with that kind of battery life, they're worthless to me. There are also audio sync issues while watching video on your device that are not present with other BT buds, such as the Anker ones off Amazon (which are waaaaay better than these IQpodz by the way)

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