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[TMS] Samsung A8 $0 small tab - 200,000pts

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chevyz07 wrote:
Aug 13th, 2019 12:28 pm
Is this the 2017 or 2018 version of the Galaxy A8?
It is released in Jan 2018 but announced by the end of 2017. I dont think there are two versions of A8 in the market? Anyway, the model number is SM-A530
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oscar1999 wrote:
Aug 13th, 2019 12:11 pm
Depends on how you define best. If it's to get the lowest price on the phone then yes. But if you wanted to get phones in the future from TMS or get in a good relationship with your rep so they tell you about more offers then no.
Then what would you personally do?
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Mysticode wrote:
Aug 13th, 2019 12:42 pm
Then what would you personally do?
I personally stay for 90 days when I buy from TMS.
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oscar1999 wrote:
Aug 13th, 2019 12:11 pm
Depends on how you define best. If it's to get the lowest price on the phone then yes. But if you wanted to get phones in the future from TMS or get in a good relationship with your rep so they tell you about more offers then no.
Ok thanks.

I already have a cheap plan with Public Mobile that I don't care to move. So ideal for me means best price on the phone. I've never dealt with TMS in the past so being blackballed by an ageant or TMS as a whoile for a little while will have no impact on me. I also have no intention to move the line to Koodo in case they would blacklist as well on a quick cancellation.

Any particular place to get an old/destroyed phone for trade in for free? I have to see if I have one that I can part with. Would be nice to use someone else's though.
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d_source wrote:
Aug 13th, 2019 12:48 pm
Ok thanks.

I already have a cheap plan with Public Mobile that I don't care to move. So ideal for me means best price on the phone. I've never dealt with TMS in the past so being blackballed by an ageant or TMS as a whoile for a little while will have no impact on me. I also have no intention to move the line to Koodo in case they would blacklist as well on a quick cancellation.
Just a FYI on blacklisting - it's not for a "little while" per say - one of my friends has been blacklisted from TMS for almost 2 years now. Also the Koodo blacklist (which unfortunately is very hard to predict) will mean that you cannot get a tab on any Koodo device in the future (ie have to pay MSRP) no matter which store you get it from - so you can still get a line on Koodo in the future but cannot get a phone on a tab.

I've seen old phones at the salvation army but just check the IMEI before buying.
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cheney wrote:
Aug 13th, 2019 12:41 pm
It is released in Jan 2018 but announced by the end of 2017. I dont think there are two versions of A8 in the market? Anyway, the model number is SM-A530
Ah got it so it is the 2018 version. There's actually 3 versions of the A8, and the first two suck.
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Thanks OP.
But the deal is far from hot. I felt compelled to downvote.
The same phone (A8 model number SM-A530) was much cheaper from Koodo several times last year (Canada Day 2018 Long Weekend sale and again during the Labour Day 2018 sale), so it should be a punishable offense to pay more today for such old hardware.

Canada Day 2018 Long Weekend sale: Samsung Galaxy A8 from Koodo was $0 down on tab small ($240 tab) with $150 gift card at Walmart, or with $200 worth of PC points at The Mobile Shop, when trading in of any old non-functioning phone.
walmart-koodo-telus-virgin-bell-rogers- ... s-2204250/

Labour Day 2018 sale: "Koodo Samsung Galaxy A8, they pay you $24.70 (or even $90) to get this phone":
wow-mobile-boutique-koodo-samsung-galax ... v-2219493/
wow-mobile-boutique-koodo-samsung-galax ... #p29781860

Obviously, no time machine is available, but the time-honoured tradition here on RFD is that the hotness of all posted "hot deals" is to be judged based on the lowest price previously confirmed on RFD (under realistic conditions). This is even more true for products like smartphones, for which the price is expected to steeply and continuously decrease with the passage of time.
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oscar1999 wrote:
Aug 13th, 2019 12:53 pm
Just a FYI on blacklisting - it's not for a "little while" per say - one of my friends has been blacklisted from TMS for almost 2 years now. Also the Koodo blacklist (which unfortunately is very hard to predict) will mean that you cannot get a tab on any Koodo device in the future (ie have to pay MSRP) no matter which store you get it from - so you can still get a line on Koodo in the future but cannot get a phone on a tab.

I've seen old phones at the salvation army but just check the IMEI before buying.
So in order to avoid the blacklist, I would have to sign up for 3 months of service minimum? What's the cheapest plan? Online I only saw a $40/month as the cheapest on Koodo. Isn't there a $20-$25/month plan?

Assuming $25/month for 3 months, that would make the cost of the phone $55 + $75 * 1.13 = ~$147 (Is my maths correct? Astonished Face)

THX
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cheney wrote:
Aug 13th, 2019 7:02 am
put it simple as the following eqation:

upfront 0 + tab small 10 per month (x24month) + 25 month plan (cancel anytime) + 35 activation +tax - 200,000pts (200value) - 50,000pts (optional tradein old phone) = maybe less than 55 if cancel it right away...

I strongly believe this A8 value has been underestimated and deserved to be posted alone considering Costco A5 at 99 is still a hot deal. This phone is a mid range one (not really A5 successor but simple version of s8) with two front selfie lenses. Decent glass body, IP68 rated.

https://www.trustedreviews.com/reviews/ ... -galaxy-a8
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Dont need the phone but very clear\well written post to aid decision making on the spot.

Upvoted.
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d_source wrote:
Aug 14th, 2019 9:08 am
So in order to avoid the blacklist, I would have to sign up for 3 months of service minimum? What's the cheapest plan? Online I only saw a $40/month as the cheapest on Koodo. Isn't there a $20-$25/month plan?

Assuming $25/month for 3 months, that would make the cost of the phone $55 + $75 * 1.13 = ~$147 (Is my maths correct? Astonished Face)

THX
I think staying for 90 days is generally safe. The cost of the phone would be $240+35+75+tax - 200 PC Points.
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d_source wrote:
Aug 14th, 2019 9:08 am
So in order to avoid the blacklist, I would have to sign up for 3 months of service minimum? What's the cheapest plan? Online I only saw a $40/month as the cheapest on Koodo. Isn't there a $20-$25/month plan?

Assuming $25/month for 3 months, that would make the cost of the phone $55 + $75 * 1.13 = ~$147 (Is my maths correct? Astonished Face)

THX
25 plan is not reflected on Koodo website but retailer's, e.g. TMS. Your rep can help you get 25 plan through their system.
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Eaglyeye wrote:
Aug 13th, 2019 9:17 am
So basically an old flip phone gets you 50$ too? I think its only an in store credit though right....

Also has anyone here got a new line and cancelled right away and still able to get the 200k pc points ?
Yeah, I did get the s9 last week on a new line and cancelled right away. So you get the 200k points as soon as you walk out basically. I didn't put the sim card for the new line in at all, told the rep I'll do it later at home. Went home and cancelled an hour later - the line was never active since I never put the sim so I didn't get charged even for a day. Pretty smooth process.
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Is this phone locked to Koodo/Bell and, if so, is it easy to unlock?
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ahoroba wrote:
Aug 13th, 2019 1:05 pm
Thanks OP.
But the deal is far from hot. I felt compelled to downvote.
The same phone (A8 model number SM-A530) was much cheaper from Koodo several times last year (Canada Day 2018 Long Weekend sale and again during the Labour Day 2018 sale), so it should be a punishable offense to pay more today for such old hardware.

Canada Day 2018 Long Weekend sale: Samsung Galaxy A8 from Koodo was $0 down on tab small ($240 tab) with $150 gift card at Walmart, or with $200 worth of PC points at The Mobile Shop, when trading in of any old non-functioning phone.
http://forums.redflagdeals.com/walmart- ... s-2204250/

Labour Day 2018 sale: "Koodo Samsung Galaxy A8, they pay you $24.70 (or even $90) to get this phone":
http://forums.redflagdeals.com/wow-mobi ... v-2219493/
http://forums.redflagdeals.com/wow-mobi ... #p29781860

Obviously, no time machine is available, but the time-honoured tradition here on RFD is that the hotness of all posted "hot deals" is to be judged based on the lowest price previously confirmed on RFD (under realistic conditions). This is even more true for products like smartphones, for which the price is expected to steeply and continuously decrease with the passage of time.
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oscar1999 wrote:
Aug 14th, 2019 10:51 am
I think staying for 90 days is generally safe. The cost of the phone would be $240+35+75+tax - 200 PC Points.
$35 is activation I assume? I thought this was waived? Maybe YMMV?

At that price it's past what I'm willing to spend so really it'll depend on if i care about the blacklist or not.

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