Originally Posted by Slow Internet
Has anyone preordered from Sam's? I read on slickdeals that you get a $40 credit bringing the phone down to $159.99.
Went to SAMS today, Twin cities area. (MN) I had a long chat with the manager of the kiosk. He said today's the last day to pre-order, as SAMS was only getting so many Evo's and the pre-orders are almost up to that number. You had to buy a $50 giftcard, good only at the kiosk. Price will be $199-the $50 you paid on the giftcard. You don't have to do the rebate. You get 20% off any accessories you buy on the day you get your Evo. They'll hold for 48 hrs, then sell it if you don't come in. You can't get your $50 back if you don't want the Evo. SAMS sells a 2 year replacement plan for $125-20% on day you pick up. Covers most stuff, but not loss or water damage. If they replace it, you get a brand new one within 48 hrs. The manager said if you got a phone recently from them, you could switch to the Evo and apply the money you paid to the Evo. Unfortunately, I have a new version of the SERO plan, Simply Everything Data Referral, so he said I can only get my Evo at a Sprint corporate store, or online, of course. (I'm already on the waiting list at my fav Sprint store.) Sucks that I'll have to pay the $299 and wait for a rebate. SAMS actually had a dummy Evo on display. It's pretty big and heavier than my Hero.
I'm still up in the air as to whether/when I'll upgrade. I really like my Hero. Size is great. I've been running a custom ROM since I rooted it a couple of weeks ago. It was based off the leaked 2.1 that Sprint put out last week, but still has root. It does everything the "official" Sprint update does, but the bloatware is gone. I am also running A2SD. There's also work being done by the Hero devs on Froyo, 2.2, here at XDA.