That’s right! I was able to get a T-Mobile HTC HD2 at Wal-Mart one day prior to launch date even though they were told not to sell them until March 24th, 2010.
Wasn’t easy…but I did it!
So here’s how all this happened. I called a few Wal-Mart stores inquiring about the phone. Most of them had no clue what I was talking about..but some of them told me “yes we have it, but can’t sell it until tomorrow”. I kept calling stores until I got lucky and landed on one employee (let’s call her Sandra) who tells me “Yes we have it”. I asked her to put one aside for me but she insisted that they had plenty of them so there was nothing to worry about.
Thank you Mr. GPS for guiding me to a Wal-Mart store I never knew existed. Once there, I walk to the Electronics counter and ask for “Sandra”. She is on the phone with a customer but hands me out a memo (first pic in this post). Obviously I’m disappointed. While she’s on the phone, I pull out my 9700 and snap a pic of that memo. She then finishes her call and tells me politely “I am sorry but once I hung up with you I saw this memo so we can’t sell it until tomorrow”. I insisted and told her that other Wal-Mart stores were already selling them. She was very polite and offered to ask her department manager.
After looking at the memo, the manager reiterated that they were not suppose to sell it me before the 24th, but he offered to ask the store’s general manager.
Then guess what?? I get lucky! It just so happens that the Wal-Mart store manager was having a walk & talk with the regional manager in the store. I politely explained the issue all over again and told the managers that I felt I was mislead and he politely replied “Sir, we apologize, we will try to ring it up, if it does, the phone is yours, if it doesn’t then we will give you $25 Wal-Mart Giftcard and you can come back tomorrow to pick it up”
What do you think happened? She “Sandra” was able to scan it and it rang up at $500 (Wal-Mart bill below), and out I was with the new T-Mobile HTC HD2. So an hour later, HTC HD2 was mine. So thank you Wal-Mart for making my day even though I had to insist. As for T-Mobile, you can send a memo to all stores..bottom line is Wal-Mart is your pimp..they’ll tell you to jump and you’ll ask how high! Thank you also to the managers at Wal-Mart for handling a difficult situation so professionally.
This phone is slick! I’m now getting my HTC HD2 unlocked remotely by CellUnlock.net and will also try to post some more pics soon.
To all you HTC HD2 fans…worth the try to go visit a Wal-Mart store if you can’t wait until tomorrow
*Update* After reading some of the comments posted, I just want to say that the whole purpose of buying the phone at Wal-Mart was to see if they would actually end up selling it even though they were told not to. As for getting ripped on price..gotta love Wal-Mart’s return policy.