Motorola E815 Cell Phone

posted on 2005-07-13 at 23:32:55 by Joel Ross

Over the weekend, I started looking at a new cell phone. I found the Motorola E815, and decided that was the one I wanted. It has bluetooth, voice activated dialing (without pre-recording names!), and is a camera phone - something I think I'll use since we don't have anything other than our nice Canon Digital Rebel when it comes to digital cameras - sometimes, it's just too big to carry everywhere!

Anyway, I'm a Verizon customer, and I'm eligible for the New Every Two program, so it was free to me. On Sunday, it was available. I called the closest Verizon store on Monday to see about picking one up, and they informed me they would have to order it for me, and that it would cost $50 in the store (to be fair, it also had a $50 rebate, but which would you rather have? Free now, or $50 now, with $50 coming back in three months?), plus they had to order it anyway, so the advantage of getting it right now wasn't even there.

But there was a problem Monday night. The e815 wasn't available online anymore. I called, and they said they ran out of stock, and I could check back in a week or so. That's odd. You're out of stock, and because of that you can't even place an order? I figured oh well, I can wait.

Then on Tuesday, I got scared. According to Engadget, Verizon pulled the e815. The article has since been updated, and it was apparently a technical glitch with the website - but digging deeper reveals that a bunch of these phones didn't get Vcast installed. I figured that would take a while, so I'd just wait for the phone.

Then, Tuesday night, the phone was back online, and I quickly ordered it. It should be here Thursday or Friday. Now, I just need to find a good bluetooth headset!

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