Yesterday was a busy day for Cliq news. T-Mobile launched the countdown site for the pre-sale and announced a price tag of $199 with a 2yr contract. All the new info that was revealed left us with several questions. Most importantly, we wanted to know how much the phone would cost to those who don’t qualify for an upgrade and when the pre-orders would ship.
We contacted T-Mobile USA and they responded with the following:
1. How much is the Cliq for current customers who do not meet the upgrade eligibility requirements?
The CLIQ will be available for $199.99 with a two year service agreement. Additional pricing levels vary based on the customer’s tenure, but these pricing levels are less expensive than purchasing a new phone without a two year contract. In the case of the CLIQ, the no-contract price is $449.99.
2. Will pre-sale Cliqs begin shipping on October 19, 2009?
T-Mobile customers who purchase a CLIQ during the pre-sale period will receive their device within days of when the order is received. Orders will be processed right away and depending on when the device is purchased, customers could receive their CLIQ just days after Oct. 19.
I really wanted to purchase this phone, but I am not eligible for the special $199 price. I’m a little shocked by the no-contract price of $450, but it is encouraging to hear that T-Mobile has “additional pricing levels…based on the customer’s tenure”. With Android 2.0 phones scheduled to hit later this year, I might hold off on my purchase. I want to wait and see which phones get announced at next week’s CTIA show.