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$200 pck-$150 Wifi PSVita + $50 3G/4G Mobile HotSpot(Verizon/Sprint/AT&T) @ Bestbuy


#1 Enuf   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   8191 Posts   Joined 7.4 Years Ago  

Posted 22 February 2012 - 07:17 PM

Details found on page 5 of the weekly ad under "Mobile Broadband"
http://bestbuy.shopl...74&pagenumber=7


Doing this deal will take $100 off ANY PSVita bundle or other gaming console priced above $100***. It makes the 3G version of the PSVita needless since the hotspot is mobile you'd pretty much always have wifi & your not locked in AT&T for service.

There's a 2 yr contract for service on the 3G/4G mobile hotspot or a early cancellation fee that needs to be factored into the overall deal.

http://bestbuy.shopl...gid=-2080883691

http://bestbuy.shopl...gid=-2080772691


***Also, you could use this deal to score a 3DS for $70 & trade it back in on a vita for $100.

#2 token2k6   LG FUAD CAGiversary!   4499 Posts   Joined 8.5 Years Ago  

Posted 22 February 2012 - 07:27 PM

wow Enuf, well done, love all the options, but I don't think too many people will jump on the 2 year contract..

#3 C-Zero   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   1082 Posts   Joined 9.8 Years Ago  

Posted 22 February 2012 - 07:28 PM

It's not really a deal then...

I'd rather get a new smart phone if I have to get a 2 year contract.

#4 Enuf   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   8191 Posts   Joined 7.4 Years Ago  

Posted 22 February 2012 - 07:49 PM

It's not really a deal then...

I'd rather get a new smart phone if I have to get a 2 year contract.

really? then what would you suggest for a person like me who doesn't have home or mobile wifi & wants a vita? If I were to say get a phone with a 2 yr contract like a Droid(which can be a hotspot itself) then I'd need to factor the cost of the Droid itself, still pay full price for the vita & pay the same $50-$80 or more $ per month for the phone service. So what exactly did I save? Not to mention the fact that I already own a cell phone that's no longer on a contract since I've had the service longer than the 2 yr period.
http://mobilehotspot.com/
http://www.pcworld.c...t_reliable.html

This deal is very much good specifically for those who DON'T ALREADY HAVE ACCESS TO WIFI that's why I highlighted/bolded the 2 yr contract info in the OP.

#5 gentlyporking   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   340 Posts   Joined 11.0 Years Ago  

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Posted 22 February 2012 - 07:53 PM

2-year contract makes it a no-deal.

#6 Psybuster   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   687 Posts   Joined 11.0 Years Ago  

Posted 22 February 2012 - 07:58 PM

really? then what would you suggest for a person like me who doesn't have home or mobile wifi & wants a vita? If I were to say get a phone with a 2 yr contract like a Droid(which can be a hotspot itself) then I'd need to factor the cost of the Droid itself, still pay full price for the vita & pay the same $50-$80 or more $ per month for the phone service. So what exactly did I save? Not to mention the fact that I already own a cell phone that's no longer on a contract since I've had the service longer than the 2 yr period.
http://mobilehotspot.com/
http://www.pcworld.c...t_reliable.html

This deal is very much good specifically for those who DON'T ALREADY HAVE ACCESS TO WIFI that's why I highlighted/bolded the 2 yr contract info in the OP.


Issue still stands that the discount is only 100 when you typically get like 400 off a phone for the same 2 year contract. You're still better off getting the plan with a popular phone, selling it, and buying a Vita at MSRP. And that's only if you really need the mobile WiFi, because 20 bucks for an affordable home use router will do the trick just fine if you don't need the mobile part.

#7 azngtlman   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   610 Posts   Joined 10.3 Years Ago  

Posted 22 February 2012 - 08:01 PM

really? then what would you suggest for a person like me who doesn't have home or mobile wifi & wants a vita? If I were to say get a phone with a 2 yr contract like a Droid(which can be a hotspot itself) then I'd need to factor the cost of the Droid itself, still pay full price for the vita & pay the same $50-$80 or more $ per month for the phone service. So what exactly did I save? Not to mention the fact that I already own a cell phone that's no longer on a contract since I've had the service longer than the 2 yr period.
http://mobilehotspot.com/
http://www.pcworld.c...t_reliable.html

This deal is very much good specifically for those who DON'T ALREADY HAVE ACCESS TO WIFI that's why I highlighted/bolded the 2 yr contract info in the OP.


Correct me if I'm wrong, but don't the monthly fees for these mobile hotspots run anywhere from $15-$40 per month? Unless you really need to have mobile wifi all the time, I highly doubt anyone that doesn't have WiFi at home would go this route instead of doing a normal WiFi network at home.

#8 bojay1997   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   5454 Posts   Joined 13.8 Years Ago  

Posted 22 February 2012 - 08:04 PM

really? then what would you suggest for a person like me who doesn't have home or mobile wifi & wants a vita? If I were to say get a phone with a 2 yr contract like a Droid(which can be a hotspot itself) then I'd need to factor the cost of the Droid itself, still pay full price for the vita & pay the same $50-$80 or more $ per month for the phone service. So what exactly did I save? Not to mention the fact that I already own a cell phone that's no longer on a contract since I've had the service longer than the 2 yr period.
http://mobilehotspot.com/
http://www.pcworld.c...t_reliable.html

This deal is very much good specifically for those who DON'T ALREADY HAVE ACCESS TO WIFI that's why I highlighted/bolded the 2 yr contract info in the OP.


I'm sorry, but this is a deal that only appeals to such a very specific niche audience (i.e. you) that is completely worthless to everyone else. Also, Best Buy and other retailers have been running similar promotions for the past year basically giving credit of anywhere from $100 to $300 on a variety of mobile devices if you subscribe to the AT&T hotspot service for two years. For someone like yourself, I would suggest buying DSL from a lower cost carrier like DSL Extreme and just buying a cheap WiFi router for home. You're also forgetting about data throttling, outages and every other problem that comes with AT&T mobile hotspots. Frankly, you're better off just finding a Panera or other place that has free Wi-Fi if you absolutely have to play your Vita in public.

#9 kevgret   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   1145 Posts   Joined 14.2 Years Ago  

Posted 22 February 2012 - 08:04 PM

I shouldnt need a contract to mobile game.. I already have too many contracts

#10 KrzyHpnKricket   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   197 Posts   Joined 7.4 Years Ago  

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Posted 22 February 2012 - 08:06 PM

I shouldnt need a contract to mobile game.. I already have too many contracts


The contract isn't for the Vita itself, the contract is on the separate Mobile hot spot.
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#11 GBAstar   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   9694 Posts   Joined 7.0 Years Ago  

Posted 22 February 2012 - 08:07 PM

I'm sorry, but this is a deal that only appeals to such a very specific niche audience (i.e. you) that is completely worthless to everyone else. Also, Best Buy and other retailers have been running similar promotions for the past year basically giving credit of anywhere from $100 to $300 on a variety of mobile devices if you subscribe to the AT&T hotspot service for two years. For someone like yourself, I would suggest buying DSL from a lower cost carrier like DSL Extreme and just buying a cheap WiFi router for home. You're also forgetting about data throttling, outages and every other problem that comes with AT&T mobile hotspots. Frankly, you're better off just finding a Panera or other place that has free Wi-Fi if you absolutely have to play your Vita in public.


I have WiFi at home (I don't know how people can live without it) but I seriously considered going this route because where I worked there was no WiFi available and the work computers had strict firewalls. Ultimately I decided against it but I can see why people would contemplate it.

#12 Crunchewy   What? CAGiversary!   21857 Posts   Joined 11.0 Years Ago  

Posted 22 February 2012 - 08:08 PM

If you want a mobile hotspot and a Vita, then this isn't a bad deal. Obviously not for everyone, nor probably for most people, but for those for whom it makes sense, it's not bad. Also wouldn't a mobile hotspot not have the limitations that the 3G built into the 3G Vita has? Couldn't you download large games, play online, etc? I think so, but admittedly I don't own a mobile hotspot and can't be sure.

#13 Fire2box   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   480 Posts   Joined 5.9 Years Ago  

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Posted 22 February 2012 - 08:18 PM

really? then what would you suggest for a person like me who doesn't have home or mobile wifi & wants a vita?


I'd suggest getting Internet/wifi at home, buying a normal wi-fi Vita and when your playing your Vita while waiting anywhere hop on the nearest wi-fi hotspot.

I know some communter trains are even installing free wi-fi for commuters, I'm betting that will take somewhat. Plus even small towns are sometimes doing free public wifi. I was honestly a bit shocked when I found out Coos Bay Oregon was doing that. But really, with free wifi it's never that great anyways and how often do you play even handhelds outside of the house?

If you want feel free to lie about how often you want to play online with a handheld outside of home. But it honestly only matters to you. Plus for this moblie stuff, I hope to god no one's planing to use Netflix on it. Unless you can pay the overages. If people really want to get locked into a contract more power to them, I just hope it's worth it. I just don't personally see it as worth it, your paying roughly the same as cell phone data contracts for less features. Can't even make a phone call on the thing outside of Skype if it even has that.

#14 token2k6   LG FUAD CAGiversary!   4499 Posts   Joined 8.5 Years Ago  

Posted 22 February 2012 - 08:26 PM

..Can't even make a phone call on the thing outside of Skype if it even has that.


but texts I can send it!!

and don't be silly, it'll have Skype, the PSP had skype and it didn't even have a microphone OR camera

#15 Hoffer   I've got a 10" CAG CAGiversary!   1073 Posts   Joined 10.7 Years Ago  

Posted 22 February 2012 - 08:35 PM

If I wanted a mobile hotspot, I'd pay $20/month to add tethering to my iPhone. :)

I'm getting a Vita today, but I don't think I'll have much need for it to be on the internet away from home.

#16 Enuf   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   8191 Posts   Joined 7.4 Years Ago  

Posted 22 February 2012 - 08:51 PM

I already have a fully paid off smartphone w/no contract & a monthly bill just under $90 per month.

My cost with this deal $200 + tax upfront, $90/month phone plan($2160 over 2 yrs which I'm already paying anyways) & $50/month hotspot($1200 for the life of the contract) so I'm only adding $1400 in total cost.

If I were to get a Droid + pay full price for a wifi vita that's damn near the cost of 1 yr of the contract from the bestbuy plan UPFRONT & my monthly phone minute plan goes up too.
Between the minute/data plans/fees I'd be paying $125-$135 so that's about $3240 over the 2 yr period + $250 for the Vita + $200-$400 for the Droid. That's damn near $4K. So again I ask what exactly am I saving?
http://www.verizonwi...ns/?page=single

#17 Versafied   Formerly known as vlv723 CAGiversary!   2929 Posts   Joined 13.9 Years Ago  

Posted 22 February 2012 - 08:51 PM

No longer unlimited data, it's not really an internet service for people who can't get traditional internet. (ie. Rural Areas)

Good deal though for those who does need it anyway.

#18 Carlanga   Fishing for deals CAGiversary!   1594 Posts   Joined 7.1 Years Ago  

Posted 22 February 2012 - 09:01 PM

Good deal for 1:100 people....
If they didn't tie you up to a 2yr contract and make it monthly when needed instead, then this would be an awesome deal. Lukewarm deal as it stands in my opinion.

#19 Enuf   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   8191 Posts   Joined 7.4 Years Ago  

Posted 22 February 2012 - 09:06 PM

I'm sorry, but this is a deal that only appeals to such a very specific niche audience (i.e. you) that is completely worthless to everyone else. Also, Best Buy and other retailers have been running similar promotions for the past year basically giving credit of anywhere from $100 to $300 on a variety of mobile devices if you subscribe to the AT&T hotspot service for two years. For someone like yourself, I would suggest buying DSL from a lower cost carrier like DSL Extreme and just buying a cheap WiFi router for home. You're also forgetting about data throttling, outages and every other problem that comes with AT&T mobile hotspots. Frankly, you're better off just finding a Panera or other place that has free Wi-Fi if you absolutely have to play your Vita in public.

I live in a huge metro area Philly PA & there's a ton of people who don't have smartphones/internet/cable/DSL. The benefit of this deal is that YOUR NOT RESTRICTED TO JUST AT&T so if your in area where Sprint/Verizon is better then you can get them instead.

I drive for a living & many places that I delivery to have wifi & while I'm waiting for them to get their deliveries together I can't just drive off looking for a free wifi zone but I can just use the hotspot.

You severally underestimate the "niche" & with the shear # of free hotspots it indicates the exact opposite. 40% of US households don't have broadband access & 30% have no internet at all.
http://news.cnet.com...0454133-94.html

#20 exaznkid   Spare Some Change CAGiversary!   2418 Posts   Joined 7.4 Years Ago  

Posted 22 February 2012 - 09:17 PM

all this 3g/hotspot talk just makes me wish the Vita was also a phone so i dont have all these bills, it already has texting u might as well go all the way; i would probably ditch my phone if i could use my Vita instead

#21 Enuf   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   8191 Posts   Joined 7.4 Years Ago  

Posted 22 February 2012 - 09:25 PM

all this 3g/hotspot talk just makes me wish the Vita was also a phone so i dont have all these bills, it already has texting u might as well go all the way; i would probably ditch my phone if i could use my Vita instead

I think that's something we all can agree on...even if Sony just subsidized the Vita's cost like a phone but made it avail thru all service providers that would be good to. $50-$100 for the Vita + a 1-2 yr contract would make it cheaper that all consoles on the market. Then there'd be no complaints on the price of the memory cards, people that never intended on getting a handheld might since it would be cheaper that other phones & the game sales whether digital or physical would also increase since the # of vita owners would be higher. The only downside would be that you'd need to stand in line for a week to ensure you get a system...black Friday in Feb LOL

#22 azngtlman   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   610 Posts   Joined 10.3 Years Ago  

Posted 22 February 2012 - 09:28 PM


You severally underestimate the "niche" & with the shear # of free hotspots it indicates the exact opposite. 40% of US households don't have broadband access & 30% have no internet at all.
http://news.cnet.com...0454133-94.html


If that's the case, I highly doubt that more than 1-2% out of that 40% will be playing a Vita out of the house, let alone own a Vita or even know what it is in the first place.

My grandma doesn't have broadband or any internet at all, but she will not be taking advantage of this deal and she lives in a highly populated metro area called San Francisco.

#23 Enuf   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   8191 Posts   Joined 7.4 Years Ago  

Posted 22 February 2012 - 09:54 PM

If that's the case, I highly doubt that more than 1-2% out of that 40% will be playing a Vita out of the house, let alone own a Vita or even know what it is in the first place.

My grandma doesn't have broadband or any internet at all, but she will not be taking advantage of this deal and she lives in a highly populated metro area called San Francisco.

Do you have facts to support that 1-2%? I'm sure these #'s are broad & not limited to the target audience of the vita but even still 40% is high as $hit. My guess is that since we're in a recession/depression & it hasn't gotten much better since these stats were taken would probably indicate that the 40% figure has risen. Being able to save such a large amount upfront would seem to be a better way for cash-strapped people as opposed to dropping the same amount as a car note/insurance/rent money combined upfront on a new phone & Vita. There's a reason places like Rent-A-Center make money even though they charge 2-3 times the value of the item.

Take a trip to barnes+noble or another place with free wifi & look at the ages of the people there using the free wifi. You probably won't see grandma there but outta the people that are using it a good portion of the males would fit the Vita target demo.

#24 azngtlman   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   610 Posts   Joined 10.3 Years Ago  

Posted 22 February 2012 - 10:04 PM

Do you have facts to support that 1-2%? I'm sure these #'s are broad & not limited to the target audience of the vita but even still 40% is high as $hit. My guess is that since we're in a recession/depression & it hasn't gotten much better since these stats were taken would probably indicate that the 40% figure has risen. Being able to save such a large amount upfront would seem to be a better way for cash-strapped people as opposed to dropping the same amount as a car note/insurance/rent money combined upfront on a new phone & Vita. There's a reason places like Rent-A-Center make money even though they charge 2-3 times the value of the item.

Take a trip to barnes+noble or another place with free wifi & look at the ages of the people there using the free wifi. You probably won't see grandma there but outta the people that are using it a good portion of the males would fit the Vita target demo.


Using my grandma as an example was obviously a joke... people without internet at home, most likely can't afford it or don't need it.

For the people that don't need it... do you honestly believe that they'll be able to afford a Vita and a mobile hotspot on a 2 year contract? When you can get a cheap DSL plan for less than $20 per month?

The fact of the matter is, no matter how you see it, this is going to be an lukewarm deal at best for a very small percentage of people. Best Buy is willing to give you $100 off a console because they get credit for the 2 year contract they made you sign for the hotspot. The money you save upfront is going to cost you more in the end with that two year contract. I just got a quote from AT&T for a mobile hot spot and it's $50 to purchase plus $50/month for only 5gb. $10 for each additional GB. My brother has a Sprint one and he pays $40 for 5gb. It's not cheap.

If you were already looking to get a mobile hotspot, then it's a good deal. From my experiences at a Barnes and Noble, I see a lot of high school to college aged students looking for a place to study that isn't that campus library. They're there because WiFi is free. You think they would be there if they had to pay $50/month to use the WiFi?

#25 Motoki   Big Fish Grandma CAGiversary!   16774 Posts   Joined 6.1 Years Ago  

Posted 22 February 2012 - 10:13 PM

Correct me if I'm wrong, but don't the monthly fees for these mobile hotspots run anywhere from $15-$40 per month? Unless you really need to have mobile wifi all the time, I highly doubt anyone that doesn't have WiFi at home would go this route instead of doing a normal WiFi network at home.


Depends on the phone. There are some you can legitmately use apps to enable the hotspot without an additional fee. With others you can do it via root access or a cable tether over USB.

The fee is one option but there are ways to do it without a monthly fee.

#26 robodaddyo   is not a scumbag CAGiversary!   589 Posts   Joined 8.4 Years Ago  

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Posted 23 February 2012 - 12:21 AM

I was in Barnes & Noble, recently, and the average age had to be around 50. Them old folks in there. :lol:

"...I normally open every game I buy anymore...", "...since I ONLY usually...", "...because it's wasn't fun...", "Pretty much sure it does...", "Works always gets in...", "...I acually spelled the my user...", "this will help let more people see it as this more people see...", "You very probably won't...", "...wouldnt have good sales less often due to less competition."

 Please, stop butchering the English language. These are horrible.


#27 buckythekat   dv8 King of Concerns CAGiversary!   3199 Posts   Joined 10.0 Years Ago  

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Posted 23 February 2012 - 12:26 AM

I would love a mobile hotspot but the 2-year contract kills it for me

#28 LordVila   Casterly Rock! CAGiversary!   2338 Posts   Joined 10.0 Years Ago  

Posted 23 February 2012 - 12:48 AM

I would love a mobile hotspot but the 2-year contract kills it for me


Look into Virgin Mobile Broadband2Go. I pay $40 a month for unlimited data (capped speed of .25Mb per second after 5gb) with no contract. I'm grandfathered into an older plan but the new plan they offer is $50 a month of unlimited data (capped after 2.5gb). I then bought this: http://www.amazon.co...29957964&sr=1-1. I've had Broadband2Go for almost 2 years now and while it's not the best quality around for the price, no contract, unlimited data and having no other internet available to me besides dial-up or satellite this is a good option for me.

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#29 Enuf   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   8191 Posts   Joined 7.4 Years Ago  

Posted 23 February 2012 - 01:00 AM

The fact of the matter is, no matter how you see it, this is going to be an lukewarm deal at best for a very small percentage of people. Best Buy is willing to give you $100 off a console because they get credit for the 2 year contract they made you sign for the hotspot. The money you save upfront is going to cost you more in the end with that two year contract. I just got a quote from AT&T for a mobile hot spot and it's $50 to purchase plus $50/month for only 5gb. $10 for each additional GB. My brother has a Sprint one and he pays $40 for 5gb. It's not cheap.

If you were already looking to get a mobile hotspot, then it's a good deal. From my experiences at a Barnes and Noble, I see a lot of high school to college aged students looking for a place to study that isn't that campus library. They're there because WiFi is free. You think they would be there if they had to pay $50/month to use the WiFi?

It's really not that big of a deal if only 10 people do the deal b/c they saw this post that's 10 people that were helped out. CAG isn't limited to just a few & I know the monthly charge isn't cheap but I did the math vs the Droid b/c that was the options for me & spending close to $4000 wasn't the way I wanted to go. I also don't want the hassle of porting my cell # & having to increase my reg. phone bill close to $300/yr permanently even if I cancel the hotspot. I already posted the prices for several wifi carriers too that way there's full disclosure.

If you read my OP, I clearly BOLDED details to ensure that the 2 yr contract & that the cost also needs to be factored in. I did this b/c obviously this would effect some people's choice on getting this deal. If I had just posted $200 for the package & that was it then I would fully expect all the non-deal blah blah blah for obvious reasons. If the deal doesn't work for you keep it moving it's not different than seeing a $60 game posted for a $50 sale price & you know it was $40 a week before or you got it cheaper elsewhere.

Simply put if the deal is not for you OK but I'm going for it & it'll save me alot of money along with getting me what I want.

#30 bojay1997   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   5454 Posts   Joined 13.8 Years Ago  

Posted 23 February 2012 - 01:13 AM

It's really not that big of a deal if only 10 people do the deal b/c they saw this post that's 10 people that were helped out. CAG isn't limited to just a few & I know the monthly charge isn't cheap but I did the math vs the Droid b/c that was the options for me & spending close to $4000 wasn't the way I wanted to go. I also don't want the hassle of porting my cell # & having to increase my reg. phone bill close to $300/yr permanently even if I cancel the hotspot. I already posted the prices for several wifi carriers too that way there's full disclosure.

If you read my OP, I clearly BOLDED details to ensure that the 2 yr contract & that the cost also needs to be factored in. I did this b/c obviously this would effect some people's choice on getting this deal. If I had just posted $200 for the package & that was it then I would fully expect all the non-deal blah blah blah for obvious reasons. If the deal doesn't work for you keep it moving it's not different than seeing a $60 game posted for a $50 sale price & you know it was $40 a week before or you got it cheaper elsewhere.

Simply put if the deal is not for you OK but I'm going for it & it'll save me alot of money along with getting me what I want.


Disagree. There are some deals that just aren't of any general interest. Store rebates of this type for signing up for a $1200+ contract just don't belong on CAG. Stores including Best Buy do these deals constantly. In fact, they were offering various gift card amounts a few weeks ago with hot spot or cell phone purchases and two year deals. Those could have been used on video games and every other item in the store. Nobody posts them because they aren't "deals", they are sales gimmicks to get you to pick one retailer or provider over another. Trying to tie this to a Vita deal is a huge stretch. It's just $100 off any console, but again, there is no "deal" here, because you are out of pocket for $1200 and locked into a contract with serious penalties for early termination.