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Veer appears for $50 contract-free on Amazon; deal not likely long for this world 91

by Derek Kessler Tue, 31 May 2011 11:05 pm EDT

So you’re wanting an HP Veer, but you don’t want to sign a contract to get it at a good price, nor do you want to pay a few hundred dollars for the off-contract phone. How about getting it at a steal of a price while not signing away the next two years of your life? Yeah, we thought you’d like that. In a deal that’s sure to be wiped away as soon as somebody realizes the mistake, you can right now purchase a brand-new white AT&T HP Veer 4G for $49.99 off of Amazon. And that’s without any contract to speak of. The deal represents a whopping $400 off the retail price of the contract-free miniature smartphone.

Like the similarly-priced $50 Veer that appeared on Amazon just two weeks ago, we expect this apparent deal is likely a mistake that will be rectified as soon as someone realizes the error. And it’s likely that any orders placed for this miracle $50 contract-free Veer will be cancelled, just as they were before, but by golly we couldn’t resist placing an order ourselves. Feeling like playing the “will Amazon cancel it?” lottery? Link’s below.

Update: That didn't take long, Amazon's now reporting the Veer as "temporarily out of stock." While we still suspect this was an error (we'd love to be pleasantly surprised), the comments on this post indicate that the supply did dwindle in front of our very eyes.

Update 2: Amazon has realized their mistake, and the $49.99 white Veer now directs customers to the AmazonWireless page with correct pricing ($49.99 on-contract, $349.99 off). Whether or not Amazon will honor the pricing from last night remains to be seen.

Source: Amazon; Thanks to brdl04 on Twitter for the tip!

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Isn't this the same deal that got yanked a week ago? Is it really worthy of another front-page story?

It is. Even if you don't get the phone you'll still get $10 credit from them. :P

What the heck...I just tried to order one. Doubt it'll go thru, tho.

I am also getting the $349 price when replacement phone is selected :( Sad panda

UPDATE
You MUST click the link here or on the twitter feed, you cannot just go to Amazon, search for the Veer and get that price. I just ordered 2, fingers crossed to get me off of Sprint...

It might be a mistake but i ordered anyway. Maybe Amazon will honor it.

Hope so, i bought 10 to put on ebay

Why the downrank? That's easy money. The good news is it hasn't been cancelled. Still in process.

Just got the email they're being shipped. Nice! It must help being a Prime member.

Again? What are the folks at Amazon doing.

I just bought one... lets see what happens... worst case, they give us a $50 amazon gift card...

...didn't revert to the $349 price for me. No option for replacement phone. Just a normal order...like I was buying a toaster or something.

Ehh I tried, I heard stories of people complaining to amazon and getting a $10 credit. Of course I'd rather have the phone lol.

Price didn't revert for me either. Let's see what happens.

By the way, as of this post, it says "Only 1 left in stock--order soon (more on the way)." I don't know if that means anything.

I just ordered one. Checked out for $53.99 with free shipping.

I just bought it on amazon as a straight order, totaled $49.99 and free shipping. I figured if it does go through I will take it in to a local AT&T and activate it at the store.

Me too. Let's see what happens.

'temporarily out of stock'

ALRIGHT PLACE YOUR BETS PEOPLE! Let's see who actually gets one at the $50 price tag.

Actually there's one confirmed report already.

http://forums.precentral.net/hp-veer/282442-check-here-your-veer-4.html#...

Everyone went and order the Black and got cancelled, but apparently the White one shipped.

Temporarily out of stock.
Order now and we'll deliver when available. We'll e-mail you with an estimated delivery date as soon as we have more information. Your account will only be charged when we ship the item.

3 left before I went for a shower. My order must've went through.

Fingers crossed...

AND they are out of stock...

Got mine! Ha. So interesting.

IT BUYS 2, NOW IS NO AVAILABILITY

If I had heard about this earlier. I would have jumped on it. Have an att go phone sim that i would have used to try it out. Dang lost out on the free Veer in NYC now this. Must be snake bit there.

I'd really like to see something like this pop up for the Pre2. I have one and love it, would love to update the wife's Pre Minus

i ordered one even though it was already out of stock. But why not: no gain = no pain.

Bought one... No plans on actually activating it, but just had to have it. :) Let's see what happens!

I ordered one, we shall see.

If I actually get it, I don't plan to use it as I am not going to ATT, can webOS Internals use ATT phones?

I could just send it to them.

Rod actually had one. The bricked one was an AT&T Veer.

Well, add me to the 'back ordered' list. I like the idea of getting the Veer for $50. Since my Sprint contract has expired, I'm willing to swap carriers...

Do I believe I'll be getting one from Amazon? Nope, but perhaps it will send a message to HP to get the Pre3 out of the warehouse!

Link takes you to 'Buy at AmazonWireless' now.

It was a fun ride...we'll see if any orders actually go through.

12:25 am ET. Just ordered it. Got the email confirmation. Let's see what happens!

The first "Confirmation" is just that your order was placed. I'm not banking on anything until I get a credit card was charged or shipping e-mail. Those are the real indicators.

Ebayers always ruin stuff like this

Yea...no law against it. But if it ruins it for everyone, that will kinda suck.

It seems they have corrected the price. When I click on the no contact button it says 349.99

Damn! I missed it too! Would have bought 2 of them on the spot!

yup its back as 349.99 with no contract and 49.99 with new/upgrade contract.

Guess it was a mistake...

I have a 'pending credit card charge' showing up on my bank statement. Yeah, just pending, but you never know.

I bought two right before they changed it to the Amazon Wireless thing. Hopefully it ships.

I just got an email from Amazon and this is what it said;

Hello,

Unfortunately, we don't have any more stock of HP Veer 4G webOS Phone, White (AT&T) right now, and we're not sure when we'll be able to get more.

Our supply of some items is limited, and these products sell out quickly. I realize this is disappointing news, and I'm sorry we had to cancel your order.

I'd suggest checking our website from time to time to see if this item is available. If anyone is selling it, you'll see a "More Buying Choices" box on the product detail page; if it's not available from any sellers, you might see an "Alert me" link; "Alert me" allows you to sign up so we can e-mail you when Amazon has stock available for purchase.

I'm sorry I don't have better news. We hope to see you again soon.

I ordered it when it was "out of stock" for $49.99 off contract. But now when I check again at Amazon Wireless, it is in stock for $349.99. How strange...

there's no way any of these go through with some pig trying to order ten at one time, good luck though

Wow. Just got an email saying that it shipped. Did NOT expect that.

Did you do standard 3-5 day shipping? I am waiting to hear that mine has shipped and keeping my fingers crossed.

Actually, I have Amazon Prime w/free 2-day shipping, so it's scheduled to arrive tomorrow. We'll see if I get it!

Ah, I considered signing up for that to get the phone before they cancel the order but we will see...

Me too. Got an email that it shipped. Have not received any other emails from Amazon.

You lucky sum-guns. If I'd known about this last night, I would've been all over it!

Oh well. I was lucky enough to get the original Pre for during the Best Buy "promotion"/ mistake. Now it's someone else's turn to get hooked-up.

Good luck. Enjoy.

Looks like it back up to full price now.

That wasn't much of a troll, you disappoint me Rambo 2.1.

Well there's nothing really negative to say about this one. I can't be negative all the time.

I think I get minuses just on reputation now. How cool is that!?!

LOL probably.

Got the "Hey, sorry about our mess up but we cancelled your order" e-mail from Amazon this morning. I'm kinda bummed. When I managed a retail electronics store if we forgot to pull a sale tag, even though it had a valid date range on it, we honored the lower pricing. It's also a bit disconcerting to know that this is the second time in as many weeks that Amazon has had this sort of snafu on the same item.

Oh, well, there's no hurt in trying. Got the cancellation email this morning.

Good luck to foggylemon and Scotland, let us know if you get it.

"On Vehicle for Delivery Today"

Mine got cancelled too, but I ordered after it was already out of stock.

For those of you who got "shipped" confirmations...they can't cancel those, right?

Had the 'So Sorry Charlie' note in my inbox this morning. Honestly, I'm not going ride Amazon hard on this. I think anyone who ordered it at the $49.99 price knew they were rolling the dice!

"Your Amazon.com order has shipped"

no cancel order email yet.

I also did the 3-5 day shipping, then realized I better change it to 2 day shipping so they process quicker.

update, i got the your order has shipped and can not be changed by you or customer service email this morning!!! seems like this was a hit or miss proposition, i wont be comfortable till i have it in my hot little hands however but i do already have tracking numbers from ups!!! i hope all that ordered one get it and all those who choose to be greedy get nothing. no offense to those that ordered 1 or 2 but ten to resell and just out right rip off amazon for your own pocket shame on you for ruining this. people that always try and get over on others , have a hard and fast rule.... they get rolled in the end... good luck y'all!!! and a thank you to amazon, my nephew is joining the army and my sister is giving him a send off party the 25th this month and this is going to be his woohoo for you prize!!

What time did you order? I'm wondering if the first few went thru and the later ones are getting the axe? I ordered my 2 at 11:25pm, central or about 75-minutes after this posted.

around 11:18 pm est time about an hour or more before you did , maybe it was if you saw this post early thing. i know i click varooom as soon as i saw it on amazon with no hesitation xD. last night when there was still plenty of stock and got the free shipping option , i also buy alot from amazon.com have a dell streak tablet 7 due to arrive today in fact

I dunno then. I wonder if they're just letting the singles go thru? When I ordered it still stated in-stock, as did the order confirmation e-mail I got. Odd. Well I wish you the best of luck!

thank you , my nephew is going to love it i think, he is off to boot camp in a few weeks. sorry you got jobbed, amazon should honor these though because its this you burn me once burn my twice karma thing going on here, if i were you i would raise a stink till they gave me something monetary or got sick of me and shipped the phone!

Greetings from Amazon.com.

We thought you'd like to know that we shipped your items, and that this
completes your order. Your order is being shipped and cannot be changed by you
or by our customer service department.

You can track the status of this order, and all your orders, online by visiting
Your Account at http://www.amazon.com/gp/css/history/view.html

There you can:
* Track your shipment
* View the status of unshipped items
* Cancel unshipped items
* Return items
* And do much more

The following items have been shipped to you by Amazon.com:
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Qty Item Price Shipped Subtotal

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Amazon.com items (Sold by Amazon.com, LLC) :

1 HP Veer 4G webOS Phone, Wh... $49.99 1 $49.99

Shipped via UPS

Tracking number: *************

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Item Subtotal: $49.99
Shipping and handling: $5.43
Shipping Savings: $-5.43
Total: $49.99
Paid by ****: $49.99
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This shipment was sent to:

Track your package
Date Time Location Event Details
June 1, 2011 05:59:53 AM Campbellsville KY US Shipment has left seller facility and is in transit

seems this was billed and shipped before 6 am , perhaps an hour before they were able to catch the total mistake, brings to mind an old saying: may you die an hour before the devil knows you are dead...

See, I really wonder if the quantity was throwing it off. Well congrats man.

Would you be willing to e-mail me your order number? I called and spoke to someone at Amazon and they said if they can confirm shipments at that price they'd see about honoring it. My e-mail is my userid here @Yahoo.com.

done and done good luck with it ... ps to anyone else i wont be giving out this info until device is burning fire in my hot little hands hahaha

I tried and it is 349.99 now...unable to purchase at 49.99 for only phone..must have service.

mine shipped!! estimated delivery June 6th... now I play the waiting game.

I got my confirmation email saying the veer was shipped at the $49.99 price, and free shipping. I too will believe it when I see it in my hands also. I may try it on ATT to see how service differs from Sprint. But it looks expensive to use ATT. I also can say it is now pending in my checking account for the $49.99 price tag.

The real question is....did Rod manage to snag another one (or two or three) while this thing was going on?

So after going around and around with Amazon here's what I know and what I learned.

1) They absolutely will not honor this price, even if others got one

2) If something like this happens in the future the only way someone "might" get it is if they are an Amazon Prime customer. With Amazon Prime they pick and ship the orders pretty much as soon as they arrive. Basically they don't have time to correct something or catch it if something like this happens.

3) Amazon knows this is the 2nd time this has happened on this item. In a nutshell, don't bank on it happening again.

My main takeaway from this is that, if you catch something like this you need to act quickly and be a Prime customer. Unlike reports from the first go-around I was never offered any sort of credit or gift certificate from Amazon. Oh well, now I know and knowing is 1/2 the battle.

Mine shipped. I was only charged for the 1-day shipping; somehow I managed to score a $20 discount, so the total price was STILL under $50.

Let's see what happens next...

Just got the email too. My order has shipped!

Mine shipped too, Estimated Arrival June 3, 2011. Now waiting for it :)

when someone has their veer in hand, any chance of sharing an order number-- amazon won't do squat about my canceled order without proof of one actually being shipped for that price-- they won't even discuss it with me. And I wouldn't want to mess up anyone else's orders-- so after it's in hand, any chance? email {username} at gmail.com

Mine says it just shipped, Estimated Arrival June 3, 2011. standerd shipping!!

can someone give me their order number when the receive it? i'm trying to get amazon to honor my order.
saleemyas.3 at gmail

thanks alot

the answer is yes to you and whomever else however i already gave my order number to rcgaryk and this is what they had to say to him:
" By rcgaryk on Wed, 01 Jun 2011 8:34 pm EDT
new
+0

So after going around and around with Amazon here's what I know and what I learned.

1) They absolutely will not honor this price, even if others got one

2) If something like this happens in the future the only way someone "might" get it is if they are an Amazon Prime customer. With Amazon Prime they pick and ship the orders pretty much as soon as they arrive. Basically they don't have time to correct something or catch it if something like this happens.

3) Amazon knows this is the 2nd time this has happened on this item. In a nutshell, don't bank on it happening again.

My main takeaway from this is that, if you catch something like this you need to act quickly and be a Prime customer. Unlike reports from the first go-around I was never offered any sort of credit or gift certificate from Amazon. Oh well, now I know and knowing is 1/2 the battle. "

MINE CAME IN!!!! HOLY **** IS IT SMALL!!! I'm now debating leaving Verizon...

got the one i ordered too!!! no sim card , joe if ur on verizon like i am nothing ur going to be able to do with it until u get a go phone or something with a removable sim grrrr dam att and their exclusive deal **** cant say cr-ap? sheesh haha as promised heres the order number for those looking to fight with amazon :
Order Number: 002-7110410-7380200
maybe if other people will post their order numbers to let amazon know how many went out? good luck with it

i bought 5. long before this post. i ordered 4 in my last order. they canceled 2 and shipped 2. all 5 delivered

For some reason, it still surprises me how many people think it is OK to take advantage of another's mistake like this. Say what you like, this is simply stealing from another.

How is this different from stealing the contents of a wallet you find on the sidewalk?

True some people are just buying them to sell on ebay but some people like me, are trying to learn how to make apps and are stuck on webos 1.4.5 on sprint. If I get one i'll be able to test webos 2.0 apps out and 3.0 when it comes out.

you mean like if you happen to find a lost picasso in a garage sale selling for $10 or something, that you would tell the owner, right?

try not to judge chodaboy...everyone's for sale, just different price points :).

Im saying that when im able to make a app it will be worth more to HP than the price that I bought the Veer for. Its not like im just taking the device with the intention of not giving back to the platform.

Im not saying everybody was right for buying them. All im saying is not everyone is a thief who bought the Veer for 50$.

Hey everyone, I'm sure this post is long dead by now..but if any of you lucky folks got multiple Veers and want to share (without the hassles of eBay) then consider contacting me at ben.kellie@ymail.com

I am very interested in buying one (or two) of these for myself and my girlfriend. If I can only get one, it is for her. She has constant "Too many cards" warnings on her Pixi and I fear her defecting to iOS if I can't get a good fix.

We can discuss price, but I'm just looking for a fair deal. Somewhere in the range of $60 to $80.

Thanks, Ben

I purchased a Veer from Ebay and I don't see what the big deal is. The stupid thing is locked and it has been a hassle trying to get it unlocked for months. If any one knows how to get this unlocked or wants to purchase it then let me know. It could be beacuse I have T-Mobile and not AT&T. I contacted HP & AT&T, but both of them wouldn't help. One reason is because I am not an AT&T customer. I was willing to switch, but I have to be a good standing customer for at least 3 months. Serious people can contact me at Alicamp81@gmail.com.