Well, guys. It was a good run. According to this leaked internal memo to Sprint employees, it looks like Sprint could be doing away with one of the best marketing ideas I’ve seen from a carrier in a long time — the end of mail-in rebates. The change is scheduled for July 24th, it looks Sprint could be going back to the old system of doing things but this time, with a twist.
First, mail-in-rebates will only be returning for devices with a net promotion price of $150 or less. Not so bad, right? Second, in perhaps an effort to go “green,” Sprint will now give you an American Express Prepaid card instead of the old fashioned snail mailed paper checks. Well, I don’t care how happy Akon is in that picture, I’d much rather receive a check that I can deposit into my empty checking account so I can buy more v-necks and chicken nuggets. But that’s just me.
On the bright side of things, maybe the pre-paid debit card wont take as long to come in the mail which could be a plus. There was nothing worse that waiting 6-7 weeks to receive your rebate check in the mail. Also, it doesn’t look like the new/old mail-in-rebate system will affect the Motorola Photon 4G releasing on the 31st seeing how it’s going to be priced at $200. Close one, right?