This story begins last Saturday at my local Sprint store. When I arrived I quickly explained the problem I was having and was told to take a seat. As I surveyed the scene around me it occurred to me that I had not been in store yet to see the Samsung Moment. I went to the display and started to play with it for a bit, interested mostly in how the keyboard handled. After about the sixth text message I sent myself I noticed a young lady behind me looking over my shoulder. I stepped aside and let her play with the Moment herself instead of hogging all the fun for myself. As I watched her fumble around with it for a few I decided to step up and take the lead. I started to lead her thought the UI, show her the messaging capabilities, and the Android Market. The girl was so impressed in fact that by the time the sales rep got to her I had already closed the sale with a 450 Everything Data Plan.
About 15 minutes later I noticed two women playing with a Hero. Like the first girl, the two of them were fumbling around with the Hero trying to maneuver around the lock and cord carriers tend to use on their phones in store. I again nonchalantly sauntered over to the two of them, casually took my phone out of my pocket, and put it on the counter. They took the bait. I spent a minute or two with the women explaining the Hero and Android. I even told them some of the bugs I had with my phone and how to work around them until a fix could be made. In the end I recommended the Hero for one girl and the other I steered to the Moment (she typed with her nails). That was three phones sold in about 20 minutes. Around this time my name was called for my repair. I handed over my phone and was told to return at 7PM which I did to find a fixed phone although now flashed back to factory defaults. (Thanks to Astro File Manager all my Apps were up and running in about 20 minutes)
All of that leads me to this afternoon. While going about my business I found myself at the electronics department in Wal-Mart looking at the Droid. As I stood there enjoying the satisfying feeling of sliding it open and closed a few times an older gentleman asked me if I knew anything about the Droid. It seems he is a current T-Mobile customer and was concerned about the price of Verizon plans. I let him know that T-Mobile had the Motorola Cliq, and he should stop by the T-Mobile store to check it out.
I have no idea if I had any influence on those four people or in the case of the 3 women at Sprint if they will have those phones 30 days from now. It does get me thinking about how I can’t stop campaigning for Android phones. Is anyone else doing the same thing?