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If you like buying your smartphones at Costco, have I got news for you. Sounds like the king of giant ketchup dispensers will be offering the Atrix 4G as part of its relationship with AT&T, and for the same $150 on-contract figure Amazon quoted (and then quickly unquoted) yesterday.

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Lifetime supply of toilet paper not included

I know I'll be getting an Atrix 4G come launch day, but I think I'll take a pass on Costco as a vendor. Unless the phone comes with a free slice of Costco pizza and a polish - then I may have to reconsider.

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David Ruddock
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  • TareX

    Whoa... way cheaper than I thought. Awesome. But since I'll probably skip the 3DS for the PSP2, I'd rather get the Optimus 3D... must have something "glasses-free 3d" :)

  • Eric

    I actually like costco as a vender, even without the pizza :p

    Not only are they great on returns, and pay the activation fee for you, but they also include a free car charger, decent case, and (admittedly) horrible headphones.

    • David Ruddock

      Interesting - never knew that! I suppose that's the Costco member perk of buying phones there. I don't eat enough canned chili to shop at Costco on a regular basis so I'm not a member unfortunately, otherwise that sounds great.

      And yeah, Costco's return policy is amazingly good.

  • http://www.slipshft.com Slipshft

    I have purchased other phones at CostCo, and found the experience better than Carrier stores (or other resellers). So, I would take this as an option, plus unlike Amazon, I would not have to wait for it (as long as they haven't run out).

  • Terry

    Just a silly question, and I'm sure that this has already been covered. But what about the locked boot loader that I keep hearing about? I know that this phone's hardware is awesome but, aren't you at the mercy of Motorola or At&t for updates to the next version of Android?

    • David Ruddock

      We honestly don't know how "locked down" the Atrix 4G will be at this point. Motorola has been alluding to more "developer friendly" devices, which could mean easy rooting (though maybe not easy custom ROMing).

      We'll have to wait and see on that one.

  • Steve

    I'm a fan of Costco and Amazon. However, Amazon is the best bet for this $150 phone.

    When you buy a phone with a contract price of $150, it is subsidized by the cell phone service provider via the 2 year contract. You still have to pay TAX on the non subsidized price of $599. So Costco will charge $150 + Sales Tax on $599.

    At Amazon, unless you are in the state of Washington, there is no sales tax. If you live in the other 49 states, you will pay $150 with no sales tax and the 2 day shipping will be free.

    Unless I need it really bad I would wait the 2 days to save the $50+ in sales tax by buying at Amazon. With that savings you can buy accessorys and an extra battery, case, etc.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      I was told the tax on the phone is $15 or so in Costco. I can't confirm this 100% but that's what the source told us.

  • http://casedroid.com/ Bobby Mikels

    I hope it’s worth all the hype because I will be one of the first to try this when it is already out in the market. It wouldn’t be recognized as the best smartphone at CES for nothing.