1. krycek1984's Avatar
    I went to pick up my 928 yesterday and the reps were really enthusiastic about it. The one rep had one on order, getting rid of his note. They were excited about its features. Just thought I'd let everyone know good news instead of bad!
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    05-27-2013 04:33 PM
  2. doomtuba's Avatar
    When I picked up my 920 at AT&T on launch day they were all very enthusiastic about it. It's just that people feel more compelled to write about their negative experiences than positive ones. That being said there is still plenty of room for improvement in getting more sales reps on board.
    05-27-2013 04:39 PM
  3. Thomas A's Avatar
    Hate to rain on the parade, but the official Verizon reseller didn't even know what a "Luma" was, even though they had black ones in stock. Drove to the nearest official store and the sales lady immediately questioned my decision and tried to sell me an Android phone. She was very nice about it and backed off as soon as she realized I knew what I wanted, but it was still a bit of a bummer.
    05-27-2013 11:38 PM
  4. coip's Avatar
    I've been monitoring Verizon's website every day since the 928 launched. The homepage cycles between 5 featured phones, one of them was the 928 until today: now the 5 rotating phones are pretty much just Android devices. What a shame. I thought they would do a better job of pushing the 928. Taking it off their homepage less than 2 weeks from launch is pretty disappointing (although it is listed under the 'top sellers' section, so perhaps it is selling somewhat well, I hope).

    Likewise, if you click on the 'smartphones' tab under the 'shop' header, the first 3 categories are Androids. You have to scroll halfway down the page before you get to the Windows Phones (although, it is still above the iPhones, but I was hoping they'd put Windows phones front and center).
    05-28-2013 01:34 AM
  5. CaptDjob's Avatar
    I've been monitoring Verizon's website every day since the 928 launched. The homepage cycles between 5 featured phones, one of them was the 928 until today: now the 5 rotating phones are pretty much just Android devices.
    Well, if you had been looking more often, you would have seen that same thing happening at least three times already. It goes away and withing few hours to 24h it comes back.

    So I wouldn't make any conclusions if Lumia 928 is not there NOW. It will be there again. I don't know why they do it.
    05-28-2013 01:42 AM
  6. Heresy64's Avatar
    Hate to rain on the parade, but the official Verizon reseller didn't even know what a "Luma" was, even though they had black ones in stock. Drove to the nearest official store and the sales lady immediately questioned my decision and tried to sell me an Android phone. She was very nice about it and backed off as soon as she realized I knew what I wanted, but it was still a bit of a bummer.
    I had a similar experience the other day in a Verizon store. I came in and said I wanted to look at the Lumia 928. The rep didn't even know where the display was. I found it before she did. Then, she knew nothing about the phone and told me how great her Galaxy Note was and that I should come back the next day because the Galaxy S4 was launching. Pathetic, really.
    05-28-2013 09:58 AM
  7. coip's Avatar
    Well, if you had been looking more often, you would have seen that same thing happening at least three times already. It goes away and withing few hours to 24h it comes back.
    Agh, I knew I shouldn't have taken those bathroom breaks. Now I look foolish for abandoning my post. Nevertheless, I just checked again now and it's till not one of their 'featured 5'. I'm sure it will rotate back in at some point in time, but the take-home point is that it should be there every time, at least according to pre-launch rumors that they were really going to back this phone with zeal. It's only been two weeks since launch and it's already fighting for playing time. I was hoping for more from them.
    05-28-2013 12:36 PM
  8. nunyazz's Avatar
    it's back now...
    05-28-2013 01:45 PM
  9. coip's Avatar
    it's back now...
    I wonder if they have different selections for people in different markets or something because it's not back for me if I go to their homepage now.
    05-28-2013 02:34 PM
  10. DarkCobra20's Avatar
    I'm seeing the 928 on the top 5 myself.
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    05-28-2013 04:17 PM
  11. krycek1984's Avatar
    Hmmm...the windows phone display in all the vzw stores I go in are right near the front and very obvious. They were talking about how the rep came out and had them take a picture in the bathroom to show off the lowlight capabilities.

    It really is interesting how opinions vary from store to store...some are gung-ho, others couldn't care less about WP.
    05-28-2013 07:00 PM
  12. tgp's Avatar
    A couple months ago at a restaurant I met a Verizon regional rep with a WP8 device (I don't recall which one). He was using it partially to become familiar with WP8, but he said he also carries a Nexus because there are some things he needs for the job that are impossible to do with WP8.
    05-28-2013 07:11 PM
  13. Cylemmulo's Avatar
    The person who worked with me knew where it was and a bit about it, though they mentioned how it was really heavy compared to others. Otherwise they didn't really try talking me out of it.
    05-28-2013 07:48 PM
  14. 9520G's Avatar
    I tell them its heavy because its bullet proof.
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    05-28-2013 08:32 PM
  15. FaTROBoT97's Avatar
    The problem with Windows Phone 8 is not the lack of knowledge for the product by Verizon ( Authorized Retailers are on there own as far as researching phones unless there rep stops by which is about once every 2 weeks) as every rep has to do trainings on new higher end devices but that there is little to no accessory support for the phone at all. Reps are driven to sell as much accessories with the phone to add to there commission bottom line and when you look at the offerings for accessories that Verizon carries for the 928 its Two silicone cases, The Nokia Wireless Charger, and thats it.

    Take away BlueTooth options or other fringe accessories and you will see why reps don't show it.

    Where as the Galaxy S4 has a huge presence in store. More opportunity to sell a nice case with a S4 (The Smart Flip Cover is $59.99 while the silicone is $19.99)

    Some reps sell with there heart, but most sell with there wallet in mind. I do the same sometimes even though I love my 928. I wish the 928 had the same love the 920 got accessory wise.
    05-28-2013 11:47 PM
  16. coip's Avatar
    The problem with Windows Phone 8 is not the lack of knowledge for the product by Verizon ( Authorized Retailers are on there own as far as researching phones unless there rep stops by which is about once every 2 weeks) as every rep has to do trainings on new higher end devices but that there is little to no accessory support for the phone at all. Reps are driven to sell as much accessories with the phone to add to there commission bottom line and when you look at the offerings for accessories that Verizon carries for the 928 its Two silicone cases, The Nokia Wireless Charger, and thats it.

    Take away BlueTooth options or other fringe accessories and you will see why reps don't show it.

    Where as the Galaxy S4 has a huge presence in store. More opportunity to sell a nice case with a S4 (The Smart Flip Cover is $59.99 while the silicone is $19.99)

    Some reps sell with there heart, but most sell with there wallet in mind. I do the same sometimes even though I love my 928. I wish the 928 had the same love the 920 got accessory wise.
    That's an interesting point that I hadn't thought of before. Today I went to the Verizon store and, while waiting 30 minutes for a rep to help me, I was observing a couple playing with the Lumia 928. They also waited 30 or so minutes for a rep to help them and were passing time playing with the device. Finally the rep comes over and this is how the conversation went down:
    Rep: "So, your husband said you want to buy this Windows Phone...."
    Woman: "Yep."
    Rep: "Umm, have you played around with it?"
    Woman: "Yes...for the past 30 minutes".
    Rep: "And you liked the operating system? What we're hearing is that a lot of people hate it."
    Woman: "The live tiles? I like them. I was doing some research online and they seem really cool."
    Rep: "Oh, okay. Great, great. I guess a lot of people either love it or hate it. Anyway, yeah, this [Lumia 928] phone has a pretty good camera. Eight-point something megapixels. Although, if you are after a great camera, the Galaxy S4 is the way to go. It has 13 megapixels."
    Woman: "I see. Well, I had an Android for the past 3 years. I liked it, but I kind of was more intrigued with the Windows Phone."
    Rep: "Ah, okay. That's great. And, if you don't like it, you have 14 days to return it, no problem."

    I was pretty close to intervening and saying, "Don't listen to him. The Lumia 928 is awesome. You'll love it". But, I kept my mouth shut. I thought maybe one more reason they keep pushing people toward Android is because they don't like getting phones returned and they think people who switch will be uncomfortable and return it right away, which causes problems, I'm sure. But this guy was actively encouraging her to return the phone she hadn't even bought yet.
    05-29-2013 02:13 AM
  17. easyrun99's Avatar
    I use bricks-and-mortar stores to get a little hands-on with phones, but I generally won't buy there. I decide what I want and buy online. Avoid the cross-selling hassels. If I want to return I still have the option to mail it back or take to a corporate store.
    05-29-2013 07:46 AM
  18. Dr. Impossible's Avatar
    When I went home for Christmas my experience at an AT&T store in the Cape Cod Maul was very positive as every single person working there whipped out a Lumia 920 when I asked about it. Of course I had ordered mine from AT&T online and it had NOT arrived before I left for Xmas. ;(

    After reading about the 928 being available for $49.99 at RadioShack, I went in there with my new not-girlfriend as she is quite keen on the phone. Noone in there had any clue that it was being offered at that price, nor did they even have one in the store. On the upside side, one of the reps told me he always pushes Crapple and Android products basically because he doesn't know how to sell WinPhone or who it's targeted towards. I dropped knowledge and left. Apparently RS is training anyone on Windows Phones.

    Thanks

    -Doc
    05-29-2013 10:38 AM
  19. FaTROBoT97's Avatar
    That's an interesting point that I hadn't thought of before. Today I went to the Verizon store and, while waiting 30 minutes for a rep to help me, I was observing a couple playing with the Lumia 928. They also waited 30 or so minutes for a rep to help them and were passing time playing with the device. Finally the rep comes over and this is how the conversation went down:
    Rep: "So, your husband said you want to buy this Windows Phone...."
    Woman: "Yep."
    Rep: "Umm, have you played around with it?"
    Woman: "Yes...for the past 30 minutes".
    Rep: "And you liked the operating system? What we're hearing is that a lot of people hate it."
    Woman: "The live tiles? I like them. I was doing some research online and they seem really cool."
    Rep: "Oh, okay. Great, great. I guess a lot of people either love it or hate it. Anyway, yeah, this [Lumia 928] phone has a pretty good camera. Eight-point something megapixels. Although, if you are after a great camera, the Galaxy S4 is the way to go. It has 13 megapixels."
    Woman: "I see. Well, I had an Android for the past 3 years. I liked it, but I kind of was more intrigued with the Windows Phone."
    Rep: "Ah, okay. That's great. And, if you don't like it, you have 14 days to return it, no problem."

    I was pretty close to intervening and saying, "Don't listen to him. The Lumia 928 is awesome. You'll love it". But, I kept my mouth shut. I thought maybe one more reason they keep pushing people toward Android is because they don't like getting phones returned and they think people who switch will be uncomfortable and return it right away, which causes problems, I'm sure. But this guy was actively encouraging her to return the phone she hadn't even bought yet.
    It's not uncommon and mostly because the Windows 8 Phone has a higher return rate other than the iPhone 4 8gb (People think a 2 yr phone should act like the iPhone 5)

    My personal observation is that people like what they know and do not want to learn a new operating system for there phone. Not that any of them are that far apart from each other but W8P has a different way of going about things.

    Also, as shallow as it to say, but the lack of Facebook Game support is huge. Candy Crush is a huge game right now. But I've had people interested in the phone but the lack of support still bites it in the bum. The camera is amazing but if you do not take pictures with your phone, I feel android or iOS is a better option right now for general population.

    Microsoft just needs to force these app makers hands just like they did w/ YouTube.
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    05-29-2013 05:41 PM
  20. ryan.kruger's Avatar
    It's not uncommon and mostly because the Windows 8 Phone has a higher return rate other than the iPhone 4 8gb (People think a 2 yr phone should act like the iPhone 5)

    My personal observation is that people like what they know and do not want to learn a new operating system for there phone. Not that any of them are that far apart from each other but W8P has a different way of going about things.

    Also, as shallow as it to say, but the lack of Facebook Game support is huge. Candy Crush is a huge game right now. But I've had people interested in the phone but the lack of support still bites it in the bum. The camera is amazing but if you do not take pictures with your phone, I feel android or iOS is a better option right now for general population.

    Microsoft just needs to force these app makers hands just like they did w/ YouTube.
    eh, going to have to agree with Verizon employees selling what they know. I went to a brick and mortar corporate store after ordering from newegg. Same situation. Girl was looking at windows phones, liked everything about it.

    Long story short, she bought a Note 2 after the WP was basically crapped all over by the rep.

    It was unfortunate, but I wasn't going to intervene. I work for apple anyway, I SHOULD be promoting iPhones.
    05-29-2013 11:21 PM
  21. mrnavkhan's Avatar
    People in India really go for a window phone because of Nokia
    05-30-2013 12:00 AM
  22. gtdad's Avatar
    I had actually started another thread because of the bad experiences I had at 2 Verizon corporate stores. However, this past Sunday I went to a different Verizon corporate store, located in a BJ's Wholesale Club, and had a good experience. As soon as I asked about the 928, he took his own 928 out of his pocket and began demonstrating the features. He did however, tell me that this was his corporate phone. He then took a Galaxy S4 out of his pocket and told me that was his personal phone. I think he thought I would be impressed and would start asking him about the S4. But when he saw I had no interest, he immediately went back to pitching the 928. He did seem to be fairly educated about the features, however he was not aware of the wireless charging. He told me that I would have to buy a new backplate for that. I told him it had wireless charging built in, but he swore it didn't, and he would prove it to me. He put it on a wireless charger and was surprised that it worked.
    On Monday I went to the Microsoft Store where I had the best experience and ended up buying the phone. The people were great, they gave me the best deal with lots of extras. I dealt with the assistant manager, and even though he was very helpful, he too was unaware of the wireless charging. He also told me I would need to buy a separate backplate. He had a 920 and he told me it was thick and heavy due to the wireless charging and therefore the 928 couldn't possibly have it built-in. He also said he would prove it and put it on a charger. Another surprised employee.
    Based on these 2 experiences, I think Nokia or Verizon is doing a poor job of explain this feature.
    05-30-2013 01:52 AM

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