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The $0.60 Verizon Cell Phone Battery At Amazon.com

by The Happy Rock on October 1, 2007

cell-phone-trash-can.jpg18 month into our two year contract our Verizon LG VX4650 cell phone began to act up. Gradually, the cell phone seemed to hold a charge for shorter and shorter periods of time. Then one day after only ten minutes on the charger the phone was blinking ‘Charge Complete’. I knew it couldn’t be fully charged, because the phone was just dead and it normally takes over an hour to charge. The phone thought that battery was fully charged, but I would only get one or two battery bars. The phone was almost useless, except if it was plugged into a car charger.

I called Verizon and they said I have to go to a local store for battery problems. At the store they confirmed it was the battery, and offered me a replacement for $39.99. I asked for a deal, and they weren’t having any of that. I persisted and he finally asked if I wanted the battery in an exasperated ‘I just work here tone’, and I replied with “I think I could find it for much cheaper online”. I didn’t really know if I could find it cheaper, but I was running off the assumption that dealer retail stores severely mark prices up and that the net offers some great deals.

Little did I know, I would find the exact battery for my Verizon cell phone on Amazon for just $0.60. Click here to see the deal page. The great thing about the internet is that there were a couple of reviews, most of which were positive, reassuring me that it wasn’t a scam. Since it was sold through an Amazon third party Eforcity, shipping was $5 for a total of $5.60.

The catch here was that more expensive and name brand is not always better! The battery sold directly through Amazon was about $9.00 and the reviews were nearly as good.

I received the battery in a no frills shipping envelope in about 3 days. Popped the battery right in the phone and hooked it up to the charger. In about an hour the phone was fully charged and showing a full battery. The phone now lasts about a week without having to be charged, just like 18 months ago. The deals you find on the web at places like Ebay and Amazon are incredible; you just have to be creative and get comfortable with the web.

Similar deals can be found for Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile, Motorola, and other such cell phone batteries.

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Quad City Classified Poster October 4, 2007 at 5:02 pm

If they only had a brick and mortar store to get around the shipping costs. I wonder how much the battery actually costs them wholesale.

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shela November 9, 2007 at 11:03 pm

Thank you for the tip! I searched Amazon and found a battery for my Motorola phone for around $2.60, less than $7 including shipping. That was much less expensive than the ones I found on other sites (around $20 to $24, plus shipping!). So I will take the $20 I saved and apply it to debt reduction.

I looked at several site to try to sell my old phone. But I guess the phone is too old. Nobody wants it!

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The Happy Rock November 12, 2007 at 10:57 pm

Shela,

Glad to help and welcome to The Happy Rock.

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mattb @ cool ringback tones December 3, 2008 at 1:28 am

thanks for taking the time to blog this … I recently had a similar thing happen to me, but it was my charger not the battery. The markup in the carrier and bigbox stores is just awful on accessories … good to know that the no-name products are worth ordering to save some cash.

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aaron@cellphone accessories wholesale April 19, 2009 at 10:27 am

That is a really good deal you got on that battery. Honestly that is below wholesale cost and there is no way to make any money on a battery that cheap.

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mark June 27, 2009 at 5:59 pm

i have got my batterys from amazon in the past with no problems.

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