This has been discussed a bit in the comments on the Slickdeals thread but I wanted to point out that Visible does accept old Windows phones for trade-in, not just android. A popular trade-in model seems to be the Nokia Lumia 520/521 which I did own at one point. Anyway, I confirmed this via chat with Visible. So, I am going to trade in an old Windows phone with a qwerty keyboard (Blackberry imitation) for whatever is available in a few weeks - would prefer another E6 but would settle for the ZTE A7. I'm going to wait a few weeks so that when I activate, the plan won't overlap with my current one (which I will be cancelling).
Been hoping the E6 might reappear & thus far its a no-go, so...
Used Visible's chat to ask if there is any ETA or if I could be notified, and=>
All I got was that there are 'issues' with the E6 and no known ETA as those must be 'solved'.
Nice & vague, eh ??
I bet they still have thousand(s) of those in stock, and=>
The unlocked & multifunctional E6 is too tempting to get, to use a short while, then ditch their services to re-use that device elsewhere, so they need to lock it up tightly before letting any more of them fly out their doors.
Aside of that it is a waiting game for sure.
I was hoping to grab the deal to replace my partner's CDMA phone used for Twigby, but it doesn't look promising at this point...pity.
Thank You for the heads-up Redrotors !!
I got an email notification from here and sprang rght over there.
Actually was able to place an order & she'll be delighted so long as its not locked down too tightly to be re-purposed.
Hopefully the 'issue' they created the delay for (according to their support chat) was not having to lock it solidly such that it cannot be re-used on another service provider.
We'll see how this goes, I guess.
Still seems like a very nice phone for the $20, that is - so long as it can be used for...something aside of Visible after the trial period !!
(Even at $25/month it is way more than we want to pay or need for our usages.)
I ordered another one. Before that I chatted with a rep to ask how long I have to activate the service. They told me 60 days. This was good because I didn't want the service to start until the end of March.