Thank you for visiting LetsTalk.com's frequently asked questions (FAQ),
where you can find answers to many questions you may have. For example,
you can get information about mail-in rebates, how to keep your cell phone
number when changing carriers, how you can easily check the status of your
order at any time and even how you can earn LetsTalk reward points to qualify
for more products. Can't find the answer to your question here? No worries.
Simply, click here and e-mail your question to our customer service department and we will do our best to have a response you within 48 hours.
|Q: Why do I see different prices on the site for the same cell phone?
Phone pricing is affected by several factors including region, provider/carrier, plan and contract length, whether youíre an existing customer or signing up for a new contract. There are also a number of different discount promotions, mail-in rebates and coupons that can affect pricing.
Q: Why do I have to pay sales tax if I bought a free cell phone?
We are required by law to ensure that sales tax is collected, if necessary. When sales tax is applicable for your order it will be displayed on the order confirmation screen. When products are fulfilled directly by our valued referral partner, final sales tax will be determined and added to your order before shipment.
Q: What is a processing fee?
A processing fee is a minimal one-time charge added to certain orders that require more manual intervention to fulfill. The fee will appear in a customerís cart once a product has been selected. Weíre committed to providing our customers with the best prices, so we only apply this fee to orders that cost us more to process.
|Q: What are the different types of mail-in rebates?
LetsTalk uses 3 different types of mail-in rebates; our own, carrier and manufacturer rebates. See more details about LetsTalk mail-in rebates at our Rebate Center: http://www.letstalk.com/rebates/rebate.htm
Q: What paperwork is needed to redeem rebates?
All rebates have unique requirements but you will usually need a copy of your packing slip (found inside the box), the gray UPC sticker off the box, copy of the rebate form and a copy of your third or fourth month carrier bill.
Q: Why do I have to wait to submit and receive my rebate?
The carriers require customers to have an active account for at least four months before they will pay us. We take a portion of what the carriers pay us and return it to our customers in the form of rebates. So if a customer doesn't stay active, we don't get paid, and if we donít get paid, you don't get the rebate. The customer and LetsTalk both win when accounts stay active and rebates get paid.
|Products & Services
|Q: Why can't I get certain cell phones in my area?
On our website, we only display the cell phones and plans that are available in your area. The services we can offer in a particular area are dependent upon your billing zip code and the carriers with whom we have relationships in that area. For your convenience, all of our product detail pages list product availability and approximate delivery times. Please note that while most products ship directly from the LetsTalk.com distribution center; some products will ship directly from our referral partners. Please see our customer service policy for more information.
Q: Do you offer cell phone insurance?
Yes LetsTalk now offers handset insurance in the form of a Service Warranty offered by our valued partner, SquareTrade. SquareTrade has a strong presence & reputation in the warranty marketplace. Their claim process is simple and the service is offered for two years for one flat rate of $99.99 for most smartphones & $69.99 for most non-smartphones. Just add it to your order at the time you are purchasing your phone. To note, this policy covers all sorts of accidents or damage but does not cover theft or loss.
Q: What are prepaid plan options?
Prepaid options allow you to purchase a pre-set amount of minutes without signing a contract.
Q: Can I recycle my cell phone and accessories through you?
Yes, you can recycle practically any cell phone and accessory through our Recycle Program here:
|General LetsTalk Information
|Q: What is LetsTalk's relationship with equipment manufacturers & service providers?|
LetsTalk.com is an authorized reseller for all of the brands (for example, MetroPCS, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, BlackBerry, Motorola and Nokia) on the site today.
Q: I thought I placed my order with a different company? So, who is LetsTalk?
LetsTalk was founded in July 1999 and is a privately held company headquartered in San Francisco, California. It owns and operates a distribution and activation center in Dallas, TX. LetsTalk serves as an independent resource for wireless products and services for consumers and enterprises. The LetsTalk.com consumer site provides an extensive selection of wireless products and services as well as informative reviews by both Experts and Users. The user-friendly site features comparison and quick search tools to help people choose the cell phone that best suits their needs, identify calling plans in their area, and select appropriate accessories all at a great price.
Q: How do I extend my existing contract that is about to end?
If you want to purchase a new phone to use with your existing wireless provider by extending your contract, we may be able to help. Use the link in the navigation labeled "Upgrade Your phone" on our Wireless Special page and select your provider from the list. If your provider offers service upgrades, you'll be prompted to make that choice. If the only option we offer to you after you select your carrier is to purchase the cell phone alone, you will need to contact your carrier directly to learn about its offers.
Q: How do I get a new cell phone if I already have a plan?
If you want to purchase a new cell phone to use with your existing wireless service, we can help. Use the link in the navigation labeled "Upgrade Your Phone" on our Wireless Special page and select your provider from the list. If your provider offers contract extensions in addition to cell phone only purchases you will be prompted to make your choice, otherwise you will encounter no additional prompts and the available phone models will load on the screen.
|Q: How do you fulfill your orders?|
- Your information is submitted to the carrier for a credit check
- If the carrier requires a deposit, you will need to pay the deposit
- Once the credit check is completed, we submit the request to the carrier to activate your new equipment
- Once the activation is complete and the carrier assigns a cell phone number, we will bill your credit card and ship your order
To find out more on order fulfillment, look here: http://www.letstalk.com/about/ordering1.htm
- We will get your equipment
- Next, we bill your credit card and ship the order
- NOTE: For the protection of our customers, we routinely review orders to minimize fraud. We may contact you before your order is shipped for identity verification. Rest assured that we take every precaution to ensure your critical information is kept private and secure.
Q: Why do you need my personal information? How do you make sure my information is secure?
Q: Why do you need my credit card? What payment options do I have?
We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover Card and American Express. At this time, we are unable to accept checks or money orders. Additionally, we have partnered with Bill Me Later, a third party provider of offline payment methods, as an accepted payment method for many of our orders. Please read more about Bill Me Laterģ. While we do accept debit cards as payment, please be aware that the funds will be on hold in your account for the full amount of your order. If you chose to cancel your order before it is shipped, LetsTalk.com will not bill your debit card. However, each bank determines when the funds on hold will be released, ranging from within 24 hours to 7 days later.
Q: Whom do I pay? LetsTalk? Service provider? Whatís the difference between "equipment billing" and "service billing"?
Products purchased from LetsTalk.com may be fulfilled/billed by LetsTalk.com or one of our valued referral partners. Unless otherwise noted, service providers will bill you directly for the service plan(s) we have initiated on your behalf (their charges include recurring service plan charges, one time activation fees and related taxes/fees). During your contract period, your service provider will send you monthly statements reflecting your combined connection and airtime usage. For your reference, your order confirmation and receipt will state both "current charges" and "service charges" made by the billing party. For questions about your LetsTalk.com bill, please contact Customer Service. If you have questions regarding monthly billing from your service provider, please contact the provider directly. Refer to our Manufacturer/Carrier page for contact information.
Q: What does a credit check mean?
By signing-up for wireless service, you are asking a service provider to extend you a line of credit. Besides your name and billing address, service providers require information such as birth date, social security number, employer name, and driver's license to evaluate your credit. LetsTalk.com encrypts this information prior to sending it to your selected carrier and does NOT share this information with other parties. This data is deleted from our database as soon as your credit check is complete.
Q: How will I be updated as to the status of my order?
You will receive an e-mail from LetsTalk.com confirming your order once all steps have been completed that provides you with order status. At any time, you can view information about your order here.
Q: What if I change my mind after I placed the order or if a mistake was made on my order?
If we make an error with your order, please notify us right away (within 7 days of receiving your shipment). We will remedy the mistake and send the correct product. In the rare circumstance where the product is no longer available, we will help you select an alternative option or credit your account. If we sent you more products than you ordered, please notify Customer Service and return the additional quantity. Please notify us within 7 days or you will be billed for the additional equipment, even if you didn't order it.
Q: How soon will I receive my order?
We have unique shipping methods based on the type of product that you order. Please note we do not ship any products until the order is processed. This means items that are applicable for free two-day shipping will not actually be shipped until the order has been processed. This can take up to two extra days depending on when you placed the order. Here are our basic shipping guidelines:
|Accessories and un-activated cell phones
|Cell Phones with plan
||Within 24 hours
|Orders with requests to transfer your existing number from another carrier
||Within 24 - 48 hours
Q: Where is the best place to ship to?
The most reliable destination is one that matches your billing address, but we can ship a product wherever you request.
Q: How do I track my shipment?
Once you have received shipment confirmation, you may check the status of your delivery at:
Q: Under what circumstances will my order be delayed?
- DHL shipments:
- FedEx shipments:
- UPS shipments:
We try to fulfill your order as soon as it is placed. However, sometimes delays with orders that involve activated equipment are usually related to credit check information that needs to be re-verified by the carrier. You can help expedite the order by reviewing your info before submitting an order and by including a daytime contact number where you can be reached. And check on-line/e-mail for status update.
Here are the most common reasons why we may need to contact you before shipping your order:
- You ordered a new activation, but you already have an account with the carrier
- Credit check info is incomplete or mistyped
- Carrier requires additional identity verification
- Carrier requires a deposit
- The service plan you selected is no longer available
If we are aware that an item is out-of-stock when you place your order, you will receive a backorder notification at "Checkout". You then have the option to proceed with your purchase or remove the back-ordered product from your shopping cart and select an alternate product. If you decide to place an order for a back-ordered product, we will not bill your credit card until that product is shipped to you. If we discover that an item is out-of-stock after you have placed your order, we will update you (via telephone or e-mail) on the out-of-stock status and the date we expect to have product available.
- For our customer's protection, we may need to verify your credit card/identity
- Your products are backordered
Q: How will I be notified if I need to pay a deposit? Who do I pay and how do I get my money back?
You will receive an e-mail from our Customer Service team informing you that a deposit is necessary and how to proceed.
|Q: Can I keep my existing cell phone number and if so, do you handle the transfer?
Yes, LetsTalk.com makes the process of transferring your cell phone number to your new cell phone easy! During your checkout process simply check the checkbox that's labeled "Keep my number" and we will prompt you for the information required. Find out more about number portability here: http://www.letstalk.com/numberPortability/numport.htm.
|Guarantees, Returns & Exchange Policies
|Q: What if I donít like the equipment?
You can return the original product for a full refund (if the product is returned as new within the stated return guidelines) within the timeframe of our Customer Satisfaction Guarantee.
Q: What if my equipment or service doesn't work or if I was activated on the wrong plan?
We will be happy to help you exchange your original order for another wireless product within the timeframe of our Customer Satisfaction Guarantee.
Q: How does the returns & exchange process work?
Our 30-day, 100% Satisfaction Guarantee allows you to return any equipment purchased online within the timeframe of the guarantee. To ensure that your return is processed correctly and that you are properly credited, please follow these instructions:
For Return Orders, please request a Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA) number within 14 days of activation by either contacting our Customer Service department or requesting the return online.
To process an exchange, please contact our Customer Service department at 1-888-848-4792 within 14 days of activation to request a Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA) number. You may also request an RMA online through our Order Status or Customer Service page on www.letstalk.com.
If your request for an RMA is approved, you will be directed to a link that will allow you to print a postage-paid UPS return label.
Print out the label and affix it to your box. The returned device must include all original packaging, collateral and parts and must be in new condition. You will be billed for any missing or damaged parts.
Find a UPS service location that is convenient to you (http://www.ups.com/dropoff?loc=en_US) for shipping.
Q: When will I get my money back?
Once LetsTalk.com has received your returned item(s), we will process your return within 2 business days. You will receive an email notification when the credit is applied.
Q: When will I get any new exchange products?
If you have requested an exchange, a new shipment confirmation will be sent to you and you will receive email notification of your new shipping information. Be sure to ask our Customer Service representatives about an Advanced Exchange option that eliminates downtime while your exchange order is processed.
Q: What is T-Mobile's phone replacement program and their manufacturer's warranties?
To learn more about T-Mobile's phone replacement program click here. To learn more about T-Mobile's specific manufacturer's warranties click here.
|Technical Support After I Receive My Order
|Q: Why did I get a cell phone number with an area code thatís outside my local area? How do I get a different number?
If you were assigned a number that is not in your area code or that you do not like you can either call LetsTalk support (1-888-848-4792)
|Customer Service Contact
Q: Who should I contact for order status?
You can contact LetsTalk.com in several ways, whichever is most convenient for you:
Placing an order via telephone: 1-866-TALK-460 (1-866-825-5460)
Check order status online
For further contact information see here: http://www.letstalk.com/about/contact1.htm
Q: What are your hours of operation?
Monday-Friday 7 am to 7 pm PST (10 am to 10 pm EST),
Saturday 8 am to 4 pm PST (11 am to 7 pm EST),
Q: Who do I talk to when I call LetsTalk?
You are talking to a LetsTalk.com employee based in Dallas, Texas.
|Q: Do you have a referral program?
Yes, you can refer your friends and get $25! Simply help us get the word out about our great deals and we will give you $25. Itís easy. Enter up to five email addresses, add a personal message if you choose, and then hit submit. Each friend you refer will receive a $25 discount on their phone purchase and we will send you a $25 credit for each friend who purchases a cell phone using the LetsTalk.com "Refer-a-Friend" program. For more info on this program: http://www.letstalk.com/referafriend/referafriend.htm?rafId=7