I’m a little mad at myself here – I know how these work (ie, you have to be extremely careful that you send in the mail in rebate during the window that it is active) and I still missed the one for my cell phone.

Essentially, the mail-in rebates rely on consumer inertia (consumers not sending in the claim, retailer or manufacturer doesn’t have to pay out, more money in their pockets) so it is important that you (and I, grrr) as consumers keep track of these things and send them in on time.

Not sending in the one for my smart phone has bolstered Verizon’s bottom line by $100. Not happy.