iPad 2 will be available from Best Buy, Walmart and Sam’s Club at launch

By on March 3, 2011 at 8:14 AM.

iPad 2 will be available from Best Buy, Walmart and Sam’s Club at launch

Though not confirmed on all counts, it looks like Apple’s iPad 2 will be available from several third-party retailers at launch. Best Buy, the nation’s largest consumer electronics retailer, has already confirmed that it will carry Apple’s second-generation iOS tablet starting March 11th, as was expected. 9to5 Mac now reports that in addition to Best Buy, nationwide retail giants Walmart and Sam’s Club will both carry the iPad 2 at launch as well. Both chains already have iPad 2 SKU numbers showing in their respective inventory systems, the blog’s source claims. The report might help quell rumors of potential launch inventory shortages that have been swirling for the past month.

UPDATE: Walmart just made it official — and it will offer each model for $1 under MSRP. More →

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Amazon lists HTC Thunderbolt with February 14th release date

By on February 8, 2011 at 7:29 AM.

Amazon lists HTC Thunderbolt with February 14th release date

Best Buy may have retail exclusivity on the HTC Thunderbolt from Verizon Wireless, but it looks like that honor will only extend to brick-and-mortar stores. Online retail giant Amazon has the LTE handset listed as “coming soon” with the tag line: “The HTC ThunderBolt 4G will be available for purchase starting 2/14.” Now, we’re hoping purchase actually means purchase, not pre-order. February 14th and 24th have been the two most popular release prognostications amongst tech sites, and Best Buy’s press release did say the handset would be available in “mid-February.” Could the 14th and not the 24th be the launch date for the device? We should know soon enough.

Thanks, Ryan! More →

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Sprint to begin taking pre-orders of HTC 7 Pro on November 8th for Microsoft employees

By on November 1, 2010 at 1:23 PM.

Sprint to begin taking pre-orders of HTC 7 Pro on November 8th for Microsoft employees

We’ve just confirmed with wireless carrier Sprint that the company will begin taking pre-orders for the HTC 7 Pro Windows Phone 7 device beginning on November 8th. Now, before you get too excited… the offer is for Microsoft employees only. Sprint did not share any additional details about the why the employee program exists, what general consumer availability of the device would be, or device pricing. Sprint’s statement contradicts rumors that have been circulating the web stating that the company would be offering pre-orders of the HTC device to the general public on the 8th.

Regardless of the employee pre-order date, HTC has publicly stated that the CDMA-capable 7 Pro would not be available until sometime in 2011. Combine that unambiguous statement with the fact that HTC did not have a working prototype of the device at the WP7 launch event last month, and: 2011 still seems like the proper timeline to us. Although, in this instance… we wouldn’t mind being wrong. More →

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T-Mobile lights up an additional 16 U.S. markets with HSPA+

By on October 4, 2010 at 8:44 AM.

T-Mobile lights up an additional 16 U.S. markets with HSPA+

T-Mobile has been on a PR tear in the last few days. Magenta announced the addition of 16 U.S. cities to their HSPA+ network portfolio. Biloxi and Gulfport, MS; Denver, CO; Huntsville, AL.; Knoxville, TN; Myrtle Beach, SC; Norfolk, VA.; Omaha, NE; Phoenix and Tucson, AZ; Salt Lake City, UT; San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland and Sacramento, CA; and West Palm Beach, FL. T-Mo reiterated that they will have HSPA+ coverage available in 100 markets by the end of 2010.

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Nintendo 3DS hitting Japan February 26, U.S. and Europe in March

By on September 29, 2010 at 7:09 AM.

Nintendo 3DS hitting Japan February 26, U.S. and Europe in March

Early this morning, Nintendo made the pricing and release date of the Nintendo 3DS very official. The company’s next generation mobile gaming set will begin shipping, in Japan, on February 26 for a cool 25,000 yen (~ $299). The device will be launched in cosmo black and blue; pricing and colors have not yet been set for the U.S./European launch. Hit the read link to check out Nintendo’s 3DS micro-site. More →

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iPhone 4 hitting China on September 25

By on September 20, 2010 at 8:28 AM.

iPhone 4 hitting China on September 25

Yesterday, Apple announced that its iPhone 4 smartphone would be available for purchase in China beginning on September 25 at 8:00 AM. The device will retail for CNY4,999 (~ $745) for a 16 GB model and CNY5,999 (~$894) for a 32 GB model. Apple also noted that China Unicom will also be selling the device and could provide subsidies with a new 2-year contract. More →

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Apple iPhone 4 UK availability and pricing roundup

By on June 18, 2010 at 7:59 PM.

Apple iPhone 4 UK availability and pricing roundup

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Apple’s iPhone 4 is a undeniably selling like wildfire both here in the States and overseas. Similar to the U.S., the UK iPhone is experiencing delayed availability with the ship by date now pushed back to July 14th. If you missed the June 24th and the July 2nd pre-order window, your only option now is to try to score an iPhone 4 from your local Apple store or your favorite wireless carrier at launch next week. Thankfully, many opportunities exist for the UK iPhone customer as, unlike the U.S. where exclusivity reigns, the UK iPhone 4 will be sold by O2, Orange, Vodafone, Tesco Mobile, and T-Mobile with the the first three carriers announcing their iPhone 4 pricing and associated tariffs earlier this week. Hit the jump for a full roundup of each carrier’s pricing and best of luck in snagging the latest and greatest handset Apple has to offer.

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Windows XP distributor availability extended; Vista still the leper of OSes for some

By on December 21, 2008 at 4:38 PM.

Windows XP distributor availability extended; Vista still the leper of OSes for some

This is definitely not what Microsoft had in mind when it launched its recent $300mm ad campaign. In what can only be described as a coup for distributors, Microsoft has given in to the pressure and extended XP’s stay of execution. Redmond has indeed confirmed that January 31, 2009 is no longer the end of the road for XP PC sales. Instead, January 31 is now the final date on which distributors can place orders for Windows XP OEM licenses and orders can be filled through May 30 of next year. For you, the end user, this means that Vista will not be your only Windows OS option for new PC purchases in the coming year as XP-powered PCs will be available for many months to come. This is no doubt viewed as a major check in the loss column within Microsoft – the company has been pushing Vista in full force lately in the hopes that it might reverse the negative connotations carried forth by Apple’s marketing and the bad tastes left behind from a bumpy launch. On the bright side of things, Microsoft can likely look forward to some massive XP license orders in early Q1 2009 that will help get its calendar year off to a flying start. Sure this likely isn’t Microsoft’s optimal situation but hey, in this day and age beggars can’t be choosers.

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