Apple’s big Black Friday sale brings little discounts, leak reveals

By on November 23, 2011 at 8:05 AM.

Apple’s big Black Friday sale brings little discounts, leak reveals

Details surrounding Apple’s Black Friday sale have reportedly been revealed and as has been the case in the past, the discounts afforded are minimal. 9to5Mac on Wednesday published what appear to be images of a pamphlet outlining all of the deals Apple has in store this coming Friday, November 25th. Sale items this year include the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and iMac, all available for $101 off retail pricing. Discounts on Apple’s iPad 2 will range from $41 for the less expensive models to $61 for the high-end tablets, and Apple is lowering the iPod nano’s price by $11 during its one-day sale. The iPod touch will also see discounts ranging from $21 to $41 depending on capacity, and Apple Stores will offer sale pricing on a host of accessories. Two images of the leaked pamphlet follow below. More →

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PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 among most sought-after Black Friday items [infographic]

By on November 22, 2011 at 3:00 PM.

PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 among most sought-after Black Friday items [infographic]

What are consumers planning to buy on Black Friday? Computers and tablets, according to data compiled by Mashwork, which gathered data from thousands of Twitter users. 18% of consumers discussed buying computers and tablets, 17% want to buy DVDs, music and video games, 16% are most interested in shoes, 14% will buy clothes, 12% want to buy a new television and 9% are planning to purchase a new cell phone or camera. The remaining 14% are planning to purchase items outside of those categories. The most talked about item among all of those categories is a pair of black Air Jordan Cement 3s, followed by the PlayStation 3, Microsoft’s Xbox 360 console and Kinect accessory, Call of Duty: MW3 and the iPhone 4S. Read on for more information, including the full infographic. More →

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RIM trims $300 from BlackBerry PlayBook prices

By on November 22, 2011 at 12:20 PM.

RIM trims $300 from BlackBerry PlayBook prices

Research In Motion’s debut tablet hasn’t bowled people over like the company had hoped, and now it is pushing a huge sale in hopes of drumming up interest during the holiday shopping season. For a limited time through participating retailers, RIM is offering its BlackBerry PlayBook slate for $300 below MSRP, representing savings of up to 60%. Sale pricing comes in at $199.99 for the 16GB model, $299 for the 32GB version and $399 for the 64GB model, and participating retailers include Best Buy, Walmart RadioShack and more. More →

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Apple teases Black Friday sale

By on November 22, 2011 at 8:20 AM.

Apple teases Black Friday sale

Apple recently announced that it will hold its own one-day Black Friday sale this Friday, November 25th, during which it will offer “amazing iPad, iPod, and Mac gifts for everyone on your list.” It remains unclear how much Apple will knock off of its standard prices but, if your kids are among those who have the iPad at the top of their list this holiday season, this might be a sale you’ll want to take advantage of. Apple’s past Black Friday sales have offered minimal discounts, however, so expectations should be relatively low. More →

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All AT&T, Sprint and Verizon phones from Amazon now just a penny

By on November 21, 2011 at 12:15 PM.

All AT&T, Sprint and Verizon phones from Amazon now just a penny

There is no need to wait until Black Friday or Cyber Monday to get a new smartphone at a great price. Amazon is now offering every smartphone it carries for AT&T, Verizon or Sprint for as low as $0.01 with a new contract. To be clear, you’ll need to sign up for a new line or be a new customer with one of the carriers, otherwise you’ll pay standard upgrade pricing. The promotion includes most new high-end smartphone models such as the DROID RAZR, the Galaxy S II, the HTC Rezound 4G, the Samsung Focus S, the BlackBerry Bold 9930 and more. Unfortunately, you’ll need to purchase an iPhone elsewhere: Amazon’s AmazonWireless subsidiary doesn’t carry the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S. Amazon is also offering a $100 “Hotspot Holidays” promotion in which customers who sign up for a hotspot data plan will receive a $100 Amazon.com credit. The penny special begins now and ends on Cyber Monday, November 28th. More →

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Tablets top bargain hunters’ lists this Black Friday

By on November 18, 2011 at 3:15 PM.

Tablets top bargain hunters’ lists this Black Friday

Black Friday is shaping up to be huge for consumers shopping on mobile devices this year, and it looks like consumers shopping for mobile devices will be abundant as well. A new survey conducted by Retrevo.com found that Black Friday bargain hunters will be on the look out for tablets more so than any other gadget next Friday. Among those polled, 32% said they would be hunting for a Black Friday deal on a tablet this holiday season. 25% of respondents said they would scout for deals on HDTVs, 24% said they would be looking for deals on laptops and 19% plan to hunt for deals on smartphones this Black Friday. Read on for more. More →

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Black Friday, Cyber Monday 2011 to be biggest yet for mobile shoppers, study finds

By on November 17, 2011 at 7:15 AM.

Black Friday, Cyber Monday 2011 to be biggest yet for mobile shoppers, study finds

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are typically two of the biggest shopping days of the year, and as consumers continue to use mobile devices more frequently to make online purchases, 2011 is shaping up to be huge for mobile shopping. A new study from ad network InMobi found that an estimated 60 million people will use a mobile device to bargain-hunt this coming Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and 21 million of them will make purchases on their devices. “The study highlights that mobile is cannibalizing desktop shopping and shows that mobile devices will be a critical tool in all facets of shopping this holiday season,” InMobi VP Anne Frisbie said in a statement. “It will be ubiquitous both in the store and online, and successful brands and advertisers have a tremendous opportunity to differentiate themselves by creating an exceptional mobile experience.” More findings from the study follow below in InMobi’s full press release. More →

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Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy Nexus could launch after Black Friday

By on November 2, 2011 at 5:00 PM.

Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy Nexus could launch after Black Friday

Verizon Wireless’s highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy Nexus handset, the first Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich device, may not launch until after Black Friday. According to a purported internal marketing document obtained by Droid Life, Verizon Wireless will first introduce the HTC Rezound and DROID RAZR by Motorola leading into Black Friday, and the carrier will then then launch the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and the “Samsung Holiday Portfolio” the following week. The Galaxy Nexus is equipped with a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, a 5-megapixle camera, a 4.65-inch SUPER AMOLED HD display with a 1280 x 720-pixel resolution, 32GB of storage, 1GB of RAM, a 1,750mAh battery and support for near-field communications (NFC). More →

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11″ or 13″ MacBook Air?

By on November 26, 2010 at 1:55 PM.

11″ or 13″ MacBook Air?

We covered the fact Apple is taking around $100 off Mac purchases today online at Apple.com as well as in Apple retail stores, but with $100 off, the 11″ MacBook Air with 128GB drive is effectively the same price as the 13″ MacBook Air with 128GB drive. Our question to you is, which one would you get, and is anyone taking Apple up on their Black Friday offer? We went with the 13″ laptop, but the 11″ is still tempting us from afar. More →

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Dell will pay you to take an HTC DROID Incredible

By on November 24, 2010 at 5:30 PM.

Dell will pay you to take an HTC DROID Incredible

Looking for more excuses to avoid battling the Black Friday crowd? How’s this for a deal: the Dell Mobility Store will pay you $25 to take an HTC DROID Incredible — seriously. Dell is currently offering Verizon Wireless’ HTC DROID Incredible for free with a 2-year activation. Shipping is also free, and Verizon’s activation fee is waived. On top of all that, you’ll get a complimentary $25 Dell gift card with your order. We’re not sure there’s a better deal to be found right now. Of course the DROID Incredible is a little long in the tooth these days, and we’re not sure its specs will be overly competitive in 2 months let alone 2 years. But for the smartphone lightweight in your life who just needs a decent device, Dell’s deal is as good as it gets. More →

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AT&T offers Black Friday WP7 BOGO, but it’s not much of a deal

By on November 23, 2010 at 9:00 PM.

AT&T offers Black Friday WP7 BOGO, but it’s not much of a deal

AT&T and Microsoft want to brighten your holidays while simultaneously lightening your pockets, but wise shoppers will likely look elsewhere. AT&T is offering up a free Samsung Focus, HTC Surround or LG Quantum on Black Friday when one of the aforementioned Windows Phones is purchased at full retail, or $199.99. Of course they’re all great phones, but online retailers like Amazon already have that deal beat. AmazonWireless is offering the Focus, Surround and Quantum for $49.99 each and you don’t even have to wait until Friday to order. The retailer also throws free shipping and waived activation fees into the mix. So really, the only reason to go for AT&T’s deal at twice the price of Amazon’s is if the Focus strikes your fancy — Samsung’s WP7 handset is backordered at Amazon and likely won’t start shipping again for a couple of weeks. More →

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Apple’s Black Friday sale teaser posted to website

By on November 23, 2010 at 8:13 AM.

Apple’s Black Friday sale teaser posted to website

There are plenty of ways to spend your money on Black Friday, but some people are too lazy to be bothered with trekking out before sunrise and battling mobs of shoppers. Or maybe there are still a few people out there with some self respect. In either case, we have to cherish every opportunity to save some dough this Black Friday that doesn’t involve elbowing 60-year-old women in the jaw. While the words “Apple” and “sale” don’t align as often as most would like, the crew from Cupertino apparently decided to take advantage of the sale craze this year. A teaser is now up on Apple’s site inviting customers to visit the Apple Online Store this Friday for “dozens of great iPad, iPod, and Mac gifts.” We doubt Apple’s deals will be spectacular, but it will be nice to save a few bucks if you were already planning on ordering up some new Apple kit. It all goes down on Friday, November 26th, so get those credit cards ready. More →

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T-Mobile announces BOGO offer for families

By on November 22, 2010 at 2:24 PM.

T-Mobile announces BOGO offer for families

T-Mobile has announced a new buy one, get one (BOGO) promotion for families that will begin this week on Black Friday. The limited time offer will allow new and existing subscribers signing two-year agreements to receive a free “featured smartphone or affordable Android handset” when they purchase a “featured smartphone” at its current retail price. T-Mobile’s list of featured smartphones is as follows:

•T-Mobile myTouch 4G
•T-Mobile G2
•HTC HD7
•BlackBerry Bold 9780

The carrier’s list of affordable Android handsets includes:

•Motorola DEFY
•Motorola CHARM
•LG Optimus T
•T-Mobile Comet

T-Mobile’s promotion kicks off on Black Friday, November 26th, and will run through January 18th. It will apply to all family plans, including legacy and Even More plans. More →

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