On April 20th, a Verizon Wireless spokesperson was quoted as saying the company was “still evaluating” whether it would carry Research In Motion’s BlackBerry PlayBook tablet in its retail stores. Eleven days later, it looks like that evaluation is over. The company has the PlayBook listed in its 2011 winter consumer guide with a “coming soon” tag. RIM had initially indicated that Verizon would be carrying its QNX-based tablet, making the evaluation comment worrisome to some pundits and industry insiders. The above image all but confirms that the tablet will be showing up fashionably late in Verizon retail outlets. More →
In a written statement today, Best Buy announced that it would indeed be carrying the long-awaited Verizon iPhone on launch day, February 10th.
“The iPhone 4 is an important device for Best Buy and we are excited to help Apple and Verizon Wireless bring it to even more consumers,” said the president of Best Buy Mobile, Shawn Score. “Our customers have come to expect Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores to carry the best selection of mobile phones anywhere, and offering the iPhone 4 on Verizon’s network is our latest effort to deliver on that promise.”
What the mobile retailer will not be doing, however, is offering pre-orders of the device; that honor is solely reserved for Verizon Wireless. So… if you are going to be one of the yahoos looking to acquire a Verizon iPhone on February 10th: sharpen up those elbows and start mapping out the closest Verizon Wireless, Apple, and Best Buy retail locations. The full statement is after the break. More →