Kindle Fire just $123 from some Walmart, Target locations [updated]

By on November 28, 2011 at 7:35 PM.

Kindle Fire just $123 from some Walmart, Target locations [updated]

Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet has been a big seller for the online retailer so far, maintaining the top spot on the Amazon.com best-sellers list for eight weeks running. Despite the slate’s already low price tag, at least two retailers are offering deep discounts on the new tablet at a number of physical locations. Both Walmart and Target have been selling the Kindle Fire for just $123 over the holiday weekend, and some stores may have extended the sale pricing into Monday. Several forum users on Slickdeals also say they have been able to get their local Best Buy and Staples retailer stores to match the sale pricing. The Kindle Fire sale has not been advertised, however, so some retailers will not match the special offer.

UPDATE: Several readers have contacted us claiming the $123 pricing is fake. BGR has not yet been able to confirm these claims. More →

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Black Friday 2011: Plan your attack

By on November 24, 2011 at 12:00 PM.

Black Friday 2011: Plan your attack

Brick and mortar shopaholics have so few places to turn for an adrenaline rush these days thanks to the advent of online shopping, but Black Friday always promises to be a battle that tests even the most seasoned shopper’s will. Anxious consumers line up early outside their retailers of choice and prepare to push, shove, crawl and even trample their way to some of the deepest discounts of the year. It’s no holds barred and things are bound to get dirty, but those who plan to work off their Thanksgiving feasts by throwing elbows and sprinting from store to store had better get their game faces on and go in prepared. Following the break, we lay out all the top tech retailers in the country and link you to the tools you need to map out your plan of attack. Good luck, be safe, and Godspeed.

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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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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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Motorola DROID RAZR on sale today, $111 from Amazon

By on November 11, 2011 at 8:01 AM.

Motorola DROID RAZR on sale today, $111 from Amazon

Verizon Wireless’ flagship smartphone for the holiday season, the DROID RAZR, will finally become available Friday at 11:11 a.m. local time. The 7.1-millimeter thin smartphone features a 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED Advanced display, a dual-core 1.2GHz TI processor, 16GB of internal storage plus an expansion slot, an 8-megapixel primary camera capable of recording 1080p HD video, a front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera that supports 720p HD video chat, a 1,780 mAh battery and the Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread OS. Verizon is offering the device for $299.99 on contract, but AmazonWireless is running a special on the new smartphone: $111.11 on contract for a limited time. There is a catch, however… the DROID RAZR is already back-ordered on Amazon, so those who take advantage of the $189 discount will have to wait an estimated 8-9 days before it ships. More →

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AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket, HTC Vivid launch; each $100 cheaper than expected

By on November 6, 2011 at 9:00 AM.

AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket, HTC Vivid launch; each $100 cheaper than expected

AT&T’s first two 4G LTE-enabled smartphones are now available for purchase, and subscribers looking to be among the first to own these powerful new Android devices are in for a pleasant surprise. Announced just last week, the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket and HTC Vivid feature Google’s Android Gingerbread OS and specs that place them on par with most modern high-end handsets. They were also announced with high-end price points; the Vivid was unveiled at $199.99 and the Skyrocket was given a $249.99 price tag. Both phones are now on sale as promised — they became available a day early on Saturday, in fact — but each smartphone is priced $100 lower than expected on AT&T’s website. Read on for more. More →

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RIM aims to bolster business sales with free PlayBook tablet offer

By on October 28, 2011 at 9:00 AM.

RIM aims to bolster business sales with free PlayBook tablet offer

Research In Motion this week revealed a limited-time offer that aims to bolster sales of its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet to enterprise customers. Between now and December 31st, BlackBerry business customers who purchase two PlayBook tablets from an authorized reseller will get a third PlayBook for free. They will also receive one free premium accessory for every two PlayBook tablets purchased, and they may choose from a black leather sleeve, a charging pod or a 6-foot HDMI cable. While some find that RIM’s PlayBook gets the job done as a recreational tablet, business customers may not share that opinion. BGR exclusively reported on Tuesday that RIM would be delaying the OS 2.0 update that will bring email and other PIM services to the device until next year. RIM confirmed our report later that evening, and also confirmed that standalone BBM capabilities would not be included in the February software release. More →

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BlackBerry PlayBook now just $299.99 and up from Best Buy

By on September 29, 2011 at 9:55 PM.

BlackBerry PlayBook now just $299.99 and up from Best Buy

Following news that multiple retailers across North America have begun to offer deep discounts on Research In Motion’s BlackBerry PlayBook, retail giant Best Buy is now offering the best deal yet on RIM’s troubled tablet. BGR reported on Monday that retailers such as Staples and Office Depot were offering sale pricing on the PlayBook, and Best Buy Canada was among the shops mentioned. Now, Best Buy here in the U.S. is following suit and knocking $200 off of its PlayBook pricing. Unlike other retailers, however, Best Buy is taking off the full $200 at the point of purchase, rather than offering a $100 discount and a $100 gift card like other retailers, including Best Buy Canada, are doing. The discount means RIM’s 16GB PlayBook tablet will cost just $299.99, the 32GB model is $399.99 and the 64GB version is $499.99. A Best Buy spokesperson confirmed to BGR that this is a limited-time sale running from now through October 8th.

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Retailers begin slashing prices on BlackBerry PlayBook tablet [updated]

By on September 26, 2011 at 12:00 PM.

Retailers begin slashing prices on BlackBerry PlayBook tablet [updated]

Research In Motion’s retail partners have begun slashing prices on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet in an effort to bolster unimpressive sales. RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie confirmed on the company’s second-quarter earnings call that price drops were imminent after the company reported just 200,000 units shipped into channels during the tablet’s first full quarter of availability. BGR reported reported earlier this month that Rogers employees were able to purchase the PlayBook starting at $250, and now the general public can finally get in on the action. Read on for more.

Updated with a statement from RIM below. More →

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T-Mobile announces ‘Yes, Every Smartphone Is on Sale, Sale’ for one day only

By on September 20, 2011 at 11:01 PM.

T-Mobile announces ‘Yes, Every Smartphone Is on Sale, Sale’ for one day only

T-Mobile on Tuesday announced an upcoming smartphone sale that will last for one day only. During the carrier’s “Yes, Every Smartphone Is on Sale, Sale” on Saturday, September 24th, each and every one of its smartphones can be had for $99.99 down or less (after a mail-in rebate) along with a T-Mobile Value plan. T-Mobile’s Value plans essentially remove the handset subsidy from T-Mobile’s monthly plan pricing, though this sale reintroduces the subsidy by charging a low up-front “down payment” and then spreading additional payments across 20 months. So for example, customers can purchase the HTC Sensation 4G — one of our favorite Android phones at the moment — for $99.99 down after a $100 mail-in rebate, and then $15 per month for 20 months. The HTC Sensation 4G, HTC myTouch 4G Slide, BlackBerry Bold 9900, Samsung Exhibit 4G, T-Mobile Sidekick 4G, LG G-Slate tablet and the T-Mobile 4G Mobile Hotspot are all included in this sale. A two-year service contract is required with each purchase, and Value plan pricing starts at $34.99 for 500 “whenever minutes” with no messaging or data. T-Mobile’s one-day sale is available in T-Mobile retail locations only, and the carrier’s full press release follows below. More →

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Amazon offers $50 gift card with all Verizon phones

By on September 16, 2011 at 10:45 PM.

Amazon offers $50 gift card with all Verizon phones

Amazon’s wireless division announced on Friday that it will provide a $50 gift card with the purchase of any Verizon Wireless device between Friday and Monday, September 26th. The card can be used anywhere on Amazon.com or can be used for wireless accessories on the AmazonWireless website. The HTC ThunderBolt 4G is currently priced at just $0.01, which means you’re basically getting paid $49.99 to pick one up. AmazonWireless is also selling new devices such as the Motorola DROID BIONIC, one of Verizon Wireless’ newest LTE phones, and other 4G devices such as the Samsung SCH-LC11 4G Mobile Hotspot and Novatel MiFi 2200 Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspot. More →

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BlackBerry PlayBook price slashing begins: $249 and up for Rogers workers

By on September 16, 2011 at 3:25 PM.

BlackBerry PlayBook price slashing begins: $249 and up for Rogers workers

Research In Motion co-CEO Jim Balsillie revealed on the company’s second-quarter earnings call that RIM would soon be dropping prices on its BlackBerry PlayBook tablets. While the new price points have not yet been disclosed, it looks like the first move in carriers’ efforts to clear their shelves actually started this past Tuesday. Long-time RIM comrade Rogers has launched an internal sale on each of RIM’s three PlayBook models, and company employees are now able to purchase the slate at discounts of up to 50% off. Normally $499.99, the 16GB BlackBerry PlayBook tablet is now just $249, the 32GB model drops to $349 from $599.99, and the high-end 64GB PlayBook drops to $399 from its normal $699.99 price tag. While it is unclear what RIM plans to charge end users for the PlayBook moving forward, these prices could give us an idea of what’s in store. A link to a larger version of the image of Rogers’ PlayBook sale page follows below. More →

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Planning on picking up an iPhone 5? Better sell your old iPhone now

By on September 16, 2011 at 11:40 AM.

Planning on picking up an iPhone 5? Better sell your old iPhone now

Regardless of any potential delays, shortages or other impediments, Apple’s upcoming next-generation iPhone models will fly off the shelves following launch. This is a given. As Apple’s announcement approaches and Apple fans get ready to upgrade, however, some may be in store for a rude awakening. Current iPhone users looking to part ways with an old model in favor of a shiny new handset have likely already missed the boat if they were hoping to sell their iPhones to help recoup money spent on a new iPhone. Read on for more. More →

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