Sprint’s Samsung Epic 4G Touch just $149.99 on pre-order

By on September 6, 2011 at 7:45 AM.

Sprint’s Samsung Epic 4G Touch just $149.99 on pre-order

Set to launch later this month, Sprint’s version of the Samsung GALAXY S II smartphone is now available for pre-order from popular cell phone retailer Wirefly. While the highly anticipated Samsung Epic 4G Touch is set to launch at $199.99 from Sprint, Wirefly is offering early adopters an unusual discount — a pre-payment of $149.99 will secure anxious GALAXY fans an Epic 4G Touch as soon as they become available in mid-September. Announced late last month at a Samsung press event, Sprint’s Epic 4G Touch features a 4.52-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 16GB of storage, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera and compatibility with Sprint’s 4G WiMAX network. The sleek smartphone will launch nationwide on September 16th, though the Wirefly site does not specify when pre-orders will ship. More →

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Labor Day sale pricing hints at slow sell-through for RIM’s top PlayBook tablet

By on September 2, 2011 at 10:01 AM.

Labor Day sale pricing hints at slow sell-through for RIM’s top PlayBook tablet

Retail giant Best Buy is currently offering Research In Motion’s BlackBerry PlayBook tablet at a discount for Labor Day. For a limited time, RIM’s tablet can be had for as little as $449.99 for the 16GB model, a $50 discount. The 32GB and 64GB PlayBook models are both priced at $549.99, affording a $50 discount on the former and a $150 discount on the latter. The steeper discount on RIM’s high-end PlayBook may indicate that Best Buy is having trouble offloading the pricey tablet, which normally retails for $700. RIM announced on its earnings call in June that it had shipped 500,000 PlayBook tablets during the slate’s first partial quarter of availability. Since then, reports have been mixed; while many analysts have said RIM’s tablet is not selling well to end users, a major Australian retailer has gone on record with claims of “fantastic” PlayBook sales. Best Buy confirmed to BGR via email that its sale on BlackBerry PlayBook tablets will run through Labor Day, September 5th.

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HTC EVO 3D just $49.99 from Wirefly

By on August 29, 2011 at 11:51 AM.

HTC EVO 3D just $49.99 from Wirefly

If you weren’t lucky enough to win a free HTC EVO 3D courtesy of BGR and Qualcomm during the final week of our giveaway series, don’t despair. It might be a while before retailers start giving away Sprint’s flagship Android phone for free on contract, but Wirefly is currently offering the sleek smartphone for just $49.99. Featuring a 4.3-inch qHD 3D display, a dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, HTC’s Sense UI and 4G WiMAX compatibility, Sprint’s EVO 3D is easily one of the most desirable Android smartphones on the market right now. At $50 on contract with no rebates to worry about, it’s almost a no-brainer for Android fans looking to re-up on Sprint. More →

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Sprint's BlackBerry Bold 9930 just $199.99 online

By on August 21, 2011 at 9:25 AM.

Sprint's BlackBerry Bold 9930 just $199.99 online

Sprint has never been known to follow convention. While other carriers are milking heavy data users for as much as possible, for example, Sprint is standing strong and maintaining its unlimited data plans for as long as possible. Another example: Sprint announced the BlackBerry Bold 9930 last week, stating that it would charge customers $249.99 on contract for the device. The nation’s No. 3 carrier made the device available on Sunday as promised, but the phone is actually priced lower online than Sprint announced; just $199.99 will score you RIM’s latest flagship smartphone from Sprint’s online shop. Oddly, the same $200 can also land you an old Bold 9650 if you have an aversion to touchscreens and gorgeous hardware. Sprint’s Torch 9850 launched at the promised $149.99, but we can’t imagine opting for it over the Bold 9930 for just $50 more. Interested parties may want to hit the read link quickly in case Sprint has a change of heart. More →

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HTC EVO 3D just $99.99 during 24-hour sale

By on August 10, 2011 at 5:00 PM.

HTC EVO 3D just $99.99 during 24-hour sale

Online retailer Wirefly is holding a special 24-hour sale on Wednesday, during which customers can score a new HTC EVO 3D for just $99.99 on contract. As part of Wirefly’s “Fan Appreciation Month,” the retailer is offering discounts on a new smartphone every Wednesday in August. HTC’s EVO 3D is the star of this month’s show, and we called it “one hell of a compelling package” when we reviewed it back in June. So how does it work? Simply dig the coupon code out of the YouTube video below and apply it during checkout on Wirefly’s site via the read link. Sprint’s flagship 4G smartphone will then be rushed to your door by FedEx, and your pockets will only be $100 lighter. More →

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HP TouchPad just $379.99 today from Woot

By on August 5, 2011 at 8:20 AM.

HP TouchPad just $379.99 today from Woot

While HP holds a $100-off sale of its own from Friday through Sunday, the product peddlers over at Woot managed to procure an unknown number of webOS tablets on Friday, and it’s offering them at a big discount. Woot is currently selling the 16GB HP TouchPad tablet — new, not refurbished — for $379.99. Tack on the site’s customary $5 shipping and you’re still saving $15 compared to the lowest price we’ve seen for the slate. We reviewed the HP TouchPad back in June and we found that while webOS was a pleasure to use on a large-form device, the hardware was lacking. More →

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Every version of Google's Nexus S is free today only from Best Buy

By on August 3, 2011 at 8:18 AM.

Every version of Google's Nexus S is free today only from Best Buy

Best Buy has announced a special one-day sale that will put any of the three versions of Google’s latest own-branded smartphone in your pocket for free. The T-Mobile Nexus S, Sprint’s Nexus S 4G and the new AT&T version of the Google Nexus S can all be had for zero dollars from now through midnight tonight, Central Time. Of course a two-year contract will need to be signed in order to take advantage of Best Buy’s 100% subsidy, and with new Nexus phones looming on the horizon, that could be a tricky proposition. Those willing to roll the dice for sexy pure Google handset likely won’t be disappointed, however. Google’s Nexus S smartphone features Android 2.3 Gingerbread, a 1GHz Hummingbird processor, 16GB of internal storage, dual cameras, a 4-inch WVGA display and an integrated NFC chip. In the case of Sprint’s version, the sleek handset also features a 4G WiMAX radio. Best Buy’s full press release follows below. More →

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Apple iPad 3 to launch at current price points as iPad 2 is discounted, discontinued

By on August 2, 2011 at 11:01 AM.

Apple iPad 3 to launch at current price points as iPad 2 is discounted, discontinued

Apple is expected by many to break from its typical cycle of releasing new mobile device models annually when it launches the iPad 3 ahead of the holiday season this year. The new iPad model will supposedly feature a high-resolution Retina Display, and earlier reports suggested that the new tablet would be an “iPad Pro” model that would compliment the iPad 2 rather than replacing it. A new report from Taiwan Economic News claims that Apple’s third-generation iPad could launch at the iPad 2’s current price points, however, and Apple will then discount the iPad 2 in order to clear inventory. Apple’s original iPad models were discounted by $100 each — and by as much as $300 by third-party retailers — following the launch of the iPad 2, and Taiwan Economic News cites anonymous industry executives in claiming that Apple may use a similar formula to clear iPad 2 inventory once the next-generation tablet launches. The report also notes that Apple’s iPad 3 will launch “by this Thanksgiving or next year.” More →

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Blockbuster tries to lure customers back following acquisition

By on August 2, 2011 at 7:00 AM.

Blockbuster tries to lure customers back following acquisition

Following bankruptcy and an ensuing acquisition at auction, Blockbuster is now trying to lure back the hordes of customers it lost to competitors like Redbox and Netflix. A BGR reader sent us a letter that Blockbuster is circulating to recent defectors in an effort to win back their business in a post-Dish Network world. Among the carrots Blockbuster is currently dangling are a free 30-day Total Access trial and a “special rate,” though that special rate is not disclosed in the email. Blockbuster’s Total Access service was created as a direct response to Netflix, offering DVD rentals by mail just as Netflix does, though Blockbuster’s option is now more affordable following Netflix’s price hikes. Of course Total Access used to be a much more attractive option than it is in its current state, but the lower pricing and the quicker availability of new titles could be attractive benefits over rival Netflix. Blockbuster’s letter to former Total Access customers can be found below. More →

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Nokia may slash prices across entire cell phone line this fall

By on July 18, 2011 at 7:19 AM.

Nokia may slash prices across entire cell phone line this fall

Nokia plans to drop prices across its entire product line this September in an attempt to bolster sales, industry insider Eldar Murtazin claimed on Friday. The struggling Finnish cell phone vendor will cut phone prices by 10% according to the Russian blogger, who has an extensive history of accurately reporting inside information pertaining to Nokia and other smartphone vendors. “Nokia are going to cut prices for the whole product line by 10 per cent in September,” Murtazin posted on his Twitter account. “They struggle for a market share worldwide.” Nokia’s share of the global cell phone market has been steadily declining as the company failed to adjust its strategy to the changing marketplace over the past few years. As a result, Nokia recently announced that it would dump its aging Symbian smartphone platform in favor of Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system moving forward. The vendor is expected to launch several new Symbian devices through the first half of 2012, but it will offer Windows Phones as well beginning later this year with a device codenamed “Sea Ray.” More →

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Dungeon Hunter 2, NBA Jam, other iOS games on sale for holiday weekend

By on July 1, 2011 at 11:00 PM.

Dungeon Hunter 2, NBA Jam, other iOS games on sale for holiday weekend

A number of iOS game publishers, including Gameloft and Electronic Arts, have dropped the prices of several games in honor of the upcoming holiday weekend. EA has slashed the prices of NBA Jam, The Sims 3, FIFA 11, Dead Space, and Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit to $0.99. Gameloft’s Dungeon Hunter 2 and Starfront Collision are also just $0.99, as is Adult Swim’s Robot Unicorn Attack. Trucks and Skulls Nitro and Cross Fingers are both free this weekend, and both Zen Bound and Zen Bound 2 are priced at $0.99. If you’re doing some traveling on your way to a BBQ and need a good way to pass the time, be sure to hit up the iTunes App Store to take advantage of the sales. Of all the titles above, we highly recommend giving both Dungeon Hunter 2 and NBA Jam a play-through. More →

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Sprint dangles discounts to lure away AT&T, T-Mobile customers

By on June 23, 2011 at 11:30 AM.

Sprint dangles discounts to lure away AT&T, T-Mobile customers

Are you an AT&T or T-Mobile small business customer? Sprint wants your business, and it’s offering some pretty compelling discounts to woo you. A leaked internal document says “Come on over to Sprint and see how we can be a great partner,” and it offers AT&T and T-Mobile enterprise customers a 12% discount, 2 handset offers, and $175 CL port-in credit. It’s not as nasty as the carrier’s earlier smear campaign, which asked “Do you have the feeling the AT&T/T-Mobile love connection won’t end with a ‘Happily Ever After?’,” and offered to pay the $175 early-termination fee, but it certainly shows the carrier’s anxiety about the AT&T/T-Mobile acquisition. Sprint has expressed deep concerns about the merger and its CEO, Dan Hesse, said that it will “stifle innovation” in the U.S. wireless market if approved. Sprint’s new deal reportedly runs through July 23rd. Read on for the full image. More →

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LG Revolution now just $99.99 at Wirefly

By on June 20, 2011 at 8:58 PM.

LG Revolution now just $99.99 at Wirefly

It’s not every day we come across a brand new Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone for under $100. In fact, the only other occasion we can recall is Amazon’s $99.99 HTC ThunderBolt sale from earlier this month. Starting immediately, however, Wirefly customers upgrading to a new Verizon smartphone or opening a new account can snag the the LG Revolution for the same great price — just $99.99. BGR reviewed the LG Revolution earlier this month and found it to be the most well-rounded LTE smartphone to date. While its display couldn’t match the DROID Charge’s Super AMOLED Plus screen and the UI couldn’t top the ThunderBolt’s Sense, the build trumps both those phones and the handset more than powerful enough to get the job done. More →

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