Apple stops waiting lists, first come first served only, some iPads available now

By on July 26, 2010 at 6:34 PM.

Apple stops waiting lists, first come first served only, some iPads available now

Our oh-so-hip Apple source has chimed in once again, letting us know some more details on Apple’s ramp up this past weekend. We have been told that stores sold a whole lot of iPads and iPhones, sending out anywhere from 1,000 to 2,000 (and up) emails to customers who had put their name on the waiting list to come pick up their new gadgets. Apparently some of the Apple systems were down because of so much volume across the country. Even so, since not all customers will come in, and some may have purchased elsewhere, there are usually some reserved leftovers for the store to sell to walk-ins. We have confirmed with a couple Apple stores in the NYC area that they do have iPads in stock (Wi-Fi and 3G models) if you want to come in and try and snag one. They are still sold out of iPhones, however.

Lastly our source let us know that Apple actually stopped those “priority waiting lists” and we have independently confirmed that as well. We are told that the only way to purchase an iPhone 4 or iPad is to either walk in and buy one (if they have stock) or order it online.

Thanks Lindsey S.!


Want to write for BGR?

By on July 26, 2010 at 9:51 AM.

Want to write for BGR?

If you live and breathe gadgets and tech, and love writing about them, then we might have something for you. We’re currently expanding faster than ever and are looking for talented, dedicated, hardworking individuals to help grow BGR. Professional writing experience is not required, though it will most certainly help. Some of these are full time gigs — salary and benefits — and some are location-specific. Here are the positions we’re currently looking to fill:

  • East Coast contributor (preferably NYC)
  • West Coast contributor (preferably San Francisco or Seattle)
  • Weekend contributor
  • European Correspondent
  • Business editor
  • Gaming editor
  • Mobile editor

Think you’ve got what it takes to rock out in a fast-paced constant cycle of tech news? Well, if you do, we’d love to hear from you. If you’d like to apply, please send an email to jobs at bgr dot com. Please include the following:

  • Some information about yourself. Name, where you live, what you like to do, your passion for all things tech, etc.
  • College and work-related background information
  • Your top 4 favorite gadgets or pieces of tech of all time. Phones, TVs, gaming systems — whatever!
  • What position you’d be most interested in, how much time you’d be able to contribute to the job, and how flexible you are with timing.
  • Three sample posts written in the BGR flavor. Be comfortable with the writing, keep it professional, and write things you think would appear on the site, written by one of us.

Please include all of this information in the main body of the email, and put the position you’re most interested in the email subject. Please don’t send attachments, we won’t look at them. Unfortunately we won’t be able to respond to everyone, but you’ll hear from us if we’re interested!


AT&T to offer free Wi-Fi in Times Square to ease congestion

By on May 25, 2010 at 12:59 PM.

AT&T to offer free Wi-Fi in Times Square to ease congestion


AT&T’s come up with a pretty novel solution to address its network congestion woes in New York City’s Times Square. Instead of giving its cellular network a much needed boost at the north central area of Times Square near 7th Avenue between 45th and 47th Street, AT&T has announced it will instead offer free public Wi-Fi to all of its customers with 3G smartphones, 3G LaptopConnect cards and AT&T High Speed Internet plans. Anyone with an AT&T 3G smartphone with Wi-Fi enabled with have their device automatically connect to the giant hotspot. Although it’s simply a pilot project, AT&T has said it will consider deploying free Wi-Fi to other busy locations across the US if all goes well in Times Square. Just promise us you’ll be careful crossing the street while playing WoW on your netbook, okay? More →


BGR is looking for NYC interns for the summer!

By on May 24, 2010 at 5:01 PM.

BGR is looking for NYC interns for the summer!


Since we have a brand new office in the heart of New York City, school is basically done, and we are growing faster than ever, we are looking for die-hard BGR interns for the summer. If you think you are up for working with us, hit us up. Please live in NYC or be able to quickly commute. Also, we would be looking for someone who could put in a decent amount of time — at least around 20-30 hours per week.

If you would like to apply, hit the break for the finer details! More →


Sprint's HTC EVO 4G Event

By on May 12, 2010 at 9:33 PM.

Sprint's HTC EVO 4G Event


We just got back from Sprint’s HTC EVO 4G event in NYC, and besides messing around with the device and seeing it for the second time first hand, we finally got a release date and price. As reported earlier, you’ll be able to get Android’s finest for $199 with a new two year agreement on June 4th. To recap the new data pricing, Sprint’s adding a $10 “4G” add-on feature to their $69.99 unlimited voice, data, and SMS package. Tethering (mobile hotspot) will run you an additional $29.99 monthly. All in, it tops out at $109.98 — still a pretty good deal if you think about it, especially considering the handset will support up to 8 simultaneous devices and even better, there’s no bandwidth cap at all. Check out our awesome gallery from the event complete with some HTC EVO 4G hotness sprinkled in.

Click on over to our Sprint HTC EVO 4G Event gallery!


Cablevision, Time Warner, Comcast announce agreement for free Wi-Fi roaming

By on April 15, 2010 at 12:05 PM.

Cablevision, Time Warner, Comcast announce agreement for free Wi-Fi roaming

WiFi Roaming iPad

Big news coming out of the NY/NJ/CT tri-state cable companies, and it’s downright exciting. Cablevision, Time Warner, and Comcast have all teamed up to announce a roaming agreement that will allow their subscribers to freely roam on any of the companies Wi-Fi networks. Think about that for a second… as long as you are a Cablevision, Time Warner, or Comcast customer, you can get free Wi-Fi access at practically limitless locations (thousands) all across the NY metro area from all three providers, and connect to any of their networks from your computer, iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry — whatever. According to the press release, authentication for this to happen is already in place starting today, so if you were just sticking to your own cable provider’s magic hotspot, fell free to mosey on over to one of the partner networks. Just try not to make Verizon too jealous, ok?


Apple iPhone inexplicably unavailable for NYC via online orders

By on December 27, 2009 at 6:54 PM.

Apple iPhone inexplicably unavailable for NYC via online orders

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This one has us scratching our heads. When attempting to order the iPhone for zip codes in Los Angeles, San Francisco and other major cities, everything seems perfectly fine. However, NYC zip codes, more specifically Brooklyn, removes the iPhone as an option for online sales. We called several stores in the NYC area, including one in Brooklyn, and the sales reps said stock was perfectly fine. So we chatted up online sales and they told us it wasn’t available in that area and, as noted by the image below, they couldn’t tell us why: More →


AT&T promises improved performance for SF and NYC

By on December 9, 2009 at 5:11 PM.

AT&T promises improved performance for SF and NYC

We’ve all heard the jokes about AT&T’s sub-par performance and how iPhone users are clogging up its network. Dropped calls, missed texts and delayed voicemails have become so common that AT&T even released an iPhone app that allows you to report network issues. The areas that seem to be affected most are densely populated cities — namely San Francisco and New York (in Los Angeles, AT&T service seems to be fine in our experience; it’s heavily populated but not too dense). And guess where the most vocal AT&T users are coming from?

AT&T’s very own Ralph de la Vega says that Manhattan and San Francisco’s Financial District “are performing at levels below our standards.” In our own experiences, it seems much worse than that, but we’re happy to finally hear it being acknowledged and addressed. He also says that these issues are going to get fixed. “In both of those markets, I am very confident that you’re going to see significant progress.” Thanks for finally coming out and openly saying it, AT&T, instead of hiding behind figures like “our network covers 97% of the population.” We’re looking forward to the improvements. More →


T-Mobile sending out BlackBerry 9700 event invites

By on October 10, 2009 at 11:22 AM.

T-Mobile sending out BlackBerry 9700 event invites


It seems as if those lovely now almost yearly launch parties are going to start happening pretty soon. T-Mobile has started sending out various invites to corporate customers (we’ve been sent two completely different-looking invites from two different connects) all describing a mythical new BlackBerry with Wi-Fi-enabled calling. Whatever could it be? The events we’re hearing about are on November 5th in NYC and we’ve been told that people attending will be taking home brand new BlackBerry 9700s. And they get breakfast, but no one cares about that.

UPDATE: We’ve been told the Los Angeles market launch event is on November 3rd.

Thanks FrankenBerry!


Nokia 5800 XpressMusic NAM units being returned to Flagship stores?

By on February 27, 2009 at 1:52 PM.

Nokia 5800 XpressMusic NAM units being returned to Flagship stores?

We’ve got a lot of tips on this over the course of the morning but wanted to double check them to be safe. In short, we’re told that many, many new Nokia 5800 NAM owners are returning their units to the Flapship points of purchase, due to an issue with the handset not properly connecting to the internet. Now, our unit got 3G/3.5G signal fine in NYC over AT&T’s network, but we’re told many other units don’t pick up signal at all in a lot of locations. Literally another Nokia next to it will have 5 bars and the 5800 won’t have any. And yes, they’ve all confirmed they have NAM units and the boxes say “850MHz/1900MHz UMTS”. I’d turn my unit on again to check this out but it’s honestly not worth it. Stay in the box, 5800. You’re at peace.

Thanks, to everyone that hit us up!