The founders of popular file sharing service Dropbox turned down a multimillion dollar acquisition offer from Apple, Forbes reported in a recent article. Several rumors have suggested the offer was as high as $800 million. Reportedly, founders Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi met with Steve Jobs in Cupertino in 2009. During the meeting, Steve Jobs made an offer to acquire Dropbox, noting that the company was “a feature, not a product,” and that Apple was going to enter the same market, Houston explained. In June, Apple flipped the tables on Dropbox and announced its own file sync service called iCloud, which replaced MobileMe and provides 5GB of free storage and syncs contacts, calendar entries and media across iOS devices. According to Forbes, Dropbox hopes to grow in the future with ongoing deals and it is currently poised to provide software on every HTC smartphone moving forward. More →
As customer questions surrounding the proposed AT&T and T-Mobile merger mount, the latter has published a customer-facing frequently asked questions page in an effort to educate customers about what they can expect, and not expect, in the coming months. One of the specific queries T-Mobile addressed is the availability of Apple’s iPhone. In order to dispel any notions of a T-Mobile iPhone, the company issued the following statement:
T-Mobile USA remains an independent company. The acquisition is expected to be completed in approximately 12 months. We do not offer the iPhone. We offer cutting edge devices like the Samsung Galaxy S 4G and coming soon our new Sidekick 4G.
It seems as though enough antsy T-Mobile customers have posed the question — in the last 18 hours alone — that it needed to be officially addressed. The company has also started a thread in its official online forums for concerned parties to air out their frustrations, concerns, and questions. More →
T-Mobile has begun sending letters to remaining Sidekick users in order to notify them that the Danger Services powering Sidekick phones will no longer be operational as of May 31st. T-Mobile first announced the imminent shut down on Tuesday. What can current Sidekick users expect in return for being forced to part with their beloved Danger phones? Half off a select Samsung phone between now and May 31st, or a waived ETF should they choose to take their business elsewhere. Oh, and users will have to sign a new two-year contract should they opt for the discount Samsung phone. Hit the break for the full letter T-Mobile sent affected subscribers. More →
Looking to get your main squeeze a new smartphone for Valentine’s Day? You may want to give T-Mobile a look. The nation’s fourth largest wireless provider will be pricing every phone in its lineup, including smartphones, at $0 on February 11th and 12th. The offer is good at T-Mobile retail locations and a new two-year agreement must be signed. Not a bad deal. Anyone interested? Hit the jump for the full press release. More →
In case you had any open questions about Best Buy’s upcoming Buy Back program, a trusted source just sent some more information that will clear up any open questions. The new info includes an internal PDF detailing exactly what this new service means to you, the customer, in addition to Best Buy the company, and also employees that work at Best Buy. The program, as we exclusively reported, will offer customers up to 50% of the purchase price on their laptops, netbooks, tablets, TVs, and mobile phones for two years. Best Buy is positioning this internally as a way to continually lock in customers. For instance, “for every Buy Back plan sold, a future customer purchase is locked in.” The document also states “customers will come back to Best Buy when they are ready to upgrade,” and “customers tend to spend more than the amount of the gift cards they receive.” Hit the break for all the details.
Today, Research In Motion announced that it has “opened the BlackBerry App World vendor portal to begin accepting BlackBerry PlayBook apps from developers.” The company has yet to communicate a release date for the highly-anticipated tablet.
“Interest and momentum behind the BlackBerry PlayBook continues to build and we are thrilled with the positive response from both the developer community and our customers,” said Tyler Lessard, RIM’s VP of Global Alliances & Developer Relations. “We are very pleased to be working with developers in advance of the product launch and the opening of BlackBerry App World to accept BlackBerry PlayBook apps is an important next step.”
The press release also noted that developers who “submit a qualifying BlackBerry PlayBook app that is accepted into BlackBerry App World prior to the initial product launch in North America” will receive a free PlayBook for their efforts.
There you have it developers. Submit early, submit often, and stake your claim to a free PlayBook! More →
Big box retailer Best Buy has announced a new promotion aimed at potential smartphone purchasers this holiday season. Citing the success of its Free Phone Fridays campaign, BB will be offering “a minimum of four free smart phones (one from each carrier) in all Best Buy stores, in all Best Buy Mobile specialty stores and online” through the holiday shopping season. Currently, Best Buy’s website has fourteen smartphones listed with a $0 price tag, including HTC’s DROID Incredible and Aria, LG’s Optiums S and T, BlackBerry’s Curve 9300, and Sony Ericsson’s Xperia X10.
“We were excited by the amount of consumer interest we received around our ‘Free Phone Fridays’ promotion in October, so we wanted to do it again only bigger,” said Best Buy Mobile’s president, Shawn Score. “People want smart phones and we couldn’t think of a better way to end the year for our customers than to offer free devices every day in December.”
As with most free phone promotions, a new or upgraded activation with a signed two-year contract is required. More →
Here’s a bit of good news for those folks who want to take advantage of Verizon’s new LTE data service but are a little leery of two-year contracts. Verizon has confirmed to BGR that the 5GB and 10GB LTE plans announced yesterday, which retail for $50 and $80 respectively, will be available on a month-to-month basis for the same price. Users interested in the contract-free option will be required to purchase their LTE equipment at its full-retail price — currently, Verizon’s two data sticks cost $249 unsubsidized — and, like the on-contract plans, overages will be billed at $10 per gigabyte. Sounds like a pretty good deal to us. What do you think?
And it just got interesting, folks. Starting October 28th, Apple’s iPad will kick into hyperdrive distribution and be available at Verizon Wireless retail locations. The Wi-Fi model will be bundled with a MiFi 2200 and cost you $20/month for 1GB of data usage. Pricing is set for $630, $730, and $830 respectively. Verizon will also simply sell the device independently as well so that is another distribution point Apple just locked in. Well, now that Verizon and Apple have a formal working relationship, we suppose this is the start of things to come? Hopefully. Full press release after the break!
UPDATE: AT&T will begin to offer the iPad in its retail locations beginning October 28 as well.
UPDATE 2: Verizon will also offer a 3GB plan for $35/month and a 5GB plan for $50/month according to this FAQ document. More →
As reported, the G2 from T-Mobile is up for pre-order — for existing customers — starting today. The pre-order window will last from now until October 4 and the device will be on-sale to the general public starting on October 6. You can pre-purchase yourself a G2 for 249 American dollars and a $50 mail-in-rebate will bring the total cost down to $199. Current customers interested in the early-bird special can direct their browsers to g2.t-mobile.com, login, and order up.
Anybody out there looking for an Android smartphone with a 5-inch screen? Dell has updated their official Streak webpage to let you know that the Android phone, with its massive screen, will be available in late July and that there are pre-order opportunities available. You can hit up the read link to give Dell your information for the chance to: have an exclusive 24 hour pre-sale purchase window, get a free upgrade to second business day shipping, and purchase a Plantronics Bluetooth headset for $0.99. Who’s getting one of these massive phones? More →
Despite the fact that there’s still plenty of Summer left to be enjoyed, companies just love reminding students that another semester/school year is waiting around the corner. Sure back-to-school deals are nice but it might have been nicer to keep school out of sight, out of mind for a bit longer. The most recent Summer buzzkill notable promotion comes by way of Alltel and is available to the 91 divested markets not controlled by Verizon Wireless. In Alltel’s words: “New and existing Alltel Wireless customers with “My Circle” plans, Smart Choice Packs, and Bundled Wireless Internet plans can add up to four lines to their primary account, with a $25 activation fee per line, and receive three months of free service on those new lines.” So parents, if you’re finally getting around to adding a few new lines for your rugrats this is definitely a nice little perk to sweeten the deal. Alltel’s back-to-school promo runs now through September 10th — more than enough time to mull it over.
[Via Phone Scoop]