Motorola announced the March 27th launch of its Wi-Fi-only XOOM on Wednesday, and now Costco has made the tablet available for pre-order. While Costco quotes a ship date five days later than Motorola’s — April 1st as opposed to March 27th — the wait will award buyers free shipping, a discounted price and a free gel case. Granted, the discount is only $10, but tack on the free shipping and that snazzy gel case, and you’ve got yourself a solid deal. We reviewed the Motorola XOOM in February and said it packs a serious punch. Included with that punch is Google’s Android 3.0 Gingerbread OS, a dual-core 1GHz processor, 32GB of storage and a 10.1-inch HD display. More →
Let the rumors be put to rest. Wirefly just lit up our inbox with the news that the HTC ThunderBolt — Verizon’s first LTE handset — will begin shipping on March 17th with pre-orders beginning at 3:00 a.m. EST tomorrow morning. The company also confirmed that the handset will not ship with Verizon’s version of Skype Mobile, but will have the ability to handle simultaneous voice and data. We’ve reached out to both Verizon and HTC for confirmation. The full text of the email is after the break. More →
Earlier today, Korea’s largest mobile operator, SK Telecom, announced the availability of Apple’s iPhone. Pre-registration for the smartphone begins on March 9th at 7:00AM via online and retail sales channels — the device will go on sale March 16th. “SK Telecom is proud to offer iPhone 4 on the nation’s top network,” said the company’s co-CEO, So Jin-Woo. “Our customers will benefit from flexible tariff plans tailored to their unique usage needs along with a high level of customer care.” The company plans to announce full pricing details “soon.” Hit the jump for the full press release.
UK-based online retailer Clove has posted some interesting information concerning the availability of Samsung’s Galaxy S II. Via a brief blog post, the company writes, “we’ve had word today that the first stock of the Samsung Galaxy S II i9100, both the 16GB & 32GB versions, will be landing mid to late March.” The March timeline predates Samsung’s target release, which has been communicated as Q2. The Gally S II — which boasts a dual-core 1GHz processor, 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, 1GB of RAM, NFC, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera, 2 megapixel front-facing camera, and Android 2.3 — is available for pre-order from Clove; £510 for the 16GB model and £590 for the 32GB model. The retailer does caution that “release dates are always subject to change,” but it’s nice to hear rumors of an early (as opposed to late) release by a manufacturer. Still no word on when/if the Galaxy S II will make its way to the States. Fingers crossed. More →
Sprint on Thursday announced that it will launch the HTC Arrive next month on March 20th. The carrier teased the device in a series of tweets over the past few days, culminating in a seventh tweet — in honor of Windows Phone 7 — just now. The HTC Arrive is Sprint’s rebranded HTC 7 Pro, one of our favorite Windows Phone 7 devices to date. It features a 3.6-inch WVGA touchscreen, a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 16GB of internal storage, a 5-megapixel camera with 720p HD video capture capability and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Sprint’s version of the phone will also carry its standard apps, such as Sprint TV and Sprint Navigation, as well as Microsoft’s updated Windows Phone 7 OS complete with copy/paste support. The HTC Arrive will cost $199.99 with a two-year service contract when it launches next month, and it is available for pre-order beginning today. Sprint’s full press release can be found after the break. More →
We have to admit, HP’s timing on the Pre 2 in the U.S. is a little funny. Just one day after the announcement that the Pre 3 will be here this summer, HP and Verizon Wireless made the Pre 2 available for pre-order. You can reserve yourself the webOS 2.0 handset for $99, with delivery occurring on February 17th. We’re not sure why anyone would opt for the Pre Deuce with the Tre set to drop this summer, but it’s nice to have options. Anyone out there with that crazy look in their eye going to order the Pre 2?
Via a short press release today, Best Buy announced its national, retail exclusivity on HTC’s Thunderbolt handset from Verizon Wireless. Sadly, the announcement lacked a specific launch date — merely referring to “mid-February” — but our money is still on the 24th. Those interested in the LTE handset can pre-order from Best Buy “immediately.” Hit the jump for the full press release. More →
If you’ve got a thing for HTC, AT&T, faux-4G networks, and the Sense UI, listen up. RadioShack has just pinged us to let us know that they will be offering pre-orders of the HTC Inspire 4G, on February 4th, both online and in stores. The device will set you back $99.99 and pre-orderers will be rewarded with a $30 accessory credit. A $50 deposit — which will be applied to a non-refundable RadioShack giftcard — is all that is required to reserve yourself this 4.3-inch, touchscreen slab. More →
Are you waiting on the edge of your seat for that brand new Verizon iPhone 4 you stayed up all night to pre-order? We’ve been receiving tips that some devices pre-ordered this morning have already started shipping via FedEx standard overnight delivery, and should be arriving as early as 3:00PM tomorrow. Not a bad exclusive for existing Verizon customers, we’d say. Drop a comment below and let us know if your iPhone 4 has already shipped from Verizon, alright?
Yesterday, we told you about a tasty little rumor we’ve been hearing about a February 24th launch date for the HTC Thunderbolt. Now, it looks like the LTE handset has made a cameo in a weekly Best Buy circular — complete with pre-order instructions and the tagline “coming soon.” For a $50 deposit, BB will allow you to reserve one of the latest and greatest Android offerings from VZW. No word on when, specifically, “soon” is, but if the February 24th release date proves to be accurate… you can expect pre-orders to begin in the next week or so.
Accompanied by fluttering harps, shooting beams of light and a sustained angelic chorus, pre-orders for Verizon Wireless’ iPhone 4 went live on both Apple and Verizon’s websites early this morning. We received countless reports from eager customers who put in their orders for the highly anticipated handset overnight. Many were just checking in to share their elation with us, but as can only be expected when you combine a highly anticipated product, hoards of anxious customers and Web servers, we heard several tales of woe as well. Judging from the barrage of emails we received over the course of the night, Verizon’s system went down at least once around 4:00AM EST. We also heard from several readers who said it took them 30, 40, even 60 minutes or more to place their orders thanks to ridiculously slow page load times and repeated failed attempts to process orders. The frustration was enough to drive some subscribers away, it would seem; one would-be iPhone owner told us, “Forget it… I’ll just stick with my stupid BlackBerry.” It looks like most were able to persevere, however. How did you fare, readers? Sing us your songs of victory or bear your battle scars in the comments section below.
Apple has issued a reminder — as if we need one — that Verizon Wireless’ upcoming iPhone 4 will become available to pre-order starting tomorrow. We already detailed Verizon’s procedure for iPhone pre-orders, which the carrier will begin accepting at 3:00AM EST tomorrow, and now Apple has confirmed that it too will take pre-orders online. Pre-orders are on a first come, first served basis and are available to current Verizon Wireless subscribers only. Though no one knows how much inventory is available for pre-order, we can surely expect an announcement at some point tomorrow saying that pre-orders are sold out — regardless of how many orders are taken. Verizon Wireless’ iPhone 4 goes on sale for new and existing subscribers at 7:00AM local time on February 10th. Hit the jump for Apple’s press release and don’t forget to set those alarms. More →
If you’ve gotten yourself all worked-up about Sprint’s EVO Shift 4G from HTC, listen up. As we told you yesterday, the official Sprint launch date for the Now Network’s third WiMAX-enabled smartphone is January 9th. Best Buy will be offering pre-orders of the Shift to Reward Zone members on Thursday, January 6th and to the general public on Friday, January 7th. Your friends at RadioShack, however, will be selling the EVO Shift 4G tomorrow, January 6th, via its chain of retail stores. A memo obtained by BGR indicates that the Shack will provide you with the new 4G handset in exchange for $149.99 with a new two-year contract — no rebates (of any kind) required. And there you have it. If you need the Shift, the Shack’s going to have it… a full three days early.
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