Ok, look, you didn’t stay up until 3AM last week to preorder it, we understand. People get tired, they have other things to do besides wait up until the wee hours of the morning for a cell phone. Today, however, there are no more excuses if you’re someone that is planning on ordering a Verizon iPhone. As of early this morning, the device is available not only available to order from Verizon Wireless online, but also for in-store reservation from Apple. That means you can mosey on down to your local Apple store tomorrow and pick up your brand new Verizon iPhone in person, or you can wait for FedEx, the choice is yours. You know we have to ask… Verizon iPhone or hanging on for the HTC ThunderBold or Motorola Droid BIONIC? More →
Pre-orders for the Verizon iPhone for existing customers start tomorrow at 3AM, and now that the date is rapidly approaching, we have to ask… after years and years of waiting, begging, pleading, and refusing to switch to another carrier, are you going to pull the trigger? Let us know in the poll if you’re planning on pre-ordering a Verizon iPhone, alright?
Best Buy announced Monday that three upcoming Android tablets are now available for pre-order. Two versions of Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Tab can be ordered for $599.99 each, and the Huawei Ideos Tablet S7 will cost $299.99 to reserve. None of the aforementioned pre-orders require a contract. Demand for these Android tablets is not expected to be excessive, however interested parties eager to ensure delivery on launch day will be happy to learn that pre-sales are now available. Each Samsung Galaxy Tab version features a 7-inch touchscreen, Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity, dual cameras, 16GB of internal storage, a 1GHz processor and the Android 2.2 operating system. The Huawei S7 features a 7-inch touchscreen, Wi-Fi, dual cameras, microSD support and the Android 2.1 operating system. According to Best Buy’s website, pre-orders of all three tablet options will be delivered as early as November 7th.
If you want to assure yourself a Samsung Fascinate the very moment it hits the streets, you might want to consider Best Buy Mobile. Today, in a press release, BBM announced that:
The Verizon Wireless Samsung Fascinate™ is available for pre-order starting August 29. As an added and exclusive bonus, Best Buy Reward Zone members can reserve the Samsung Fascinate on August 27, two days before it goes on pre-sale to the general public. That priority access will help ensure that Reward Zone members get their device first.
No pricing was mentioned in the article; although $199 with a 2-year contract is a safe bet. The device still doesn’t have an official release date, but that has to be coming very soon. More →
A Best Buy source just messaged us some information of interest. More →
One of our trusty Apple sources wrote us in to give us a breakdown on day one of Apple iPhone reservations. The information we have is from Apple stores only, this doesn’t include AT&T stores or Apple’s website, Best Buy or Radio Shack. We have also independently confirmed the information below.
- A “large” New York Apple store had over 2,200 iPhone reservations
- A “medium” sized Boston Apple store had over 800 reservations
- One store in California had over 1,000 reservations, and another in California had over 1,400
- A “small” Texas Apple store had over 900.
Note that these don’t include preorders, walk-in sales on launch day, or any white iPhones. So, it’s in addition to Apple’s 600,000 number. Can’t you tell how excited Apple is?
Quick heads up, but we’ve been told not only is Apple’s online store buckling under pressure, as is AT&T’s site, but even AT&T’s internal network, the one in stores is having trouble. So, we have to ask… just how many iPhone 4s are being preordered? How many do you think the total number is? Our guess on preorders alone? 1,000,000 – 1,500,000.
We just got a heads up that the above image you see just showed up in Best Buy’s internal systems… and you know what that means? Some solid HTC Hero pre-order action happening for Sprint come September 13th. This isn’t confirmed by any means as Best Buy shots aren’t always spot on, but they provide an incredibly good general look at possible releases dates and information. Also, for your reference, the September 13th date looks to be the start of the pre-sale for the HTC Hero on Sprint at Best Buy, not the actual handset release date.
Thanks, to our Best Buy ninja!
Verizon Wireless confirmed today what a lot of excited and angry Verizon Wireless customers knew already — The BlackBerry Tour is currently not available for pre-order if you are upgrading your current line. It’s not a random ordering glitch or a problem with Verizon’s website as many initially thought. Front and center on the Tour pre-order page and stated in bold red letters is the ugly phrase, “Pre–orders not available for upgrade orders at this time.” Yikes. So what do you all think? Is it reasonable to let new customers have first dibs or a major fail that will alienate current customers to the point of revolt? As an aside, luckily many CS reps still have no idea what’s going on so there’s a good chance that if you put on your best Isaac Hayes voice and sweet talk the rep, you’ll be good to go. Let us know how things work out.
We’re not sure how much doubt a person could have had before, but in the interest of being crystal clear, Verizon Wireless will make the BlackBerry Tour available online and in stores on July 12th for $199 with a two year agreement. You can preorder the device starting from this moment on.
Well, it seems many of our readers had been scratching their heads regarding the ridiculous number of G1s that T-Mobile allegedly sold during pre-orders. If you compare those numbers to the iPhone sales for their first weekend, there is a big discrepancy. The iPhone 3G hit a million during its first weekend, but it was launched in 20 different countries. For the G1 to hit those numbers where pre-orders are available to T-Mobile customers only is, well, a little ridiculous. You also have to consider the fact that everyone and their mother knew the iPhone was coming a little over a month before it was released – has your mother even heard of the G1?
The astronomically ludicrous number was formulated by a mathematician at The Motley Fool by taking a little speculation, adding some basic arithmetic, and then setting the blogosphere ablaze. T-Mobile and Google were probably grinning ear-to-ear when they saw this news burning the Internet like an uncontrolled wildfire. Unfortunately, the numbers are PROBABLY closer to 200k – 300k in terms of actual pre-order sales, and that is a BIG maybe.
Information Week decided to contact the folks over at The Motley Fool and this is what they came up with:
I contacted Anders Bylund, the author of the original Motley Fool article that hundreds of stories are citing. I was curious as to how he got these figures and he gave me his rationale.
He cited a Cens.com article that said, “according to industry insiders, T-Mobile is planning to order a total of between 1.5 million and 2 million units of G1 with HTC in the near future, including 400,000 to 500,000 to be sold in the fourth quarter of this year.”
Then, Bylund cited T-Mobile selling out of pre-order units, and tripling the number of phones initially available. He then tripled the 500,000 number to get 1.5 million.
There you have it, folks. A likely miscalculation sent everybody nuts about just how well the G1 was really doing. Don’t get us wrong, the G1 is probably selling like hot cakes and it’s a new device with a platform we really like, but it seems that it’s not going to be dethroning the current champ of best first week sales.
If anyone had doubts about how well the T-Mobile G1 would sell, a T-Mobile spokesperson stated yesterday that it has tripled its pre-order stock to keep up with the demand. Hence getting pre-orders back in business for the demanding consumers. T-Mobile is planning on selling half a million G1/Android devices by year’s end and it looks like they just might be on track to do so. The spokesperson said, “Given the great anticipation and the heavy pre-sale demand for the T-Mobile G1 with Google, we nearly tripled the number of phones initially available for delivery on our Oct. 22 launch date, and have sold through them all.” Very impressive. Before the pre-orders were re-stocked, the web site was down due to the massive amounts of traffic and T-Mobile’s phone lines were tied up for hours… talk about a frenzy!
Just a few days ago, the T-Mobile G1 went completely out of stock shortly after announcing its availability for pre-order. We’ve just received information that the device is now back on pre-order status:
The T-Mobile G1 with Google pre-sale offer continues to be a success. T-Mobile has sold through the number of pre-sale phone available to be delivered by the October 22 launch date. However, T-Mobile is offering customers to continue to place pre-orders through October 21 for device delivery on November 10.
The following updates have been made to the delivery timeline for the pre-sale offer:
Customers who purchased the G1 through the pre-sale offer prior to 12 p.m. PT on October 3 are scheduled to receive their device by October 22.
Customers who purchase the G1 through the pre-sale offer after 12 p.m. PT on October 3 will receive their device on November 10.
So, if you were distressed and wondering whether you’ll be getting a G1/Android device any time soon, it looks like November 10 is the day for you if you order by October 21. What are you waiting for? Hit the image above and be taken directly to T-Mobile’s pre-order page. Enjoy!
Here’s an official update from T-Mobile:
Given the great anticipation and the heavy pre-sale demand for the T-Mobile G1 with Google, we nearly tripled the number of phones initially available for delivery on our Oct. 22 launch date, and have sold through them all. However, to accommodate additional T-Mobile customers who want to pre-order a device, they now have the opportunity to place a pre-order through Oct. 21, for delivery at a later date.
Also, people can still pre-register on the T-Mobile G1 Web site to be notified prior to launch where they can purchase the device beginning Oct. 22. Details are available on the T-Mobile G1 Web site, http://www.T-MobileG1.com.