With over 100 new tablets announced at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this month, the current crop of tablets on the market has already begun to lose its shine. According to a purported leaked slide, T-Mobile plans to drop another $50 from its Galaxy Tab pricing as of Wednesday, January 26th. The new price will require a 2-year contract and includes a $50 mail-in rebate. The move is likely an effort to clear shelves ahead of new releases, such as the upcoming LG G-Slate. Announced at CES, the G-Slate’s specs are not yet available, though the device will feature the Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system and HSPA+ connectivity. Despite its impressive sales pace in 2010, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab will be sorely outclassed by next-generation Android tablets that feature Google’s new tablet-friendly UI, dual-core processors and beefed up specs. More →
Sprint on Wednesday lowered the price of the popular Samsung Galaxy Tab Android tablet to $299.99 with a new two-year contract or $499.99 with no contract. The new pricing represents a $100 reduction for both on-contract and contract-free purchases. It also lines up with Best Buy’s adjusted pricing for Sprint’s Galaxy Tab, which BGR reported exclusively last week. The Galaxy Tab was a big success for Samsung in 2010, having sold over 1 million units in less than two months of availability. The tablet features a 7-inch touchscreen display, dual cameras, video chat support and the Android 2.2 Froyo operating system. Sprint’s version of the Galaxy Tab is capable of connecting to its 3G network or any Wi-Fi network for data connectivity. 3G service for Sprint’s tablet costs either $29.99 per month for 2 GB of data, or $59.99 for 5 GB. More →
Following AT&T’s lead, Apple has dropped the end user selling price of its previous-generation smartphone, the iPhone 3GS. Last week, AT&T announced that it would be dropping the price of the iPhone 3GS to $49 with a new two-year contract. Today, Apple has matched the $49 price online and at Apple Store retail locations. The new price is a 49% reduction and applies to new iPhone 3GS units, not refurbished devices. The iPhone 3GS was launched in the summer of 2009. When the iPhone 4 was introduced last year, Apple continued to sell the 3GS for $99 as a less expensive iPhone option. The company also did the same thing with the iPhone 3G when the 3GS was introduced. The iPhone 3GS is currently available with 8 GB of storage space in black only. More →
Apple takes no part in CES but the company always seems to find a way to stay on people’s tongues during the show. Yesterday, a video surfaced that showed off some next-generation iPhone parts and today, AT&T has announced that it will cut its new iPhone 3GS pricing in half. Starting Friday, the popular Apple smartphone will be available for just $49 with a two-year service contract. The adjusted price is for new iPhone 3GS units, not refurbished phones, and the drop goes into effect this Friday. AT&T’s new iPhone 3GS pricing makes the device more accessible than ever before and with data plans starting as low as $15 per month, this could be the early stages of a new pricing strategy that brings Apple’s smartphone to a whole new market segment. Hit the break for AT&T’s press release. More →
T-Mobile recently dropped its prices on two popular Android-powered devices from Samsung. The Galaxy Tab, Samsung’s first Android tablet offering, is now available for $349.99 with a two-year agreement; down from $399.99. The popular Samsung Vibrant, T-Mobile’s version of the Galaxy S smartphone, dropped from $199.99 to $149.99 on contract. These new prices appear to be permanent adjustments rather than temporary sale prices, and may help bolster sales as the final weekend of the 2010 holiday shopping season approaches. Sales of the Samsung Galaxy Tab recently passed the 1 million unit mark and inevitable price drops will likely help the device maintain an impressive sales pace. T-Mobile is the first U.S. carrier to drop the regular selling price of the tablet, and it now touts the lowest on-contract price for the Galaxy Tab in the country. More →
Fans of supersized smartphones should look no further than Best Buy Mobile this morning, where the Dell Streak has been dropped to just $99.99 with a two-year AT&T service contract. Current owners of the AT&T-branded Dell Streak are still a bit annoyed that the Froyo update has been delayed until January, but if you can tolerate Donut for another month, the Dell Streak is a solid option. Notable specs include that giant display, of course, alongside a 5-megapixel camera, a secondary VGA camera for video chat, HSPA (7.2Mbps down, 5.8Mbps up), 16GB of internal storage and microSDHC support. The Dell Streak is available online and at Best Buy Mobile locations in both white and black. More →
Dell is offering a limited-time promotion on the Motorola DROID X that will net customers a $25 Dell gift card. Through Dell’s online mobility shop, the Motorola DROID X is currently available for free with a two-year Verizon Wireless agreement. Dell is also waiving Verizon’s activation fee, shipping the handset for free via FedEx and offering customers one $25 Dell gift card per order. If there’s a sweeter deal out there for Motorola’s supersized DROID smartphone, we haven’t found it. Dell is also still offering the same deal on the HTC DROID Incredible. More →
AT&T has slashed the price of its flagship BlackBerry smartphone in half. The BlackBerry Torch, which became available in August 2010, is RIM’s first smartphone to feature both a touchscreen and a physical QWERTY keypad. It was also the first BlackBerry to launch with RIM’s new OS, BlackBerry 6. It initially hit store shelves at $199.99 and after roughly three months, the Torch is now available for $99.99 with a 2-year contract. A price drop after this length of time is not necessarily an indication of poor sales, as several blogs have speculated, though many analysts agree that sales have been less than spectacular. At it’s new price point, which is below the magical $100 mark, AT&T clearly hopes that the BlackBerry Torch will finally spread its wings this holiday season. More →
Leaked signage from a Roger’s source suggests that the BlackBerry Bold 9700 has literally hit rock bottom. According to the placard, the Bold 9700 will be on sale for $0 with a three year customer agreement. It remains to be seen whether this price drop is a temporary sale or a more permanent means to move inventory in anticipation of a bigger and better Bold on the way. Regardless of the reason, customers eying the original Bold as a backup phone or an introductory phone for a BlackBerry virgin would be wise to snag one when the price hits zero. More →
Apparently a free mobile hotspot offering and an early upgrade promotion weren’t enough to convince users to jump on board the webOS bandwagon, as Verizon Wireless is adding yet another price drop to help move its standing inventory of the Palm Pre Plus. Verizon has slashed the Pre Plus by $20 bringing the final cost of the webOS smartphone to a measly $30 with a two-year contract. Remember, the Palm devices are being sold without a rebate, so $30 is your actual price out the door. With webOS destined to live on under the HP umbrella, now is a great time to snag a Palm Pre Plus… if you’re a fan.
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Ahh, Apple TV. The bastard child of Apple’s portfolio. Some live and die by it, some fall into a deep sleep upon simply hearing its name uttered but most just don’t care about it one way or the other. If you always found Apple’s set top offering somewhat interesting but couldn’t rationalize dropping $229 on the 40GB model or $329 on the 160GB model, a small overnight shake up may interest you. The aforementioned 40GB has now gone the way of the Dodo, leaving but one size to fit all. More importantly, the 160GB version that remains now sits at the $229 price point vacated by the smaller model. It’s nice to see the product priced more reasonably but the fact remains — subscription services like Netflix streaming and integrated options afforded by products like LG’s BD390 pique our interest far more than Apple’s offering will any time soon.
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After yesterday’s shenanigans we’re not sure how long this offer will stand. Apropos, Pre hopefuls might want to jump on this new price point as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Palm made its second webOS-powered handset official this morning and we suppose there is no better way to celebrate than by buying the compay’s first webOS-powered handset — you know, just to ensure you aren’t eligible for 2-year contract pricing once the Pixi launches. Sprint has just cut the price of a shiny new Pre from $299.99 to $249.99 before the $100 mail-in rebate, meaning when all is said and done you’ll be out $149.99. Retail partners such as Best Buy and Amazon are still pricing the handset at $199.99 so for the time being, the new price is Sprint-only. Bottom line: if you were waiting to see how Palm’s first candy bar webOS phone would shape up before committing to a new contract and the Pixi doesn’t float your boat, Sprint just saved you $50.
Hot on the heels of news that Sony’s PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 3 Slim would soon become available for $299.99, Microsoft has responded with a body blow. Redmond’s popular high-end gaming console is currently available in three different versions: Xbox 360 Arcade for $199.99, Xbox 360 Pro for $299.99 and Xbox 360 Elite for $399.99. While the Arcade will continue to sit at its already-attractive price point, beginning tomorrow Microsoft will drop the price on the Pro from $299.99 to $249.99 and the Elite will drop from $399.99 to $299.99. Ouch, Sony. The Pro will stay at its new $250 price point until current inventory is burned through and it will then get the axe, leaving just the $200 Arcade and $300 Elite to man Microsoft’s fort. The company claims that this move has been planned for months but we find it a bit too convenient considering Sony’s aggressive moves of late. So gamers, which sounds the most attractive at the $300 price point — Sony’s PlayStation 3 80GB, the PS3 Slim or Microsoft’s Xbox 360 Elite?