Radio Shack extends iPhone 4 promotions; promises more handsets this weekend

By on June 25, 2010 at 6:30 AM.

Radio Shack extends iPhone 4 promotions; promises more handsets this weekend

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Folks who pre-ordered an iPhone 4 from Radio Shack may still be feeling the sting of not getting an iPhone after a less-than-expected number of handsets were available. Radio Shack reached out to let us know that it is extending its iPhone 4 launch promotions for an additional month to make up for this disappointment. From now until July 25th, any customer purchasing an iPhone 4 will receive a $20 accessory credit and can participate in the Trade & Save promotion. Trade & Save allows you to trade in an iPhone 3G for a $100 credit or a 3GS for a $200 credit that can be used towards the purchase of an iPhone 4. Lastly, the Shack is also extending its promotional iPhone 4 accessory bundles that contain anything and everything you may need for your new handset. The best news of all, though, is the assurance from Radio Shack that its supply of the iPhone 4 will be replenished as early as this weekend and will continue to be replenished throughout the month of July. More →

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Radio Shack will also offer all T-Mobile handsets free on June 19th

By on June 16, 2010 at 2:07 PM.

Radio Shack will also offer all T-Mobile handsets free on June 19th

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T-Mobile’s retail locations are going to be an absolute mad house this Saturday thanks to the company’s epic one-day sale in which all handsets are free, so it’s a good thing that Radio Shack has announced it will be joining in on the fun as well. On June 19th, over 4,000 Radio Shack locations across the U.S. will be offering all T-Mobile handsets for free on new 2-year agreements. The offer is only valid in-store and add-a-line and flex pay customers won’t be able to take advantage of the offer, but everyone else should be able to and will receive a $35 activation credit to boot. More →

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HTC Intruder coming to AT&T, but what is it?

By on June 8, 2010 at 10:38 AM.

HTC Intruder coming to AT&T, but what is it?

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Here’s a fun little conundrum for you. A mysterious new Android handset from HTC  – the Intruder — has shown up in the internal inventory system at The Shack, and appears to be destined for life with AT&T. But what is it? Apparently there’s a good chance it’s the Liberty aka Aria, a handset we know to contain HTC’s Sense UI, 3.5″ display and 5 megapixel camera. It’s listed as $700 full retail and $130 on a 2-year deal which seems to be a bit on the expensive side…but let’s be honest, people on AT&T who are dying for Android will pay just about anything for whatever they can get.

[Via UnwiredView]

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The Shack will be pumping out WiMAX?

By on May 22, 2010 at 2:22 PM.

The Shack will be pumping out WiMAX?

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An Engadget tipster has sent in a few images indicating that The Radio Shack may be installing WiMAX repeaters in its stores prior to the HTC EVO 4G launch. We have to agree with the move, as actually getting to experience how fast 4G is will, in all likelihood, boost sales (and maybe even make customers less violent more accepting of the extra $10/month 4G surcharge). No word on how many of The Shack’s 6,500 stores will be getting these ClearWire units or what their broadcast range is. More →

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Rumor: HTC EVO 4G launches June 6th for $200

By on May 7, 2010 at 1:20 PM.

Rumor: HTC EVO 4G launches June 6th for $200

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This one would be best accompanied by a margarita thats glass is heavily laced with salt, but rumor has it the Sprint HTC EVO 4G will be available on or around June 6th for $200 on contract / $600 off. This information comes by way of one of Android Central’s forum dwellers who alleges a The Shack sales rep filled him in on the info after he spotted a bunch of promotional documents lying on the store counter. Of course it goes without saying that the odds of a rep being so in the know are highly unlikely, but we so badly want to believe this one. More →

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HTC EVO 4G up for pre-order later this month

By on May 6, 2010 at 9:10 AM.

HTC EVO 4G up for pre-order later this month

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It seems as though this image was sent to every blog on the internet, so we thought…why not throw our watermark on it too? It looks like the HTC EVO 4G — exclusively available from Sprint — will be available for pre-order later this month from everyone’s favorite electronics vendor…The Shack? At its CTIA launch the EVO was scheduled for a “summer” release and, judging by this latest tidbit of information, it would appear as though that timeline is still good. What do you think? Will anyone be pre-ordering an EVO from The Shack, or will you be holding out to get yours directly from Sprint?

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Radio Shack no longer a purveyor of the Palm Pre or Pixi?

By on April 19, 2010 at 5:12 PM.

Radio Shack no longer a purveyor of the Palm Pre or Pixi?

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Bad news for Palm today as Radio Shack is reportedly dumping its inventory and washing its hands of the Palm Pre and the Pixi. The two webOS handsets have disappeared from Radio Shack’s website and inventory at brick and mortar stores is said to be dwindling. According to CL King analyst Lawrence Harris, Radio Shack retail locations are reportedly limited to quantities on hand with no future shipments expected. Traditionally, Radio Shack has been a strong supplier for Sprint and such a radical withdrawal is bad news for Palm. This unfortunate turn of events is not completely surprising. It was predicted by Canaccord Adams analyst Peter Misek who wrote, rather prophetically, last month “we believe Palm’s troubles will only accelerate as carriers and suppliers increasingly question the company’s solvency and withdraw their support.” Neither Palm nor Radio Shack have publicly commented on the matter. Guess that means we’ll have to wait with bated breath to see whether Palm manages to survive its latest and most concerning freefall.

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RadioShack launch guide reveals initial T-Mobile handset offering

By on August 4, 2009 at 5:55 PM.

RadioShack launch guide reveals initial T-Mobile handset offering

RadioShack, or “The Shack” as it will soon be called, announced last month that it would be snuggling up with T-Mobile in locations across the country. What we don’t know — or didn’t know, rather — was exactly which handsets the retailer would be carrying when its T-Mobile offering goes live on August 19th. A ninja just hit us with a giant internal launch document that sheds light on various internal resources, training, merchandising (see the image to the right) and plenty more involved with the Tmo launch. All that stuff is pretty boring however, so we cut the fat and were left with the list of devices the Shack will be hawking, 11 in total, beginning two weeks from tomorrow:

Postpaid handsets:

  • Samsung T239 (red)
  • Sony Ericsson TM506 (amber)
  • Samsung Gravity 2
  • Samsung Comeback (red)
  • BlackBerry Curve 8900
  • Samsung Behold
  • HTC myTouch 3G (black & white)

Prepaid handsets:

  • Nokia 1661
  • Samsung T239 (gray)
  • Nokia 2760
  • Samsung T349

Sure we already know plenty about each and every handset mentioned above, but you know you still want to hit the jump and check them out.

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RadioShack welcomes T-Mobile with open arms

By on July 24, 2009 at 11:06 AM.

RadioShack welcomes T-Mobile with open arms

RadioShack has been partnered with Sprint, Verizon and AT&T for some time now and it looks like the retailer is finally making way for T-Mobile as well. The great thing about third-party retailers is that they can sometimes offer better deals on the same handsets you’d find in corporate retail stores (though third parties sometimes will charge you separately if you cancel). Right now, RadioShack sees about 30% of its revenues coming in from its wireless sales, so it is clearly looking to expand by adding another carrier. Starting August 19th, RadioShack will kick off its new partnership with T-Mobile by hawking the myTouch 3G as well as a good chunk of the standard Tmo crop we would imagine. So people, if you live much closer to a run down strip mall than a T-Mobile retail store, odds are good that you won’t have quite as far to travel next time you’re due for an upgrade.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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Sprint HTC Snap available now from Best Buy, coming to Radio Shack tomorrow; still not on Sprint's website?

By on June 11, 2009 at 2:30 PM.

Sprint HTC Snap available now from Best Buy, coming to Radio Shack tomorrow; still not on Sprint's website?

In all the excitement surrounding the Pre, it appears as though Sprint may have forgotten about the poor HTC Snap. Rumored to be available starting Sunday June 7th, the Snap is still nowhere to be found on Sprint’s website. A new rumor however, suggests that the Snap will hit Radio Shack tomorrow for a contract price of $149.99. Curiously enough, the Snap is also still on Best Buy’s website and is apparently available for a contract-free price of $519.99 — in-store pickup is even available with several stores showing available inventory. If you are desperate for this Windows Mobile phone and have loads of cash laying around, hit up Best Buy to get your handset today. Those who are desperate but financially strapped may have to wait until tomorrow to see if the rumored Radio Shack launch materializes. Everyone else will just have to wait for Sprint to get its act together and get this phone out the door.

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Palm Pre release date and pricing announced; June 6th for $199.99

By on May 19, 2009 at 7:00 AM.

Palm Pre release date and pricing announced; June 6th for $199.99

Not to get too in-ya-face about it, but man… we knocked this crap out the park. One of our ninjas hit us up last night and gave us the heads up on this information. As predicted, Palm has just gone ahead and announced the Palm Pre release date and pricing information for the device’s debut on Sprint. It’s $199.99 after a $100 MIR on a 2-year agreement (copying Apple, much?) and will indeed be released on Saturday June 6th online and in Sprint stores in addition to Best Buy, Radio Shack and Wal-Mart. Oh, and in case you’re dying to blow some cash on some Pre accessories, the Touchstone Charging Kit goes on sale the same day for $69.99 and will comes with the Touchstone charging dock and battery cover. A bit steep, but it’s not like we expected it to be anything but.

Happy? Irate? Holding out for the Tour? We wanna know.

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Confirmed: Radio Shack to offer Verizon Wireless, again, starting tomorrow

By on March 4, 2009 at 3:24 PM.

Confirmed: Radio Shack to offer Verizon Wireless, again, starting tomorrow

The Shack might have missed out on the iPhone 3G but many will be happy to learn that starting tomorrow, March 5th, select Radio Shack locations across the country will begin offering Verizon Wireless handsets in addition to current mobile offerings. Rumors have been flying for the past few days but one of our ninjas managed to provide some rock solid evidence of the revived relationship. It has been over three years since Radio Shack last sold Big Red wares but it looks like the Shack just couldn’t stay away now that Verizon is indeed the nation’s largest network. Eight handsets in total will be hitting stores for the time being, BlackBerry Storm included. Hit the jump for exclusive Radio Shack promo materials covering each of them, along with one more screen shot of the billing system.

UPDATE: Added another inventory shot to the jump and clarified that VZW gear will be carried by select stores, not all stores — at least initially.

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Subsidized Acer Aspire One hitting Radio Shack for $99?

By on December 9, 2008 at 2:21 PM.

Subsidized Acer Aspire One hitting Radio Shack for $99?

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Carrier subsidized netbooks, a common occurrence overseas, may finally be making their way stateside. In a “first ever” for the US, Radio Shack and AT&T may be offering the Acer Aspire One netbook for a mere $99 with an AT&T AirCard minimum data plan of $60/month. Yes, we know that potential Dell Inspiron Mini 9 owners can get a price break on the cost of the 3G modem with an AT&T contract but the netbook itself is not reduced in price, thus disqualifying it from being the first true US carrier-subsidized netbook. As with all carrier subsidized items, the final cost of the item, when you add in the monthly data plan over the term of the contract is astoundingly high with the price of the Acer Aspire One ballooning up to $1500, but of course that includes data. If those terms don’t sound so hot, then you can buy the Acer Aspire outright for $499. For those who are going to sign up for a data plan regardless and want a full-powered mobile device like a netbook, then this $99 Acer Aspire One is an excellent choice.

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