Reuters is reporting that this quarters pedestrian earnings filed by electronics retailer RadioShack has something to do with the wireless industry. Citing RBC Capital analyst Scot Ciccarelli, the publication notes that “RadioShack gave up a lot of compensation from AT&T and Sprint to carry T-Mobile [equipment], and this partnership doesn’t appear to be panning out the way management expected.” The news comes nearly one year after RadioShack executive Jim Gooch stated that T-Mobile had “materially breached its contract” with the retailer. RadioShack has lowered its earnings estimates for fiscal year 2011 — analysts cite weak demand and stiff competition in the retail and online spaces as potential causes. More →
We just received confirmation that RadioShack has begun accepting pre-orders for RIM’s upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. You can reserve yours for now $499, and RadioShack says it will be available starting on April 19th. The PlayBook sports a 7-inch touchscreen display with 1024 x 600-pixel resolution. It’s powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor, runs RIM’s sleek new QNX operating system designed for tablets, has 1GB of RAM, and offers both a rear-facing 5-megapixel camera and a 3-megapixel forward-facing camera for video chat. We’ve had plenty of hands-on time with the PlayBook and are excited by the concept, but we’ll take a much deeper dive once we review the device. If you love what you’ve seen so far, however, feel free to hit the jump for a link to RadioShack’s pre-order page. More →
Toys R’ Us may begin selling the iPad 2 next month according to a report from enthusiast site ModMyi. The site’s source provided a leaked screen shot that shows employee training software as well as a secondary product knowledge sheet. Apple’s latest tablet has been wildly popular since its launch on March 11th so this is good news for consumers trying to get their hands on a unit. As of late March, Apple began replenishing the stock in some retail stores, and its online store says that customers still have to wait 2-3 weeks for new orders to ship. The iPad 2 is also available from AT&T, Best Buy, RadioShack, Target, Verizon Wireless and Walmart, among other retailers. Toys R’ Us has not yet officially announced plans to offer the iPad 2. More →
If you’re a member of the T-Mobile family and are intrigued by the new, Android-based Sidekick handset, listen up. RadioShack has taken to Twitter to let its customers know that the device will be on store shelves beginning on April 20th. “The new @TMobile Sidekick 4G comes to The Shack on April 20,” reads the post. “Who’s your fav sidekick? Tweet us a pic!#BestSidekickEver.” Announced on March 15th, the Samsung-made horizontal-slider will be priced at $99.99 with a signed 2-year contract. The device will sport a 1GHz Hummingbird processor, 3.5-inch display, 21 Mbps HSPA+ radio, and will run Froyo (Android 2.2) — the Sidekick will be available in matte black or pearl magenta. What was unknown, up to this point, was when the Sidekick would be available for purchase. More →
Sprint’s new dual-screen Kyocera Echo is now available for pre-order from RadioShack. The Echo sports two different displays for a total 4.7-inches of touchscreen real estate. The Echo’s second screen can be used to run two applications at once, as a full QWERTY keyboard, or to enhance gameplay. The Android 2.2 (Froyo) powered smartphone is also capable of creating a Wi-Fi hotspot, which allows you to share the Echo’s 3G connection with other Wi-Fi enabled devices. The Echo — which costs $199 with a new two-year Sprint contract – will ship from RadioShack on April 17th. For more info on the Echo be sure to check out our hands-on. More →
As we confirmed yesterday, Apple’s iPad 2 went on sale in 500 RadioShack locations across the country on Tuesday. Considering the tablet’s limited supply among Apple Store locations and other third-party retailers, however, we wondered how much inventory Apple might be willing to spare for the various RadioShack locations set to offer the device this morning. BGR has confirmed that several RadioShack locations in the New York metropolitan area received single-digit shipments, and every store we spoke to this morning was sold out. More interesting than the low-volume sellouts, perhaps, is the claim by a BGR tipster that the store he visited refused to sell the iPad 2 unless customers also agreed to purchase AppleCare protection plans and an iPad 2 cases along with their tablets. RadioShack salespeople at the New York City location he visited stated that the store was required to sell AppleCare and a case with each iPad 2 for today only. Despite a customer’s position in line, he or she was allegedly not permitted to purchase an iPad without the pricey add-ons.
UPDATE: We have confirmed that it is not RadioShack’s policy to require the purchase of AppleCare or any accessories such as cases with the purchase of an iPad 2. More →
BGR has confirmed an earlier report claiming that RadioShack will begin carrying the Apple iPad 2 tomorrow in retail locations across the country. According to a company spokesperson, hundreds of RadioShack stores across the country will begin selling Apple’s iPad 2 tablet starting tomorrow. “We are thrilled that iPad 2 will be available at 500 RadioShack locations across the country starting tomorrow, March 29,” the RadioShack spokesperson told BGR in an email. “To find the store nearest you, visit http://www.radioshack.com.” There is currently no word on how many units each store might receive, but the deal is a good indication that iPad 2 inventory is being replenished following strong demand and sellouts across the U.S. and abroad.
In a press release just moments ago, Motorola Mobility announced the release of the its Wi-Fi only XOOM tablet in the United States. Available beginning March 27th for $599, the 32GB device will be available at Amazon.com, Best Buy, Costco, RadioShack, select Sam’s Club locations, Staples and Walmart. The XOOM was the first tablet to launch with Google’s Honeycomb operating system (Android 3.0) back in February. The price tag, which has been a point of contention amongst technology pundits and analysts, mirrors that of Apple’s 32GB Wi-Fi iPad. The full press release is after the break. More →
Thinking about picking up the Atrix 4G next week? Listen up. According to RadioShack’s Facebook page, the company will be offering Motorola’s latest and greatest Android handset for a very reasonable $149.99 on launch day, February 22nd. The post notes that this is an “instant pricing” offer, meaning you won’t have to clip, cut, staple, and/or fill out mail-in rebate forms. For those not in the know, that is $50 less than what AT&T will be selling the device for once released. The company will also be offering the Atrix’s laptop-dock accessory for $329.99 when bundled together ($479.98 total) — a $20 discount on AT&T’s pricing. If you have a local RadioShack and are going to be purchasing the Atrix 4G, why not save yourself a little green, no? 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 →
In a Securities and Exchange Commission filing made this past Friday, RadioShack stated that it will be losing more than 400 kiosks located in Sam’s Club stores across the country. The closures will result from an expiring contract between RadioShack and Wal-Mart Stores Inc., owner of the Sam’s Club chain. Sam’s Club will take over the operation of the kiosks by June 30th, when the contract is set to expire. RadioShack currently sells cell phones and service contracts through the aforementioned kiosks, and it represents a decent chunk of business for the retailer — through the first nine months of 2010, RadioShack reported $20.6 million in profits from its kiosk business. RadioShack plans to increase the number of Target kiosks it operates in an effort to curtail losses, but the company estimates that its kiosk profits will still decline by between $10 million and $15 million in 2011.
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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Got a thing for 4G devices with full-QWERTY keyboards? Samsung’s Epic 4G not your cup of tea? Listen up. The HTC EVO Shift 4G handset, which is destined to make waves with wireless provider Sprint, has surfaced in a RadioShack advertisement. The device is priced at $449.99 at full retail and $149.99 for those upgrading or opening a new line. The Consumer Electronics Show begins next week, hopefully this 3.6-inch slider gets its official reveal then. More →