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 →
RadioShack’s $50 iPhone discount promotion was, according to the company, wildly successful. How successful you ask? The Shack’s PR team hit us up to boast that a “record setting number of phones” were sold earlier in the month. And what better way to stave off the holiday sales hangover than to keep the discounts coming, no? “Starting Wednesday, December 29, RadioShack will offer $50 off every iPhone 4 16G and iPhone 3G S for new and eligible upgrade customers while supplies last,” reads an email sent to BGR. If you happen to be upgrading from an iPhone 3G or 3GS, The Shack is offering additional savings to those willing to trade in your old iDevice. “Qualifying iPhone 3G and 3G S handsets will have a guaranteed trade-in credit of $75 and $125, respectively.” To qualify your device has to “power on, cannot be PIN locked and must be in fully functional, working condition without any broken components.” iPhone 3GS upgraders would be able to acquire a 16GB iPhone 4 for a measly $24 after the $50 instant discount and $125 trade-in credit. Not too shabby. The deal does not have a set end-date, but RadioShack does note that interested parties should call their local store to check product availability.
Need a last minute present for… yourself? If you’ve had your eye on HTC’s EVO 4G from Sprint for a while, your patience may have finally paid off. RadioShack is guaranteeing customers a $100 trade in on their old mobile device when purchasing an EVO and opening a new line or signing a new 2-year contract. The exact verbiage of the deal is as follows:
Trade up to HTC EVO 4G for only $99
Starting Sunday, December 19, through December 25, RadioShack will be helping both new and upgrade customers get their hands on one of this year’s most popular devices, HTC EVO 4G from Sprint. For next week only, both new and upgrade customers are guaranteed a $100 trade-in value for any working cell phone through our Trade & Save program, so with a 2-year plan, they can get the HTC EVO 4G for the low cost of $99. (Trade-in offer limited to one per customer. Some restrictions may apply.)
Not a bad deal for what is arguably the hottest mobile handset of 2010! More →
RadioShack announced a limited-time promotion on Friday that offers a $50 discount on Apple’s iPhone 4 or iPhone 3GS. The promotion applies to brand new devices — not refurbished phones — and there are no tricky terms and conditions to be afraid of. Interested parties just need to be eligible for a two-year agreement, and the offer is valid from December 4th through December 11th. Pricing works out like this:
- iPhone 3GS: $49.99
- iPhone 4 (16GB): $149.99
- iPhone 4 (32GB): $249.99
In addition, The Shack has a “Trade & Save” promotion running that allows iPhone 3G and 3GS owners to trade in their devices for a credit of $75 and $125, respectively. This means a 32GB iPhone can can be purchased for $124.99 when trading in a 3GS, and the 16GB iPhone 4 can be had for as little as $24.99. Eligible trade-ins must be in working condition and cannot be unlocked. More →
You’re still stuffed from a supersized feast the day before but you manage to pry yourself out of bed hours ahead of sunrise. A quick shower does little to wash off the shame brought on by having ingested five slices of pumpkin pie, but at least it helps to wake you up. As you exit your home and click the unlock button on your car’s key fob, your mind strays as you think of a hundred different reasons to go back inside and get back in bed. But you can’t. Your local retailers are calling to you from afar. The urge to save is too strong. There is no turning back… It’s Black Friday.
If you plan on going to war this Friday, you had better be armed — and that’s where your pals at BGR come in. In our Black Friday 2010 guide, we lay out your 10 best local deal wielders and give you links to all the ammo you need. This way, instead of flying blind, you can put together a strategy and score all the gadgets you can carry at the deepest discounts of the year. Good luck, be safe, and Godspeed. More →
Our friends over at RadioShack sent us a quick note letting us know that they recently sold their one-millionth BlackBerry device. How should The Shack celebrate such a milestone, you ask? By giving away BlackBerry 1,000,001 to a BGR reader of course! Alright… maybe this isn’t BlackBerry one-million-and-one, but we’re pretty sure that doesn’t matter all that much.
As most of you know, the Torch is RIM’s first touchscreen BlackBerry to also have a full-QWERTY keyboard — not to mention the first handset to be officially blessed with BlackBerry 6. So, how do you win yourself this BlackBerry Torch? Simple:
• To enter, drop a comment below letting us know why you want need this device.
• The giveaway will run until November 18th at 11:59PM ET.
• You must be a U.S. resident and be 18 years of age or older.
• Please comment once and only once. Multiple comments will result in an instant disqualification.
Good luck! And thanks again to RadioShack!
UPDATE: Congrats to our winner M.P.A.!
If you’re planning to pick up a G2 from T-Mobile, listen up. RadioShack has used Twitter to let you know they will be carrying the G-Deuce for $149.99 — a full $50 less than T-Mobile — with a 2-year contract. The G2 will sport a MSM7230 Snapdragon processor running at 800 MHz, 5 megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash and 720p video recording, 4 GB internal memory, 8 GB micro-SD card preinstalled, and dedicated quick-keys. The handset will also run an un-skinned, unmolested version of Android 2.2. Any takers? More →
If you plan on reserving yourself a Samsung EPIC 4G tomorrow, here’s your backup plan… The Shack. RadioShack has announced that they too will carry Sprint’s EPIC 4G smartphone and, like Sprint, will be taking pre-orders for the new device starting tomorrow. The one catch appears to be this: “Eligible RadioShack customers can reserve Samsung Epic 4G (while supplies last) by purchasing a $50 gift card that is applied to the purchase price when the device arrives in stores starting Aug. 31.” We’ve got the full press release for you after the break. Happy EPIC hunting!
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?
This little tidbit of technology news is brought to you by the New York Post… stop laughing. The Post is reporting that technology retailer RadioShack — or “The Shack” as hipsters now say — is looking for a potential buyer — a transaction that could total over $3 billion. The speculation is due in large part to the influx of wireless devices into the market, an influx that one analyst says, “has bruised RadioShack’s profits in the past.” Last year RadioShack went through a series of downsizing measures to stay profitable, laying off thousands of workers. The story isn’t all doom and gloom however. The Shack, despite its stagnant sales, has over $900 million in cash reserves and continues to trade around $22/share (as of article publishing). Analysts also speculate that if RS chooses not to sell, or there are no buyers, the $900 million could be used for a large common stock buy back or acquisition to try and make its retail chain more relevant. Here’s our idea: RadioShack, partner with Google, HTC, Apple, Samsung, and anyone else who wants to party; sell mid-range and/or premium mobile devices, unlocked, directly to consumers. We’d be the first in line. More →
We all knew that the iPhone was going to start hitting more third-party retailers at some point, but we just didn’t think it would be this soon. RadioShack, or The Shack, has announced that it will be carrying the iPhone 3G and 3GS in select stores in Dallas-Fort Worth and New York City at the end of this month. The company expects to have the iPhone available nationwide in 2010. So, for now, you’ll have to settle with Apple Stores, AT&T retail locations, Wal-Mart or Best Buy if you want to nab one. Come to think of it, there really is no shortage of suppliers so if you’re finally going to be eligible to upgrade or you want to pick one up on a whim, you can add another to the list of iPhone retailers to choose from. But just remember where all this Shack nonsense started, ok?