RadioShack said to require AppleCare, case purchases with iPad 2 [updated]

By on March 29, 2011 at 9:51 AM.

RadioShack said to require AppleCare, case purchases with iPad 2 [updated]

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 →

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RadioShack to lose over 400 Sams Club kiosks

By on January 11, 2011 at 4:23 AM.

RadioShack to lose over 400 Sams Club kiosks

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.

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The Shack also taking pre-orders for EPIC 4G

By on August 12, 2010 at 11:02 PM.

The Shack also taking pre-orders for EPIC 4G

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!

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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.

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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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RadioShack for sale?

By on March 26, 2010 at 2:41 PM.

RadioShack for sale?

radio_shack_logo21This 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 →

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iPhone ready to make its way to 'The Shack' this month

By on November 7, 2009 at 1:48 PM.

iPhone ready to make its way to 'The Shack' this month

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?

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T-Mobile launches the Samsung Gravity 2 as The Shack launches T-Mobile sales

By on August 19, 2009 at 11:37 AM.

T-Mobile launches the Samsung Gravity 2 as The Shack launches T-Mobile sales

We scooped RadioShack’s The Shack’s initial T-Mobile launch portfolio earlier this month and as the reborn retailer kicks off its T-Mobile offering, the one missing piece of the puzzle has just fallen into place. We knew Tmo’s new budget messaging machine was due some time this month and we knew The Shack would stock it from day one (today), so since it wasn’t available yesterday… One plus one apparently does equal two. Coming in an an ultra-affordable $29.99 after mail-in rebate on a 2-year contract, the Samsung Gravity 2 features a side-sliding QWERTY along with a 2 megapixel camera, MP3 player, Bluetooth and microSDHC support. In other words, it’s the perfect handset for a light user looking for a text-friendly cheapo or a tween looking for a phone that comes in “metallic pumpkin”.

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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 to rebrand as The Shack?

By on August 3, 2009 at 5:28 PM.

RadioShack to rebrand as The Shack?

Engadget reported a little while ago that RadioShack stores would be going through a name change — from RadioShack to simply The Shack. Apparently RadioShack corporate won’t change their name but in an effort to refresh and update their brand image (we suppose no one actually buys radios at RadioShack anymore) they’re going to be slowly transitioning existing stores to the new name starting this week. There’s also word of some abnormally-sized laptop stunt prop somewhere in the mix but we won’t bore you guys with the details on that.

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