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T-Mobile offers discounted Samsung phones, waived ETFs to Sidekick owners

March 3rd, 2011

T-Mobile has begun sending letters to remaining Sidekick users in order to notify them that the Danger Services powering Sidekick phones will no longer be operational as of May 31st. T-Mobile first announced the imminent shut down on Tuesday. What can current Sidekick users expect in return for being forced to part with their beloved …

Sam’s Club to sell Wi-Fi XOOM for $539?

March 3rd, 2011

The latest, cost-effective rumor surrounding the Wi-Fi Motorola XOOM is sure to pique the interest of the few penny-pinching readers. Blog Droid-Life is reporting that Sam’s Club (of all places) will be selling the Wi-Fi XOOM for a cool $539. This undercuts the $599 price tag Motorola Mobility’s CEO, Sanjay Jha, slapped on the device …

Apple selling original iPad for $399

March 2nd, 2011

If you’re in the market for an iPad but don’t really think you need those FaceTime cameras, dual-core processor, and thinner profile, you can swack an original iPad for only $399 directly from Apple starting immediately. $399 gets you the 16GB Wi-Fi unit while the entire lineup is available for $100 less than the original …

Apple COO hints at cheaper iPhone, better prepaid plans

February 28th, 2011

In a note to investors on Monday, Bernstein Research analyst Toni Sacconaghi said that Apple is looking to expand its smartphone market share by addressing the cost of its handsets. Apple doesn’t want its products to be “just for the rich,” Apple COO Tim Cook reportedly told Sacconaghi in a meeting, a possible indication that …

Inventory shortages, price cuts point to imminent iPad 2 launch

February 21st, 2011

As we’re seeing now with Apple’s current MacBook Pro line, delayed shipping dates and sell-outs are often good indicators of an imminent product refresh. Discounts are also a good sign that a popular product is nearing the end of its life. With that in mind, new reports of retailers and carriers showing dwindling iPad inventory …

HTC Inspire 4G as low as $59.99 from Amazon

February 17th, 2011

AT&T is hitting the market aggressively with Android this year — for obvious reasons — and with deals like this one from AmazonWireless, AT&T subscribers are going to have an easy time moving over to the Android platform. Amazon is now offering the recently released HTC Inspire 4G at the incredibly reasonable price of $69.99 …

Samsung Galaxy S 4G hits T-Mobile shelves on February 23rd; $149.99 [updated]

February 14th, 2011

T-Mobile on Monday confirmed preliminary pricing and availability details for its Samsung Vibrant successor. Announced earlier this month, the Samsung Galaxy S 4G will become available across the country on February 23rd, T-Mobile stated in a post on Twitter. The carrier also said that the handset will initially be offered for $149.99 on contract, though …

T-Mobile offers two free G2 smartphones with unlimited family plan

February 4th, 2011

Several BGR readers have emailed us to point out a new limited-time promotion T-Mobile is running, and we’re glad they did because it’s quite an attractive deal. The caveat: you’ll have to put all those shiny new dual-core Android phones from CES out of your mind, and ignore the second wave of next-generation smartphones set to …

Amazon prices Motorola DROID BIONIC at $149.99, too

January 31st, 2011

It looks like Amazon plans to be aggressive when pricing several upcoming handsets that will combine to form a new wave of next-generation Android phones. Last week, we reported that the Motorola ATRIX 4G and the Samsung Infuse 4G, both due to launch soon from AT&T, would be available for $149.99 from the popular online …

Verizon Wireless drops pricing on Samsung Fascinate, Motorola DROID R2-D2, more

January 31st, 2011

In confirming over the weekend that Verizon Wireless would be doing away with mail-in rebates on smartphones priced at $150 and higher, we also mentioned that price drops were expected to take effect today on several devices. Sure enough, several smartphones saw price reductions this morning as Verizon Wireless’ new policy slid into place. Among …