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Best Buy announces free smartphone offer for the holidays

December 3rd, 2010

Big box retailer Best Buy has announced a new promotion aimed at potential smartphone purchasers this holiday season. Citing the success of its Free Phone Fridays campaign, BB will be offering “a minimum of four free smart phones (one from each carrier) in all Best Buy stores, in all Best Buy Mobile specialty stores and …

Barnes & Noble charges users for free public-domain eBooks, too

December 1st, 2010

Following a report on Tuesday questioning the ethics surrounding free public-domain eBooks that were reformatted and made available for sale in Amazon’s Kindle store, BGR has learned that a similar scenario exists in Barnes & Noble’s NOOKbook store. In a thread entitled Scammers and Bottom Feeders: NOOKBooks Open for Business on Barnes & Noble’s public …

Amazon charges Kindle users for free public-domain eBooks

November 30th, 2010

A report in Tuesday’s Washington Post reveals that Amazon is apparently selling free public-domain eBooks that have had their license information stripped. The eBooks in question originate from Project Gutenberg and are available there for free in a variety of formats including ePub, HTML and Kindle. Project Gutenberg — not to be confused with 80s …

AT&T offers Black Friday WP7 BOGO, but it’s not much of a deal

November 23rd, 2010

AT&T and Microsoft want to brighten your holidays while simultaneously lightening your pockets, but wise shoppers will likely look elsewhere. AT&T is offering up a free Samsung Focus, HTC Surround or LG Quantum on Black Friday when one of the aforementioned Windows Phones is purchased at full retail, or $199.99. Of course they’re all great …

BlackBerry Torch Giveaway!

November 10th, 2010

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 …

LG Vortex hits Verizon Wireless soon; free on contract

November 9th, 2010

As Verizon Wireless continues to expand its Android lineup beyond DROID-branded devices, we’re seeing some nice inexpensive options from Big Red… and it doesn’t get any less expensive than free. We’ve known for some time that the LG Vortex — a CDMA version of the T-Mobile Optimus T — was on its way to to …

Google Chrome sponsors free in-flight Wi-Fi this holiday season

November 8th, 2010

Today, Google announced that for the second year in a row it will be offering up free internet connectivity to holiday travelers. Last year during the holiday travel season, the company provided free Wi-Fi in airport terminals. This year, the search giant is taking the free Wi-Fi to the sky. Google has announced that Google …

BGR Giveaway: Bioserie iPhone 4 cases

November 3rd, 2010

Apple has officially ended their iPhone 4 Case Program, but we know some of you still want — nay need — a case for your shiny, attenuating, iDevice. The folks at bioserie were kind enough to send us four, bioplastic, iPhone 4 cases to give away to you, our beloved readers. The skinny on the …

Microsoft hands out 90,000 Windows Phones to employees and PDC attendees

October 30th, 2010

Santa Ballmer? Steve Claus? Neither nickname has a great ring to it, but Microsoft’s CEO definitely deserves something similar this holiday season. Network World confirmed Thursday that Microsoft will be handing out free Windows Phone 7 devices to each and every company employee — that’s about 89,000 phones. Add to that another 1,000 free WP7 …