Just a day after we had written about a possible launch of white iPhone 4 in the next few weeks comes a report that Best Buy could be prepping for the launch of the white iPhone 4. According to leaked screenshots of the Best Buy back-end inventory system, the white iPhone 4 is scheduled to launch on February 27, 2011. This is consistent with earlier rumors about a Spring 2011 launch and yesterday’s story about a similar listing discovered on Vodafone Germany’s inventory database.
Like with the Vodafone Germany story, the Best Buy system too contains two separate SKUs for the 16GB and 32GB variants. In addition to this, the system also contains features description consistent with what was available on the Apple website in June last year when the white iPhone 4 was first unveiled.
February 27 turns out to be a Sunday and we are not sure if Apple would want to move away from its traditional launch days of Thursday and Friday. What do you think?
After a week or two of speculation, the new HTC EVO Shift 4G is now finally available for purchase over a Sprint network. This FroYo running device can now be purchased at one of the Best Buy, Sam’s Club or Radio Shack stores at the earlier speculated price of $149. This is with a two year contract.
I do not know if this was all a planned leak, but it definitely appears to be so. We first got to know about the price of this new Android handset from a leaked Best Buy inventory snapshot. This was soon followed by a leak from the stables of Wal-Mart that gave us an idea about the tech specs that this device will come equipped with. And finally, the launch date was captured via a Radio Shack memo yesterday. That completes all the three retailers that the EVO Shift will be available on starting today.
A spyshot of the Best Buy inventory system has once again revealed the imminent arrival of Palm Pre 2 on Verizon to the American market. It may be recalled that a Palm Pre 2 running on Verizon made its way to an eBay auction last month only to be pulled soon after.
The latest revelation also comes with details of price and other details. The Palm Pre 2 is expected to be available at $499.99 – and that’s without the contractual obligations. Of course, Verizon is expected to offer subsidized prices in return for a two year contract. Interestingly, the screenshot also provides a launch date that is set for December 30 that, quite evidently, didn’t happen. It is not clear if the launch itself has been delayed at the last moment or if this is simply a placeholder text waiting to be modified when details are finalized.
In any case, what is evident is that the Palm Pre 2 is coming soon to the American market that should be happy news for readers from this region.
There is no official word from HTC or Sprint as yet about this new variant of HTC EVO that is rumored to be launching soon. However, a snapshot of the Best Buy inventory system that has been leaked shows the pricing details of this new Android phone.
From what we see, the HTC EVO Shift 4G could be priced on contract at a price of $149.99. That’s when you sign up with the carrier for two years. If you do not like contracts, then you can get a SIM-free version at a price of $549.99.
HTC EVO Shift 4G is pretty similar to the HTC EVO that is made its debut back in June this year. One crucial difference will be the availability of a physical keyboard on this upcoming device – something that definitely has a market still. The pricing seems appropriate though other important details about this phone are still missing. We will post about them as soon as there is information.
Yet another attractive deal for the holiday season, if you are in the United States. Best Buy has announced that the massive 5″ Dell Streak will now be available on their stores at a discounted price of $99.99.
The Android smartphone, which recently got its FroYo update, has been selling at a price of $199.99 at the American Best Buy stores since October of this year. Specifications on the Streak include a 5″ Gorilla glass display, 1GHz SnapDragon processor, two cameras, integrated A-GPS,etc.
The latest promotion offer from Best Buy will be available on both the white and black colored variants. Do remember however that the $99.99 offer is with a new 2 year contract from AT&T. That’s not entirely surprising but if you would not like to tie yourself up with a two year contract, you may have to let this offer go.
You can also buy the Dell Streak online at the discounted price by clicking here.
In case you didn’t know already, Best Buy has not been taking pre-orders for the Google Nexus S Android 3.0 smartphone. Instead, all the interested customers must queue up at one of the retail stores starting 8 AM on December 16. Now, in addition to this, Best Buy has now offered some more details about the launch.
First, the availability, as expected, shall be first-come, first served. Secondly, sale will be restricted to two-per-customer in order to enhance availability. Thirdly, online sales will commence exactly at 8:00 AM Eastern Time (USA).
While the availability of Nexus S is expected to vary from store to store, you can nevertheless expect at least one demo unit to be available on every store so that you can play with one before deciding to part with your money.
Best Buy has announced that starting this week, customers may be able to pick up an iPad from their online store for a guaranteed delivery before Christmas. Until now, customers could only reserve a device online and had to visit one of their retail stores for pick up. But with the new announcement, customers can purchase an iPad from Best Buy online with a 6-10 day shipping window. Best Buy has also noted that purchases of Wi-Fi only models made now will be guaranteed for delivery before Christmas.
There is not much difference in pricing – in fact there’s a minor $0.99 increase from the official retail prices. The 16GB Wi-Fi only version of iPad that will be available at $499.99 is the base model while the price of the 3G enabled variants extend up to $829.99 for the 64 GB iPad. You can check out the devices from Best Buy website here.
In case you didn’t know yet, Google is coming up with its new Nexus S Gingerbread phone next week. Starting December 16, customers in the United States will be able to purchase this new Android device from Best Buy stores across the country. Make that December 20 if you are in the UK.
Unfortunately, if you are looking for a way to pre-order a phone, you are out of luck. Best Buy has issued a fresh FAQ that clarifies that the phone will not be available on pre-orders and interested customers may get the phones only on launch day.
Will Best Buy be taking pre-orders for the Nexus S?
There will be no pre-orders on the Nexus S. Units will be distributed on a first-come-first-served basis on launch day. We will use a ticketing system much like we do on Black Friday to allocate inventory and keep the process organized.
There are a number of other details that Best Buy has offered on their FAQ. You can read them by clicking here.
If you are in the United States, here is some good news. Best Buy shall reportedly be offering free iPhone 3GS units to customers on December 10. The offer shall be valid for all customers looking to buy a new AT&T connection, or add an additional line or go for a qualified upgrade.
Unfortunately, this deal is valid only for a day, it seems. Here is what folks at BGR got to say,
“Best Buy will be offering up Apple’s iPhone 3GS for free for one day only, this Friday the 10th. This offer is valid to both new lines, additional lines, and also qualified upgrades. We have been told that all stores have inventory levels to support the promotion, and it’s an instant rebate type deal.”
You will still be signing up for the two year contract and so it is not technically free altogether. Nevertheless, this deal is sweet and if you are looking to buy a new smartphone, go for it right away.
It has not been long since Motorola released the Droid Pro and Droid 2 Global handsets to the market. But it looks like they are already available for quite a deal. American retailer Best Buy has announced an offer on these recently launched devices that will bring Droid Pro to customers at $49 while Droid 2 Global will be available at a price of $149.
This is the latest holiday season discount deals to hit the smartphone segment and if it was apparent already, these deals come with a requirement for customers to sign up a two year contract with Verizon.
Droid Pro was launched back in October this year and was initially available at a price of $299 while Droid 2 Global is a more recent handset that was launched only last month and has been retailing at a price of $199.99. You can get hold of these discounted handsets from the Best Buy store by clicking here and here.