Remember Best Buy Connect – the mobile broadband data service that the retailer was rumored to be working on in partnership with Sprint? In an article late last month, I had noted that an official announcement in this regard was likely to be made by July 11.
Now, there seem to be more details emerging on this front. Folks at Best Buy have now put up a website where all of the company’s wireless broadband offerings have been detailed. Similar to traditional carriers, Best Buy Connect data prices range between $30 per month for 250MB of data and $60 for 5GB of data. However, the appeal is in the subsidy. Consumers signing for a two year deal get subsidies of up to $275 on a compatible laptop of choice. Compare this with $150 offered by AT&T and $200 and $250 offered by Verizon and Sprint respectively.
If you are a regular at the Best Buy stores, here is a chance to make that loyalty count.
Popular electronics retailer, Best Buy will make its foray into the mobile broadband data service market with the launch of Best Buy Connect. The launch is speculated to happen on July 11 and will be offered in partnership with Sprint.
According to reports, this will not be a full-fledged service to begin with and will be limited to a small segment of devices sold by the retailer. The service will only be offered to laptops embedded with Qualcomm’s Gobi chipset. Also, though the partnership is with Sprint, the retailer will not provide 4G broadband services and will be completely restricted to 3G data service.
The data plans are expected to begin at $30 a month for 250MB of data usage and $60 a month for up to 5GB of data. The Gobi chipset based laptops can roam on both CDMA and HSPA networks. So it will be interesting to see if Best Buy also partners with other carriers to expand their service offering. We will know in a few days.