In the words of Keyser Soze, “…and just like that, he was gone.” He, in this case, being the web page that was briefly accessible on a Google Support page. Don’t try to search for it now, it’s already gone. It appears that Google has removed possible evidence from search indices that supports evidence of a US-only launch of its least kept secret – Play Store gift cards. In addition, the information briefly listed on the page supposedly indicated possible denominations of $10, $15, $25, and $50 gift cards, while also revealing there will be a $2000 limit on your Google Play balance. See the pieced together information from the phantom web page after the break for all the information.
Those of you who are fed up with the bigwig wireless carriers and are looking for other alternatives will soon have yet another option to look at and consider. Famed retailer RadioShack has long been rumored to begin its own wireless service and we have the best evidence yet indicating the wireless service is not only on the way, but will be here very soon. The gang at Engadget obtained a key photo indicating RadioShack’s new wireless service will be powered by Cricket Wireless and highlights the standard no-contract jargon along with some exclusives like an 8GB SD card with all Muve Music phones.
No further details for now— though RadioShack should be all but set to launch on September 5th.
Sony recently announced the new Xperia Miro, a 3.5-inch entry level device with a 5MP camera and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. This is a great device for people not wanting to spend a lot of money and just want a decent phone. Well, up until now we were given no indications as to when the Sony Xperia Miro would be release.
Carphone Warehouse has updated their product sign-up page to show potential buyers they can expect a ship date of August 2012. The phone was announced back in mid-June and looks to be just about ready for prime time! Are you getting one? Hit the source link below to pre-order yours!
source: Carphone Warehouse
It’s not like the iPhone is hurting over at AT&T as they accounted for 72% of sales during the 2nd quarter, but that may change because it appears AT&T corporate is instructing retailers to push sales of Android and Windows Phone handsets. BGR was able to get confirmation from three different sources. If a customer walks in seeking an iPhone, reps have been instructed to show them Android and Windows phones to give them a better chance at an “informed decision.”
The big question is why? As a whole AT&T grew by only 3% during the second quarter so although the iPhone still dominates their overall sales, total sales are obviously down. Many feel it’s because consumers are waiting for the iPhone 5. BGR thinks this new information is the real cause, but that doesn’t add up either because if they were “steering” consumers to Android and Windows phones instead, then overall sales wouldn’t have been so weak. Also if a consumer is waiting for the iPhone 5, then they wouldn’t be walking into a store to begin with.
This is probably something that just started during this quarter, but one still has to wonder as to why? They even went as far as mandating that retail staff carry an Android or Windows phone as their personal device.
It will be interesting to see what the 3rd quarter numbers show because one source told BGR that the iPhone represented 80% of their store sales, but now it’s probably around 50 to 60%. As of the time of this post, no comment was made from AT&T.
AT&T just commented with the following
The idea that we would steer any customer away from a particular device couldn’t be more farfetched. Our reps do what it takes to align customer needs with the best device for them. iPhone remains one of our most popular devices, which doesn’t happen by steering people away from it. Our reps are encouraged to try all devices so they are more knowledgeable on our industry-leading smartphone lineup.
Those of you in the UK can finally look forward to the elusive Samsung Galaxy Beam smartphone— no seriously this time. Since seeing it in action at MWC this year, the phone has been incredibly anticipated and has even been up for pre-order for quite some time. Samsung has finally gone ahead and announced the projector smartphone will be available in various British outlets, starting today. In case you’ve forgotten, the Gingerbread-powered phone is humming on a 1GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 4-inch WVGA display and a projector capable of displaying content— all in high-definition and up to 50’’ wide.
There is no word on pricing in Samsung’s announcement, though we’re expecting it to be somewhere in the neighborhood of £442.80 including VAT ($590). But hey— you can’t put a price on a device that allows you to share those special moments, right? Hit the break to see the full presser from Sammy.
The successor to last years Pantech Breakout, the Pantech Star Q, will be coming to Verizon’s 4G LTE network soon for a low price of $99 on contract.
The device will have Android 4.0.4, a 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, a 4″ WVGA (800 x 480) display, a 3MP rear camera, a front-facing camera, a 5-row QWERTY keyboard and Bluetooth 4.0. It’s cool too see that the device will have Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and the Snapdragon S4 processor, but the display and camera resolution is pretty disappointing. Obviously this isn’t a high end device like the Galaxy S III, but I at least expected a decent camera since 8MP has been the standard for most devices lately.
It was only a couple days ago that Google’s Nexus Q was finally listed as “in stock” from the Google Play store and in a blink of an eye she’s gone again. Whether the demand was so high that stock was drained almost overnight or there was some sort of production glitch, either way, the social media streamer is once again listed as shipping “soon.” If you have been holding out on ordering a new Nexus Q it looks like you are going to have to wait another 2-3 weeks for shipping if you decide to bite the bullet any time soon. In the meantime, if you haven’t made up your mind on whether or not the Q is for you, you should check out our full hands-on review and we’ll be sure to let you know once more stock becomes available.
source: Google Play
Starting this Friday, July 27th, Carphone Warehouse will carry the Nexus 7 tablet. Like many retailers, they will only offer the 16GB version, which happens to be sold out in the Google Play Store. You can purchase it outright for £199, but for those of you that need a constant connection, you can take the Nexus 7 for free along with a MiFi for a monthly charge of £20.50. As far as how much data they are offering, they didn’t disclose it in the presser.
Full press release after the break:
Ever since Google dropped the N7 bomb that’s all people have been talking about lately. The new tablet from Google has received overwhelming response from tech blogs and consumers alike, and sales of the device reflect its high demand. Nexus 7 orders from the Play Store went from a 3-5 day shipping period to the 16GB version being completely sold out. Currently, the higher priced 16GB Nexus 7 is listed as “coming soon” and those who are interested in purchasing the device are asked to enter their email to receive an update when more stock becomes available.
At the time of writing this, the 8GB version was still listed as available and will ship in 3-5 days. For only $50 more I can see why the larger version is much more appealing but unless you already jumped on the bandwagon it looks like you will have to wait for the next batch to arrive. This may not be a bad thing, though. If anything, hopefully the screen issues will have been sorted out by then. We will keep you posted.
source: Google Play
It looks like Vodafone UK won’t be the only one on the block getting Huawei Ascent P1. WIND Mobile in Canada has begun selling the device for only $49 on their tab payment plan, otherwise it will cost you $399. WIND is also hosting a contest on Facebook that will give participating entries a chance at winning the phone with free service along with a trip to Hollywood for the premiere showing of The Expendables 2.