Radio Shack has entered into an agreement with Verizon Wireless to provide postpaid and prepaid wireless products in over 4,300 of its company-operated stores starting September 15, 2011. The company also announced that as of September 14, 2011, they will no longer carry T-Mobile wireless products.
Jim Gooch, president and chief executive officer of RadioShack Corporation, said, “This is a substantial win for our customers, as this relationship with the nation’s largest wireless provider will further enhance our position as a leading multi-carrier wireless retailer. The addition of Verizon Wireless, in combination with our existing carrier partners, positions us to now offer the best assortment of carriers, rate plans, devices and accessories for every consumer need.”
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No matter how great a phone is, one thing we know for sure, it will eventually be replaced. The above document is a list of Sprint’s End of Life listings with approximate phase-out dates.
The most notable phone on the list is the HTC EVO. Starting this September, the white EVO will start to phase out. Next on deck is the black EVO and the Samsung Epic, slated for October.
For those worried about warranty replacements, there will most likely be refurbished units or you will receive a comparable handset.
It appears today is Samung Galaxy S II day because we just reported about it landing on Verizon Wireless in August, and now we have some news for those of you on AT&T. Yesterday, we showed you a picture of the above unnamed Samsung QWERTY slider, and today the story is that it might be AT&T’s version of the Galaxy S II.
It has been rumored that the AT&T Galaxy S II phone would be called the Attain, but we are not sure if that name will land on this device or another version without the QWERTY slider.
The model number is SGH-I927, and it will be running Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread. It is expected to have matching specs to the Galaxy S II which is a 1.2GHz dual core CPU, 1GB RAM, 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus Screen, 8MP rear camera, and 1.9MP front camera.
The other interesting thing is that Samsung is bringing an unnamed QWERTY slider to Verizon as well. Wouldn’t it be interesting if that turns up to be another variant of the Galaxy S II as well?
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A few days ago, the myTouch 4G started receiving the OTA Gingerbread update and the Gingerbread update leaked for the G2. Here is a first; T-Mobile retail stores are receiving SD cards pre-loaded with files to apply these updates in store. In addition, they will update the myTouch 3G Slide to Froyo.
Their hope is that it will avoid unnecessary equipment exchanges. Customers will be able to walk into a store and get the update before they leave. This may help customers who are nervous about the update process. Now that is customer service.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 will be released in the UK on August 4, but you will be able to grab one a day early. The Tottenham Court Road PC World will start selling it at 5:00pm on August 3rd.
The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is one of the hottest Android tablets and is expected to sell for £399
As of right now, only about 18% of Android phones are on Gingerbread, but AT&T is looking to change that. They just announced that all post-paid Android smartphones that were released in 2011, will receive the update to Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
The planned devices include:
- HTC Inspire™ 4G
- LG Phoenix™
- Motorola ATRIX™ 4G
- Pantech Crossover™
- Samsung Captivate™ 4G
- Samsung Infuse™ 4G
The Atrix 4G update started rolling out today, and the HTC Inspire 4G will start receiving an update in the coming weeks.
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The above leaked spreadsheet shows estimated launch dates for upcoming devices on Sprint. The Samsung Conquer, which was originally going to launch yesterday, has been pushed to August 21. The August time frame was confirmed from a Sam’s Club leak as well.
If you look further down the list, you will see a phone called the Sprint M650 Handset Kit for October 30. This looks to be the Huawei M650 which recently passed WiFi certification on June 28.
The other surprise is the ZTE V55 tablet which is scheduled for the 1st quarter 2012. We do not know anything about this device, but we are assuming it will have 3G/4G support. In the past ZTE has been exclusive to Chinese carriers, but has been slowly creeping into the US Market.
The Droid Bionic is one of the most anticipated phones, but I am starting to wonder if it will live up to the hype. We have been expecting it to launch on August 4, but according to a Sam’s Club document, it will be in September.
Nothing is confirmed, but I am not expecting it to land on August 4th because I it is likely Verizon and Motorola will hold a major press event to announce the phone, which is likely to be at least 2 weeks before the release. Right now there is nothing scheduled.
I also expect them to launch a major Twitter campaign like they have done with most of the top Droid phones. This will be the biggest Droid release to date so we should expect the same. Even if they don’t do a press event, they will at least run the Twitter campaign, and until that begins, there is no need to start lining up at your nearest Verizon store. The Droid Charge campaign started 8 days before the launch so we need to see something by this Wednesday. I know a lot of people want to believe the August 4 date, especially since some accessories were leaked at Amazon, but I am not holding my breath.
Also to note, the LG Thrill is showing as late July, but we reported earlier that all signs point to August 7, and the Samsung Conquer was originally expected to launch yesterday, but it has been pushed to August. The Motorola Photon seems to still be on track for July 31, which was officially announced by Sprint.
With the EVO 3D on Sprint, it’s time to get some 3D love for AT&T. Back in March, AT&T said they would be launching the LG Optimus as the LG Thrill. The wait is finally over as it looks like it will launch on August 7, and you can pre-order it now with the purchase of a $50 gift card from Radio Shack. The purchase price looks to be competitive at $79.99 with a two-year contract, or $550 off contract.
Many feel that 3D phones are just a fad, but it looks like it is here to stay for the time being. Recently, news surfaced that Samsung is planning on crashing the party with the Galaxy 3D later this year.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 LTE version will finally makes its way into Verizon Wireless stores this Thursday, July 28. This will be the first 4G LTE Android tablet available on Verizon, and it will be the first LTE device to utilize a micro SIM card.
It looks like stores will only carry the grey version. If you desire the white version, you will have to order it via direct fulfillment.
Pricing will be $529 for the 16GB version and $629 for the 32GB version.