Best Buy and CompUSA Jump on the Transformer Prime Pre-Order Bandwagon

It’s true that many of you have passed up on holiday tablet sales just to save your hard earned cash for the next best thing. I am willing to go out on a limb to say that device could only be non other than the ASUS Transformer Prime.

The quad-core Tegra 3 driven beast has already been promised a future ICS upgrade and we’ve even seen it running in action. Amazon and Gamestop were the first to start taking pre-orders but now Best Buy and CompUSA wants a piece of the action as well. Both colors of the Transformer Prime can be pre-ordered right now through Best Buys website for $499.99, as they are only offering the 32GB versions at this time. CompUSA has both colors and variations with the 32GB and 64GB models going for $499.99 and $599.99 respectively. Hit either of the source links below to place your pre-order or for further details.

Rumors still point at a December 9th release date but we have yet to obtain any official confirmation other than “sometime in December”.

[via Best Buy / CompUSA]


Sweden’s Three Now Offers Galaxy S II Pink

A couple weeks ago we mentioned that Samsung had announced a special edition pink Galaxy SII that until now, was only available in South Korea. It appears that folks in Sweden now have a chance to grab the funky new colored GSII and can be ordered through Three at this very moment. The phone is offered for free on a new 2-year agreement and details can be found through the link above.

[via SammyHub]


T-Mobile UK Releases Budget Friendly Vivacity

T-Mobile UK has released a self-branded budget Android smartphone in both their retail and online stores. This budget friendly phone is sporting Android 2.3(Gingerbread) and is comparably lighter to the iPhone (118g vs 137g). This phone has the following specs:

– a 3.5-inch WVGA TFT touchscreen
– a 5MP camera
– 512MB internal storage (Up to 32GB storage via Micro SD slot)
– Built-In GPS and FM radio
– 3G+, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and USB connectivity.

While there isn’t an exact specification for processor speed, our best guess would be that of the single-core variety. The slated talk-time for this phone is 4 hours, which isn’t that impressive to say the least.  The Vivacity is available in sleek black or white variations. You can purchase the phone for £99 on a pay-as-you-go plan or you can get the phone for free on a £10 per month, 24 month contract.

So those of you UK shoppers that are in the market for a new phone and on a budget, T-Mobile UK looks to appeal to you with the Vivacity. We haven’t played with one ourselves so any of you that have, we would love to know your thoughts. For those that are interested in knowing more, we’ve included the presser after the break.

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Verizon Planned To Sell Galaxy Nexus On Black Friday For $199, Says Oops– Just Kidding!

We know that Verizon just likes to keep everyone in suspense. Sadly it was reported earlier this week the Galaxy Nexus would indeed be pushed back for release on December 8th, but we have an interesting new finding that’s sure to raise an eyebrow or two. There are numerous indications that the phone should have been released today. Don’t believe us? Check this out: a variety of ads part of a specific campaign are running on different websites part of the NetShelter ad network. The details of the ad highlight the phone’s availability on Black Friday for $199 on a 2-year contract– $100 less than the expected price. Here’s the kicker: Verizon runs most of their major marketing campaigns through NetShelter, so it’s not a gimmick or fake. One can only wonder why Verizon chose not to release the phone today. Maybe they want to do the whole global launch thing for North America? Maybe.

[via Droid Life]

Verizon Galaxy Nexus Goes Up For Pre-Order On Negri Electronics

If you’re looking to hop on the GN pre-order train you can head on over to Negri Electronics now and get on board to receive the Verizon Galaxy Nexus.  The site is touting an estimated ship date of 12/9 for the first Ice Cream Sandwich device with an HD Super AMOLED 4.65-inch display at 1280 x 720p.  And let’s not forget about the blazing fast LTE.  If you’re ready to pre-order, hit the source link and be sure to keep yourself very busy until shipping day so you don’t drive yourself nuts waiting for the device.  Happy ordering.

[via Negri]

Gameloft Black Friday Promotion Includes Free Android Games, Stuffing & Pie Not Included

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in the States and Canada! We all have our various reasons of being grateful, thankful and in a generous spirit for this time of year. Gameloft is feeling thankful and generous by offering Android gamers several of their best games for gratis from Black Friday through Cyber Monday. Yes you read that right— several games will be available for free this holiday weekend. All you do is simply follow @GameloftAndroid on Twitter and be on the lookout for an announcement of the free game. You’ll have to check frequently and stay on top of @GameloftAndroid’s Twitter feed as each announced game will only be available for 2 hours only. Oh and what’s more is Gameloft has their entire Android library of games will be on sale for 99 cents through the special promotion link found on @GameloftAndroid.

[via Gameloft Blog]

Verizon Holiday Specials Round-Up for November 24-28

Looking for a great deal on a new mobile device this Holiday season? Verizon Wireless seems to be offering up a bunch of products with great discounts over the next few days, so we have them all in the list below to help make your shopping easier. As usual, you will need to sign a 2-year agreement to qualify for most of these but that seems to be the case these days anyhow. Some of Big Red’s deals are one day only, so if you see something you’re interested in you may want to act fast. Happy Holidays friends!


Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday Promotions

  • DROID RAZR by Motorola now available at Verizon Wireless! 54% OFF with new 2yr activations

11/24 – 11/25

  • 91% Off Revolution by LG $49.99 (Retail $559.99) PLUS Free Shipping (11/24-11/25)
  • Free DROID INCREDIBLE 2 by HTC in Red (Retail $439.99) PLUS Free Shipping  (11/24-11/25)
  • 70% off Motorola Xoom 4G LTE $199.99 (Retail $669.99) PLUS Free Shipping (11/24-11/25)

11/24 – 11/28

  • Free Pantech Hotshot (Retail $269.99) PLUS Free Shipping (11/24-11/28)
  • Free LG Cosmos Touch (Retail $209.99) PLUS Free Shipping (11/24-11/28)
  • Free LG Cosmos 2 (Retail $189.99) PLUS Free Shipping (11/24-11/28)
  • Free Xperia Play by Sony Ericsson (Retail $449.99) PLUS Free Shipping (11/24-11/28)
  • Free DROID Pro by MOTOROLA (Retail $399.99) PLUS Free Shipping (11/24-11/28)
  • Free LG Enlighten (Retail $329.99) PLUS Free Shipping (11/24-11/28)
  • Free Samsung Illusion (Retail $329.99) PLUS Free Shipping (11/24-11/28)
  • Free 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot MiFi™ 4510L (CPO) Retail $269.99) PLUS Free Shipping (11/24-11/28)

11/26 – 11/28

  • Free Samsung Intensity II (Retail $279.99) PLUS Free Shipping (11/26-11/28)
  • PLUS Free Shipping (11/26-11/28)
  • Free 4G LTE USB Modem 551L USB (Retail $249.99)  PLUS Free Shipping (11/26-11/28)
  • 89% off 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot MiFi 4510L $29.99 (Retail $269.99) PLUS Free Shipping (11/26-11/28)

11/28 – 1 Day Only

  • 91% Off Revolution by LG $49.99 (Retail $559.99) PLUS Free Shipping (11/28 – 1 day only)
  • Free DROID INCREDIBLE 2 by HTC in Red (Retail $439.99) PLUS Free Shipping (11/28 – 1 day only)
  • 70% off Motorola Xoom 4G LTE $199.99 (Retail $669.99) PLUS Free Shipping (11/28 – 1 day only)

[via Phandroid]

Unlocked Galaxy Nexus Now Shipping in America

Sometime next month we are expecting Verizon to release the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, maybe you’ve heard of it? Exact launch details are still unknown but for those willing to drop 3/4 of a G for the device can get there hands on one to call their very own. Mobile online retailer, Expansys, is offering up a limited stock that is shipping now but they would really like it if you paid &749.99 for it. A bit steep for some early adopter action if you ask me, not to mention no 4G love either. It would only be the unlocked 16GB GSM (HSPA+) build that works on AT&T and T-Mobile’s 3G networks, but I guess you could at least show it off to your buddies until they one up you with the 32GB 4G version from Verizon next month, but hey, who am I to judge. If you are ready to live the Ice Cream Sandwich dream, and got 750 duckets to burn, your unlocked Galaxy Nexus is only a click away.

[via Engadget]



Verizon Lands Trademark For ‘Hologram’ Name

It looks as though Verizon may be preparing to launch a new device sometime in the future with the name ‘Hologram’, as a recent trademark filing suggests. Although no specific details are known, Pocketnow suggests the possibility of a new 3D device.

With both AT&T and Sprint offering 3D handsets already, it would make sense for Big Red to join in the competition. Although we have no idea what kind of device this may be, handset or tablet, we may just end up seeing a re-branding of a device that is currently on the market. Either way, we will refrain from making further suppositions and will definitely keep our eye on this name. Stay tunned as we will let you know as soon as we hear more.

[via PocketNow]


Verizon Extends Holiday Return Policy Yet Again, You Now Have Until January 15th

Last week, Verizon was kind enough to extend their return policy to January 9th to accommodate those who receive a new mobile device as a Christmas gift. Now, the return policy is generally only 14 days so for Big Red to extend the window out that far is pretty generous. What’s even more friendly is the fact that they have now extended that return window even further to January 15th, adding 6 more days of trial period.

This works out great for folks like me who are in need of a new phone but really want to save themselves for the Galaxy Nexus. You could now pick up a new RAZR or Rezound today, and return it as soon as the Galaxy Nexus becomes available. As long as you keep the device in fairly good condition, Verizon should have no qualms with you returning your purchase to exchange for Google’s latest masterpiece, but don’t tell them I told you so. You could even manage to deal with another short delay as long as it’s not past January 15th.

[via Verizon]