Amazon Wireless Hot Deal: Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY for $99 (new customers) or $149 (existing customers)

If you want a Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY and can wait a few extra days, then head over to Amazon Wireless. If you setting up a new account, you will only pay $99 with a 2-year contract. If you are upgrading your existing account, it will be $149.

You will have to wait 8 or 9 days because it is currently backordered. I would say these prices are well worth the wait.

@VerizonWireless to Announce new LTE markets

By way of the official twitter account for Big Red, @VerizonWireless has tweeted that they will be announcing 21 new locations that will be receiving 4G/LTE in June. This comes not far behind our

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So stay tuned for further details. Keep an eye on the @VerizonWireless twitter account, because as I write this article, they look to be tweeting each of the 21 cities individually! Alternatively, you can check the Recent News Releases from the Verizon website.

[via twitter]

$199 Sprint HTC Evo 3D at The Shack with incentives?

Sure, we may not have a confirmed date for the Evo 3D to be released, but what’s to stop Radio Shack from giving us the 411 on the deals it has lined up. The image above explains it all, which originated in an emailing that was sent from Radio Shack, and passed along to the rest of us.

The price of this new device isn’t bad at all at $199 with contract. Now take a look at The Shacks incentive via its ‘Trade & Save Program’. Take your Evo 4G or Evo Shift in to trade and get $100 cash toward the purchase of the Evo 3D. Now this does sound like a pretty enticing deal. They’ve even thrown in a URL – www.radioshack.com/EVO3D – It isn’t live yet, but we’ll just bookmark it and keep checking back.

Either way this could be a good deal for someone. If you received this same email we’d love to hear from you and get your thoughts in the comments below.

[via goodandevo]

Amazon will accept electronics for Trade-In – get cash for that old G1

Still have that T-Mobile G1 or HTC Magic kicking around? Is it collecting dust and you’ve never really had a reason to dump it? You may now as Amazon will take your old electronics and give you credit towards anything on Amazon for your old digital junk. BGR had a chance to test out, and although it’s not going to make you a rich person or anything, its still not bad to get even more savings from Amazon than have that old Android sit and feel useless.

Paul Ryder, VP of electronics at Amazon states;

We want to give customers the opportunity to get great value from their used electronics, Hundreds of thousands of customers have already received millions of dollars in gift cards from the other products in our program. The Electronics category is a natural extension and we are delighted to offer our customers more trade-in options.

Whether you’ll get more money out of Amazon then you would from say T-Mobile’s trade-up program is hard to say, but it’s another option at the very least right?

It’s Official: Motorola Droid X2 coming to Verizon on May 26th for $199

We have been talking about the Droid X2 for a while now. Last week we reported that it would be in Verizon stores on May 26th with online orders beginning May 19th.

Today Motorola and Verizon made it all official. The price will be $199 for a 2-year contract. We originally thought that it would ship with Gingerbread, but it will ship with Froyo. Again the specs for the X2 are:

  • 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor
  • 4.3-inch qHD capacitive touchscreen (that’s 540×960 pixels)
  • EV-DO Rev. A connectivity
  • 8-megapixel camera with dual-LED flash
  • 802.11 Wi-Fi a/b/g/n
  • HDMI out
  • Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
  • Proximity, ambient light, accelerometer and compass sensors
  • 8GB of internal storage

Full press release after the break

HTC Thunderbolt inductive-charging backplate hits the FCC

For those of you with a Thunderbolt, you will be happy to know that the inductive-charging backplate for it has hit the FCC. If you are using 4G on your Thunderbolt than it is likely you are needing to charge this bad boy up to 3 times a day. With the inductive-charging backplate it will be more convenient in that you will only need to rest it on a charging mat.

Back in April, it made a brief appearance in the Verizon shop for $39, but it was eventually pulled. We do not have a release date, but with this news it could be within a month.

[via engadget]

Nexus S 4G, $99 on Wirefly.com for new Sprint customers

The Nexus S 4G is one of Sprints latest offerings on their network. From Sprint you can get this Android 2.3 device for $199, and at Best Buy for $150 as reported last week. Now Wirefly has showed them both up by offering the Pure Google phone for $99. I don’t need to tell you guys this is a great deal for this Google+Samsung device. You won’t find many differences between this Nexus S 4G and the Nexus S (T-Mobile), other than the 4G version will have the capability to run on Sprints WiMAX network.
Key Features:

  • 4-inch (480 x 800) Super AMOLED display
  • Hummingbird ARM Cortex A8 1 GHz processor
  • 512MB Ram
  • 5-megapixel rear facing camera, VGA front facing
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • 16GB internal memory
This deal however is only for new customers. So if you’re hoping to upgrade for that price, it ain’t gonna happen. You’ll of course get a slight discount at $150 as an existing customer. So if you’ve been on the fence about leaving your current carrier, this may be a great time to do so, and get your hands on an awesome device at a great price.

The DROID Charge available now at Verizon Wireless

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A couple months after the release of the HTC Thunderbolt, the first 4G LTE Android phone on the Verizon network, they’ve finally released their second one, the DROID Charge. You can pick up this new device today for $299 with 2yr contract sporting the following specs:

  • 1GHz Hummingbird processor
  • Android 2.2
  • 4G LTE capability
  • 4.3 inches Super AMOLED Plus display
  • 8 Megapixels rear-facing camera /1.3 megapixel front-facing camera
  • 2GB internal storage
  • Micro-SD support for up to 32GB memory

Now don’t wander far off  because TalkAndroid will have a hands-on video for you this week. So go on over to the TalkAndroid YouTube channel and subscribe so you’ll receive an alert for when the video will be up. Then you’ll be set for all future videos as well. Enjoy!

[via bgr]

Sharp jumps on board with the Aquos SH-12C 3D, Android 2.3

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In line with a couple other recently developed Android powered 3D smartphones, such as the LG Optimus 3D and the HTC Evo 3D, comes the Sharp Aquos SH-12C. This new Gingerbread device comes packed with, 1.4GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 processor, 512MB of RAM, 2GB ROM, 4.2 inch qHD (540 x 960) display, WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS, and dual 8 megapixel rear facing cameras and 3.2 front facing camera.

This phone will be available in black or white, and is slated to drop on Japan’s NTT DoCoMo Inc, May 20. Hopefully not far down the road we’ll see a version of this device hit the US.

[via bgr]

Across 11 countries, Samsung Apps offers operator billing

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There are a number of ways to pay for your must have apps on your Android device.  Well Samsung Apps has decided to offer another option called, operator billing. If you’re not completely familiar with the term here is a brief decription of the benefits of the service:

A direct connection to the operator billing platform requires integration with the operator, but provides a number of benefits:

  1. Simplicity – the operators already have a billing relationship with the consumers, the payment will be added to their bill.
  2. Instantaneous payments giving the highest customer satisfaction
  3. Accurate responses showing success and reasons for failure (no money for example)
  4. Security to protect payment details and consumer identity
  5. Best conversion rates from a single click-to-buy and no need to enter any further payment details.
  6. Reduced customer support costs for merchants since customers will complain to the operator.

[source wikipedia]

Best Buy Says: Reserve Your Sprint HTC Evo 3D Today!

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Finally, what many of us have been waiting for since the announcements from Sprint at CTIA. Best Buy has sent out an email to all those who have asked to be notified about information on whats to come. This latest mailer comes with great news! You can now reserve your Sprint HTC Evo 3D. Thats right! The newest installation in the line of Evo’s from Sprint can now be yours. So if you want this new Android 2.3 device, get over to your local Best Buy store and reserve it now, as via your local retailer is the only way to reserve! I know I’ll be headed to Best Buy the first chance i get.

Check out the specs below:

  • Android 2.3
  • 1.2 GHz dual-core Snapdragon CPU
  • 4.3-inch 3D capacitive touchscreen with 960×540 pixels res.
  • Dual 5-megapixel rear cameras for recording 3D video at 720p
  • 2D video at 1080p.
  • 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video calls
  • 4GB of internal memory, microSD expansion slot.
  • DNLA support and HDMI port
  • Dimensions: 5.0×2.6×0.48 inches

Walmart to sell the Droid Charge, $298.88

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First we directed you to ‘Evidence points to Droid Charge Launch on Tuesday’ – Now it looks like the device will be listed at Walmart for $298.88. I’m sure many of you have been waiting patiently for this new Droid. So keep your eyes peeled for it, and let us know when you have one. And if all indications are correct, tomorrow could be the day!

The Droid Charge in line as Verizons soon to be relased 4G/LTE device. Below are a few of the specs:

  • 1GHz Hummingbird processor
  • Android 2.2
  • 4G LTE capability
  • 4.3 inches Super AMOLED Plus display
  • 8 Megapixels rear-facing camera / 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera
  • 2GB internal storage
  • Micro-SD support for up to 32GB memory

[via ac]

Target getting the Acer Iconia Tab?

The folks over at androidcentral have stumbled upon some interesting news. A non retail, working display model of the tablet has been sent to Target. The picture shows that the supposed release date might be May 15. Knowing you can get them for $450 at Best Buy, does anyone else think a pricing war could be in the near future? A lot of vendors are already doing this with phones,  perhaps tablet will be next? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

[via androidcentral]