Chromecast now being sold by Verizon, offers 25% corporate discount

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Verizon is now offering the Chromecast on its site for $34.99, the same standard price that the device is being sold for on Google Play, Best Buy stores, and on Motorola’s site.

However, the carrier has sweetened the deal for those who receive corporate discounts— they’re offering the Chromecast with a 25% off offer. If you’re looking to grab Google’s wireless HDMI dongle, this definitely is a solid way to get one.

Source: Verizon Wireless

Best Buy and Sprint offer students 12 months of free talk, text, and data

Best_Buy_Logo_Store_FrontSprint and Best Buy have partnered to put together a pretty good deal for students. Sprint is offering 12 months of free talk, text, and data on Sprint’s Unlimited, My Way plan, along with the purchase of a smartphone from Best Buy. There’s 1GB of data included, after which students will be billed at 1.5 cents per MB. Student lines can add unlimited data for an additional $10 per month.

In addition, students can gain additional months of free service by activating referral lines. For each additional new phone line of service activated, the student account gets an additional 12 months of free talk, text, and 1GB of data. Students of all ages are eligible for this deal, as long as they are in some fashion enrolled in elementary school, middle school, high school, college, university or other accredited institutes in the United States. The promotion runs until January 4, 2014.

Source: Sprint Support
Via: Phandroid

 

Sprint, Amazon, and Best Buy offering Nexus 5 starting today

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Canada saw a Nexus 5 release earlier today, but they aren’t the only lucky ones. As Sprint announced in their press release, it will be offering the Nexus 5 starting today for only $49.99 on contract (16GB) if you’re switching carriers and porting a number acorss. Amazon and Best Buy also are starting to sell the device today, but for the standard $149.99 price on a new contract.

Off-contract, you’ll be able to get it from Amazon for $499.99 or Best Buy for less at $449.99. It appears that Sprint is not offering the device off-contract, but that may change.

Sources: Amazon / Best Buy / Sprint

Best Buy exclusive Blue Arctic Samsung Galaxy S 4 coming November 14

blue_galaxy_s_4If you’re thinking about buying a Samsung Galaxy S 4 in the near future, you have another color option to consider. Samsung’s flagship phone will now come in Blue Arctic, available exclusively from Best Buy. The glossy blue version, which you can see above, will be available beginning next Thursday, November 14, but pre-orders will be available beginning tomorrow for Elite and Elite Plus members, and November 10 for everyone else.

Check out the press release after the break for more information.


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Samsung reports Galaxy Gear has an alarmingly high return rate “trending over 30%”

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Samsung’s recently launched Galaxy Gear got off to a relatively strong start at Best Buys across the country with a very high attach rate with the Note 3 and revamped Note 10.1. Unfortunately, that’s where the good news ends, because according to a recently leaked document, a ton of people are returning the Galaxy Gear. Some numbers pin the return rate for the Gear at Best Buy trending over 30%. Ouch. Samsung is proactively trying to figure out what’s causing that kind of massive return rate by getting Best Buy to ask customers exactly why they’re returning the Gear. Hopefully we’ll be able to see what the most popular answer is, but if I had to make an early guess, I’d bet it would be something along the lines of “I went home and realized I paid $300 for a watch at Best Buy.”
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LG’s G Pad 8.3 Now Available Online At Best Buy And In Stores Nov 3rd

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For those wondering when the LG G Pad 8.3 was going to be available in the U.S., look no further. It’s been roughly about a month since its announcement at IFA in Berlin and we’ve seen hints of the device here and there since, but LG is now making the U.S. release official. As you can tell, the device is sporting an 8.3-inch 1920 x 1200 display and will be available at your local Best Buy beginning November 3rd for in store purchase. However, if you want to jump the gun and get one now you can head over to Best Buy’s website and grab yours in either white or black for $350.  Hit the break for the rest of the specs, pics and PR info and feel free to leave your comments about the tab in the comments section below.

Key Features Include:

Processor: 1.7 GHz Quad Core Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 600
Display: 8.3-inch, Full HD IPS (1920×1200 pixels/273 ppi)
Memory: 2GB RAM, 16 GB eMMC ROM; microSD Slot up to 64 GB
Camera: 5MP AF BSI
Battery: 4,600 mAh Li-Polymer
Operating System: Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2.
Size: 216.8 x 126.5 x 8.3mm
Weight: 338g    


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Google display at Best Buy confirmed to be for Nexus 5

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It wouldn’t have been hard to guess, but a photo of a new Google display at a Best Buy has been confirmed to be for the upcoming Nexus 5 phone. More and more leaks of both the phone itself and advertising information have been coming out over the past few days, leading up to the inevitable release of the device, which will take place very soon.

Source: +daniel benavides

MotoMaker possibly heading to a Best Buy store near you

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Motorola may now have even more places to distribute the Moto X. According to Phone Arena, Motorola is shipping displays to Best Buy stores across the country to promote the use of MotoMaker.  The displays should start appearing over the course of the next several weeks. Upon customizing a Moto X at Best Buy, “customers will be able to buy the voucher for a Moto X and complete their purchase on the MotoMaker website at home.” A benefit of having MotoMaker in Best Buy stores would be the amount of people coming into the store to look around, especially with the holiday season approaching.

The timing of the Best Buy displays could lead us to believe that Verizon will join MotoMaker in-store as well. Last week we learned that Verizon could receive MotoMaker on November 11. Until it becomes official, AT&T’s variant of Motorola’s flagship is the only one that can be customized at this time.

Source: Phone Arena

Best Buy offering Moto X for $99.99 on-contract for Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T

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Were you waiting for the price of the Moto X to drop so that you could get it direct from your carrier? No need to wait any longer, as Best Buy currently has a deal for the phone, offering it for only $99.99 on Sprint, Verizon, and AT&T. It’s obviously still on-contract, but this deal will certainly save you some bucks if you were planning on getting the phone.

Get it now while the deal lasts!

Source: Best Buy

Samsung could invest in Best Buy

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Korea Times is reporting that Samsung is “progressing in its talks with Best Buy”. What exactly those talks are is unknown, but there have been reports that Samsung might invest in Best Buy. Let’s not forget that Samsung is also planning on opening “Experience Shops” in over 1,400 stores. Samsung’s vice chairman Lee Kun-hee didn’t get to specific on what the topic was, “I recently met with senior executives at Best Buy and discussed pending business issues.’’

There is no question that the existence of Best Buy is crucial to Samsung’s success in the U.S. so they could also be exploring other opportunities to help the struggling retailer. “Samsung has been considering increasing subsidies paid to Best Buy in a strategic move to help the retailer and also increase the exposure of its products,’’ said Kim Young-woo, an analyst at HMC Securities.


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