You have seen the leaked images and read the rumors about a blue HTC One coming to a store near you. HTC USA has made it official now, the Metallic Blue HTC One will be available starting this Sunday, September 15th, exclusively at more than 1,400 Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores or online through BestBuy.com. Even better, the award-winning HTC One will be available with 4G LTE service from AT&T, Sprint or Verizon. The new Metallic Blue version of HTC’s flagship joins Silver, Black and Red as an available color option.
Verizon Wireless is going to look to mix it up a bit by adding a blue version to their current offering of HTC Ones. Pricing is still expected to be $199 on contract, and have the same specs as the regular model. The only catch is that this blue version may be a Best Buy exclusive, but nothing is confirmed yet.
Source: Droid Life
Last Thursday, Robert Scoble suggested that Google would be renting out a whopping 6,000 feet in various Best Buy stores for Google Glass sales and promotion. While the rumor really didn’t carry much weight in terms of factual information everyone seemed to believe that this would be a plausible move. However according to Chris Dale, the man running communications for Project Glass, Glass isn’t coming to Best Buy.
Back in May, we heard that Google might be opening their own stores specifically for Google Glass. Of course, opening a bunch of new stores costs a lot of money, so instead, Google might attempt to partner with Best Buy since they already have a large presence all over the country.
According to Robert Scoble, he heard a rumor that Google is planning on renting about 6,000 square feet inside every Best Buy Store. Yes, it’s just a rumor, and we are probably a year away from seeing Google Glass available, but this makes a lot of sense. Google has placed Google reps in Best Buys for the Chrome Pixel so this seems like the next logical step.
Let’s just hope they price Google Glass right and they are able to actually supply the demand.
source: +Robert Scoble
If you’re a Verizon customer and you want to make sure you get your Samsung Galaxy S 4 on release day, you might want to head over to Best Buy because they are now taking pre-orders. They did a soft announcement in that they sent out text messages telling customers that you can pre-order now, but it’s in store only.
Verizon hasn’t even announced an official release date other than sometime in May, and they aren’t even taking pre-orders yet. If you remember, Verizon was the last major carrier to offer the Galaxy S III, so this is just history repeating itself. I’m expecting a late May release, but hopefully I will be wrong.
T-Mobile launched its new Simple Choice plans last month and according to an internal document, Best Buy will offer the new plans by the end of its fiscal year, February 2014. Until then, Best Buy will continue to offer T-Mobile Classic plans. For customers wanting a Simple Choice plan, they will only be available directly from T-Mobile online or through one of its retail locations. Also, if you are on a Classic plan and want to stay on it, purchasing through third-party retailers like Best Buy are your only option. T-Mobile is wanting to move completely away from its Classic plans and contracts altogether, but it’s going to take time to fully transition over to this new, no-contract model.
Samsung, which is making a strong case for having the top phone for 2013 with the Samsung Galaxy S 4 even though the year is still young, is preparing to ramp up the sales channel just a bit more with the help of Best Buy. According to reports, several Best Buy locations throughout the country have been instructed to make some modifications to their sales floor so they can fit in a new Samsung “store” within a store. Coincidentally or not, this is a similar concept to what Apple and Best Buy already do for the Apple sales channel.
Are you in the market for a new smartphone? If so, you’re in luck with a killer upgrade deal from Best Buy Mobile. Best Buy is offering a $50 gift card incentive to those looking to upgrade their smartphones anytime between now and December 31st, 2013. That’s right, you have the entire year to upgrade your smartphone and still cash in on this deal. With all of the options available like the HTC DROID DNA, the Samsung Galaxy Note II and the ever-popular Samsung Galaxy S III currently available on the market, upgrading is an easy decision to make.
According to Best Buy all that is required is a name, email address and phone number to qualify for the incentive. Hurry though as this deal is only open and available through February 9th, 2013. If you plan on upgrading your phone anytime during 2013, now would be the time to grab this deal.
Source: Best Buy Mobile
Best Buy has announced exclusive availability of a special edition DROID RAZR M for Verizon today. Priced at $50 on contract, the “Platinum” DROID RAZR M features a prominent grey color, with blue accented buttons outlining the edge of the device. Other than the fresh coat of paint, the device remains identical to the same mid-range handset we’ve come to know and love. If you’re interested, you can head to the source link below for the full run-down.
Despite problems with order fulfillment from the Google Play store and gaining a reputation akin to a clear shot of a Bigfoot, there are still a lot of people that want to get in on the LG Nexus 4 bandwagon. The desire for the device comes not just from consumers, but from retailers and carriers as well who want to be able to offer it to their customers. The latest example of this is Best Buy, which now lists the LG Nexus 4 with T-Mobile service on their web site. You might be tempted by that language on the site that reads, “Usually ships in 3-5 business days.” However, using the Estimate Arrival Time link I got dates between February 6th and February 11th. Even that may still be quicker than waiting for your opportunity to place an order through the Play Store.
source: Best Buy