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.
While Verizon’s LTE Nexus 7 is still awaiting certification, AT&T’s may be on its way. Retailer Best Buy has posted a listing on their website for the device and much like the LTE edition on Google Play, the Nexus 7 is priced at $349.99 for 32GB. Where things become interesting is under the device’s description. It reads “Tablet sold inactivated. Activation done in-store. Carriers Offered: AT&T.” As to when this LTE Nexus 7 could become available is unknown, but we’ll be sure to let you know.
Source: Best Buy
According to a leaked inventory shot, Best Buy is going to offer an unlocked Galaxy Note 3. Not only that, they will offer it on September 19, which is only two days away. The Note 3 isn’t supposed to be available in the U.S. till early next month, so this is quite surprising.
Also very interesting is the model number of N9000, which happens to be the Exynos 5 variant. Now before you go jumping up and down, keep in mind that it won’t support LTE or 4K video. Of course, the price of $999 doesn’t make me feel all warm and fuzzy either.
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.