• Sprint’s Nexus S 4G Gets Final Price Cut: Free At Best Buy, A Penny At Amazon

    Sprint’s Nexus S 4G Gets Final Price Cut: Free At Best Buy, A Penny At Amazon

    Less than two weeks ago, Sprint cut the price of its Google Nexus S 4G by half to just $99 on-contract. That had me pink in the cheek with barely controlled glee, so you can only imagine my reaction when I saw that both Best Buy and Amazon were offering the device for free (and nearly free). Best Buy promises all the Google phone you can handle for free as long as you sign on for a… Read More

  • Samsung Nexus S for AT&T To Hit Best Buy On July 24th For $99

    Samsung Nexus S for AT&T To Hit Best Buy On July 24th For $99

    Well, this is… interesting. It looks like AT&T customers are finally getting an easy, subsidized way to get a Samsung Nexus S that plays friendly with the right 3G frequencies: beginning on July 24th (with pre-orders going up today), the handset will be going for $99 on a 2-year contract exclusively at Best Buy. Read More

  • SupportSpace Lands $12M For Remote Technical Support Services

    SupportSpace Lands $12M For Remote Technical Support Services

    SupportSpace, which helps companies provide remote technical support with a range of customer service solutions and a network of ‘experts’, has raised $12 million in funding from Gemini, BRM and Emergence Capital. The round brings the startup’s total funding raised to nearly $37 million. Read More

  • Buy An HTC Flyer From Best Buy, Get The $80 Stylus For Free

    The most novel part of the HTC Flyer is the Scribe Digital Pen. But HTC doesn’t bundle the pen with the Android 2.3 tablet. Why? The company clearly wants the tablet to fail. Instead, the stylus costs an additional $80. It seems that Best Buy is ready to right HTC’s wrong by selling the two together. NetbookNews found the bundle (SKU 9999159200050028) but it’s sort of… Read More

  • Macbook Air Sell-Outs Point To Upcoming Refresh

    Another day, another sold-out Mac product that points to a refresh. This time Best Buy is the culprit, noting that current MBA notebooks are not shipping from its stores. This usually means that a refresh is coming within the next few days and is most probably a minor upgrade of little interest to the average user but that will piss people off who just bought an MBA in the last week to no end. Read More

  • On The Move: Kal Patel Leaves Best Buy For Cleantech Fund VantagePoint

    VantagePoint Capital Partners, a global cleantech fund focused on energy and efficiency, today revealed that former Best Buy executive Kal Patel is joining the firm as partner. Patel is expected to grow VPCP’s “European presence,” and lead its international “strategic partnerships” according to a press statement from the fund. At Best Buy, Patel worked as… Read More

  • Best Buy And Nintendo Teaming Up To Serve 3DS Games Via Wi-Fi

    Best Buy will open up their in-store wireless networks to allow kids (and kids at heart) to download games in their stores. They will also, obviously, sell the 3DS and will provide a “firsthand look at the platform with experts” in store. While it’s certainly magnanimous of Best Buy to open their Wi-Fi to the masses, I wonder how much of this will end up being an upsell? Read More

  • Best Buy May Release Hostage iPad 2s In Nation-Wide Sale This Sunday

    There’s been some talk about Best Buy allegedly hoarding iPad 2s in order to have inventory for a big sale. We heard a few different stories and I don’t know what to actually believe, but it appears that those rumors had some truth, because Best Buy is apparently going to launch an event on Sunday across the country, according to a leaked memo. Read More

  • Best Buy Forces Customer To Buy Service Plan To Get An iPad 2 Out Of Storage

    We’re hearing a few interesting things about Best Buy these days, especially when it comes to selling iPads. While many of these are isolated incidents, they all point to a general nastiness on the part of Best Buy employees and management who know a good thing when they see one. First we have Best Buy employees holding back iPads 2 during periods of high demand and now we have… Read More

  • Rumor [Smashed]: iPad 2 Mishandling Gets Best Buy Blacklisted By Apple

    A reader who works at Best Buy just told us that there’s been a bit of a misunderstanding between the electronics retailer and Apple. Apparently, Best Buy was holding off on selling the iPad 2s it had in stock, telling customers there weren’t any when in fact they had just reached their quota of sales for the day. Not smart, BB! Read More

  • Roku Now In Big Retail Stores

    Friend: So I’m thinking about cutting the cord.
    Me: Oh yeah? You should buy a Roku then.
    Friend: I don’t know what that is. I only buy my gadgets from big box stores.
    Me: Well good news. Best Buy, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Fry’s Electronics and RadioShack now carry it.
    Friend: How much?
    Me: About $80 for the XD.
    Friend: Oh great, glad to hear Best Buy is going to carry it. Read More

  • Best Buy Adds 4G To Its Mobile Internet Service

    Best Buy is now in the the 4G business. The company has announced that its Best Buy Connect service, which first launched last July, will now support 4G, courtesy of a deal worked out with Clearwire. Access to the 4G network will set you back $45 per month, with Best Buy willing to waive the $35 activation fee if you agree to a two-year contract. Read More

  • RIM Reveals BlackBerry PlayBook Versions, Pricing (Starts At $499), Retail Partners

    RIM Reveals BlackBerry PlayBook Versions, Pricing (Starts At $499), Retail Partners

    In case you were holding out for a BlackBerry PlayBook: good news. Research In Motion this morning announced (expected) plans to make the tablet computer available in more than 20,000 retail outlets in the U.S. and Canada. Indeed, pricing starts at $499. In the U.S., outlets include AT&T, Best Buy, Office Depot, RadioShack, Sprint and Staples. Best Buy has already announced that the… Read More

  • Best Buy: Yes, Floor Staff Get Tablets, But Not Necessarily iPads

    We’ve heard some rumors that Best Buy would be providing its staff members with iPads for work — that is to say, as tools to carry while on the job, looking up prices on the internal website, doing price comparisons, and so on. Best Buy has acknowledged that it it is indeed thinking about handing out tablets — but that it hasn’t actually decided on the iPad. Read More

  • Australian College To Give Free iPads To Students; Best Buy To Give iPads To On-Floor Staff?

    Remember when the iPod was the new kid on the block a few years ago, and there was all those stories about various colleges including the portable media player to their students? History is repeating itself, only this time with the shiny and new iPad. Oh, and to Best Buy employees! Read More

  • Best Buy's Buyback Program? Yeah, Not So Hot

    There are a few buyback programs out there, and at CES we even saw a meta-buyback program, EcoSquid, that lets you get the best price from among those. But retail electronics juggernaut Best Buy had to have a piece of the pie — and why not? They have a captive audience of people who like to shop “in real life” and who would probably be excited to get anything for an old… Read More

  • Google, Best Buy & Others Form Alliance To Champion AllVid Adapter

    The FCC proposed something called AllVid last year, a device that would help deliver “multichannel video programming and Internet content” to whatever it’s connected to. The cable companies freaked out, calling AllVid a one-way ticket to “ignor[ing] copyright, patent, trademark, contract privity, licensing, and other legal rights and limitations that have been… Read More

  • Best Buy Brings In Ozzy And Bieber To Completely Hose TechForward, Says Lawsuit

    You don’t see total betrayals like this every day. But if the facts that TechForward are alleging in their lawsuit (embedded below) against Best Buy are true, this is some truly sleazy stuff. Last year, says the lawsuit, Best Buy and TechForward engaged in a trial program of TechForward’s Guaranteed Buyback Plan in a number of Best Buy stores. Customers choose to purchase the plan… Read More

  • Motorola Xoom Will Cost $800 And Require A Data Plan, Says Leaked Best Buy Ad

    When we first saw of the Motorola Xoom at CES, we thought and said good things. How could you go wrong with a dual-core full Honeycomb tablet? Then we heard rumors that Motorola wanted to sell a lot, so that got us thinking that the price would be competitive. Then we started seeing rumors of an $800 price tag, and that made us sad. And now it has been all but confirmed that it will cost $800… Read More

  • HD Guru Turns Up The Dirt On Best Buy's Buy Back Program

    Best Buy wants to buy your old electronics. That’s actually nothing new. The retailer had trade in programs for years. Unlike those deals through 3rd party services, the new Buy Back plan will be sold like extended warranties and then rewards buyers a gift card when the product is turned back in. But is it worth it? HD Guru took a deep look at the HDTV section and discovered that in… Read More

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