Best Buy, Sprint deal provides free talk, text, data to student subscribers
Sprint has started a promotion for students buying any new smartphones in the carrier's range over the holiday shopping period. Customers buying a device under the My Way Student promotion through Best Buy will receive up to 12 months of free cellular service, which the company states will save students up to $70 per month in costs.
Reports claim HP and Google are behind stop, not Best Buy corporate
Retailer Best Buy has pulled HP's new Chromebook 11 from sale both online and in storefronts. Critical-level messaging has been sent to retail stores, stating that stores "should stop selling the HP Chromebook 11 effective immediately." Information has surfaced that the suspension is related to AC adapters overheating while charging the laptop.
Samsung smartwatch apparently not going over well
Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch may have a return rate as high as 30 percent at Best Buy, according to a leaked internal document from the popular electronics retailer. Geek.com acquired the document, which solicits opinions from on-site Samsung staff as to why customers may be returning the device. The document also gives exact dates for when Gear compatibility will expand to other Samsung devices.
Best Buy giving out gift cards for working iPads
Electronics retailer Best Buy announced on Tuesday that it will be offering at least $200 in trade-in value for any working third- or fourth-generation iPad or iPad mini through November 9. The value will be given in the form of a Best Buy gift card that can be used toward the purchase of anything else in the store. The value of the gift card may be dependent upon the tablet's model and condition, CNet reported.
Upcoming promotion could yield iPhone 5c for nothing down
Best Buy retail locations are launching another promotion on the iPhone 5c and 5s. A screenshot of an internal Best Buy document shows that the retailer will allow customers to trade in selected -- and completely functional -- smartphones for a minimum of $100 in credit towards purchase of a new device on a two-year contract between October 13 and 19.
Bluetooth karaoke device streams music content with Wi-Fi connection
Singing Machine, a home karaoke producer, has announced its new Bluetooth product: Singing Machine Home. The at-home karaoke device offers a compact design, as well as a number of features for accessing content. This includes Wi-Fi support for accessing an online library of more than 8,,000 HD karaoke videos, and a wireless microphone that doubles as a remote for browsing through a music library. The device plugs into a user's TV via HDMI and connects to cloud software Singing Machine Play -- the company's reaming platform. The Singing Machine Home will be priced at $300, and be available from BestBuy.com and Best Buy stores in late October.
Promotion runs through October 7, retail store pickup only
Retailer Best Buy has announced that it is holding a weekend sale (beginning today) that includes a $50 store gift card with any iPhone 5c purchase, effectively reducing the price of the already-discounted iPhone 5 successor to as little as $49 up front with a two-year carrier contract, or $499 off-contract for the 16GB model. The offer requires in-store pickup or walk-in purchase at the company's retail locations, and the gift card can't be used towards the iPhone 5c purchase.
Best Buy to start selling metallic blue HTC One from September 15th
The blue version of the HTC One will be going on sale through Best Buy from September 15th. Identical to the normal model except for color, the "metallic blue" smartphone will be available on AT&T and Verizon, along with Sprint, though the retailer has yet to reveal per-carrier pricing. It is suggested by Engadget that it could cost as much as $700 off-contract through the retailer.
New color variant showing up in retail locations
Color-conscious fans of the HTC one may want to make their way to the local Best Buy outlet, as the big box retailer is now carrying a blue, Verizon-branded variant of the celebrated handset. A tipster pointed Engadget toward images of the device, showing the unibody aluminum construction with an electric blue hue. The blue variant hit Best Buy stores and Verizon retail locations on Friday.
Retailer works on clearing out stock
Best Buy has dropped the price of a 16GB iPhone 5 to $150 at its retail stores. The company has offered similar deals in the past, but the new discount may be the last of its kind, since Apple is expected to announce two new iPhone models at its September 10th press event. If the iPhone 5 is still available after that point, it will likely drop at least another $50 in price.
Unit could be refreshed at September 10th Apple event
A number of Apple Store and Best Buy outlets are out of the AirPort Express, inventory checks show. While Apple's online store and some of its physical locations have units ready, many shops are listing the Express as either "Unavailable for Pickup" or something that has to be shipped in. Affected Best Buy stores are simply out of the product.
Arrives alongside Apple's official trade-in program
Best Buy is launching another iPhone trade-in promotion this Labor Day weekend, running Friday through Monday. People wanting to buy an iPhone 5 can trade in a working, undamaged iPhone 4 or 4S to get at least $100 towards a 16GB 5, or a minimum $150 towards a 32GB model. Should an old phone be worth more than the minimum, the difference will be made up with a Best Buy gift card.
Store-within-a-store could help initial rollout of head-mounted computer
Google is looking towards renting space in all Best Buy stores in the United States in 2014, according to a new rumor. The floorspace rental within the big box retailer would in theory be used to sell Google Glass to customers, and would follow in the footsteps of Microsoft and Samsung in launching a store-within-a-store for their own products.
EA offers customers refunds for games bought through Origin store
EA has started to offer refunds for EA-published games bought through its digital marketplace, something that competitor Steam is yet to offer. Customers buying and downloading games through Origin have up to 24 hours from the first launch of the game, or seven days from the original purchase, to return the titles for a full refund. The Origin Great Game Guarantee, going live in 20 countries, will not apply to extra downloadable content.
Retailer likely clearing out stock ahead of iPhone 5S
The US branch of Best Buy has launched another iPhone trade-in promotion, running today through August 18th. People who bring an iPhone 4S into a Best Buy store can get a gift card towards an iPhone 5 worth at least $200, so long as the phone is working and undamaged. A similar deal exists for people trading in an iPhone 4, although the base gift card value starts at only $100.
More Best Buy, Future Shop locations to host store-within-a-store by September
Microsoft has started to roll out its Windows Stores, smaller versions of its retail chain, into Best Buy and Future Shop locations in the United States and Canada. Revealed by the company in mid-June, the store-within-a-store will appear in more than 600 retail stores, 500 of which are in Best Buy, in order to help promote Windows Phone devices, Windows tablets, Xbox, Office, and Windows itself.
Reddit user shows new Google tablet in pictures before launch event
Benchmarks for the revised Google Nexus 7 have leaked online, along with a confirmation of the 1920x1200-resolution display leaked in a Best Buy flyer earlier this week. The specifications list is accompanied by news of a Reddit user receiving the tablet early, and that Best Buy has started off pre-orders for the tablet, all ahead of its expected launch at a Google event later today.
Offers $200 towards fourth-gen iPad
Best Buy is reinstating an iPad trade-in program, having briefly piloted one earlier this month. The current deal gets shoppers a "minimum" $200 Best Buy gift card -- meant to go towards the purchase of a fourth-generation iPad -- if they trade in an undamaged iPad 2 or third-gen iPad. The promotion runs today through August 3rd at the company's retail outlets.
Curved television gains THX Display certification, $15,000 price tag
LG has started selling its 55-inch curved OLED television in the United States, following a launch in South Korea a few months ago. The 55EA9800, appearing in some Best Buy stores, has also been declared by LG to be the first OLED TV in the world to have THX Display Certification, after passing more than 600 picture quality tests.
Flyer claims Google Nexus 7 to be available on a Tuesday
The next version of the Google Nexus 7 has appeared in an advertisement for electronics retailer Best Buy. The marketing material is accompanied by a separate leak showing off a full press render of the tablet, and effectively confirming the appearance of a rear-facing camera for the first time on the tablet line.
Price reduction permanent effort to boost sales of BB10 device
Retailer Best Buy has slashed the poor-selling BlackBerry Z10 phone on either AT&T or Verizon to $50 with the purchase of a service contract. The price cut appears to be permanent for the smartphone that originally went on sale for $200 in March.
Jet Black Pebble on sale at first, others to follow after Kickstarter orders completed
The Pebble smartwatch will be hitting retail for the first time this weekend, allowing potential owners to pick up the device without waiting months for a pre-order to be fulfilled. The Kickstarter-funded watch will be appearing at Best Buy through an "exclusive retail launch partnership" with the retailer, with stores receiving stock of the watches for sale on Sunday, July 7.
First trade-in day retailer's most successful ever
On Friday, the US branch of Best Buy will be launching another promotion in which shoppers can get a "free" iPhone 5. People who bring in an iPhone 4 or 4S in good condition can get at least $150 in credit, which is enough to cover most of the cost of a 16GB iPhone 5 with Best Buy's current $50 instant rebate. Should a used iPhone be worth more than $150, Best Buy says it will make up the difference with a gift card.
Windows Store to show tablets, Windows Phone, Xbox consoles
Microsoft will be opening up Windows Stores inside electronics retailer Best Buy. The new announcement sees Microsoft placing a store-within-a-store version of its retail chain inside 500 Best Buy locations in the United States and more than 100 Best Buy and Future Shop stores in Canada, with the roll-out set to be finished by September.
Deal should cover most of 16GB iPhone 5's price
Best Buy is doing a one-day promotion on Saturday in which it will give $150 in trade-in credit for a working iPhone 4 or 4S, says CNET. The deal is meant to cover the cost of a new 16GB iPhone 5. Buyers must be eligible for an upgrade (or new contract) with AT&T, Verizon, or Sprint however, and pay any sales tax or carrier activation fees. The promotion is also limited to Best Buy's retail stores.
Other phones getting week-long promotions
The US branch of Best Buy is planning to launch a $50 discount on iPhones starting on Sunday, says AllThingsD. The sale should last for four weeks, and cover the iPhone 4, 4S, and 5. All phones must, however, be tied to a new two-year contract with AT&T, Verizon, or Sprint, ruling out carriers like T-Mobile.
Exchange of ownership for $774 million in cash, stock, to help simplify business
Electronics retailer Best Buy is selling its stake in Carphone Warehouse Group to co-owner Carphone Warehouse, in its continued efforts to financially turn itself around. The sale, which sees Best Buy exchange its holdings in the European entity for £500 million ($774 million) in cash and stock according to a statement, effectively ends Best Buy's faltering expansion into the continent.
Best Buy to ship HTC One on T-Mobile on April 19th
The HTC One will be available on T-Mobile on April 19th, according to the Best Buy website. The electronics retailer is carrying the smartphone at $249 when bought with a T-Mobile contract, or $700 off-contract, writes TmoNews. T-Mobile itself will also sell the HTC One without a service contract for $99, but it will still require monthly payments for the phone on its own, as per the new UnCarrier scheme the company is implementing.
Samsung to tackle Apple in Best Buy stores across the US
Samsung has made official its rumored plan to introduce mini Samsung stores within 1,400 Best Buy stores throughout the US, reports the New York Times . To be dubbed ‘Samsung Experience’ stores, the new retail spaces in Best Buy will be dedicated to showcasing its consumer electronics lines, with particular emphasis on its mobile devices including smartphones, tablets and notebooks. The mini stores will also include Samsung product specialists who will be present to assist customers for both sales and technical support.
Walmart iPad mini drops to $299
US retailers Best Buy and Walmart have begun new online sales on iPads. The former is selling third-generation iPads at up to 30 percent off, for instance putting a 32GB Wi-Fi model at $384, $165 off retail. A 16GB 4G iPad, meanwhile, is going for $406.
Pop-up shops to help in Galaxy S4 launch
Best Buy is reportedly going to play host to a number of pop-up Samsung shops in a number of its stores ahead of the Galaxy S4 launch in April. The temporary shops will apparently resemble the same "store-in-a-store" concept that Apple currently employs in Best Buy branches, and is said to provide customers more than one Galaxy S4 to try out.
Ex-CEO returns as advisor to assist in company turnaround
Electronics retailer Best Buy announced today that co-founder Richard Schulze is rejoining the company in its quest to turn its struggling finances around. In a prepared statement trumpeting his return, Schulze said he is returning to “support the initiatives” put in place by the new CEO, Hubert Joly. Schulze is not returning to the board of directors.
EOS-b has 18MP sensor, EF-S 18-55mm lens, $800 pricetag
A previously-unannounced camera from Canon appeared on the Best Buy website, shortly before being taken down. The listing on the retail site described a camera as an EOS-b 18-megapixel digital SLR, combined with an EF-S 18-55mm zoom lens, and that it was available for pre-order at a cost of $800.
Quarterly results show $377 million loss for period
The attempted buyout of Best Buy by founder Richard Schulze has failed. The deadline has passed for Schulze and his team of investors without a bid having been placed for the ailing electronics retailer, with the news of the failure coming at the same time as the fourth quarter results showed the company made a loss of $377 million for the period, continuing its current financial trend.
Layoffs latest in 'renew blue' program to cut company costs
According to reports, Best Buy corporate slashed 400 jobs at its Richfield, MN headquarters on Wednesday. The reduction is part of the "Renew Blue" initiative, attempting to restore the company's sales and profit levels and fight off online competitors with lower expenses. The company warns of more cuts to come. Best Buy says this round of job cuts don't include any of its retail sales force or store closures. Last year, the company closed 50 stores in early phases of the operation.
More 128GB version in stores by end of week
Microsoft has confirmed that more stock of its Surface Pro will be heading to stores. The head of the Surface team, Panos Panay, posted on Twitter that more 64GB models are shipping to Staples, Best Buy, Microsoft Stores and for online orders, while the 128GB variant will be reaching Best Buy and Microsoft Stores by Saturday.
Best Buy offers gift card with phone activations
Best Buy is currently offering complimentary $50 gift cards to all customers that active a new mobile phone. The offer is valid on Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile phones activated with a two-year agreement at Best Buy, Best Buy Mobile or BestBuy.com. To receive the gift car customers must first register their mobile phone number, and up to four other numbers of a family plan, on Best Buy's website before February 9. All registered numbers will then be able to receive the $50 reward by activating a new phone anytime before December 31.
Kickstarter game console gets support from Best Buy, Target
The Ouya game console will go on sale in stores, shortly after it ships to backers of it's Kickstarter drive. Amazon.com, Best Buy, GameStop and Target will be stocking the Android-powered console when it goes on sale to the general public in June, after orders on the Ouya website ship in April, and after the Kickstarter backers receive theirs in March.
Best Buy adds extra $20 discount for in-store pickups
Both Amazon and Best Buy are offering new discounts on the MacBook Pro. Best Buy's prices are part of a two-day sale, running today and Saturday. A 13-inch, 2.5GHz non-Retina Pro for example costs $1,050 at the retailer versus Apple's normal $1,199 pricetag. At the opposite end of the spectrum, a 15-inch, 2.6GHz Retina Pro is $199 below Apple's cost at $2,600. For any Pro, Best Buy is offering an extra $20 off if a person orders online but picks up at a store.
Steep discount may signal refresh of line imminent
Retailer Best Buy launched a Winter Doorbuster Days sale on Friday. Highlighting the sale is an offer of $200 off on select MacBook Air models. Both the 11-inch and 13-inch models are included with the sale, with pricing ranging from $800 to $1300 depending on configuration and screen size. The sale price is honored both online and in stores, but currently, all models of the laptop are out of stock online.
Best Buy singles out iPhone 5 sale
A number of retailers, including Best Buy and Toys R Us, have complained to attorney generals in several states about Walmart advertising practices, the Wall Street Journal reports. The complaints generally argue that Walmart is using inaccurate pricing or non-equivalent products to lay claim to the lowest prices. Best Buy, though, has specifically singled out problems with a Walmart iPhone 5 sale.
Discount available for largest carriers
Best Buy has rolled out its latest holiday promotion, slashing $50 off iPhone 5, iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 pricing. New or upgrade-eligible subscribers can now pick up a 16GB iPhone 5 for $150 with a two-year contract, while the iPhone 4S currently starts at $50. The discounts include both white and black variants connected to Verizon, Sprint and AT&T.
Attempts to trump Target, RadioShack deals
Best Buy is now offering a $25 gift card with any online iPhone 5 purchase. The bonus applies to any model or carrier, although the card can't be put towards the cost of the phone itself, and is only available to people activating a phone for a two-year contract. As a plus, though, cards are being awarded for both in-store pickup and delivery orders.
Black and red design set for December 7 release
[Updated after official announcement] Rumors that Nintendo will be releasing a smaller version of the Wii have been confirmed, after an image and release date for the Wii Mini mistakenly appeared on Best Buy Canada's website before any official announcement. Shortly after, Nintendo confirmed the console's existence as a Canada-exclusive device, with its size being not the only change to the popular game system.
Online sales on Thanksgiving also increased
Black Friday e-commerce spending by US shoppers has passed the $1 billion milestone for the first time. The amount of online retail activity for Friday, November 23rd has been called the "heaviest online spending day to date in 2012," with sales increasing 26 percent compared to Black Friday last year.
Domestic revenues drop 4.7 percent compared to last year
As previously warned, Best Buy suffered a continuing operations loss of $13 million for the quarter, according to its latest results. This is down from the $173 million in profit from the same period last year, with revenue also declining year-on-year to $10.75 billion from $11.15 billion, and the domestic segment operating income dropping from $249 million to just $50 million for the same period.
Acer C7 comes with 100GB free Google Drive storage
Just a day after images of it leaked online, Acer has revealed pricing and availability for its new Acer C7 Chromebook. The next-generation Chromebook from Acer will be available starting tomorrow on the Google Play Store, at Best Buy stores, and on BestBuy.com. It will retail for $199.
Nintendo launches Wii U Sampling Tour across US retailers
The Nintendo Wii U won't become available for sale in the US until November 18, but potentially interested buyers can try the system out starting November 5. Nearly 5,000 demonstration booths will be set up across US retailers that include Best Buy, GameStop, Target, Walmart, and Toys 'R' Us. They will either let shoppers play one of the launch titles or offer a video presentation of the console's features.
Beleaguered company awaits Schulze's purchase offer
Electronics retailer Best Buy has issued a warning that earnings and same-store sales would be less than expected for its third quarter. Compounding the losses, U.S. business president Mike Vitelli will depart the company at the end of the fiscal year with a lump-sum payment of $1.45 million, and the executive vice president of U.S. operations, Tim Sheehan, will leave the company at the end of October.
Microsoft offers 250GB Xbox for $99, with Kinect for $150 with Xbox LIVE subscription
Microsoft is expanding its subsidy for the Xbox 360 console that started with the 4GB model back in May. Now, there are three choices, with potential buyers capable of picking the 4GB console with Kinect or a 250GB console without for the same $99. The third option adds Kinect to the 250GB console but bumps the price of entry to $149.