Proposal to rescue majority of 1,740 RadioShack stores approved by bankruptcy court
A plan to co-brand the majority of remaining RadioShack stores with Sprint has been approved by a US bankruptcy court. The approval will give the carrier a large number of extra outlets, with its brand appearing on the signage of a number of the 1,740 remaining RadioShack locations, as part of a wider plan to try and keep the stores open and to safeguard approximately 7,500 jobs.
Google adds medical details to Knowledge Graph
Google has updated its Knowledge Graph, used to provide extra details in search results for common subjects, with health-related information. Vetted by a team of doctors at Google and the Mayo Clinic for accuracy, the new cards will bring up details for common health conditions, including symptoms, treatments, commonality, if it is contagious, and other relevant points, along with illustrations for some conditions.
Up to 1,750 RadioShack stores to be co-branded Sprint, according to filing
Electronics retailer RadioShack has applied for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Following a week of speculation, the troubled company filed its papers earlier today, and confirmed plans to sell off a large proportion of its stores to Sprint and Standard General, one which will provide the carrier with a considerable boost to its overall outlet count.
Online retail behemoth may take the opportunity to showcase products, facilitate pickup
Last month, Electronista reported on the financial woes of venerable electronics retailer RadioShack. The 94-year-old company was facing the possibility of going bankrupt this month unless a solution was found. As the deadline nears, it appears that Sprint is interested in taking over a sizable chunk of their stores -- but they may face competition from Amazon, which has allegedly expressed interest in some of the company's stores as showcase and pickup locations.
Negotiations could lead to rebranding of half Radioshack stores, shuttering of remainder
RadioShack may be preparing to close its chain of electronics stores, according to a report. The troubled retail chain, which revealed it was close to bankruptcy last month, is said to be in discussions to sell approximately half of its store leases to Sprint, shuttering the rest and effectively ending the 94-year-old company's life as a brick-and-mortar retailer.
Low stock could be contributing to looming financial collapse
RadioShack outlets across the US are suffering from extremely low iPhone stock, despite the critical holiday shopping season, according to Seeking Alpha. Most models aren't on shelves, and in many cases stores lack any iPhones to speak of, forcing people to use a "Ship to Store" option that takes several days. RadioShack doesn't sell the iPhone on its website, which simply directs iPhone shoppers to physical outlets.
iPhones free with trade-ins
Today through June 9th, the US branch of RadioShack is running a special in-store discount on Apple's iPhone 5s and 5c, as well as the Samsung Galaxy S5. 5s buyers can get a 16GB model on AT&T, Verizon, or Sprint for free if they bring in a working iPhone 4S, or simply pay $80 -- in either case, a new or upgraded two-year contract is required. The rules are similar with the 5c, except that a broader range of phones can be traded in, and the cash option is only $30.
Shack cuts up-front cost in half, iPhone 5s drops to free when trading in an iPhone 4S
Although there have been a number of good deals in recent months on both the iPhone 5c and 5s, a new deal kicking off tomorrow from RadioShack may be the one iPhone 4S holdouts have been waiting for. Starting April 18, new or upgrading customers using AT&T, Verizon or Sprint can buy the 16GB version of the iPhone 5s for $99, half of its usual $199 up-front cost. The deal, which is available both online and in stores, gets sweeter if users trade in a working iPhone 4S or newer.
Samsung Galaxy S5 pre-orders similar to other carriers
Following the unveiling of pre-order plans by a number of other carriers, Sprint and RadioShack have both revealed how they will sell the Samsung Galaxy S5. RadioShack will start accepting pre-orders from March 21st, while Sprint has opened up its pre-orders for the smartphone today, and will be offering the new Samsung smart watch range as well.
Datawind tablet aims to bridge 'digital divide' with lowest cost tablet
A provider of wireless web access products, Datawind, has announced the release of three new affordable Android tablets and 'phablets' -- the UbiSlate 7Ci, UbiSlate 7C+, and UbiSlate 3G7 -- starting at $38. The UbiSlate devices are powered by a Cortex A8 1GHz processor, theoretically of the same calibre as the original iPad from 2010. Containing 512MB of RAM (twice that of the original iPad), its 4GB flash storage can be supplemented up to 32GB through its microSD card slot.
TiVo ships Slide Pro Remote with concealed QWERTY keyboard
TiVo has put its new Slide Pro Remote on sale. Much like the original, the Slide Pro Remote resembles a normal TiVo remote, but conceals a backlit QWERTY keyboard in a second layer. This new version, which includes RF support, dedicated "Search" and "Back" buttons, and can play a tune when lost, will work with all TiVo Roamio DVRs, TiVo Premiere DVRs, and TiVo Minis with a dongle, and is priced at $50.
Discount expires November 2nd
(Updated with Walmart discount) Following in the wake of a similar Best Buy promotion, RadioShack has announced plans of its own to cut $50 off the price of an iPhone 5c. Beginning October 5th and running through November 2nd, retail buyers will be able to get a free $50 gift card, which can be applied immediately to the cost of the device. Prices can be lowered further by trading in an old smartphone in good condition.
Locker delivery from Amazon does not meet Staples criteria
Amazon Lockers are being pulled from Staples and RadioShack stores, after both brick-and-mortar retailers decided to pull out of the agreements. The removal of the units, which allows customers to ship deliveries to code-locked storage systems based in nearby stores rather than to their home or work, comes just under a year after they were installed.
Discounts also available on iPhone 5, can be done in-store or mail-in
A day after announcing that it would accept iPhone trade-ins towards the cost of the new iPhone models (or other brands of contract phones), RadioShack has announced that it will join with carriers AT&T, Verizon and Sprint in offering pre-orders on the iPhone 5c, which commence on Friday. According to reader reports, RadioShack stores will begin accepting preorders at each store's usual opening time, and plans to have stock of all color options for all three of its affiliated carriers. Buyers can trade in smartphones to get up to $250 in credit.
Retailer cutting $50 off iPhone 4, 4S
RadioShack has announced plans to join in tomorrow's launch of the Virgin Mobile iPhone 5. Prices will be identical to those direct from Virgin, except that RadioShack is promising $50 off the cost of the phone with a qualifying trade-in. That offer expires July 27th. If a person trades in an iPhone 4 or 4S, they can get $150 off until July 13th.
BlackBerry adds search, clickable PINs to BBM Channels beta
BlackBerry has updated its beta for BBM Channels with the option to search for specific channels and other features. The update for the BB10 social platform, which allows users to create their own channels of content and follow other channels, also adds clickable PINs, allowing others to click a Channel PIN in Facebook or Twitter to directly view the channel, the option to delete created channels, and support for animated GIFs.
RadioShack confirms will stock HTC One from launch day
RadioShack has confirmed it will be stocking the new flagship phone from HTC, in an e-mail to Electronista. The HTC One, a 4.7-inch Android device with a 468ppi pixel density, a quad-core 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM, and options for 32GB and 64GB of fixed storage, will be available from the retailer from its US launch date, which will be sometime in March. A price has still not been confirmed for the smartphone, which will be revealed closer to its street date.
Retailer cuts $50 off 5, 4S
RadioShack has announced an expansion of its holiday iPhone sale. The retailer is now offering $50 off in-store purchases of both the iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S. The cut applies to all carriers and capacities; RadioShack is also supplying $10 email coupons for every $50 spent through December 17th.
Galaxy S II Skyrocket, Stratosphere offered for free
Sunday will see the beginning of RadioShack's buy-one-get-one-free deal on a number of Android phones from AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon. Customers purchasing the Galaxy SIII from Samsung or Motorola's Droid Razr 4G LTE will have the option to get one of four other smartphones for free. The BOGO deal is also compatible with RadioShack's existing $10 back in-store or online holiday purchase deal.
Discount applies to all capacities
Electronics retailer RadioShack has launched a temporary sale on AT&T models of the iPhone 5. From today until December 15th, the company offering a $20 discount; that puts the price of a 16GB phone as low as $180. The same $20 can be taken off the costs of 32 and 64GB phones.
Galaxy S III going for $100 with two-year contract
Starting this sunday, RadioShack will be offering Samsung's Galaxy S III smartphone with a complimentary $50 Google Play credit. The retailer is offering Samsung's flagship smartphone for $100 with the activation of a two-year contract. Customers looking to get the S III on AT&T will have to make their purchase in-store in order to take advantage of the offer, while Sprint and Verizon customers can get the Play Store credit in-store or online.
Retailer looks to change direction, no permanent successor yet
James F. Gooch, CEO of RadioShack, will be stepping down after a little more than a year on the job. A RadioShack spokesperson confirmed to The Wall Street Journal today that Gooch would be departing as the company seeks to "establish the right leadership to address the company's challenges and capitalize on its opportunities." RadioShack has not yet lined up a permanent replacement for Gooch.
Huawei phones initial offerings, more to follow
Partially confirming previous leaks, Electronics retailer RadioShack and Leap Wireless International's Cricket-branded network have teamed up to launch a wireless service able to be purchased at RadioShack, or in-store kiosks at Target. The pay-as-you-go plans will initially sell two Huawei Technologies phones.
$60 gets unlimited calling, text, 2.5GB data, tethering
Seemingly confirming prior rumors that the electronics retailer was preparing to launch pre-paid wireless plans, a document has leaked that appears to show the pricing scheme for the new plans. An anonymous source provided Engadget with what appear to be internal documents showing that the as-yet-unannounced service will support both featurephones and smartphones.
AT&T, Verizon, Sprint models from $125 to $325
RadioShack announced today that it will be cutting prices on the iPhone 4S by $75. Beginning Sunday, August 26, all AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint iPhone 4S models will be available for the discounted price to new and upgrading customers at RadioShack locations nationwide. The Apple smartphone is also eligible for RadioShack's Trade & Save program, which allows customers to trade in old devices for credit toward new purchases.
Internal website suggests free 8GB SD card for selected handsets
A second leak for RadioShack's contract-less mobile network has surfaced, suggesting that the Cricket-powered service will launch on September 5. An image sent to Engadget shows an internal-only web page, complete with RadioShack No Contract Wireless branding and company confidentiality warnings to the viewer.
RadioShack MVNO based on Cricket, use HTC One V
RadioShack may be launching a contract-less mobile service in the future. Leaked screenshots from the company received by Engadget allegedly show a product listing entitled "HTC One V No-Contract Phone for RadioShack Mobile" based on Cricket. If true, the move would see the electronics retailer becoming a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) in an already crowded carrier marketplace.
Stock trading at levels not seen since 1980
Consumer electronics retailer RadioShack reported an unexpected second-quarter loss and said it would stop paying stock dividends. In one day shares have fallen over 33 percent, and are trading at levels last seen in 1980. The stock is down 74 percent this year alone. The decision to suspend the dividend comes after the surprisingly weak earnings announcement coupled with an imminent debt maturity of $375 million due in 2013. Stopping the payment will save the company about $50 million per year.
RadioShack follows Targets lead, discounts iPhones
Yesterday, RadioShack's Twitter feed carried word of a new discount on the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 4S. The retailer will, for a limited time, let customers save $50 instantly on the two most recent models of iPhone. The discount follows a similar move by Target. Earlier this week, Target announced it would discount the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S by $50 with a two-year contract.
AT&T, Verizon each double Apple figures
The number of Americans buying iPhones from Best Buy is just under the number buying them from Apple itself, according to a Consumer Intelligence Research Partners survey. The firm polled people in December, January, and February to learn where they picked up their devices. Retail stores accounted for 76 percent of iPhone sales, compared to 24 percent online. The ratios were 67 percent and 33 percent during the launch of the iPhone 4S in October.
Apple details new iPad launch beyond first batch
Apple in its customary pre-launch details both confirmed a launch time for the new iPad and outlined the next wave of countries after the initial March 16 date. True to recent leaks, the first 10 countries will start selling the new tablet at retail at 8AM through at least Apple stores. Best Buy, RadioShack, Sam's Club, Target, and Walmart will also have the iPad, although some of these are likely to open later.
Shack Card earns $50 mail-in rebate
A day after the start of Apple's own efforts, electronics retailer RadioShack has started pre-orders for the third-generation iPad. Shoppers must pay for a $50 gift card, although the card can be used towards picking up an iPad. Like Apple, RadioShack will carry the tablet in stores on March 16th.
Quantities likely extremely low
Some RadioShack outlets may still be stocking the 16GB version of the iPhone 4, a new training document suggests. The document states that both 8 and 16GB models are available for $100 with a two year contract, and that the offer is "good for AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon." No 16GB iPhone was ever built for Sprint however; only the 8GB option is available with that carrier.
LG X120, Booklet 3G get price drops for holidays
Best Buy Mobile and RadioShack will offer sales on two netbook PCs when paired with mobile broadband service contracts, including the Nokia Booklet 3G and LG X120, respectively. The latter is LG's first netbook and exclusively offered at Radioshack and will cost just $50 until Christmas Eve when buyers also sign up for a two-year, $60 per month contract from AT&T for mobile broadband data. The Nokia Booklet 3G from Best Buy, meantime, will cost $200 on a similar plan, which represents a $400 savings.
Retailer continues its mobile-focused rebranding
Radio Shack has confirmed plans to expand iPhone distribution across the US in 2010. Although the retailer has already begun selling Apple's handset, availability is currently limited to approximately 250 stores in select areas. The move is expected to help reinforce the company's recent marketing which has focused on mobile phones.
LG X120 netbook gets AT&T 3G, SmartOn interface
The LG X120 netbook introduced early this year will soon be available in US, exclusively at RadioShack, the computer maker announced on Monday. LG's first netbook for the country sports a 10.1-inch LED backlit display with a 1024x576 resolution, Intel's 1.6GHz Atom processor and 1GB of RAM. The 160GB hard drive is preloaded with Windows XP, not Windows 7 Starter, and users can quickly access the web, photos, IM programs and an MP3 player through LG's Linux-based SmartOn interface without waiting for the operating system to boot.