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[Deal] Chromecast available for $29 at Amazon and Best Buy

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Haven’t gotten your hands on a Chromecast yet? Well, now is probably the best time to do so. At Amazon and Best Buy, Google’s HDMI dongle is available for just $29.99, down from the usual $35 price. And if you are a member of Amazon Student, you can take off an additional $5 so you just have to pay $24. If you are on the fence, take a look at what Google plans on doing with it in 2014. And for now, it seems that more developers are jumping at the opportunity to develop for the cheap, yet powerful device.

Source: Amazon, Best Buy

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Apple, Best Buy will price match iPad Air to $480 in brick and mortar stores

The new Apple iPad Air was going to cost $500, but Walmart decided to knock $20 off. Apple itself along with Best Buy will be price matching the offer so a 16GB iPad Air will cost $480 at launch (which is today).

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Samsung reports Galaxy Gear has an alarmingly high return rate “trending over 30%”

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Samsung’s recently launched Galaxy Gear got off to a relatively strong start at Best Buys across the country with a very high attach rate with the Note 3 and revamped Note 10.1. Unfortunately, that’s where the good news ends, because according to a recently leaked document, a ton of people are returning the Galaxy Gear. Some numbers pin the return rate for the Gear at Best Buy trending over 30%. Ouch. Samsung is proactively trying to figure out what’s causing that kind of massive return rate by getting Best Buy to ask customers exactly why they’re returning the Gear. Hopefully we’ll be able to see what the most popular answer is, but if I had to make an early guess, I’d bet it would be something along the lines of “I went home and realized I paid $300 for a watch at Best Buy.”

The Gear hasn’t exactly gotten off to a beautiful start, and this surely isn’t going to help it. Another major (self-imposed) road block Samsung is facing the lack of compatibility with other smartphones besides the Note 3. Part of this return problem could definitely be customers buying the Gear then getting it home to test it out on their Galaxy S III, only to find out it doesn’t work at all. It’s a reasonable assumption to think that a Samsung product would work with another Samsung flagship device, but sadly, that’s not the case. Sure, we’ve seen it work halfway with some other devices, but for a mainstream consumer device that costs as much as the Gear does, that’s not acceptable.

Fortunately, another leaked document posted up some release dates for when compatibility should hit older models of Samsung devices. The Galaxy S III and Galaxy S 4 as well as the S 4 Active and Note 2 for all carriers should all be receiving compatibility updates by the end of November (T-Mobile’s Note 2 update is slated for December 2nd, but close enough). That’s probably something that should have happened a month ago, but better late than never.

If you’re interested in the exact dates for your model and carrier, check out the picture and source below.

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source: Geek.com

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Moto X Price Cut-off: $99 via Moto Maker with Two-year AT&T Contract

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Moto X is the first smartphone co-developed by Google and Motorola and when it first hit the market in August it had a price tag of $199. Fast forward two months and we hear that Best Buy and Amazon have the Moto X on sale at just $99. While Best Buy’s Moto X price cut […]

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition Now Available at Amazon and Best Buy, Verizon Starts Selling Galaxy Note 3

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Samsung’s fans have something to cheer for today as the newest members of the Note family are now available for buy at more US retailers. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is now up for grabs at Verizon, while the bigger Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition is hitting Best Buy and Amazon with WiFi-only connectivity. You […]

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T-Mobile to sunset Classic plans at retail partners starting in November

As many of you already know, T-Mobile has done away with phone subsidies through its website and retail locations. Partner such as Walmart and Best Buy, however, have been able to continue offering the Classic plans with signed contracts. A leaked T-Mobile document shows the carrier hanging up on these plans starting November 1.

Effective yesterday, September 30, retailers around the country were directed to return postpaid inventory back to the carrier. Both retail and the branded outlets are expected to allow for exchanges within a 30 day period provided the customer brings the original receipt with them.

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Looking ahead, T-Mobile is expected to announce the third phase of its Uncarrier strategy. Rumors suggest the wireless provider might do away with up-front deposits and/or provide refurbished devices in stores.

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Unlocked Galaxy Note 3 coming to Best Buy on September 19?

Galaxy_Note_3_Unlocked_Best_Buy_Inventory_02According 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.

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I guess we won’t know for sure if any of this is correct until this Thursday, but I can guarantee that if you go into your local Best Buy store right now and ask about this device, the sales associate is probably going to be clueless.

source: SamMobile

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Best Buy announces Metallic Blue HTC One for September 15

Best Buy and HTC announced yesterday that the Metallic Blue version of the HTC One will be available at the retailer on Sunday, September 15.In an interesting twist, it appears that three carriers are on board to offer the handset: Sprint, Verizon, and AT&T. Pricing was not made clear in the press release however we’ve already found it listed on Best Buy’s website and the typical $199.99 looks to be in order. Everything else is the same as the standard model; specs and software features remain unchanged.

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Exclusive to Best Buy, HTC One in blue to be available starting Sunday, September 15th

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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.

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Verizon to offer blue HTC One, possibly a Best Buy exclusive

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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

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