Didn’t get the cool new phone or iDevice for Christmas that you were hoping for? Are you sitting on a pile of cash or gift cards? Don’t worry! There are still deals to be had on new and refurbished hardware between now and the end of the year.
Apple (Refurbished Hardware)
- iPod Classic (Silver or Black) – $209
- iPod touch 32GB (third generation) – $229
- iPod touch 64GB (third generation) – $299
- iPad Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 3G – $50-100 off refurbished units
AT&T Wireless (Refurbished Hardware)
- Apple iPhone 4 16GB – $99, $36 activation fee
- Apple iPhone 4 32GB – $199, $36 activation fee
- Apple iPhone 3GS 8/16/32GB – $29/$49/79, $36 activation fee
- BlackBerry Torch – $9.99, activation fee waived
- HP Palm Pre Plus – $0.00, activation fee waived
- HTC Aria – $0.01, activation fee waived
Keep reading for Verizon Wireless and Sprint phones.
- BlackBerry Bold 9650 – $150 off online order
- BlackBerry Curve 3G – $200 off online order
- HP Palm Pixi – Free when ordered online
- HTC Evo 4G – $150 off online order
- HTC Droid Incredible – $149.99, BOGO
- BlackBerry Curve 3G 9330 – $49.99, BOGO
- BlackBerry Bold 9650 – $99.99, BOGO
- HP Palm Pixi Plus – $0.00
Depending on the phone model and service plan, a $36 activation fee may apply.
My friend Mark sent me a link to this video a few days ago and it is perfect for some weekend phone humor.
Be warned that this is the clean version of the video. There is a not safe for family/work version floating around on YouTube.com also.
The good folks over at Engadget have a good review of the Apple iPhone vs the Sprint HTC EVO which is an essential read if you are in the market for either new smartphone.
“Hoo boy. This is a tough one, isn’t it? In our years at Engadget, we’ve rarely seen such deafening debate and adulation for a pair of devices. In one corner we have the iPhone 4, coming off a few relatively easy rounds atop the smartphone mind share heap. However, the Droid and its ilk have weakened Apple’s spot, and here comes the HTC EVO 4G in for the kill, sporting a larger screen, 4G data, and all manner of HTC sexy. If the devices themselves weren’t enough, the debate has turned into something larger and metaphorical, with Apple representing tight restrictions and a singular top down vision, while Google’s Android stands for something perhaps a bit more haphazard but democratizing.”
You can read the full story on the Engadget website.
Sprint has announced that Friday’s launch of the HTC EVO 4G was the best handset launch, ever. The one day sales of the EVO 4G on Friday, June 4th, topped last year’s sales leader, the Palm Pre that features the webOS platform.
Friday sales of HTC EVO 4G marked the largest quantity of a single phone sold in one day ever for Sprint – the record was previously held by both Samsung InstinctTM and Palm PreTM. In addition, the total number of HTC EVO 4G devices sold on launch day was three times the number of Samsung Instinct and Palm Pre devices sold over their first three days on the market combined.
“HTC EVO 4G is a clear winner for customers with the powerful combination of an amazing multimedia experience in 3G coverage areas that becomes even better in our growing number of 4G markets. It is terrific to see customers react so positively to this device and the innovative experience it brings to them,” said Dan Hesse, Sprint CEO.
The record pace of HTC EVO 4G sales led to temporary shortages of the device at some of the 22,000 sales locations across the United States, including Sprint retail stores, national retail partners including RadioShack, Best Buy and Walmart, and indirect dealers. Sprint and HTC are diligently working around the clock to increase inventory in all sales channels. Additional shipments are arriving in retail stores on a regular basis with many stores seeing daily deliveries.
“HTC EVO 4G has more than lived up to our expectations that it would be one of the most anticipated technology products of the year,” said Kevin Packingham, senior vice president – Product Development for Sprint. “We are working closely with our partners at HTC to increase the supply and get EVO 4G into the hands of everyone who wants one as quickly as possible.”