Apple has reportedly put a freeze on Best Buy iPad 2 sales due to mishandling by the electronics retailer.
According to a CrunchGear tipster, 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. Folks over at TUAW also report that a reader tipped them of the freeze as well. He claims that until further notice, the mammoth electronics retailer has had all stock except demo units pulled.
The incident is said to have led Apple to slap a ban on the sales of any more iPad 2 More >
Although this was a surprise to many on the sales floor of Best Buy retail outlets, a new report from Forbes claims that all floor sales associates may soon find a sweet present at work with their name on it – a new iPad 2. Although the company doesn’t do this nationwide at least for the release of the first-generation iPad, it’s thought that Best Buy wants its sales team to be well-acquainted with the product and effectively sell units of the refreshed tablet in an expedient fashion.
If Best Buy goes through with the free iPad 2 program, the effort would be part of the company’s Connected More >
As the iPad 2 becomes available nationwide next week on March 11th, the biggest names in retail will be in lockstep. From the look so the ads that have turned up just 24-hours after Steve Jobs debuted the second generation Apple tablet at his company’s media event yesterday in San Francisco, each retail heavyweight such as Best Buy and Walmart are believed to be planning to carry the iPad 2 from its first day of availability.
The retailers are no strangers to Apple producs either, with Best Buy carrying the first generation iPad (though not nationwide at all stores) right out of the gate, More >
As per reports from several sources, security experts announced that Google has pulled more than 50 malware-infected apps from its Android Market, but hasn’t yet triggered automatic uninstalls of those programs from users’ phones.
This episode of large numbers of malicious Google apps is believed to have been originally discovered by a user of the popular news aggregation site Reddit who spotted the pirated apps, and another online source, Android Police, also took a close look and flagged it. Mahaffey calls it a “community response” to the malicious Google apps, which he notes has More >
Another sign of the white iPhone 4 possibly being introduced has arised – spotted in AT&T’s inventory system. Both the iPhone 4 16 GB and 32 GB appear in AT&T’s Online Account Management system according to BGR. The evidence continues to amount for an imminent release for the iPhone 4′s white counterpart, especially after appearing in the inventory systems of both Vodafone Germany and then just last week in Best Buy’s inventory system.
There isn’t any indication within the system as to when the device might be released but with these products being added to several More >
MacRumors is currently reporting that they have received a screenshot in which their source claims is from a Best Buy inventory database, which provides some interesting information. You can see in the screenshots below, Best Buy’s inventory database has entries for 16GB and 32GB white iPhone 4 models, which has in-stock dates of February 27th. Currently, MacRumors is reporting the following:
We’ve received information today from a source sharing the below screenshot claimed to be from a Best Buy inventory database showing both 16 GB and 32 GB white iPhone 4 models listed with expected More >
It seems like Best Buy has some plans of its own starting early this year with news of a buy back program aimed at keeping users who constantly upgrade their smartphone off billing cycle, buying from Best Buy Mobile. As of right now, cell phone purchasers can opt into the cleverly named Buy Back program for $59.99 at the time of handset purchase. Between the first six months of handset ownership users can then trade-in their device to Best Buy mobile for 50% of the phones full retail value. Between months 6 and 12 the device can be turned in for 40% of its original value, months 12 to 18 at More >
The latest and the greatest Android phone, the Google Nexus S is now available for purchase in US at Best Buy. Customers in UK will be able to purchase it starting from December 20th.
Designed by the folks (Google) in Mountain View, California, and manufactured by Samsung, Nexus S will be the first phone powered by the just announced Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It is also the first Android phone with built-in support for NFC. A complete guide to the new OS can be found here, you can also check out the highlighted features of the OS here.
You can purchase unlocked version of Google Nexus S More >
Recenly approved by the FCC, the WiFi-only Samsung Galaxy Tab, also tipped as incoming in Best Buy’s November “Mobile Buyer’s Guide”, has been delayed. According to an internal pullback notice reported by Jeff Jarvis, the retailer is blaming “manufacturer delay” for the WiFi-only Galaxy Tab not arriving this month, leaving only carrier-supported 3G models on offer.
The nature of the delay itself is unclear, though there has been speculation from analysts that Samsung had been forced to “dramatically revise” Galaxy Tab production in the face of underwhelming market demand. Nonetheless, the More >
Now that Apple is finally able to keep up with the demand for the iPad, they have started to offer Certified Refurbished models at the Apple Online Store. This is the first time iPads have been made available at a discounted price. Apple’s supply of iPads has increased dramatically recently as new orders now ship within 24 hours. Also, Best Buy is set to expand all sales to all of their stores by September 26 as well. Target is also rumored to be carrying the iPad in the near future.
As of right now, Apple is currently offering the Wi-Fi models at a $50 discount. The 16GB now sells for More >