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Briefly: to go solo; Best Buy offering free iPhone 5s

updated 12:37 am EST, Sat March 1, 2014

Messaging app focusing on own network, shirks Facebook Chat, AIM, Google Talk, more

To the surprise and disappointment of most of its users, chatting application has announced that it will discontinue support for third-party networks -- including Facebook Chat, AIM, Google Talk, Yahoo Messenger, ICQ, Jabber and Steam -- in order to focus on building out its own chat platform, beginning March 3. According to the service, its chat apps for Android, iOS, Amazon and the web have over 10 million users.

"To provide the best and most reliable service for our users, we need to focus on the areas we feel we can make the biggest impact," the company told users in an email. "We know change isn't always easy, but we hope our users will trust that this will make imo an even better service," the company added. The native platform offers free mobile VoIP and video calling alongside chat, perhaps signalling that the company wants to take on rivals such as the recently-acquired WhatsApp. Users will be able to download their chat histories ahead of the third-party chat support suspension through the company's web client until March 7.

Best Buy offering free 16GB iPhone 5s after trade-in

Retail chain Best Buy has lowered the cost of its entry-level iPhone 5s to $150 in order to match a buyback offer where users can trade in a working iPhone 5 or iPhone 4S to get a credit good for the 16GB model of Apple's latest iPhone with a two-year commitment to AT&T, Verizon or Sprint. Customers who do not have an iPhone 4S or 5 to trade in can still buy the phone for $150 (which also requires the two-year contract). The special promotion will end on Saturday, March 1.

by MacNN Staff



  1. And.reg

    Mac Elite

    Joined: 02-22-04

    Great to know, same day that the promotion ends.

  1. Charles Martin

    MacNN Editor

    Joined: 08-04-01

    Sorry, does it actually take you more than an entire day to get to a Best Buy? I think I'm safe in saying that for most of our North American readers, it would take no more than an hour to do so if they were interested in this *one day* promotion.

    Furthermore, the item was posted in the wee hours of the morning, far in advance of any Best Buy stores actually opening up. BB did not notify press in advance of this event, but in my judgement you had/have plenty of time to take advantage of the offer. In fact, it's still going on as I write this, 12 hours after the news item was posted, and will be going on for at least another four hours on the east coast.

  1. And.reg

    Mac Elite

    Joined: 02-22-04

    And if someone didn't know about the promotion until a few days later...?

    Imagine this conversation:

    Hey I got a free iPhone at Best Buy...

    wait they're giving them away for free?

    Yeah well just once earlier this week...



    Oh....well too late now! No one told me. How was I supposed to know? :(

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