Rush to put Watch in all stores accompanies revamp of Apple SWASs
Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly has announced that the retailer will change course on the Apple Watch, and rush to put the wearable in all 1,050 of its retail locations in the US "by the end of September," instead of the 300 outlets it was previously planning for. In addition, the iPhone maker's "Store Within a Store" branded Apple sections within Best Buy stores in some 740 locations are undergoing renovations in time for the holiday season.
Major retailer could offer AppleCare to customers at launch of new iPhone
Best Buy customers buying Apple products through the retailer may soon offer more protection for their newly-acquired devices when they reach the checkout. A report claims the electronics chain will start offering AppleCare plans in stores from mid-September, with both AppleCare covering Macs and AppleCare+ for iOS devices and the Apple Watch expected to be offered under the unannounced program.
Electronics chain is first mass-market third-party retailer to carry device
As previously reported, Best Buy has launched a selection of Apple Watch models for try-on and purchase in its US stores. The electronics chain will carry all models of Sport models, but only three versions of the regular stainless-steel models, and none of the gold Edition units. The Canadian side of the company will start offering the Apple Watch at its stores beginning August 14. The company will also carry a line of Apple and third-party Apple Watch accessories.
Best Buy Canada to follow US stores by a week with Apple Watch sales
Following the US electronics chain Best Buy's announcement that direct Apple Watch sales would begin August 7, the Canadian branch -- which recently took over the existing Futureshop chain there -- has revealed that it will begin its own sales of the device starting one week later, August 14. The company says it will offer Apple Store-like "try-on" sessions at 20 stores, and sell the product at 50 store initially, as well as on the online site.
Up to 300 Best Buy stores will sell Apple Watch by holidays
The Apple Watch is going to be easier to acquire in the United States, with major electronics chain Best Buy set to sell the smartwatches to customers from next month. An announcement from the retailer advises that it will be the first national retailer where the Apple Watch can be acquired, aside from Apple's own store network, with the first locations to put the wearable device on sale doing so from August 7.
Pebble Time smartwatch on sale at Best Buy, Target sales in August
The Pebble Time is now available to buy in-store by non-Kickstarter backers. The second-generation of smartwatch can now be acquired in Best Buy stores in red, white, and black color options, reports CNET, priced at $199. Target will also be selling the smartwatch through its retail and online stores, starting from August 17. A retail release date for the Pebble Time Steel has yet to be confirmed.
Electronics chain also a partner in rival MCX system, which disallows NFC
During yesterday's conference call with analysts, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced an expansion of Apple Pay into Best Buy, with the mobile payment technology being accepting through the electronic chain's site immediately, and in stores later this year. Separately, Discover has announced that it will finally allow members to add their cards to Apple Pay beginning this fall. Discover was the last major credit card to resist joining Apple's initiative.
Remainder of locations will re-open on April 4 with Best Buy branding
Canadian technology retailer Future Shop has essentially been absorbed into parent company Best Buy overnight. While 66 locations were completely shut down overnight, 65 locations will be reborn as Best Buy stores on April 4. Reports scattered across Canada are seeing employees being notified of the closure and their future employment status as they arrive for a Saturday shift at the store.
Deal in-store only
As a part of a November 8 promotional event, the US branch of Best Buy will be giving away gift cards with purchases of an iPad Air or MacBook Air. Buyers of a first- or second-generation iPad Air will get a $50 card; the card value jumps to $100 when buying a MacBook. Shoppers must go to "select" retail outlets to qualify.
Retailers choose platform-agnostic option
Two major US retailers -- Best Buy and Walmart -- have announced that they will not support Apple Pay, according to the Wall Street Journal. The companies are instead said to be backing a payment service operated by Merchant Customer Exchange. The MCX technology requires only an app download, and is platform-agnostic, supporting older iPhones as well as Android devices. Apple Pay will be restricted to the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, and Apple Watch.
Retailers looking to clear out old stock
Best Buy is conducting a one-day sale on all its iPad Air models, cutting their costs by $75 each. That makes a 16GB Wi-Fi Air $425, and a 16GB 4G Air $555. The most expensive iPads -- 128GB 4G models -- have been lowered to $855. A further $50 discount on any of the models is available to educational buyers.
Texas Instruments processor claimed to power Moto 360
More details for the Moto 360 have surfaced, ahead of its expected launch early next month alongside two smartphones. A product listing for the Android Wear smartwatch appeared on the Best Buy website before being pulled from view, and provided not only a full list of specifications for the wearable device, but also confirmed that it will launch at $249.
Struggling chain attempting to reinvent itself to survive the modern market
In an interview, electronics retailer Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly believes that the day of the tablet may already be over. Citing observations at his stores, the CEO claims that the company has "actually had a revival of the PC business at Best Buy," giving credit to Microsoft for discontinuation of Windows XP, and to Apple for continuing to innovate for consumers.
Student coupon can push price as low as $830
Apple's cheaper $1,099 iMac, launched on the 18th, is already being sold for less at some third-party vendors. Best Buy is offering the computer for $980, while B&H Photo has marked it down to $979. Students shopping at Best Buy can use an electronic coupon to further reduce the price to only $830.
Logitech introduces new multimedia speaker system with satellite speakers, subwoofer
Logitech has announced the upcoming availability of its new 2.1 multimedia speaker system, the Multimedia Speakers Z213. Featuring two satellite speakers and a dedicated subwoofer, the system is designed to work with Windows and Mac computers, as well as tablets, smartphones and MP3 players. Its down-firing subwoofer with a four-inch driver provides a strong bass level, and its wired control pod holds controls for volume. Audio can be listened to through headphones connected to the 3.5mm-compatible headphone jack built into the control pod. The Logitech Multimeda Speakers Z213 system is also compatible with the company's Bluetooth Audio Adapter. Anticipated to be available this month, the Multimedia Speakers Z213 are priced at $30.
New models ship in June, exclusive to Best Buy
Alongside an array of tablets, Toshiba today announced a refresh of its Satellite laptop line. Debuting today are the Satellite Radius convertible, and the Satellite Click 2 and Click 2 Pro detachable PCs. Both models are exclusive to Best Buy, and will debut in June.
Trend of competing store-within-a-store areas continues inside retailer
Both Samsung and Sony are readying retail spaces inside of Best Buy stores to showcase new home theater items, featuring 4K ultra high definition televisions at the big box retailer. Labeled as "experience" areas within the stores, Sony will have dedicated areas in 350 Best Buy stores, while Samsung will have featured areas in 500 stores to be installed in the coming weeks.
Verizon exclusivity, price of new HTC One rumored
A second leaking video has appeared on YouTube, claiming to show the updated HTC One, the day before it is set to launch. The 14-minute video of the codenamed-M8 device surfaces at the same time as rumors of its availability, including a period of exclusivity on Verizon in the United States, exclusive color options, and a possible price tag for the smartphone.
Chromebook 11 goes back on sale through Google Play after charger issues
The HP Chromebook 11 has gone back on sale through Google Play in the United States, following its charger-related issues. At the same time, a new version has gone on sale through Best Buy, with an Altair 4G chip allowing it to offer support for 4G LTE connections over Verizon's network, giving customers the option of using just Wi-Fi or to have a cellular-connected model.
Price cut follows earlier discounts, Moto X flash sales
Motorola is making a bigger push for sales of its flagship Moto X in the United States, by giving it a permanent price cut. The change, coming after a number of similar discounts on the smartphone, comes at the same time as reports that its cheaper stablemate, the Moto G, is being sold at Best Buy for $100 on Verizon with no contract.
Best Buy offering iPhone 16GB iPhone 5c for free
Best Buy is now offering shoppers the chance to pick up Apple's iPhone 5c for free with the activation of a new contract. The retailer has 16GB iPhone 5c models available for Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint, each priced at $0, so long as a customer signs up for a new contract. The 32GB versions of the mid-range iPhone sell for $80 on contract, and Best Buy is also offering the iPhone 5s at a low cost.
Best Buy cutting up to $129 off MacBook Pro prices
Best Buy is cutting prices on its entire stock of Apple's MacBook Pro notebooks as part of a 24-hour gifting sale. The electronics retailer is offering up to $89 off of the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro and up to $129 off of the 15-inch model. As AppleInsider notes, the discount makes gives consumers the chance to purchase Apple's new notebooks at the lowest price they have yet been available.
Best Buy, Sprint deal provides free talk, text, data to student subscribers
Sprint has started a promotion for students buying any new smartphones in the carrier's range over the holiday shopping period. Customers buying a device under the My Way Student promotion through Best Buy will receive up to 12 months of free cellular service, which the company states will save students up to $70 per month in costs.
Reports claim HP and Google are behind stop, not Best Buy corporate
Retailer Best Buy has pulled HP's new Chromebook 11 from sale both online and in storefronts. Critical-level messaging has been sent to retail stores, stating that stores "should stop selling the HP Chromebook 11 effective immediately." Information has surfaced that the suspension is related to AC adapters overheating while charging the laptop.
Samsung smartwatch apparently not going over well
Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch may have a return rate as high as 30 percent at Best Buy, according to a leaked internal document from the popular electronics retailer. Geek.com acquired the document, which solicits opinions from on-site Samsung staff as to why customers may be returning the device. The document also gives exact dates for when Gear compatibility will expand to other Samsung devices.
Best Buy giving out gift cards for working iPads
Electronics retailer Best Buy announced on Tuesday that it will be offering at least $200 in trade-in value for any working third- or fourth-generation iPad or iPad mini through November 9. The value will be given in the form of a Best Buy gift card that can be used toward the purchase of anything else in the store. The value of the gift card may be dependent upon the tablet's model and condition, CNet reported.
Upcoming promotion could yield iPhone 5c for nothing down
Best Buy retail locations are launching another promotion on the iPhone 5c and 5s. A screenshot of an internal Best Buy document shows that the retailer will allow customers to trade in selected -- and completely functional -- smartphones for a minimum of $100 in credit towards purchase of a new device on a two-year contract between October 13 and 19.
Bluetooth karaoke device streams music content with Wi-Fi connection
Singing Machine, a home karaoke producer, has announced its new Bluetooth product: Singing Machine Home. The at-home karaoke device offers a compact design, as well as a number of features for accessing content. This includes Wi-Fi support for accessing an online library of more than 8,,000 HD karaoke videos, and a wireless microphone that doubles as a remote for browsing through a music library. The device plugs into a user's TV via HDMI and connects to cloud software Singing Machine Play -- the company's reaming platform. The Singing Machine Home will be priced at $300, and be available from BestBuy.com and Best Buy stores in late October.
Promotion runs through October 7, retail store pickup only
Retailer Best Buy has announced that it is holding a weekend sale (beginning today) that includes a $50 store gift card with any iPhone 5c purchase, effectively reducing the price of the already-discounted iPhone 5 successor to as little as $49 up front with a two-year carrier contract, or $499 off-contract for the 16GB model. The offer requires in-store pickup or walk-in purchase at the company's retail locations, and the gift card can't be used towards the iPhone 5c purchase.
Best Buy to start selling metallic blue HTC One from September 15th
The blue version of the HTC One will be going on sale through Best Buy from September 15th. Identical to the normal model except for color, the "metallic blue" smartphone will be available on AT&T and Verizon, along with Sprint, though the retailer has yet to reveal per-carrier pricing. It is suggested by Engadget that it could cost as much as $700 off-contract through the retailer.
New color variant showing up in retail locations
Color-conscious fans of the HTC one may want to make their way to the local Best Buy outlet, as the big box retailer is now carrying a blue, Verizon-branded variant of the celebrated handset. A tipster pointed Engadget toward images of the device, showing the unibody aluminum construction with an electric blue hue. The blue variant hit Best Buy stores and Verizon retail locations on Friday.
Retailer works on clearing out stock
Best Buy has dropped the price of a 16GB iPhone 5 to $150 at its retail stores. The company has offered similar deals in the past, but the new discount may be the last of its kind, since Apple is expected to announce two new iPhone models at its September 10th press event. If the iPhone 5 is still available after that point, it will likely drop at least another $50 in price.
Unit could be refreshed at September 10th Apple event
A number of Apple Store and Best Buy outlets are out of the AirPort Express, inventory checks show. While Apple's online store and some of its physical locations have units ready, many shops are listing the Express as either "Unavailable for Pickup" or something that has to be shipped in. Affected Best Buy stores are simply out of the product.
Arrives alongside Apple's official trade-in program
Best Buy is launching another iPhone trade-in promotion this Labor Day weekend, running Friday through Monday. People wanting to buy an iPhone 5 can trade in a working, undamaged iPhone 4 or 4S to get at least $100 towards a 16GB 5, or a minimum $150 towards a 32GB model. Should an old phone be worth more than the minimum, the difference will be made up with a Best Buy gift card.
Store-within-a-store could help initial rollout of head-mounted computer
Google is looking towards renting space in all Best Buy stores in the United States in 2014, according to a new rumor. The floorspace rental within the big box retailer would in theory be used to sell Google Glass to customers, and would follow in the footsteps of Microsoft and Samsung in launching a store-within-a-store for their own products.
EA offers customers refunds for games bought through Origin store
EA has started to offer refunds for EA-published games bought through its digital marketplace, something that competitor Steam is yet to offer. Customers buying and downloading games through Origin have up to 24 hours from the first launch of the game, or seven days from the original purchase, to return the titles for a full refund. The Origin Great Game Guarantee, going live in 20 countries, will not apply to extra downloadable content.
Retailer likely clearing out stock ahead of iPhone 5S
The US branch of Best Buy has launched another iPhone trade-in promotion, running today through August 18th. People who bring an iPhone 4S into a Best Buy store can get a gift card towards an iPhone 5 worth at least $200, so long as the phone is working and undamaged. A similar deal exists for people trading in an iPhone 4, although the base gift card value starts at only $100.
More Best Buy, Future Shop locations to host store-within-a-store by September
Microsoft has started to roll out its Windows Stores, smaller versions of its retail chain, into Best Buy and Future Shop locations in the United States and Canada. Revealed by the company in mid-June, the store-within-a-store will appear in more than 600 retail stores, 500 of which are in Best Buy, in order to help promote Windows Phone devices, Windows tablets, Xbox, Office, and Windows itself.
Reddit user shows new Google tablet in pictures before launch event
Benchmarks for the revised Google Nexus 7 have leaked online, along with a confirmation of the 1920x1200-resolution display leaked in a Best Buy flyer earlier this week. The specifications list is accompanied by news of a Reddit user receiving the tablet early, and that Best Buy has started off pre-orders for the tablet, all ahead of its expected launch at a Google event later today.
Offers $200 towards fourth-gen iPad
Best Buy is reinstating an iPad trade-in program, having briefly piloted one earlier this month. The current deal gets shoppers a "minimum" $200 Best Buy gift card -- meant to go towards the purchase of a fourth-generation iPad -- if they trade in an undamaged iPad 2 or third-gen iPad. The promotion runs today through August 3rd at the company's retail outlets.
Curved television gains THX Display certification, $15,000 price tag
LG has started selling its 55-inch curved OLED television in the United States, following a launch in South Korea a few months ago. The 55EA9800, appearing in some Best Buy stores, has also been declared by LG to be the first OLED TV in the world to have THX Display Certification, after passing more than 600 picture quality tests.
Flyer claims Google Nexus 7 to be available on a Tuesday
The next version of the Google Nexus 7 has appeared in an advertisement for electronics retailer Best Buy. The marketing material is accompanied by a separate leak showing off a full press render of the tablet, and effectively confirming the appearance of a rear-facing camera for the first time on the tablet line.
Price reduction permanent effort to boost sales of BB10 device
Retailer Best Buy has slashed the poor-selling BlackBerry Z10 phone on either AT&T or Verizon to $50 with the purchase of a service contract. The price cut appears to be permanent for the smartphone that originally went on sale for $200 in March.
Jet Black Pebble on sale at first, others to follow after Kickstarter orders completed
The Pebble smartwatch will be hitting retail for the first time this weekend, allowing potential owners to pick up the device without waiting months for a pre-order to be fulfilled. The Kickstarter-funded watch will be appearing at Best Buy through an "exclusive retail launch partnership" with the retailer, with stores receiving stock of the watches for sale on Sunday, July 7.
First trade-in day retailer's most successful ever
On Friday, the US branch of Best Buy will be launching another promotion in which shoppers can get a "free" iPhone 5. People who bring in an iPhone 4 or 4S in good condition can get at least $150 in credit, which is enough to cover most of the cost of a 16GB iPhone 5 with Best Buy's current $50 instant rebate. Should a used iPhone be worth more than $150, Best Buy says it will make up the difference with a gift card.
Windows Store to show tablets, Windows Phone, Xbox consoles
Microsoft will be opening up Windows Stores inside electronics retailer Best Buy. The new announcement sees Microsoft placing a store-within-a-store version of its retail chain inside 500 Best Buy locations in the United States and more than 100 Best Buy and Future Shop stores in Canada, with the roll-out set to be finished by September.
Deal should cover most of 16GB iPhone 5's price
Best Buy is doing a one-day promotion on Saturday in which it will give $150 in trade-in credit for a working iPhone 4 or 4S, says CNET. The deal is meant to cover the cost of a new 16GB iPhone 5. Buyers must be eligible for an upgrade (or new contract) with AT&T, Verizon, or Sprint however, and pay any sales tax or carrier activation fees. The promotion is also limited to Best Buy's retail stores.
Other phones getting week-long promotions
The US branch of Best Buy is planning to launch a $50 discount on iPhones starting on Sunday, says AllThingsD. The sale should last for four weeks, and cover the iPhone 4, 4S, and 5. All phones must, however, be tied to a new two-year contract with AT&T, Verizon, or Sprint, ruling out carriers like T-Mobile.
Exchange of ownership for $774 million in cash, stock, to help simplify business
Electronics retailer Best Buy is selling its stake in Carphone Warehouse Group to co-owner Carphone Warehouse, in its continued efforts to financially turn itself around. The sale, which sees Best Buy exchange its holdings in the European entity for £500 million ($774 million) in cash and stock according to a statement, effectively ends Best Buy's faltering expansion into the continent.
Best Buy to ship HTC One on T-Mobile on April 19th
The HTC One will be available on T-Mobile on April 19th, according to the Best Buy website. The electronics retailer is carrying the smartphone at $249 when bought with a T-Mobile contract, or $700 off-contract, writes TmoNews. T-Mobile itself will also sell the HTC One without a service contract for $99, but it will still require monthly payments for the phone on its own, as per the new UnCarrier scheme the company is implementing.