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.
Promotional trade-in offer especially good for iPad 1, 2 owners
As reported earlier this week, Target is running a promotion that offers a $200 Target gift card in exchange for working iPads of any generation. While intended to be used towards the purchase of new iPad Air models, in at least some locations the card can be used for any product Target sells, generating extra interest. The company has now signalled that the offer will end on Saturday, November 9, giving older iPad owners just two days to take advantage of the deal.
Trade-in for iPhone can also net gift-card reward from retailer
North American big-box retailer Target is offering a new promotion in its latest US flyer, offering Target gift cards in varying amounts for the purchase of iOS devices -- including the current iPad models, iPod Touch, Apple TV and iPhone 5. All but the latter are direct rebates in the form of Target gift cards up to $50, while the iPhone 5 discount can be augmented with a trade-in of a previous handset. In addition, the company is selling the iPhone 5 for $149 with a two-year carrier contract. It isn't clear if the gift card is offered for all configurations of the iOS devices, or just specific models.
Main page updated with a slightly squarer design
As is traditional for the time of year, Apple has updated its main US homepage to promote items from its store in tune with the upcoming Father's Day holiday. In addition to the iPad and iPad mini, such items as iPhone 5, the Nike+Fuel band, the iGrill meat thermometer, the HipKey proximity alarm, the Nest thermostat and other suggestions are highlighted. The page also features a subtly cleaner and more geometric design.
Aimed at existing customers eligible for an iPhone 5 upgrade
Hot on the heels of iPhone 5 promotions from T-Mobile and Verizon, AT&T appears to have thrown its hat into the ring with reports that existing, upgrade-eligible customers are being targeted in a new email. The email offers special trade-in pricing for used iPhone 4S models, promising up to $200 in credit towards the cost of an iPhone 5 -- effectively cancelling out the up-front cost of moving up. Appleinsider reports that the email may be only a regional promotion instead of national.
Competitors battle for prepaid accounts
Virgin Mobile has kicked off a marketing campaign that is aimed at current T-Mobile prepaid customers. As part of its "retrain your brain" promotion, Virgin is offering $100 in unlimited-plan credit for customers who switch their phone number from a T-Mobile account.
Orders must be in by January 30 to ensure on-time delivery
Apple has launched a special Valentine's Day promotion for the upcoming holiday on its online store, highlighting the iPad and iPad mini as gift ideas along with an assortment of iPad accessory categories. Also featured is the company's iPod touch and iPod nano, augmented with offers of free shipping, free engraving and even a Valentine-themed Apple Store gift card good for hardware or software purchases at online and retail Apple Stores. The company has added a special webpage showing order delivery deadlines.
Call promotion ends tonight, for existing users only
Skype is offering a free international calling for a one-month period, in an effort to promote its international calling subscriptions. Open to existing customers of the messaging and voice call service until the end of today, the promotion includes free calling to landlines in 40 countries around the world and mobile calls to seven, including to the US, Canada, and Hong Kong.
Promotion ahead of Valentine's day
T-Mobile has announced that its entire range of phones, and a number of tablets, will be offered for free during a one-day promotion on Saturday, February 11. The "Valentine's Day Sale" applies to smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S II, BlackBerry Bold 9900, HTC Amaze 4G and Nokia Lumia 710, along with the SpringBoard tablet and the Sonic 4G hotspot.
US excluded from special offer
Starting slightly earlier this year than normal, Apple has released its 12 Days of Christmas companion app for its upcoming promotion in the UK and other parts of Europe, along with Canada. The promotional period, which runs from December 26th to the 6th of January, offers a free "gift" from the iTunes Store every 24 hours -- usually a song, app, movie rental or e-book.
Repeat of stunt from last year, says tipster
Clothing and accessories discounter TJ Maxx may be planning a repeat of a publicity stunt from last year, where it sold iPads at a $100 discount in extremely limited quantities as a "door buster" type promotion. A tipster to The Verge says the chain will put the 16GB Wi-Fi iPad 2 on sale tomorrow (December 3rd) for $399, $100 off. The report also said that stores would be limited to 15 units on hand, and that perhaps not all stores would be getting stock.
Offers $100 gift card good for apps, media
[Updated with photos] A photo has confirmed the exact kick-off of Apple's annual Back to School promotion as being tomorrow -- Thursday, June 16th -- and running through September 20th, along with other details (an earlier story had listed the promotion as beginning today). Confirming earlier reports, the report notes that instead of the usual iPod Touch "free after rebate" offer, Apple will instead give buyers a $100 gift card suitable for anything from the various iTunes stores, including apps, e-books, music or video.
$100 iTunes gift card instead of iPod Touch
New information suggests that Apple will launch its annual Back to School promotion on Wednesday, and with a twist this year that would be seem to confirm previous rumors: instead of free-after-rebate iPod Touches, the company will instead give away $100 iTunes gift cards as part of the purchase, 9to5Mac is reporting. Stores will also be redecorated, including an alleged change to the store software selection.
Full discount for unsubsidized pricing
Verizon is reportedly offering a special promotion for Apple Store staff, allowing employees to sign up for a Verizon iPhone contract for as little as $25 per month. The best monthly rate requires users to pay the full unsubsidized price for the iPhone, which starts at $650 for the 16GB version and jumps to $750 for the 32GB variant.
Toast 10 Titanium is headliner software in bundle
MacUpdate has launched its latest highly discounted software bundle, with Toast 10 disk-burning software headlining the sale. The two-week promotion offers 10 Mac applications for $50. It starts today and runs through September 22. The sale includes 10 software titles, including Toast, and has two additional titles for early buyers -- the first 10,000 purchasers get two additional applications for free. Day one of the sale already has over 3,000 purchases.
Release expected in early December
Panasonic has announced that the 3D Blu-ray release of the movie "Avatar" will be exclusive to Panasonic TVs. The company has partnered with 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment for the promotion, which will only limit the first run of Blu-ray Discs scheduled for release in December.
Plan details remain unannounced
T-Mobile may be preparing for a promotion that will give away any phone for free. Several commercial scripts, posted by TmoNews, suggest the carrier has scheduled the special event for June 19, one day ahead of Father's Day.
3GS offered in 8GB variant for $99
AT&T has announced a promotion for current iPhone owners who want to step up to the new iPhone 4 introduced on Monday. Customers who are eligible for upgrades any time before the end of 2010 can purchase the 16GB device for $199, or the 32GB model for $299, as soon as the handsets begin shipping.
NeatReceipts sale, OS X
In Brief: Neat is running a promotion that drops the price of the portable NeatReceipts scanner down to $99. Softpress is currently offering a free copy of Snow Leopard for any customers purchasing the company's Freeway software, while MyService includes a free copy of the Mac upgrade with any MacBook hard drive upgrade. Meanwhile, Joe Kissel has released two new e-books that provide help for users upgrading to Snow Leopard and using the new operating system.
MacMall Snow Leopard promo
MacMall is currently running an introductory promotion for Apple's Snow Leopard upgrade, along with the range of family packs and bundles. The basic upgrade for a single system is available to pre-order for $24.99, a savings of $4. The Mac Box Set is available for $149.99, a savings of $19, and includes the Snow Leopard Upgrade, iWork and iLife.
Nikon D700 features
Purportedly leaked images of promotional material reveal that Nikon is preparing to unveil the Nikon D700, with a full outlay of specifications available to browse. Photography Bay reveals that the camera boasts a 12.1 Megapixel CMOS FX format sensor, with 16-bit EXPEED image processing and 14-bit analogue-digital conversion, all housed in a magnesium alloy body. Images are taken at a native 4256 by 2832 pixels in Nikon NEF, JPEG, or TIFF formats.
Apple back to school deal
Apple on Tuesday is set to confirm reports from last week on its 2008 Back-to-School promotion, which will provide students with a $299 voucher to use towards an 8GB iPod touch when purchasing an applicable Mac. According to AppleInsider, the rebate will also apply to the higher capacity models, such as the $399 16GB Touch or the $499 32GB model. Students could also opt out of the Touch, and instead use the credit for a $199 iPod Nano.
Apple to offer edu deal
Apple is expected to unveil its 2008 back-to-school promotion, a move that senior vice president Ron Johnson calls Apple's biggest educational special "ever". AppleInsider reports that the incentives will be larger than any promotion in Apple's history, with some leaning towards the company's possible inclusion of the 8GB iPod touch into the deal. Particulars on the special were not readily available, but Apple is expected to start the offer as soon as Monday, June 2nd.
Free 1GB Shuffle
Amazon.com is currently offering a free 1GB iPod shuffle with the purchase of a 32GB iPod touch. The online retailer lists blue, green, silver, and purple 1GB iPod shuffles as eligible models that customers can add to their shopping cart alongside the 32GB iPod touch. "Just add both items to your cart and you will not be charged for the Shuffle." Amazon.com lists the 32GB iPod touch at $494 and in stock.
IK offers free plugins
IK Multimedia recently announced that users of its Pro Tools plugin AmpliTube LE are now eligible to receive a free upgrade to AmpliTube 2 Duo, as well as a copy of Ampeg SVX Uno. The company says these offerings are part of a customer appreciation promotion due to the plugin’s worldwide popularity, and is even available to customers who bought the combined Digibundle package. AmpliTube emulates four components in a typical electric guitarist’s setup: a tuner, stomp, amp, and cabinet plus microphone. AmpliTube also comes with several different models of each module, with 30 preset sounds and 16 amp combinations. New users can purchase AmpliTube 2 Duo for $400, and is available through its website and major authorized retailers.
100 song give-away
Apple today announced a promotion for Japanese iTunes customers, saying that 10 winners will be chosen from entrants from now until January 8th that will win 100 free iTunes songs – a value of approximately 19,000¥. SetteB.IT reports that Japanese users interested in the promotion can apply using the online registration form, located on Apple's Japanese iTunes website. The promotion doesn't appear to be offered in any other country, and while the prize is a generous one, only 10 winners will be chosen from a country with over 127 million residents.