For Best Buy, being one of the premiere electronics retailers out there apparently just wasn't good enough. They needed to make their presence known in another market, too. Used games get traded in all the time in other retail stores all over the place. Establishments like GameStop make their livelihood from customers trading in and buying used titles. Now Best Buy is jumping in the ring, as they've seen the opportunity to make the next move.
"You snooze, you lose" may not be the most eloquent way of putting it, but Sprint CEO Dan Hesse knows that the longer it takes to get customers onto shiny devices like the EVO 4G, the more chance his carrier rivals have to overtake him in high-speed mobile networks. T-Mobile USA has just announced that their HSPA+ network is now the most pervasive in the country, currently covering more than 85m people and on track, the carrier promises, to offer HSPA+ to over 185m people by the end of 2010.
AT&T has blamed software bugs in Alcatel-Lucent HSUPA hardware for the apparent 3G upload throttling observed by some users in the US recently. According to the AT&T statement, Alcatel-Lucent are working on a software fix for the bug - which is affecting less than 2-percent of AT&T's customers, the carrier claims - but until then users with HSUPA-capable devices will be limited to regular 3G UMTS upload speeds.
Speculation among iPhone 4 owners has suggested that carrier AT&T have begun capping 3G upload speeds, with some users reporting a tenfold reduction in rates. The company has made no official statement as yet, but in certain areas where previously speeds in excess of 1Mbps were being recorded, now sub-100kbps rates are more likely. It's unclear whether solely iPhone 4 owners are being affected, or if all AT&T devices are seeing the same throttling.
One might imagine that this had come out of left field, but if you'll recall, we've actually seen this phone before. It broke cover thanks to a tipster, and while we had originally put the moniker Galaxy S Pro on it, obviously Sprint and Samsung had a different agenda. Courtesy of Sprint, we've got official word that the Samsung Epic 4G (have to love the new trend, right?) is indeed coming "soon," and it's packing quite a mean punch.
Apple's iPhone 4 launch may have been marked with even greater queues and online preorders than every before, but that may not have left them with a dramatically increased market share. According to analysts Piper Jaffray, while Apple are tipped to sell between 1m and 1.5m iPhone 4 handsets in the first three days (rival firm Oppenheimer reckon it'll be more like 1.5m in the first day alone), 77-percent of those picking up the fourth-gen smartphone are in fact upgrading from an existing iPhone.
Best Buy has announced that they will be taking pre-order reservations for the iPhone 4 from June 15th, ahead of the Apple smartphone's official debut on June 24th. Both the 16GB and 32GB versions of the iPhone 4 will be on offer, priced at $199 and $299 respectively, just as from Apple's own stores and from AT&T.
CradlePoint and Sprint have officially announced that the MBR1200 Router and CBA750 3G/4G mobile broadband adapter have been certified to work on Sprint's 3G and 4G network. (They're definitely on a roll now.) Primarily focused on the fact that wired connections don't always stay connected, both connectivity devices are designed to make sure that if, for any reason, those wired connections fail, that businesses are still able to get work done.
4G is spreading, and Sprint/Clearwire have both announced new WiMAX coverage in Central Pennsylvania. The extended network - which promises data speeds of 3-6mbps - now covers Harrisburg, Reading, Lancaster and York, and service will be available both from Sprint and Clearwire. That's good news if you live there and have been eyeing the upcoming Sprint HTC EVO 4G, the WiMAX-toting Android smartphone due later this year.
After we heard grumblings about the eReader from Amazon slinking away from the digital store shelves and finally seeing some brick-and-mortar aisles, it's finally coming true. There's a big caveat to the whole "April 25th" thing, though, and unless you're in Minneapolis, it may sadden you a bit. But, don't be too dismayed, as there's always a silver lining.
So, you're tempted by Sprint's HTC EVO 4G, and frankly who can blame you? If our all-too-brief hands-on play with the WiMAX-packing Android 2.1 smartphone taught us anything, it's that HTC have taken the best of the HD2, slapped on an arguably more alluring OS and created the sort of superphone we scoffed at Google for describing the Nexus One as. Plenty has been made of Sprint's 4G promises, but that got us wondering: exactly who will get to enjoy the HTC EVO 4G's WiMAX connectivity?