A leaked document from an internal Best Buy training manual may put the national retailer in some hot water, if it turns out to be true in any capacity. According to GearLive, who managed to get a snapshot of the internal document, it looks like Best Buy will be not only shying away from the Verizon iPhone 4, but going as far as to not recommend it to would-be customers.
Best Buy's in the hot seat again, it seems. According to a new, leaked image from the electronics retailer, it looks like AT&T is getting ready to switch some things around. Namely, messaging is getting a boost. While two previous plans are getting dropped, the wireless carrier is offering up more text messages for less money. That is, if this screen shot turns out to be true, of course.
Best Buy's inventory database is a treasure trove of upcoming devices, it seems. Unlike the Vodafone Germany database snapshot, where the white version of the iPhone 4 was listed as "coming soon," in both the 16 and 32GB variations, this inventory database screenshot gets a bit more detailed. In fact, according to Best Buy, it seems that the white iPhone 4 will be landing in stores on February 27th, 2011.
Best Buy has added listings for three new iPad models, each tipped as "coming soon" and as having WiFi access. No mention of any 3G support is listed for any of the three SKUs - 1945674, 1945595 and 1945531 - only WiFi, making it perhaps unlikely that these are Verizon's tipped incoming CDMA iPads; instead, it could be early listings for the second-gen iPad 2.
Best Buy stores could soon offer a broader range of Apple products, together with the company's Genius Bar product support, according to a leak from an employee. TUAW claims to have heard from an Apple rep that the Apple section in their Best Buy store "will be going through a transition sometime this Spring" which will allow for greater display of products; meanwhile, a Genius Bar for technical support will also be added.
OnStar has been a service on GM vehicles for years now that can do all sorts of stuff. It can help the police find your vehicle if it is stolen, it can get you directions to a place you want to go, and it can do lots more. The catch has been that the OnStar service was only offered on GM vehicles. At CES 2011, OnStar has announced that it is now available to everyone via aftermarket installers.
When you buy something, hopefully your first instinct isn't to just return it. Sure, things happen, and that's more than likely why Best Buy, one of the nation's largest electronics retailers, has decided to go ahead and start looking at making it possible for customers to sell their wares back to the store. First it was killing restocking fees. Now they've got something new. They're calling it the Best Buy Buy Back Program, and it's designed for those who are worried about their devices becoming obsolete after they make their expensive purchase.
It's been over two months since the Palm Pre 2 was announced, with the company saying that the Verizon version of the device would be released "in the coming months." The handset's available in Europe, and you can even buy yourself a GSM-based unlocked version of the second generation Pre, but there hasn't been any word on the handset landing on Verizon since its announcement. Of course, there's been rumors, but nothing official. And while seeing the Pre 2 appear in Best Buy's system is no indicator as to when, exactly, the handset will be showing up for sale, at least we know that the retailer is getting ready to sell it. And that's a pretty good step forward.
Let's face it gang, we all know that there is a chance that the gadget you asked for Santa to bring you might not be the right gadget. Little details like processor speed and 3G or non-3G version tend to escape the non-geek when they are shopping. If you end up with a gift that came from Best Buy tomorrow that isn’t exactly what you wanted you will have to take it back.
In an announcement late Wednesday, Rovi Corp. has officially made it known that they have every intent in buying Sonic Solutions. In their proposal, the company confirmed that the deal would be worth $720 million in a cash-and-stocks deal. The result of a purchase like this, both companies believe, would be the collected power to change the way digital distribution is handled within the video entertainment market. They hope to make it better.
Best Buy has always been good enough at taking back electronics and mobile phones. The catch was that the company charged a restocking fee on those items that could be very expensive depending on what you were returning.