Microsoft is extending its $99 Xbox and Kinect bundle to Best Buy and GameStop stores. The deal first rolled out in early May exclusively on Microsoft's online store, allowing customers to get the console and motion controller at a deep discount if they sign up for a two-year Xbox LIVE Gold Membership subscription.
Over at Best Buy this week you'll find that the new MacBook Pro 2012 model has been tipped by one of the more obvious events that always happens before a new Apple product: a price reduction int he current model. This blowout and replace tactic has been in place for several years now, all the way back to when iPods were given away for free to students when the newest model was on the way in the early 2000s - and beyond. Here we've got Best Buy specifically taking a few bucks off Apple's otherwise tight and solid price scheme with several price cuts starting at $100 USD.
In what's quickly becoming one of the most hotly anticipated smartphones on its carrier of choice, the HTC EVO 4G LTE's release situation has just turned back to positive with a May 24th ship date on the books. The HTC EVO 4G LTE was recently the subject of an investigation / check sort of event at the US border while HTC's shipment (which also included HTC One X) units were held up on account of their supposed patent-infringing software. Since we first heard that news, HTC's newest relative of the HTC One series has been cleared - or is about to be cleared, at least, as its carrier suggests the late May shipping date as a reality for pre-order customers.
It appears that once again the HTC EVO 4G LTE has hit a wall when it comes to being delivered to the USA for sale, so says customers receiving the note that their pre-orders were once again stopped here at the end of the week. In the epic battle that has become HTC's this summer in bringing their new line of hero smartphones into the USA, the HTC EVO 4G LTE has once again suffered a bit of a loss as Best Buy takes back what it'd reported earlier this week with a new announcement of delay. Though the press already does have its hands on review units of this device, it seems that that's as far as HTC was allowed to go with getting said hardware into the states before patent infringement via Apple reared its head.
Best Buy may have jumped the gun a little in throwing up a release date for the HTC EVO 4G LTE. The company has now sent out emails to customers saying that the phone has been delayed, with no new date given so far. It comes after it was revealed that the HTC One X and EVO 4G LTE face a customs block, preventing the phones from being sold in the United States until they’ve been cleared of patent infringement.
Amid delays from US customs after a patent dispute several months old, the HTC EVO 4G LTE appears to be prepared to be launched in the United States through Best Buy for pre-order customers. The "PRE-ORDER UPDATE" you see here comes with emails sent to Best Buy pre-order hopefuls for the new LTE phone, bringing hope to those who found themselves empty-gutted at news that their next most favorite smartphone would be delayed "indefinitely" earlier this week. This update allows us to once again say yes, feel free to pick up the phone if you love HTC One series hardware without the actual name attached.
Despite the method Apple used for massive iPhone sales at the launch of the iPhone 4S this past year, it appears now that the iPhone 4 will be exiting the show before the iPhone 5 hits shelves later this year. Several companies including Target and RadioShack have initiated a $49.99 sale price for the iPhone 4 with Best Buy joining this party just this week. Searches across several online sources (including Best Buy online) have yielded shows of low or no stock on the phone, this very possibly pointing toward the stock change that will certainly occur once the next-generation iPhone 5 hits shelves.
Best Buy isn't doing so well in the consumer market today and the company has been looking to shore its operations up. Recently the company ditched CEO Brian Dunn as it looks for new management. The company has also announced that it is discontinuing its Best Buy Connect mobile broadband service. This mobile service is no longer taking in-store or online activation requests.
Even though he isn't going out with a perfectly clean record, the man who was ousted as the CEO of Best Buy may be walking home with a golden parachute of up to $3.35 million. That's if it is determined that his departure was not due to misconduct. If the retailer pays him nothing, it would mean a drawn-out legal battle that might cost more than it would be worth.