Phandroid » Retailers Android Phone News, Rumors, Reviews, Apps, Forums & More! Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:47:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Grab the Amazon Fire Phone from Amazon and AT&T starting today Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:58:17 +0000 amazon-fire-phone-books

If you haven’t already pre-ordered your Amazon Fire Phone from Amazon and had it shipped to your doorstep, you can grab yours from a couple of different places as soon as today. You’ll be able to stop into AT&T retail locations nationwide if you’re the type to need to feel a smartphone before you walk away with it.

Like any smartphone by Ma Bell, you’ll be able to grab it for $0 down through AT&T Next so long as you don’t mind paying a monthly balance until you’ve paid the full off-contract price of the phone. The 32GB version can be had for $27.09 per month for 18 months, while the 64GB version steps up to about $31.25. Each option is available under a two-year contract structure, of course, costing $200 and $300, respectively.

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Amazon wants to change the way you find information about all the products you come into contact with using the Amazon Fire Phone’s Firefly feature. Whether you want to check prices for a book or CD you come across or you just want to learn more information about a painting or landmark you come across in your travels, Firefly’s expansive database is likely to have all the information you need. Of course, their end goal is to get you to buy as many of those products as you can… with them.

The most interesting thing about Firefly, though, is how developers can hook into it. For instance, if you snap a photo of a poster of Orange is the new Black, Firefly could potentially tap the Amazon app to bring the series up for you to begin watching immediately. It’s pretty interesting stuff that we’re going to get down and dirty with in our full review in the days to come.

Other unique features of the Fire Phone include Dynamic Perspective, an experience powered by four cameras that lets you manipulate your phone by tilting your phone and your head. For instance, scrolling through a web page can be done by simply tilting the phone up or down. The maps app could reveal a different angle of a street depending on which way you tilt your phone. There’s also the usual Amazon goods such as X Ray, Second Screen and that all important Mayday button should you ever need help with the device.

Don’t forget that you’ll be entitled to a free year of Amazon Prime (movies, TV shows, music, book rentals and discounted shipping) and $10 in Amazon Coins to use on apps and games should you buy one. Quite a bit of value if I do say so myself. You can order one from Amazon or AT&T, or just stop into your AT&T store to do your shopping in person. Let us know if you’ll be picking one up!

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Deal: Best Buy offering $100 gift card on $0 down LG G3 from Sprint, AT&T or Verizon Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:48:09 +0000 LG-G3-Hero

Best Buy has one of the best deals we’ve seen yet for the LG G3 if you’re in the market for one. You can get the phone for $0 down on AT&T, Verizon and Sprint through each company’s respective payment programs (AT&T Next, Verizon Edge and Sprint Easy Pay). That’s nothing special by itself, but perhaps the $100 Best Buy gift card that’ll come with the phone will get you to consider buying through the big box retailer.

Best Buy makes sure to emphasize that this offer will only apply to “well-qualified buyers,” which means you’ll probably need a decent line of credit to be able to take advantage. The other caveat is that these retailers usually tie you to the account for six months unless you’re willing to eat a hefty early cancellation fee, though that shouldn’t be much of an issue if you plan to stick with the LG G3 for quite some time.

While yesteryear’s LG flagship was a huge first step in turning public opinion about LG’s smartphone prowess, the LG G3 was the definitive stake in the heart of any naysayer. The phone impressed the hair off Kevin Krause with him noting in our LG G3 review that it is perhaps the best phone they’ve ever created, and that it certainly can stand up to the stiff competition by HTC and Samsung. Be sure to read that review if you need a solid opinion before jumping into this deal. You can head into your local Best Buy store to take advantage if you eventually decide to take the plunge.

[via Best Buy]

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You can now buy LG G Pad 10.1 in the US via Best Buy Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:08:46 +0000 lg-g-pad-10-1

Tablet shoppers who wouldn’t mind toting LG’s latest 10-inch offering might want to plan a trip to Best Buy. The LG G Pad 10.1 is now available from the big box retailer in 16GB flavoring for as little as $250. That’ll get you a 1280 x 800 resolution, a 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor, 1GB of RAM, a 5 megapixel rear camera and more.

The software features Android 4.4 KitKat and some of the features you’ve seen on LG’s phones like Knock Code, Q Pair 2.0 and QuickRemote. The tablet isn’t amazing, but for its inexpensive asking price and solid features it could be a nice option for anyone in the market. Best Buy has the goods right here.

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Deal: Get $20 off LG’s ChromeBase computer from Amazon Mon, 30 Jun 2014 12:48:55 +0000 lg chromebase

Looking for a new desktop all-in-one that doesn’t break the bank? LG’s ChromeBase is already a decent deal in that regard, but it got a bit better with a sale Amazon’s put on. You can get $20 off its typical cost, bringing us from  $349.99 to $329.99. $20 might no be the steep eye-opener that pushes you over the edge, but it’s still worth considering a purchase if you need a desk-bound all-in-one without many frills.

The ChromeBase features Intel’s Celeron 2955U processor clocked at 1.4GHz, and also features 2GB of RAM, a 22-inch 1080p display, 16GB of flash storage, 3x USB 2.0 ports, 1X USB 3.0 port, and 802.11 a/b/g WiFi. It weights a whopping 9.5 pounds, though that’s expected for a device that’s not meant to be carried on your back or in your lap. Last we checked the ChromeBase came with the standard 100GB of Google Drive storage space for two years if that 16GB isn’t enough for you.

Chrome is bound to become a very viable operating system despite its roots as a browser-based platform. Many apps are beginning to incorporate offline modes, and Google announced forthcoming functionality that allows Android apps to run natively on Chrome OS. It certainly wouldn’t be a bad purchase for your average student, light user or anyone who doesn’t need to do any heavy lifting.

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Amazon Deal: up to 70% off Sony SD cards, microSD cards and USB drives Fri, 27 Jun 2014 14:19:19 +0000 Sony-Building-Logo-600x450

In case you haven’t taken care of your memory needs during Amazon’s billion other Gold Box sales here’s another opportunity. Sony’s silicon is being offered up cheap today, with SD cards, microSD cards, and USB drives going for as much as 70% off. Here’s a full list of what’s on tap:

SD Cards

MicroSD Cards

USB Flash Drives

Whew, that’s a lot. There should be enough here for any of your needs, whether that’s a microSD card for your phone, a full-sized SD card for your tablet or Chromebook, or even double-sided USB drives for transferring data between multiple smartphones, computers and tablets. The deal won’t be lasting past the end of the day so get in on it before it’s too late!

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Deal: Get a refurbished 16GB Kindle Fire HD 8.9 for just $139 today only Mon, 23 Jun 2014 12:35:31 +0000 Kindle Fire HDX

Amazon’s holding a pretty nice sale on the 16GB Kindle Fire HD 8.9 for those in the market for a new tablet. You can get one for just $139, which is $60 cheaper than it typically sells for. The catch is that this unit is refurbished, though Amazon stands by the quality of their refurbished products. Here’s their list of promises when you buy one of these devices:

Prior to sale, every pre-owned Kindle undergoes a rigorous refurbishment process, including:

  • A full diagnostic test.
  • Replacement of any defective parts identified in testing.
  • A thorough cleaning and inspection process.
  • A new product box.
  • A software update to the most recent software version available for the product.
  • Final QA inspection before acceptance as Certified Refurbished stock.

Every Certified Refurbished Kindle:

  • Can be purchased and shipped within the U.S.
  • Comes with a USB cable or power adapter and Quick Start Guide.
  • Is subject to the same return policy as any new Kindle.
  • Includes the same One-Year Limited Warranty you receive with a new Kindle.

Sounds like there’s not much to worry about if you end up taking the plunge on one of these. Do note that you only have one day to take advantage of this price, though, so you don’t have much time to decide. Be sure to take a look if you’re feeling rather impulsive to start the week.

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Report: AT&T to snag exclusivity for Amazon phone Tue, 17 Jun 2014 16:38:08 +0000 amazon smartphone renders

Hoping to buy whatever smartphone Amazon happens to announce at their big event tomorrow? It doesn’t sound like it’ll be all that easy unless you’re an AT&T customer (or willing to become one). The Wall Street Journal is announcing that AT&T will be named as the exclusive carrier to offer Amazon’s smartphone.

AT&T is well-known for securing interesting device exclusives. We needn’t look much further than the launch of the original iPhone and various follow-ups to see that they’re willing to pay top dollar to offer something no one else can. (That partnership ended quite a while ago, of course.)

And Amazon’s dealings with AT&T aren’t anything new. Although AT&T doesn’t get the fanfare and parade for it, they are the exclusive provider for Kindle 3G’s free data in the United States. It isn’t hard to believe the strength of that partnership has moved Amazon to consider getting in bed with AT&T for their first smartphone.

This also isn’t the first time we’ve heard of Amazon and AT&T partnering up for this release. The earliest rumors named AT&T as a provider of “Prime Data,” which would be a data channel for people to consume Amazon content — such as books, streaming movies and TV, and MP3s — over AT&T’s network without it counting toward their data limit.

The pieces are all falling into place, and tomorrow should be a very interesting day to say the least. You know our eyes will be peeled to see how it all plays out so be sure to circle back for everything you need to know.

[via Wall Street Journal]

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This third-party retailer says they’re now shipping the OnePlus One… with a catch Mon, 16 Jun 2014 12:54:01 +0000 OnePlus One hands-on wm_33

While OnePlus is still trying to get OnePlus One invites out to consumers through giveaways and contests, one retailer says they already have some in stock and ready to ship right now. That retailer is Oppomart, who — as their name suggests — sells all things Oppo. Oppo has natural ties to OnePlus, so to see Oppomart carrying the device isn’t all too surprising.

What is surprising, though, is that they have some in stock (which should seem normal considering OnePlus announced it was officially “shipping”). Getting your hands on one won’t come without any catches. They only have the 16GB Silk White version, for starters, and its $400 price tag is $50 more than what the phone officially retails for.

If that’s not enough, their stock doesn’t ship with CyanogenMod 11S. Instead, you’ll be getting Oppo’s ColorOS, though we’re assured the phone can be flashed to CyanogenMod with ease.

Wondering if OppoMart is a safe place to buy? They’re pretty reputable from what our findings show, though reputability and reliability are two different things. If you don’t mind taking a risk on a little-known retailer and don’t mind the snags mentioned above, then by all means order one. Otherwise, keep your fingers crossed that the invitation circus OnePlus has been putting on is put to an end soon.

[Thanks Joel!]

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Deal: Moto G for Verizon $70 at Amazon Wed, 28 May 2014 14:26:54 +0000 moto-g-19

Ready for a quick deal on a very cheap (yet capable) smartphone? Amazon has Verizon’s Moto G on sale for a measly $70, which will get you a 4.5-inch quad-core device a 5 megapixel camera and 8GB of internal storage. There’s no 4G here — that version is going to run you a bit more coin — but if you need an affordable entry into the smartphone realm this is your best shot. Head to the source link to get started.

[via Amazon]

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PNY’s microSD cards and flash drives are Amazon’s gold box deal of the day Mon, 05 May 2014 16:51:31 +0000 pny flash drive cropped

Quick gold box sale for those of you looking for cheap memory: Amazon has PNY’s collection on sale as today’s gold box deal of the day. You can get 64GB of storage in microSDXC form for just $34.99. They also have 32GB for $16.99 and 16GB for $9.99. Regular sized SD cards range from 16GB for $8.99 to 64GB for $29.99.

Perhaps most interesting are the flash drive options for you all USB OTG fans: there’s a 128GB monstrosity of a thumbstick for just $38.99. PNY doesn’t give us the same confidence as Samsung, SanDisk or Kingston, but for these prices it might be worth taking the risk. Check them all out right here.

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Amazon has Kingston’s microSD cards up to 65% off today only [DEAL] Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:09:46 +0000 kingston micro sd card

The day is over halfway expired, but that should be plenty of time to decide if you want to take advantage of a one-day sale Amazon’s having on Kingston MicroSD cards.

We’ve got 8GB all the way through 32GB — sorry, folks, but there aren’t any 128GB models to be found here. The quick breakdown of goods available:

All of them come are class 10 UHS-1 standard, and come with a standard-sized SD adapter for use with any slot that’ll take them.

It’s no SanDisk sale, but Kingston isn’t a bad brand to get behind for reliable, quality microSD cards. Head to Amazon using the links above to check them out if you’re interested (but be quick about it, because it won’t last long).

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When and where to buy the HTC One M8 Tue, 25 Mar 2014 16:21:45 +0000 Talk about the all new HTC One M8 at!

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We know many of you are super excited to get your hands on a brand new HTC One M8. The device is hot! It offers some great specs, an awesome list of new features and a build quality & design that will turn heads. To make things better, HTC is holding one of the best launches we have seen in Android’s history.

The HTC One M8 is being released in over 230 carriers and over 100 countries. In addition, people in Australia, Taiwan, the UK, Germany, France, China and the US will all have it available before the end of April.

Can I buy it today?


There have been rumors of the device becoming available as soon as today, its announcement date (March 25th). This is certainly true! Verizon stores across the USA will have it available in store starting TODAY. Or you can buy it online after 1 PM Eastern from one of the following US and Canadian carriers.

  • AT&T
  • Sprint
  • Verizon Wireless
  • Rogers
  • Bell
  • Telus

Price starts at $199 to $249 on-contract (depending on the carrier), while buying it off-contract will set you back $599 to $649. There will also be a Google Play Edition that will cost $699, but that version is coming later.

For more purchasing details, you can also go to HTC’s One M8 purchase page. All details in that page should go live as soon as 1 PM Eastern comes around. So, who is buying one? I am thinking of heading to my local Verizon store and getting one today!


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Samsung SD and microSD cards see steep discount on Amazon today only Mon, 24 Mar 2014 13:47:22 +0000 Amazon is putting on another one of their famous SD and microSD card sales, with today’s featured manufacturer being everyone’s favorite South Korean company that currently has a choke hold on the Android phone arena. That would be Samsung, of course, as their tiny little storage chips are on sale for up to 65% off at the online retailer today only.

Amazon Gold box samsung sd cards

Options in the microSD family range from the 16GB class 10 PLUS to the 64GB Class 10 PRO models. The difference between Plus and Pro? The former gives you up to 48MB/s transfer speeds, while the latter bumps that up to about 70MB/s. Here’s the full breakdown:

And now, for the regular-sized SD cards (for use with a small amount of Android tablets):

The difference between Plus and Pro for the SD lineup is 48MB/s for the former versus 80MB/s for the latter. Not lost on us in that list of options is the fact that the 16GB Pro usually costs just as much as the 64GB Pro. Nonsensical, but at least Amazon sort of “fixed” that with this temporary sale.


Those are great discounts indeed, though some will argue that the cards are already a tad overpriced compared to options from SanDisk and other competing flash storage manufacturers. Regardless, if owning the Samsung brand is that important to you, then this is your best chance to grab these cards at affordable rates. Head to Amazon to get started, and don’t forget to check out our huge list of devices which support microSDXC!

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Mobile phone retailer Wirefly reportedly shuts down after bankruptcy Thu, 13 Mar 2014 19:01:29 +0000 wirefly_url_cmyk

It’s a sad day, folks. Longtime mobile phone deal-providing retailer Wirefly and parent company Simplexity have reportedly filed for chapter 7 bankruptcy, resulting in an immediate shut down of the business. That’s why when you go to their website you won’t be met with anything but 404 pages (surely there was enough money left over to keep up a “we’re gone” page, no?).

It’s an odd situation for sure, because if you head to their Facebook page you’ll see Wirefly was advertising their trade-in promotions as late as yesterday, the day this closure apparently occurred. It’s possible that Facebook post could have been scheduled, of course, so there’s no telling if that was just an unfortunate oversight of whoever decided to clear the offices.

Such a sudden move doesn’t bode well for employees either, with some taking to social media to express their discontent with their new employment status. Some customers have called Wirefly to inquire about their order status and haven’t been able to reach anyone, suggesting that the customer service department is now non-existent. And reports of users receiving refunds on recent orders that they were waiting for seem to suggest Wirefly isn’t comfortable filling out their remaining obligations.

All of this alone isn’t confirmation that Wirefly is gone, but without an official statement from the company and several independent reports suggesting as much, we’ll have to go with it for the time being. It’s sad, though the company wasn’t exactly the most ideal place to buy a smartphone. They came through with great deals on phones more often than not, but not without early exit clauses that made it almost impossible (or otherwise very expensive) to ditch before the standard return window.

Wirefly isn’t the only third-party retailer in the business with such practices. Buying a phone through Amazon, Best Buy or those mall kiosks also come with similar hooks in the fine print, though those hooks are usually not an issue for people who plan to stick with their phone for at least six months or the full length of the contract.

It sounds like Wirefly just wasn’t able to compete in an area where big businesses have started to match and exceed their service, and as such have been forced to call it quits. It’s just a shame that it all had to happen so abruptly. We’ll be seeking further comment from Wirefly and Simplexity to see if we can find out any specifics.

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Heads-up: Amazon Prime subscriptions getting price hike to $99 next week Thu, 13 Mar 2014 13:38:20 +0000 amazon_prime

It’s not often we get a lot of bad news from Amazon, so it tends to stand out when it happens. Unfortunately, today’s news affects Phandroid readers who use Amazon Kindle Fire devices (or use Amazon for shopping in general).

Amazon has formally announced plans to make Amazon Prime a bit tougher on your wallet, with the company increasing the full cost of a year’s membership by $20. Here’s Amazon’s quick justification of it all:

Even as fuel and transportation costs have increased, the price of Prime has remained the same for nine years. Since 2005, the number of items eligible for unlimited free Two-Day Shipping has grown from one million to over 20 million. We also added unlimited access to over 40,000 movies and TV episodes with Prime Instant Video and a selection of over 500,000 books to borrow from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library.

The change will go into effect next week for new customers, while those already on Amazon Prime will be charged $99 whenever their renewal date comes up (whether that’s tomorrow or a full year from now). We’re also hearing Amazon Prime Student customers will get a slight price bump as well, with the service going from $39 to $49.

It’s an unfortunate change, but considering the perks you get with Amazon Prime some may still find it worth the cost and hassle. Here’s the quick list of everything Amazon Prime affords you:

  • Free 2-day shipping for all Prime orders
  • $3.99 overnight shipping (per item) for all Prime orders
  • Unlimited instant video streaming
  • Monthly Kindle book rentals

When you consider all those factors, Amazon Prime might still be one of the sweetest deals in town for some. Regardless, we’re sure there will be many people unhappy with the change, so it’s up to you to decide if all those benefits are worth an extra $20 per year (which really amounts to mere pennies a day).

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