Phandroid » Retailers Android Phone News, Rumors, Reviews, Apps, Forums & More! Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:17:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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.

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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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Nexus 7 2012 32GB on sale at Best Buy for $159 Sun, 02 Mar 2014 01:46:37 +0000 293431-the-nexus-7-box-1

If you’re looking to pick up a cheap Android tablet that runs that latest version of Android, you’re in luck. The Nexus 7 2012 (32GB) is now on sale at Best Buy for $159. The original Nexus 7 tablet launched back in July of 2012, however the 32GB variant didn’t become available until a few months later in November. As far as budget tablets go, the Nexus 7 2012 at $159 is a steal.

The Nexus 7 2012 isn’t alone in the $150-$160 price range, Asus, Dell, Coby, Acer, and a dozen unpopular brands are all listing Android tablets as well. However, none of them are stock Android, are running Android 4.4.2 KitKat, and they aren’t sporting 32GB of storage.

Stock has started to arrive at local Best Buy brick and mortar shops, as you can see below.


Head on over to to order and be sure to let us know if you snagged one of these in the comments. Also, I’m not sure why they listed it as ‘brown’ instead of ‘black’.

Thanks +the1dynasty!

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Swappa website updated, adds better mobile support Fri, 14 Feb 2014 00:05:20 +0000 Swappa

One of our favorite go to places for buying and selling gently used Android devices received a fresh coat of paint recently. Swappa makes it safe and easy to buy and sell mobile devices by having no seller fees, not allowing junk devices, and having an active support staff ready to help at a moments notice. The updated features speed improvements, web interface tweaks, and mobile UI enhancements.


In an effort to streamline the online buying and selling experience, the new Swappa adds a graph to help buyers and sellers determine just how much a particular device is going for on Swappa. You’ll also notice that Swappa’s web gurus have removed excess white space and brought more information above the fold for your viewing pleasure.

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Not only has the full desktop version of been updated, the mobile experience has been updated as well. The new coat of paint added plenty of UI tweaks to make buying and selling devices on Swappa an overall better experience from your mobile device. Personally, I’d love to see a Swappa app for Android, but the mobile website works quite nicely.


Have you used Swappa before? If so, what do you think of their new website?

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Where to pre-order the new Samsung Galaxy TabPro and NotePro tablets Tue, 04 Feb 2014 15:18:35 +0000 NotePRO_1

Yesterday, we were made privy to early pre-order opportunities for Samsung’s latest tablets — the Samsung Galaxy NotePro 12.2 and the Samsung Galaxy TabPro 12.2, 10.1 and 8.4. Samsung has announced the details with a formal press release, though, and we now have a more clear idea of where you’ll be able to find these things once they ship February 13th. (Note: this is for all versions of the tablets except the TabPro 12.2, which Samsung says will be here in March). Here’s the full list:

  • Best Buy
  • Walmart
  • Amazon
  • Tiger Direct
  • PC Richard and Sons
  • Fry’s
  • Newegg

Samsung has also mentioned that Verizon will be the first to offer the NotePro 12.2 with 4G LTE connectivity, though they didn’t have anything to share outside of “later this quarter.” We’ve also gotten official pricing for all these devices and their variants:

  • Note Pro 12.2: $749.99 (32 GB), $849.99 (64 GB)
  • Tab Pro 12.2: $649.99 (32 GB)
  • Tab Pro 10.1: $499.99 (16 GB)
  • Tab Pro 8.4: $399.99 (16 GB)

That’s a steep price to pay for some of those, but there’s some pretty hardcore technology at work here. The NotePro, for instance, features 2560 x 1600 resolution, 3GB of RAM, Exynos octa-core processor, 8 megapixel camera, S-Pen, a 9,500 mAh battery and more.


The TabPro lineup is a bit more reserved with a Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB of RAM, but still enjoys the same resolution and camera sensors as the NotePro. We’ll be looking to track down pre-order links for each of the above retailers, so check back periodically.

[via Samsung]

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Android Etch campaign funded, delivers Androidified pint glasses just in time for Christmas Tue, 24 Dec 2013 17:44:32 +0000 Android Etch

Back in October, we told you about Android Etch, an Indiegogo campaign set on using lasers to engrave the Android Bugdroid logo on as many goods as possible. Joshua Munoz, the company’s founder, is no stranger to engraving the Android logo on pint glasses, previously using a chemical rub to do so. While cheap and easy to do, the problem with this method arises when you’re looking to crank it up a notch and mass produce them. Time and consistency then become an issue. To solve this, Josh took to Indiegogo to seek funding for a laser engraving machine which would fulfill his small company’s dream to professionally etch the Android logo everywhere.

The Android Etch project was partially funded a few weeks back, allowing Josh to use the funds raised to get started. Backers will be happy to know that Josh purchased his laser engraver a few weeks ago and has been doing what he does best, etching the Android Bugdroid logo on pint glasses, with lasers (pew pew pew). Android Etch tells us that they were working extremely hard to get these pint glasses out for Christmas, as some backers were planning on giving them out as gifts. The wait is finally over, backers are starting to chime in that they’ve received their perks as promised. Did you get yours? Let us know in the comments. 

Android Etch Shipping

If you missed out on the Android Etch pre-order campaign and would like an Android etched pint glass, soon the new company will be launching an online store for fellow Android enthusiasts. We’ll keep you updated.

Merry Christmas!

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Shopped at Target this holiday season? Company breach means you should check your finances Thu, 19 Dec 2013 20:02:13 +0000 Oh noes. Some unfortunate news has come out of Target this morning, with the big retailer informing everyone of a company-wide breach. It seems some no-good hackers got access to payment information for over 40 million shoppers who stepped into a Target store between the dates of November 27th and December 15, 2013 (which might have been you if you were looking for a great deal on Android phones or tablets during the big shopping season).

Target Logo, Sunnyvale

Target notes that they began investigating the incident as soon as they found out, and that they’ve thrown every resource that they have behind trying to rectify the situation. That includes contacting relevant authorities and all financial institutions.

While Target emphasizes that the breach only affected customers who shopped in their stores, we’d still keep an eye on bank statements if you shopped online. You can never be too safe in these situations, folks. So what’s going to happen from here?

  • If Target finds that more sensitive identity-based information was accessed, they might offer free identity protection services.
  • Target says they have closed the security hole and are continuing to investigate to make sure things are peachy clean (things should be relatively safe otherwise), but you should continue to monitor your accounts.
  • You’ll want to check Target’s information page about this incident for any specific actions you might need to take based on your place of residence to make sure anything that happens as a result of this doesn’t affect your credit report.

Beyond all that, they say everything should be back to normal and assures us that folks can continue to shop with confidence. Whether or not you’re actually confident enough to do that is a personal decision to make for you and you alone. Be sure to head to the source link for more information.

[via Target]

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Get $50 off any tablet priced $150 or more at Staples today only; 2012 Nexus 7 for $120 from Groupon [DEALS] Wed, 27 Nov 2013 16:42:27 +0000 ‘Tis the season to buy your loved ones some pretty nice tablets. A couple of great deals have gone up this morning that will help you do just that. Let’s get Staples out of the way first, because you’ll only have until the end of business today to take advantage of tablet coupon

You can get $50 off any tablet that is priced at $149.99 or more, giving you a pretty decent discount on something like the Nexus 7 2013. The deal is applicable both online and in-store: you’ll need coupon code 18702 for online orders. In-store orders can be redeemed simply by showing the coupon to the clerk (either print it out or show it to them on your mobile device).

Groupon also has a decent deal for those of you who don’t mind buying a year-old tablet. You can get the 2012 Nexus 7 starting at $120 for the 16GB version, or drop $30 more for double the storage. You’ll have until midnight Sunday to take advantage, so you’ll have a bit of time to think about it (though quantities are limited, so you’ll want to think rather fast). Groupon is limiting this to three per person, with the option of buying two more as gifts. Go ahead and give it a long look at their website if you’re interested.

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Leak: Let’s Talk offering Verizon One Max for $89.99, Note 3 for $179.99 for Black Friday Wed, 27 Nov 2013 13:46:44 +0000 letstalkblackfridayad

Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year, is almost upon us, and the deals have been rolling in all week. Some folks have yet to even announce their deals, though, including retailer Let’s Talk. According to trusted sources, Let’s Talk will have some of Verizon’s best smartphones on sale for some very attractive prices on that wallet-killing day.

The leaked ad you see above shows the HTC One Max, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX will be key points of focus. Although it doesn’t show the prices for these smartphones, we’re hearing the HTC One Max is being let go for $89.99 following a new two-year contract, while the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will be let go for $179.99 upon the same commitment.

Unfortunately we weren’t able to get a beeline on their pricing for the DROID RAZR MAXX, but it won’t be much longer before that’s officially revealed. Don’t forget to check out Verizon’s own Black Friday deals which were leaked last week. It’s a fine time to own a new smartphone so be sure to weight all your options and get ready to make the big decision this Friday at their site.

[Thanks anon!]

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Verizon’s Destination Stores aim to change the wireless retail experience for the better Tue, 19 Nov 2013 20:21:23 +0000 Verizon Wireless today announced a new initiative for the wireless retail industry. They’re calling it the Destination Store, which is a fancy name for “tricked out store where we show you cool stuff so we can try and sell it to you.” The company showed the first of these stores off in a live stream event on their website today. So what, exactly, will this store be doing to help make the retail experience better for you?

For starters, they want to make it more than just a wall of dummy units and demo phones. They want the store to be vibrant, big, and full of different devices that will help you in your everyday life. No longer is it just about phones and tablets — it’s about everything. Treadmills, safety tools, music accessories and more will all be flaunted in this retail space.


Verizon will section off different parts of these stores and dedicate them to specific things. The Sound Zone, for instance, will house all the wireless speakers and headphones you could ever need. And all of these products will be unboxed, turned on and ready for you to play with, because no one should have to decide on buying something without being able to try it out.

What’s more is that Verizon is looking to provide interactive information displays, giving users more information about the products they’re looking at in a modern, more approachable way. Beyond all that, Verizon will look to entice you even after the sale, as they will use these Destination Stores to host training workshops that are designed to help people learn how to use their new products.

Most interesting to us is the new “integrated” checkout experience the company is touting. They want you to be able to carry your online shopping cart with you into a Verizon store, so when you walk in the customer service rep will already know exactly what you’re looking for. They’ll drive that home by emphasizing pick-up in-store options, same day delivery (in four cities to start) and more.

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Verizon isn’t doing much more than any big box retailer store has been, but that’s just it — wireless carriers aren’t expected to provide that same level of retail experience. Verizon has made it their mission to do so. It’ll be interesting to see just how much this influences the other guys in the future.

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Best Buy and Sprint launch Unlimited, My Way Student Promotion offering students free service Sun, 17 Nov 2013 02:29:02 +0000 sprintceodanhesse3-620x369

Sprint and Best Buy are coming together to offer students 12 months of free talk, text, and data on Sprint’s Unlimited, My Way plan with purchase of a smartphone from Best Buy.  The free Unlimited, My Way Student Promotion plan includes unlimited talk, unlimited text, and 1GB of data. After surpassing the included 1GB of data, students will be billed at 1.5 cents per MB. Furthermore, student lines can add unlimited data for an additional $10 per month.

Sprint and Best Buy are also allowing students to gain additional months of free service by activating referral lines. For every additional new phone line of service  activated on normal Unlimited, My Way or My All-in plans on the account with the student line at Best Buy, the student account gets an additional 12 months of free talk, text, and 1GB of data. The additional line must activated during the offer’s promotional period at Best Buy.

It seems students of all ages are eligible ranging from part-time, full-time or vocational students enrolled in elementary school, middle school, high school, college, university or other accredited institutes here in the United States.

The promotion runs from November 11, 2013 through January 4, 2014. If you have any additional questions, head on over to Sprint’s Frequently Asked Questions support page to learn more about their current student promotion.

Thanks Champ!

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FAA now lets you keep your device on throughout all phases of flight, so Amazon celebrates with 15% Kindle sale Mon, 04 Nov 2013 15:19:50 +0000 FAA-offer_2._V352672977_

In case you haven’t heard, the FAA — the lovely group that regulates airline safety — made changes to their electronic devices guideline. The biggest change most of us will care about is the fact that devices are no longer required to be powered down, no matter which phase of the flight you’re in. That doesn’t mean you should be on your laptop typing up expense reports during takeoff or landing — that stuff still has to be stowed away during those phases — but you no longer have to shut it down if you don’t want to.

With that, Amazon decided to take this opportunity to put all of their Kindle devices on sale. The company has slashed prices on their entire fleet of Kindle products, from the basic e-reader to the new Kindlre Fire HDX, by 15%. This means you could have the Kindle Fire HD for as little as $118, and the HDX for as little as $195.

Amazon’s latest Kindle Fire devices include the latest Fire OS 3.0, which brings many enhancements to make for a more beautiful, yet smoother experience. The biggest change is Amazon’s new Mayday button, which will get you a face-to-face Kindle specialist within a minute of pressing it in case you need help with your device. Two-way video chat and the ability for the specialist to remotely control your device gives you a helpline that’s more convenient than looking up online documents or having to swing by a store.

You can find out more about what the latest Kindle devices have to offer here. As for today’s sale, be sure to use coupon code ThnksFAA during checkout to get your 15% discount. Let us know if you’ll be taking advantage! PS: the sale ends today, so be as fast about buying it as the airplane you’ll be using it on.

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Android Etch: an Indiegogo project using lasers to engrave Google’s bugdroid logo on glasses Mon, 28 Oct 2013 00:57:07 +0000 Android Etch

Nearly two years ago,  took to Google+ to display the fruits of his labor, pint glasses etched with Google’s bugdroid logo. As expected, Android fans fell in love with his creation and wanted to know where and how they could get them. The time has finally come, thanks to Indiegogo, Android Etch was born.

Android Etch is looking to raise $12,745 to purchase a state of the art laser engraving machine from Epilog Laser Company. The Zing 24 model sports a rotary attachment, a necessary component for etching on curved surfaces, such as pint glasses, is built-to-last, and is made in the USA.

Backers of this campaign have options ranging from $10 – for a single etched pint glass, to $75 – where backers will receive four etched pint glasses, a commemorative cup with the Android KitKat logo, and a custom cup etched with your own design of choice. For a full list of donor perks, you’ll want to check out the official Android Etch campaign description.

Android Etch

If you wish to combine your love of Android and pint glasses, head on over to Indiegogo to back this campaign. The estimated delivery date is February 2014. That means you’ll have your Androidified pint glasses when winter brews are wrapping up and spring seasonals are on the horizon. Delicious.

Update: The following video has been added.


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