Retail monolith Walmart has allowed the cost of a new iPhone 5 (with a two-year contract) to slide all the way to $98 for a 16GB model in white or black on AT&T, Verizon, or Sprint, effective Friday. The megastore already had some of the lowest prices on a new iPhone 5, which were previously set at $129.… Read more
Many big names like Amazon offer to turn your old gadgets into cash, but now the other big name in retail -- Walmart -- wants to take your unwanted iPhone, iPad, Galaxy S3, or other devices in exchange for gift cards that you can use right away at the company's ubiquitous stores and Web site.
This week Walmart announced its "Gadgets to Gift Cards" program in advance of the expected release of the next iPhone on September 10. It works like similar buyback programs, with the interesting added twist that users can go spend their old gadget money right away at a Walmart store or Walmart.com, even before they send their device in for verification (provided they pass a credit check first, meaning you don't want to try to scam this one, folks). … Read more
Don't look now, but Walmart may have just sold out temporarily of Microsoft's recently discounted Surface RT devices.
Yes, those same Surface RTs that Microsoft repriced and are now $350 (plus $100-plus for a keyboard/cover). The Surface RTs that were responsible for Microsoft's $900 million write-down which it took in the fourth quarter of 2013.
Robert McLaws, chief technology officer of AdvancedREI, tweeted me about what looks to be an "out of stock" situation for 32GB and 64GB Surface RTs purchased from Walmart online. Some U.S. stores are still showing availability in-store, however, … Read more
Wireless operators, such as T-Mobile, talk a good game about making their device sales and service plans easier to understand. But often figuring out which devices can be used on which networks and how much you have to pay for those devices is anything but simple.
The situation seems to get even more complicated when you factor in third-party retailers that are also reselling devices for wireless operators. In this edition of Ask Maggie, I help two readers figure out how to navigate buying and activating devices from a third-party reseller. And I explain and rant a little bit about … Read more
While Google hasn't done a lot of promotion around its Chromebooks, there's no doubt that the company is still working on bringing the low-cost laptops to more people around the world.
The tech giant announced Monday that it's bringing Chromebooks to more than 6,600 new stores worldwide -- that's three times as many stores as before.
The lion's share will go to Walmart and Staples. Walmart will sell the $199 Acer C7 Chromebook in about 2,800 of its stores across the U.S. And Staples will bring Chromebooks from Acer, HP, and Samsung … Read more
SEATTLE -- For the last five years, Amazon has been working to figure out an online business that has claimed its share of carnage -- grocery delivery.
Here in the company's backyard, it's deployed a fleet of green, refrigerated trucks to bring produce, meats, boxes of cereal, and more to customers' front doors 24 hours a day, whenever they choose. And the company has tinkered with pricing formulas, as well as the kind of goods it offers, trying to come up with the right mix that engenders loyalty and still earns a profit.
Asked, after so many years … Read more
Internet tax supporters, with backing from Walmart, Macy's, and Best Buy, are hoping a Senate vote will give them enough political leverage to require Americans to pay sales tax whenever buying goods online. This could usher in the first national Internet sales tax ever.
According to Reuters, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid filed a motion on Thursday supporting the proposal. Since Reid … Read more
Consumers looking to pick up an iPad will find discounts as high as 30 percent courtesy of Best Buy.
The retailer is offering the 16GB version of the 3rd-generation iPad $314, down from $449. The 32GB will run you $384, down from $549. And the 64GB edition is on sale for $454, down from $649.
The discounts also extend to the cellular flavors of the iPad 3, mostly with A&T but at least one with Verizon.
Consumers not interested in the iPad can also land a few discounts at Best Buy.