Posts tagged with: Pricing
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    The "Hipster Troll Carwash" has become the "Hot Topic Craze" in mobile tech, at least for this microsecond. HTC has found its footing once again with the HTC 10 and with a clear month until Motorola — under Lenovo — has something to offer, we'll see a full month's of worth of sales. But it has to start somewhere. In the US, Verizon said it has first dibs for carriage. In the UK, it's Three that has started pre-orders for the phone with deliveries targeted for May 6. Three is currently only offering the phone purchased with a two-year contract plan and an upfront fee of £49. We'll ...

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    iPhones aren't getting cheaper. Well, maybe in the land of the rising sun. Apple has not given a reason why price cuts have come to Japan, but they have and they may be here for a while. One reason could be, as is often the case, that the currency markets have shifted to jelly again. The Yen has improved against the Dollar by about 10 percent in the past few months. All SIM-free SKUs of the iPhone SE, the iPhone 6s, the iPhone 6s Plus, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus get the chopper, generally about 9 percent. Those who recently bought one of these phones (except the iPhone SE) within ...

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    If you want to own a no-holds-barred Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge in the US, why would you head to Best Buy to get one? Well, there is a limited one-year warranty on these phones as opposed to the ones at, say, Amazon or B&H. But is it worth the $50+ markup? That's right, if you're not going to deal with carrier bloatware from either AT&T or T-Mobile and want a little protection beyond the IP68 water resistance, the international variants of the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge with no US warranty are on BestBuy.com right now. Only the Gold Platinum and Silver Titanium versions of the S7 are ...

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    Is money no object in the way of unlimited data? Well, if you and Verizon still want to be together forever, it's just going to have to cost more. Some subscribers found this out for themselves last November as their bills went up by $20, bringing their monthly tabs up to $49.99. Add on voice and SMS services and those bills could easily hit about $100. If you weren't hit with that price hike on November 15, but still have an unlimited plan with Verizon, call a representative and ask if you should be expecting a price hike on May 15 (or whenever your bill cycle resets after that date). ...

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    The Galaxy S7 has had promo after promo after promo to boost its sales. LG has been trying to keep up with Samsung's shenanigans with a couple of its own tricks. US Cellular was the first carrier in the country to make its LG G5 offer known. AT&T pushed the envelope with a BOGO deal and a free battery. T-Mobile went all-out and put in the LG 360 CAM in the bag gratis. But it looks like Sprint — whose CEO has been a little hapless with Twitter today — will take the race at this stage with low prices and an accessory bundle. With the stipulation that you trade-in your current phone, ...

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    When LG teased an "early April" release, we didn't think it'd be as early as early could get. Then again, with US carriers early-birding the Galaxy S7 before the calendar could even flip over from February, we might be catching some signals on this side of the Korean divide. A close source to Droid Life is reporting that US Cellular, considered to be the fifth tier-one mobile carrier in the US in what's really a four-player market, is getting pre-orders on for the LG G5 when March 28 comes around. Boxes hit store shelves April 1. Pricing comes down to $636 in full or 24 monthly payments ...

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    Will a proven games ecosystem help Sony carve a niche, even take on the big VR guns at HTC and Oculus this year? Time to put a price and a date to the PlayStation VR as the company puts the public on notice for its proprietary virtual reality hardware system for the PS4. The PlayStation blog gave the good numbers out: over 230 developers on the job for content with an estimation of at least 50 games available when the headset launches in October for ¥44,980 in Japan, €399 in Europe, £349 in Great Britain, $399 in the US and about $549 in Canada and Australia (in local currencies, of ...

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    Now that we have an extra week to think about this iPhone SE, we can let a research note from KGI Securities analyst Kuo Ming-Chi. The headline from this note comes up to the camera, now deemed to be 12 megapixels strong like its current-generation "s" compatriots and as opposed to the 8 megapixels that was bandied about. The iPhone SE will likely stick to the A9 processor as talked about, but also have Apple Pay, gently arcing 2.5D glass, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, Live Photos and a 1,642mAh battery. There will be 16GB and 64GB models, both costing anywhere within the $400 level. One ...

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    We got a peak sneak peek at the LeTV Max Pro yesterday. It's the world's first phone — at least Qualcomm's betting on it to be — that will sport the Snapdragon 820 chipset. It also has the uncommon flight path of coming from China straight to the United States. Don't be mistaken, though. The Max Pro will be sold in China at LeMall.com, though we don't have an official listing of it just yet. But thanks to an web asset leak, we have a price: CNY 3,500. That's $536 for a premiere spec monster. Of course, with currencies and export costs being the way they are, we'll have to see how much ...

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    It's not about the destination, it's about the way there. It could be said that it's not about the final price of an item, but how it was determined through the time it was developed. Take the Oculus, the Rift VR headset and how company founder Palmer Luckey screwed it up — by his own admission. For perspective, Luckey initially told the media that an optimal PC for Rift use would cost $1,500. But that gave us no practical indication of the headset's price — until one Palmer addressed developers and said that it would come around the "ballpark" of $350. We got the release details ...

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    Update: BlackBerry CEO John Chen announced at the company's CES 2016 press conference that Sprint and Verizon will also have the Priv as well. Chen disclosed that AT&T had a 60-day exclusivity clause that has just expired. More from Chen in our Via link. Our original story is below. T-Mobile's been blazing on upwards for the past few years, though it's been getting majorly checked by competitors, regulators and watchdog groups in the past few months. Whatever you think about its deals and steals, its plans and services and how it operates all of the above, one thing that can make or ...

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    While Huawei is bringing some phones to the US, what it won't bring to the US (just yet) is its Mate 8. Maybe we're not ready for that piece of work just yet. Maybe Huawei isn't ready to fully commit to the US just yet. But the GX8 might be a worthy upgrade from the P8 lite. Bad news for us, good news for some 30 territories if you're ready to shell out for it. Huawei has just announced that the Mate 8, already up for sale in China, will be pushed out to the world at large. it's the same Kirin 950 SoC, the same Sony IMX298 camera sensor and the same 4,000mAh battery coming its way, but ...

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    Can't you feel that holiday cheer, Samsung? The Ga-la-la-la-laaa-la-la-laxy A9 is back on the eggnog overflow and we have more details as to what it tows. And there's also a little quirk that made us shift in our seats just a little bit. See if you can spot it and guess what we think it means while we go through the laundry list. The new leak from Weibo seems to be a showroom specifications card meant for Samsung plots in retail stores or carriers. This one's for the dual-SIM version that can apparently come in salmon, champagne or white colors. The 2.5D glass (as we learned about in a ...

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    Every so often, our Stephen Schenck likes to point out that RAM is really cheap nowadays. And indeed, many phones have taken advantage of that fact with 4GB now the new benchmark for close-to-flagship-tier smartphones and devices. Because why not? Especially after some RAM management kerfuffles. Well, we now have industry sources from Korea telling us about the war games they're playing with Chinese manufacturers as RAM is going, going, gone down to basement prices. Try $16.70 for a 4GB DDR3 module last month, down 9.5 percent from September's price. Metrics tracker DRAMeXchange expects ...

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    Samsung may have just posted some positive growth in its smartphones unit. But as Samsung's own earnings report told us, a lot of those smartphones came from the mid-range Galaxy A, J and O (or On) lineups. Furthermore, while the company was able to popularize the Galaxy S6 edge and Galaxy S6, the latter wasn't going to make much in terms of returns because of a price cut. And thus, the scrutiny has been in this lower bunk of the price bin, with a new report from Counterpoint Technology Market Research. As a reminder, the chaebol reported that it moved 84.5 million handsets this quarter, ...

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    When we were introduced to the HTC One A9 at $399, we thought it was a fair price for a decent phone, no matter how iPhone-y it was. In the UK, however, we saw a dramatic gulf in SRP — going for £420 ($645 as of this post) at the very least — that was definitely warranted an iPhone caliber jaw drop. We may see some sense seeping into this story, though, not the sense we'd like to see. HTC has released a statement saying that the $399.99 offer on its US website is only a promotional offer and that the official price beginning November 7 is $499.99. Another piece to the price puzzle is ...

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    After Xiaomi came out with two variations of its Mi 4 smartphone, one for India and an updated phone for all of Asia just recently, it turns out that the Chinese OEM is still keeping us in rumor territory for the ever-elusive Mi 5 phone. Whether or not we're certain about what the Xiaomi Mi 5 feels like, what's inside or when it will come, we're just as happy to be unsure about how much it will cost. Leave it to Weibo (and its shelled-up site that isn't suited for translating by Google) to talk up a storm. We have cleaned up a translation from the source, Leaksfly: The Xiaomi Mi 5 and ...

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    For being the first product coming from a small startup company with a vague history and questionable PR stunts, the One from OnePlus sold like crazy when it was made available last year. In the end, it turned out to be quite a good phone, but even before anyone knew how it performed, there were two main selling points that largely drove the OnePlus One to its viral success: its price and its specs. The market has grown significantly since the One’s release, with phones like the Idol 3 and Zenfone 2 taking over the budget space, but at the time there were very few low-cost phones worth ...

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    When rumors started to surface about the new Nexus 7 – as opposed to the old Nexus 7 I suppose (what are they going to call it next year?) - I was disappointed. Google was delivering on so much including a fast processor, plenty of RAM, LTE, and a whole bunch of jiggly goodness. But one part of the rumor's felt sour to me - $229. Two hundred and twenty nine dollars. It just felt....off. Last year, Google introduced their first generation Nexus 7 at the sub-200 dollar price point. This is not a small thing. Please don't misunderstand. I'm not quibbling over whether the new Nexus 7 is ...

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    Blackberry and HTC have a bit of a problem. Their problem is they are coming off of losing seasons and they're trying to get their fans back in the stands. Ok, yes I'm using a sports analogy here, bear with me. The problem is they're charging just as much for their seats as the third team in town – the one who has won the championship two years in a row. And they're both surprised when their beer sales are plummeting. In short, Blackberry and HTC pricing against Samsung and Apple is doomed to failure until they can reestablish their premium brands to go with their premium phones. A Tale ...

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