After AT&T, U.S. Cellular and T-Mobile announced pre-order and availability details for their Galaxy S5 versions, RadioShack also revealed its own pre-order details for the handset. Starting with March 21, the retailer will take Galaxy S5 pre-orders in its retail stores, offering buyers $50 off the handset in form of a coupon. Additionally, RadioShack offers $75 to $300 to customers who trade-in old devices when buying the Galaxy S5.
Amazon and other online retailers are slowly bleeding big-box electronics stores to death, a fact made all the more obvious this week when RadioShack announced that it was closing down 1,100 stores. Paul Kedrosky points us to a graph put together by The Financial Times that shows how the total overall footprint for major electronics retailers in the United States has been shrinking for the past several years. The total number of electronics retailers in the U.S. has been on a downward trajectory ever since 2009 when Circuit City liquidated its last outlet. Best Buy and Apple have held mostly steady but the recent RadioShack closings mean that the number of electronics outlets in the U.S. has shrunken dramatically. The Financial Times' graph follows below.
Loyal Engadget readers know that we don't normally trouble ourselves with promotions, but this one is too wild to ignore. Until June 30th, RadioShack is offering the HTC One to AT&T and Sprint customers with an added bonus -- a $100 credit for the Google Play store. Should you elect to sign up with Sprint, you'll basically get away like a bandit since RadioShack has slashed the price of the handset to $79.99 for new activations -- on two-year contracts, of course. After all is said and done, you would basically leave $20 richer than when you started (sort of). So, if you've been lusting after the HTC One but have held off on buying it, the universe might be trying to tell you something.
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Source: Radio Shack
While neither pricing nor availability is certain for the HTC One at this time, a leaked image of signage posted in RadioShack offers some new insight on the HTC One.
Specifically, it seems RadioShack will offer the Sprint and AT&T version of the HTC One will launch for $199 on a two year contract. What differentiates RadioShack from buying the phone from either carrier is the fact that the former will bundle the One with $50 Google Play credit and a $10 off coupon. The $199 price tag listed by RadioShack could end up being the final price point of the One through AT&T and Sprint.
While the $10 off coupon isn’t Earth shattering, it is nice to see RadioShack bundle the product with $50 of Google Play credit. As of now, we expect HTC to launch the One in the United States before the end of April, so stay tuned!
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If you're planning on waltzing into a Target store and picking up a cellphone with a monthly plan, you only have until April 8th to do so. RadioShack, which operates Target Mobile in 1,500 Target stores, has come to an agreement with its fellow retailer to end the relationship, effective April 8, 2013. The duo says they're parting ways on amicable terms since they couldn't strike a new deal -- which they've been hoping to hammer out since October -- that would make the business profitable for each party. For those whose fancies are struck by pay-as-you-go solutions, Target's prepaid mobile business won't be affected by the deal.
Update: Target let us know that Target Mobile will continue offering phones and service past April thanks to a new partnership with Brightstar and MarketSource. Also, the retailer assures us that phone service for existing customers is slated to continue uninterrupted during the transition. Hit the jump for the full press release.
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Public relations is a tough gig, and tech PR may be among the toughest due to the sheer volume of companies constantly fighting for coverage. Tech writers can get a hundred or more emails each day from PR companies hoping to get their clients publicity, so it is no easy task to concoct a pitch that draws interest. There isn’t a magic recipe for standing out in the crowd of PR flacks vying for coverage, but the best way to separate yourself from the pack and avoid wasting writers’ time and your clients’ money is often to simply pay attention. RadioShack (RSH), as it turns out, is very good at paying attention.
On September 21st, the day Apple (AAPL) launched the new iPhone 5, I wrote a quick piece about where people might be able to buy a new iPhone if they hadn’t pre-ordered one. In it, I mentioned RadioShack among the list of Apple retail partners that would be stocking iPhone 5 handsets on launch day, but I warned that inventory may be limited. I also included an anecdote about a personal experience I had more than two years ago:
RadioShack is a tricky endeavor. Stores got very limited quantities last year when the iPhone 4S launched, and some stores didn’t get any iPhones even in major cities. When the iPhone 4 launched, many stores that were supposed to get launch-day shipments didn’t get anything — in fact, I pre-ordered an iPhone 4 from a RadioShack near my home and they still haven’t called to tell me my order arrived. Maybe next year.
Now, here’s where paying attention comes into play. RadioShack read the post, and the wheels began turning. While it would have been very easy to simply ignore my complaint about something minor that happened more than two years ago — truth be told, I would have ignored it — some creative people saw an opportunity. After all, turning a negative into a positive is the ultimate challenge in public relations.
And so on Wednesday morning, I received a box in the mail.
I get plenty of boxes in the mail as part of my job here at BGR, so I thought nothing of it. The return address listed Weber Shandwick, a large PR firm that represents several companies I work with regularly, so I assumed it was a review unit of some kind. This was not the case.
Upon opening the box I found about half a dozen items along with a handwritten note that reads as follows:
Have you ever studied wormholes? Didn’t think so — but we, being at RadioShack headquarters, have access to this technology and it doesn’t always go as planned. A good example is your previously ordered iPhone 4. We were trying to be hotshots by sending select pre-order units to customers via wormholes and, well, yours went to another dimension. The only reason we know this is because it came back. We could argue the theories of objects sent through wormholes, but our scientists do this for a living and you do not.
So — here is your iPhone 4 and a few iPhone 5 cases so there’s no hard feelings. The cases are yours to keep, so feel free to use them, review them or just monitor them for wormhole openings.
Your friends @ RadioShack
Kudos to RadioShack and the team at Weber Shandwick for paying attention, being creative and turning a negative — even one that is more than two years old — into a positive. Job well done.
Of course, this leaves me with a box full of iPhone 5 cases and an iPhone 4.
Hopefully RadioShack wasn’t expecting to get this iPhone back, because I’m giving it away right now. Leave a comment below and I’ll pick one commenter at random who will receive this brand new, unopened iPhone 4 (black, 8GB, AT&T (T) model) free of charge courtesy of BGR and, albeit unknowingly, RadioShack. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents 18 and older, and I will pick a winner in one week on Friday, October 5th. Comments must be posted my 11:59 p.m. ET on October 4th in order to qualify.
I also have half a dozen iPhone 5 cases that I’ll give away to six U.S.-based commenters aged 18 and older who request them in the comments section below. Please note that winners will be selected at random and may not receive the specific case they request.
RadioShack might have had a difficult time keeping a lid on its partnership with Cricket, but that doesn't mean we aren't interested in the official news. Launching under the expected RadioShack No-Contract Wireless banner, the unfettered phone service includes lets shoppers pick either $25 or $35 plans for basic feature phones or, more importantly, some tempting $50 and $60 smartphone plans. On top of unlimited domestic voice and messaging, these last two rates offer a respective 1GB and 2.5GB of data before throttling kicks in, with hotspot support, international text messaging and visual voicemail reserved for the highest-end tier. You'll find just two Huawei phones if you wander into a RadioShack store for the Wednesday launch: the $40 Pillar, a keyboard-touting basic phone, and a white-tinged, $150 Mercury Ice that iterates on the Android 2.3-toting Mercury only in the change of color. We're promised two additional, unnamed phones before the end of the month, and smartphones on the No-Contract service will be the only Cricket devices shipping with 8GB microSDHC cards to feed that Muve Music habit. The nitty-gritty of the hardware and plans await after the break.Permalink | | Email this | Comments
We're just about a week out from the rumored launch of RadioShack's Cricket-based No Contract Wireless plans, and more details are beginning to trickle out about the prepaid service. Specifically, we've just received information concerning how much The Shack intends to charge on a monthly basis, and it's just about what you'd expect: you can choose between featurephone and smartphone options, with the former hooking you up with unlimited messaging and your choice of 300 minutes for $25 or 1,000 minutes for $35. As for the smartphone plans, you'll get unlimited voice, messaging and Muve Music downloads on both selections; the $50 option will get you one gigabyte of 3G data (before throttling ensues), while $60 bestows you with 2.5GB data and mobile hotspot use, Visual Voicemail access, unlimited international text and all-you-can-eat directory assistance.
As a comparison, Cricket's $35 featurephone plan will give you unlimited voice and SMS, compared to 1,000 minutes and unlimited SMS / MMS / 1X data on The Shack. The carrier's basic smartphone option is $55 and offers unlimited voice, messaging and 3G data (throttled at 2.5GB); this may seem like the better deal -- unless you're interested in using Muve Music. Since you have to pay an extra $10 to add the unlimited music service into the mix on Cricket, you'll see a monthly savings of $5 if you waltz into The Shack for the top-tiered plan. We're still waiting for RadioShack to come clean and acknowledge the existence of the NoContract service, but we'll continue to reveal more details as they come down the pipeline. Check out the featurephone rate plans after the break.
Gift cards have been expected to launch in the Google Play Store ever since the latest version of the Play Store was revealed to contain an area for redeeming gift card codes.
As mentioned in the title, RadioShack, Target, and GameStop will be among the first partner stores to launch the gift cards. Interested customers can make a visit to any of these retail stores within the next couple of weeks. At this time, it appears Google Play gift cards are limited to the U.S. only, but hopefully that changes. In addition, Walmart.com will begin offering the gift cards later this month for those who wish to purchase one online.
Lastly, the gift cards will be availble in $10, $25, and $50 denominations as detailed by the picture above. Again, the gift cards will be available for purchase in RadioShack, Target, GameStop, and Walmart.com in the next couple of weeks.
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