Samsung Netherlands offers Galaxy Note 3 customers discount plus 64GB card this Saturday
Samsung is hoping to tempt Dutch consumers towards its Galaxy Note 3 handset this weekend, with a one-day promotion giving buyers €125 off the price of the handset (after a mail-in rebate) and a free 64GB microSD card. The offer is valid at participating stores — Phone House, Vodafone, Bell Company and Media Markt — this Saturday, Nov. 30.
Customers will get their SD cards when they buy the device, and the rebate will be given within 15 days when buyers send in a copy of their receipt, IMEI sticker and a completed registration form. Vodafone NL customers picking up a Note 3 on "Red Essentials" contract get the phone for free and a €45 monthly fee, down from €54. More details, including terms and conditions, are can be found at the source link.
Following some recent (and not-so-recent) leakage, the Motorola Droid Ultra and Droid Mini have appeared in white on Verizon's online store. Nothing has changed besides the color of the phones' exterior — you're still basically looking at a Moto X-class device in a different form factor with added "Droid" branding from Verizon. The phones' prices are also unchanged — the Ultra is $99.99 on a two-year plan, $449.99 outright or $18.97 on Verizon Edge, while the Mini remains $49.99 on-contract, $399.99 outright or $16.81 on Edge.
Eight games free in the UK, nine in the U.S. until Sunday
Amazon has announced that its Appstore for Android will be giving away a selection of top Android games this weekend. The "Ultimate Game Collection" promotion runs from today, Nov. 29, through until Sunday, Dec. 1. Free titles include the paid versions of Sonic the Hedgehog, Angry Birds Space Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Rooftop Run and Fruit Ninja. Here's a breakdown of the sales on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk — the only major difference is U.S. buyers get Battle Bears Fortress as part of their promotion.
We somehow survived Black Friday, and the weekend of savings finishes off with Cyber Monday sales. We're here to point you to the best deals on Android apps, and we'll be updating this list all day long, so feel free to let us know in the comments about any sales you find. Be sure to act fast - these price cuts aren't sticking around for long. Updates will be made at the bottom of each list, so refresh often and keep scrolling. If you're looking for hardware, be sure to check out our massive round-up over here!
We're rounding up the very best deals for Black Friday 2013 in tablets, smartphones, speakers and headphones, mobile accessories, and other cool electronic stuff! Check it all out here for the greatest deals that America's retailers have to offer on the day after Thanksgiving. Prices will, of course, mostly only be applicable on Black Friday (that's November 29), and in some instances on Thanksgiving Day (November 28), and may only be available in limited quantities and only in stores.
We'll be updating this page frequently leading up to Black Friday, so check back later for even more deals!
While manufacturers like HTC, Sony and Motorola have been pretty forthcoming with their Android 4.4 KitKat update plans, we've yet to hear much out of LG, which launched its latest handset this fall on Android 4.2.2. But now LG Canada has given G2 owners their first inkling of when to expect that KitKat update.
MobileSyrup reports that it's been told by LG Canada rep Court Elliot that Canadian G2s should receive the update around "late Q1" next year. The Android 4.4-based firmware will apparently be offered to all Canadian carriers at the same time, though this doesn't guarantee a concurrent rollout across all operators.
Late Q1 is a ways off, especially considering the likes of Motorola and HTC are slating updates for January, but at least it gives G2 owners a rough idea of what to expect. Of course there's also no guarantee that other countries' G2s will be held to this schedule, as things often get messy when carriers become involved.
As the U.S. celebrates Thanksgiving, Google+'s unofficial mascot Mr Jingles is getting in on the action, stuffing his face with endless slices of pumpkin pie when he clears your G+ notifications. (Prod the little guy with your finger or mouse pointer to see the animation on your phone or the web.)
PAYG discounts, prize giveaways and contract deals
Despite being based in the UK, where today is just another Thursday, British retailer Phones 4u isn't being left out of the post-Thanksgiving sales season. The chain is offering Pay As You Go customers the chance to win a selection of gadgets by entering on its holiday prizes website. Prizes include Sony TVs, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles, Samsung's Galaxy Camera and tablets, Phones 4u arena VIP tickets, as well as accessories and vouchers.
P4u is also offering £15 off certain PAYG smartphones, including the Moto G and Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini (£119.95) and even cheaper phones like the Galaxy Y and Sony Xperia Miro — which will be live tomorrow.
"Limited edition" contract deals are available too, including the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Gear for £37 per month on Vodafone. And the retailer's Galaxy Note 3 accessory deal is still running, giving Note 3 buyers a free Galaxy Tab 3 and S View case, and a wireless speaker if they sign up for a 4G plan. Other deals include the Galaxy S4 Active for free on a £21.99 per month deal with Orange (with an admittedly small 250MB data allowance). Perhaps more tempting is the retailer's Sony Xperia Z1 offer — online contract buyers will get a free Sony Smartwatch 2 with their phone, and a free wireless speaker if they sign up for a 4G plan.
Some of the deals appear to be live right now, the rest should follow on Friday.
Carrier offers 25 percent reduction in cost of buying out contract to get subscribers onto 'O2 Refresh' plans
O2 UK has announced a new promotion designed to tempt existing customers onto its O2 Refresh price plans, which decouple the cost of customers' phones from their monthly service payment. Dubbed O2 Speed to Refresh, the new deal gives existing customers 25 percent off the cost of buying out the remainder of their contract if they upgrade to an O2 Refresh plan.
O2 Refresh is part of a growing trend which has seen some operators offering a clear distinction between the price of cellular service and the cost of payments towards the value of handsets. The plans mean customers' monthly bills are reduced after they've finished paying off their phone, and they can pay the full cost of the device up-front in exchange for lower monthly fees.
O2 Speed to Refresh is open to O2 Pay Monthly customers who have been with the carrier for at least three months.