T-Mobile responds to Verizon campaign, offers improved incentives in try-out and switch deal

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Date: Tuesday, May 5th, 2015, 07:38
Category: iPhone, News, retail, Uncategorized, wireless

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It’s competition that makes life interesting.

Wireless carrier T-Mobile is responding to Verizon’s “Never Settle” ad campaign, which offers to lend Verizon customers a new smartphone and port their existing number to it for a 14-day trial. If customers prefer T-Mobile’s service, the company will pay off Verizon’s Early Termination Fees up to a maximum of US$650.

T-Mobile is also offering to settle any outstanding payments on your phone within the US$650 limit when customers go with T-Mobile’s Simple Choice plan.

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Rumor: Apple Store app to arrive for Apple Watch “soon”

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Date: Thursday, April 30th, 2015, 07:52
Category: Apple Watch, iOS, iPad, iPhone, News, retail, Software, Wearables

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It won’t be long before you can shop for Apple Store items via your Apple Watch.

Sources have stated that Apple is completing its work on a version of the Apple Store app for the new wearable device. The app has not been given a firm release date beyond “soon” and will be part of an application update for the iPhone and iPad.

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Best Buy to accept Apple Pay, breaks from MCX lineup

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Date: Wednesday, April 29th, 2015, 07:21
Category: News, retail

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Retailer Best Buy Best Buy said its customers could start using Apple Pay from Monday to make purchases on its app through the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch, thus appearing to break ranks with a group of leading U.S. merchants who are backing an alternative payment system.

Apple CEO Tim Cook also announced during an earnings conference call Monday that Apple Pay would be supported on the Best Buy app and in stores later this year.

The move is significant in that it breaks Best Buy away from the Merchant Customer Exchange, or MCX, a coalition of merchants backing its own mobile payments platform called CurrentC. MCX members Rite Aid and CVS stopped accepting Apple Pay at their stores a week after the launch of the Apple system, in a move that was seen as reflecting the rivalry between the two payment systems.

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Apple targeting late June for release of Apple Watch in other countries

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Date: Tuesday, April 28th, 2015, 08:07
Category: Apple Watch, News, retail, Wearables

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Apple will get the Apple Watch out to other countries once the initial, massive deluge of pre-orders is taken care of.

To wit: Around about June.

Over the course of the Q2 2015 conference call, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that Apple is targeting late June for an sales expansion that would make Apple Watch available in more countries, conditional on supply.

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Apple Pay to host Discover payments beginning this fall

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Date: Monday, April 27th, 2015, 09:38
Category: iOS, News, retail, Software

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This fall, you will be able to use Apple Pay for your Discover card transactions.

Just try not to carry a balance.

Discover announced on Monday that it will enable Apple Pay support for credit and debit cardholders at eligible financial institutions in the United States this fall. Discover will also support in-app purchases made using Apple Pay on compatible iPhones, iPads and Apple Watch.

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Apple Watch launches quiet, most inventory spoken for

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Date: Friday, April 24th, 2015, 10:15
Category: Apple Watch, News, retail, Wearables

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It’s Friday, April 24th, the long-awaited day of the Apple Watch launch/the Watchening.

And it’s pretty quiet out there.

Unlike many of Apple’s product launches, there isn’t much inventory of the device in the stores, the lion’s share of the inventory has been spoken for via massive pre-order sales numbers and the few stores that have units in stock are apparently experiencing long lines from customers eager to get their hands on the item.

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Some boutique, department stores to have Apple Watch units available for April 24th launch

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Date: Thursday, April 23rd, 2015, 08:26
Category: Apple Watch, News, retail, Wearables

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If you’re looking to actually walk into a store, put your mitts on an Apple Watch tomorrow, pay money for it and walk away with said Apple Watch, your choices are limited. The wearable WILL be available, but only in very limited inventories at select retail locations.

Apple has apparently partnered with a few department stores and boutiques. Among these are The Corner in Berlin, Maxfield in Los Angeles, and Dover Street Market in Tokyo and London. It’s also been reported that Maxfield will be opening two hours early on the 24th to accommodate Apple Watch customers.

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Fluctuations in shipping times point to possible WWDC refresh for 15-inch MacBook Pro

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Date: Thursday, April 23rd, 2015, 07:10
Category: MacBook Pro, News, retail

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It’s when the available inventory fluctuates that something new could be around the corner.

Over the past month, the Online Apple Store has seen 15-inch MacBook Pro inventory slowly drop from “in stock” to a current shipping estimate of one to two weeks, suggesting that a refresh is in the offing.

As of Wednesday, Apple’s online storefront shows the largest MacBook Pro model with integrated Intel graphics as shipping in one business day, while availability of the step-up model with discrete Nvidia GPU is currently at one to two weeks.

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Apple could be changing supply and demand/data measurement model with Apple Watch

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Date: Monday, April 20th, 2015, 12:24
Category: News, retail, Wearables

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Even if you have something that looks like it’s going to be a hit, there’s always the risk of forecasting the wrong sales numbers and producing too many units.

Noted analyst and longtime Apple watcher Carl Howe has stated that while he expects the Apple Watch became an overnight multi-billion-dollar business when preorders began earlier this month, he believes Apple will likely minimize its risks and produce units as it gauges demand. This could help handle the question as to which Apple Watch model will prove the most popular, while models might prove less popular and how to wrap production around these factors.

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Apple Watch orders to remain online-only until May, preorder deliveries to begin April 24th

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Date: Thursday, April 16th, 2015, 08:05
Category: News, retail, Wearables

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It’s the leaked internal memos that make life interesting.

For those of you looking to snag an Apple Watch, a leaked internal memo from Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts to Apple Store employees states that Apple Watch orders will continue to be taken exclusively online through May and that deliveries will begin April 24th as planned.

Per the memo:

“The feedback from customers is overwhelmingly positive. They are excited about Apple Watch, and your teams are creating fantastic experiences for them. Customers who pre-ordered will start receiving deliveries next Friday as planned, and I know you will do a great job helping set them up.

Many of you have been asking if we will have the Apple Watch available in stores on April 24 for walk-in purchases. As we announced last week, due to high global interest combined with our initial supply, we are only taking orders online right now. I’ll have more updates as we get closer to in-store availability, purpose we expect this to continue through the month of May.”

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