Until I received an ad in my email today it escaped me that Dell sold mobile phones. Sure I knew they made a couple of them and logically they would sell those, but not a whole line of phones from other manufacturers. And they have good prices too…really good prices.
The revelation came in the form of an email ad for the HTC Droid Incredible, which they are offering right now for free. My contract was up a couple of weeks ago and I’ve been searching around for deals. Mostly I am looking at the Motorola Droid X and the Samsung Fascinate. I can get the Fascinate from Amazon for $99. It would only be $29 if I had an individual plan as opposed to our family plan. Dell offers if for free for new accounts and is also $99 for existing accounts (individual or family). That’s comparable to the Amazon pricing.
What blew me away, though, was their pricing on the Motorola Droid X. The Droid X is $49.99 for me and a stunning $9.99 for new accounts!
They carry phones from all manufacturers and for all carriers. In addition to Dell’s own phones, there are phones from Blackberry, HTC, LG, Motorola, Nokia, Palm, Samsung, Sanyo, and Sony Ericsson. And, they are working with Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Nextel.
You will have to search around a little and make sure you are looking at the price for your situation – New Account, Renew/Upgrade, or Add a Line. But you can find some REALLY good deals on just about any phone you could want. Except, of course, the iPhone.
I talk about the plan I am laying out for the show, while the Audio format will not change I am moving aggressively to improve the video quality in an effort to be in a position for what I feel is forthcoming in the new media space. The exercise while expensive is one that I think is one that I need to take to see if the content will bridge over time into as big a hit with video hit as the audio format is.
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I am back in Studio H, the tooth fairy, or someone shipped me a JVC ProHD camera thanks but care to let me know who sent it? Is it time for a clothing sponsor for the show? Lot’s of tech news folks and I get you caught up on what has been happening. Nice to be back in the studio here in Hawaii with better bandwidth than what hotels offer up. Possible appearance at Podcamp Philly!
Not surprisingly Apple dominated the news but not to worry I have a great variety of content tonight for you. My day started early but I am energized by a early morning meeting I had which I will discuss. I should note that I take a few minutes to remember 9-11, please take a few moments out of your day today to think about everyone that has sacrificed over those and ongoing world events. Also I announce a 1 time good deal where you can save some extra money listen to cash in!
This might be another good reason to install Ubuntu 9.04:
I looked at the battery, then called up the Dell recall list. Sure enough – that battery was listed. Interestingly enough, I’ve had this D600 for a while now and there has been no problems up until a week ago when the battery wouldn’t take a charge. Since I usually have this machine plugged in, I never thought twice about it.
The Ubuntu 9.04 was pretty easy to install on the Dell. I still need to fix the wireless, however all other items seem to function normally.
I will get the battery in the mail soon, along with that DVD+-RW Lightscribe and extra memory I just ordered for it. RAWK!
Ok Folks I am headed to the East Coast first stop Columbus Ohio for a podcaster meetup on Thursday. Also if you are Blubrry.com user/podcaster we have a survey for you as we are getting ready to improve the site design and need some feedback.
Someone on that flight home from Japan had a cold and hooked me up. But the show must go on. Apologies in advance. Lots of Podcaster Meetups in a city near you over the next month listen to for your area!