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Best Buy Planning Something Major for August 17 and 22, Any Guesses? (Updated)

At first we were thinking that Best Buy planned to launch the Samsung Galaxy S II on August 17 and 22, but with Samsung already looking to make that announcement on August 29 in New York, we’re no longer sure.  The bad news for Verizon customers, is that neither of those days is a Thursday, so unless they break one of their longest release trends ever (Thursdays for new phones), then we’ll probably be seeing something for another carrier.

Any chance it’s the iPhone 5?  Hah, not likely.  We’re wondering if BBY simply plans to hold the ultimate cheap deal day, twice?  Like say, make every phone free from any carrier?  Possibly.  Except we would almost expect that to be on two Wednesdays rather than a Monday and Wednesday.

Update:  We’ve heard from a number of Best Buy folks that are under the impression that this will just be one of their uber-cheap deal days.  Four different phones could be available for free, would be the best bet.

I guess we’ll know in 2 days when they start letting their employees know why they have started over-staffing and changing schedules immediately.  Intriguing.

Any guesses?

Cheers ___!

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  • Dbarden31

    Anyone can help me out here? I was wanting to know if I should go with best buy’s service plan or Verizon’scell insurance? Thanks

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  • deevee

    The 17th may be the first day of a “pre-order” event for some unknown phone and the 22nd would be the last day.  Those would be the days that would see the biggest rush as customer try to get in first and other scramble to get in before the pre-order closes.  Guess we find out when the next tidbit is leaked from someone inside BB.

  • Saturn

    I work there, pretty sure the 17th is going to be a free phone event with multiple smartphones marked down to free for new activations or upgrades. Not sure about the 22nd.

    • android phan

      yup… verizon-samsung continuum(i think that is what it is), att-atrix, sprint-nexus S

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SRARBD3SUONIDIVWFP5UNW4QLU Deborah Clemons

    I just paìd $22.85 for an ìPad 2-64GB and my girlfriend loves her Panasonic Lumix GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.78 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $625 which only cost me $62.81 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from, CentHub.còm

  • Rich

    They will announce the selling of the photon or wtf ever it is called… by moto….

  • Anonymous

    By the way, I just paîd $21.87 for an îPad 2-64GB and my boyfriend loves his Panasonîc Lumîx GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS.I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $657 which only cost me $62.81 to buy.
    Here is the website we use to get it all from, http://BidsFirst.com

  • faber

    Maybe moto sent the bionic to cm7 like samsung, unlocked the bootloader, fixed any bugs, rooted it and is gonna release it at best buy that way….lol….

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  • Blood

    The Game’s Red Album is releasing Aug 23.

  • Anonymous

    The BlackBerry Bold 9930 Just went on sale on verizonwireless.com about 10minutes ago. Looks like Verizon’s Thursday tradition is gone, eh kellex?

    • kq

      bionic early release? lol yea riiite

  • Ck

    They are going to announce the Droid Bionic has been delayed again…..on two seperate occasions.

    • Anonymous

      I paid $23.88 for an i Pad 2 32-GB and my girlfriend loves her Panasonic Lumiix GF 1 Camera that we got for $ 38.41 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $ 635 which only cost me $ 61.74 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it al from,
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  • jimbob

    Maybe they’ll announce they’re going to start hiring competent salespeople?

    • Jason Lee

      I always wonder if the people who work at Best Buy are dumb or they are lying. (No offense to anyone who works there :D)

      • skaguyy

        I worked there for almost 2 years…a majority of the people are dumb there, but not all

        they actually opened up a customer assistant position at one point where there were 5-6 of us per store that knew all the departments well enough that if someone had a question on anything in the store, we had the answer

        and I refused to sell service plans…they are stupid

        • Beka27

          ^^^Exactly.  I work in retail and in my experience, they (managers) hate the “smart people” who know better than to push unnecessary products and worthless service plans.  I provide outstanding customer service, all my customers are very pleased with me and will seek me out time after time… because I am knowledgeable and HONEST with them… but I don’t make good “sales numbers”.  

          Oh well…. at least it’s not my career.

          • http://www.facebook.com/tflournoy95 Thomas Flournoy

            your job is to make them money. obviously management doesn’t like you if you don’t do that. only stupid people shop at best buy, and i personally have no problem ripping off stupid people.

        • Dbarden31

          Question? If the service plans are STUPID, how should I insure my cell incase of an accident?

  • Anonymous

    and the Aug 22…..some big deal game for a a midnight(Tuesday) release?

    • Baileyadam92

      yes, i work for bestbuy. it is for a big deal game release at midnight. since the store closes at 9pm, were in the process of changing schedules for the night shift.

      • http://twitter.com/D_tiz Daniel Tisdale

        Aug 23 is the release date for Deus Ex: Human Revolution, but that really has no impact on phone activations.

  • Anonymous

    Thought….
    Change in scheduling….and Aug 17 is a Wednesday…could it be a midnight(Thursday) release of a phone?

  • Anonymous

    Kellex, loving the Sunday night updates, adds some spice to the otherwise mundane preparation for the week.

  • Anonymous

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    Here is the website we use to get it all from, http://BidsFirst.com

  • Jack Sanchez

    Did best buy form a partnership with chuckie cheese? Kinda like what htc did with the beats headphones.

    • Anonymous

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      PLEASE BE FREE TOKENS.

      • John

        showbiz ftw

  • Wsiembida

    It’s the blackberry for VZW

    • Anonymous

      i suspect your assumption is correct

  • Anonymous

    Turns out Best Buy was given all of the remaining stock for the Droid R2-D2, and they’re going to give the things away for free.

    Unfortunately, nobody wants the thing, even for free. I remember the hypebeasting here on Droid Life. Oh kellex, you make me lol sometimes.

  • Robhaltmeier

    Palm Pre 3? HaHa

  • Omar Amer

    Looks like some BB only phone sale, with the notice’s headline at the top. Probably some BOGO event they are holding or something like that.

    • Postcorner

      BBYM = Best Buy Mobile

  • Anonymous

    I bet Tabco is involved

  • Anthony Alves

    clearing inventory for the DROID Bionic, SGSII, and iPhone possibly =P

    • Anonymous

      Agree they want to clear out inventory. On a side note on the vzw site the droid 3 says will ship by 8-18

  • Rob Meyer

    why you staring the rumor mill kellex.. if its just a promotional event, then it would most likely not be a launch event. Probably some big free phone giveaway or bogo offers

  • GUESt

    Free phones.Atrix? No new device.