Archive for August, 2011
NEWS! G-mobile is born, Google to bid on T-Mobile against ATT, HP offers WebOS for sale, Google buys WebOS and aquires Palm patents, Google wins T-Mobile bid due to antitrust monopoly fears if Verizon Sprint buyout merger is allowed
Google seems to want to become a mobile carrier, and it’s not a bad move. First there was “Google Voice”.
Then came the various G google smartphones, Nexus, etc…and ANDROID.
Google then realized “Android Fragmentation” really is a problem and they bought MOTOROLA mobile division, not just for the hardware but very much for coveted patents, after they lost bids for some other lucrative patents (like Nortel’s patents).
HP may want to further help Google and Android if the price is right. Google may very well be interested in purchasing WebOS and acquiring all the Palm patents HP currently owns.
Google may wait to place official bid on T-mobile since what’s the point of driving up the price if government regulatory measures may take AT&T out of the bidding wars? Many think the ATT and T-mobile deal may fall through, with government regulators citing antitrust monopoly fears if they allow it since then they would have a very hard time not allowing Verizon to buyout Sprint which would be the next logical move by the big guys.
If ATT is allowed to buy T-mobile then we’ll have only two major cellphone carriers after Verizon absorbs Sprint PCS. Whereas they would be much more inclined to allow another additional player to enter the business, ie Google. Then Google could bolster T-mobile and they could easily deny any potential Verizon bid or takeover of SPRINT. The end result would be best for everyone, there would still be THREE strong major cellphone carriers to foster good competition, well unless they like playing under the table with each other as LCD panel makers, graphics cards manufacturers and others have been known to do to “fix” prices higher on clueless consumers. (Sure government regulatory divisions love to fine them for such conspiracies, and they do, in the millions of dollars albeit a slam on the wrist considering the profits made by price fixing. It seems to be more of a mutually beneficial symbiotic relationship though between these giant law breakers and the regulatory institutions.)
But don’t fight the Google, resistance is futile!
And they’re not so bad either, when’s the last time facebook gave you even a penny for all the advertisement money they made off you? At least google spreads some of the love around!
Greedy merchants hoarding HP touchpad stock and secretly trying to sell on ebay and other auction sites eager to make big profits as HP lowered price to $99
Keen an eye out on ebay as greedy merchants and BestBuy and other employees try to unload their hoarded stash of $99 HP Touchpads at a nice profit.
Many merchants have decided not to sell their stock at the $99 price, Newegg has said they won’t be selling it at the discounted price, many wonder if they will send it off to HP or what they’ll do with their stock of touchpads, its anybody’s guess what all the merchants out there will do. Some might decline new shipments due them for various reasons.
The smart buyer will refrain from paying more than $99 and not be tempted by the scalping on ebay and other sites. Be especially cautious for fake phishing scam sites setup to lure in the desperate pad chasers.
HP will likely try and sell this off as meaning there’s still interest in WebOS and try to dangle some of their PALM patents in front of GOOGLE for a nice sell and profit, they figure they’ll make up the loss on the $99 devices from selling off whatever patent portfolio they got from acquiring Palm.
Do yourselves a favor and find another $99 toy and start getting some sleep instead of hitting F5 nonstop on every touchpad distributor’s site or wasting hundreds on gas money driving to all the BestBuys, Sams Clubs, and Walmarts in your state! It’s an addiction, and another cool nice $99 toy will cure you, try it!
New batch of HP Touchpads to be shipped out after August 20, this new HP Touchpad shipment will sellout even quicker, top distributors to check for in stock for $99 16GB and $149 32GB touch pad
Everyone’s waiting to hear news of the last remaining batches of HP Touchpads slated for delivery to distribution centers. Stores seem to be very tempted to use fake in stock numbers to perhaps gain new customer data, email addresses, house addresses and other valuable info which might help them turn a bargain hunter into a real profitable customer for them.
The web is full of complaints with stores canceling orders in mass, claiming some inventory accounting error, but which errors were deliberate and which were honest? Most high volume distributors have pretty good inventory accounting methods and the opportunity to grab MILLIONS of potential customer data might be very enticing.
Of course there are plain phishing websites popping up just to steal credit card numbers from the naive desperately trying to score a bargain. Interestingly many customers, and in reality ‘potential’ or would-be customers since we have no real numbers as to how many HP Touchpads were really sold at the $99 and $149 dollar discounted price, many of these customers never had much interest in a tablet before, some are not even too techy, they are simply addicted bargain hunters. For some its an unending obsession at finding the craziest ‘deal’ whether for bragging rights or to fulfill the scrooge within.
Either way, perhaps we shouldn’t let them down? How about posting on here the location of any store or website that has some more HP touchpads in stock? Yep, can do! : )
HP does want to prolong the frenzy instead of dropping them all in one batch, they will have another batch or two coming.
Keep in mind many stores will prefer to force people to come down to their store in person instead of giving the deals their online websites. This means you may have to hit all your local stores in person if you’re really desperate. They like to force you to come since if they do run out of stock, they have a chance to sell you something else since who doesn’t like a good ice cream when they’re depressed and exhausted? After the let down on the HP Touchpads, they can show you some other ‘deals’ on the products they do have in stock and many times you buy because you dread going back home empty handed! You want some new toy to tinker with