Best Buy to offer HP'S Veer 4G for free

Best Buy to offer HP'S Veer 4G for free

Summary: Best Buy is preparing to offer HP's smallest phone for free with a two-year contract. But will customers catch on?

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For fans of souped up smartphones, HP's tiny Web OS-equipped Veer 4G may be a tough sell. But Best Buy is trying its best to make the device more compelling to customers.

According to PreCentral, Best Buy is preparing to offer HP's smallest phone for free with a two-year contract. This doesn't extend to the black version of the phone, however, as Best Buy will only be selling the device in white.

While the move is sure to be a great one for customers, its rarely a good sign for a phone to be offered for free so early in its life cycle. Is it possible that retailers don't have much faith in HP's shrunken device?

The HP Veer will be available on May 15th for $99 via AT&T.

[Via PreCentral]

Topics: Mobility, Hardware, Hewlett-Packard, Smartphones, Wi-Fi

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  • RE: Best Buy to offer HP'S Veer 4G for free

    It's kind of an ugly little spud, thought I personally kind of like the oversized variety on a smartphone that other folks aren't too fond of.<br><br>That said, I think as a freebie this has a lot of appeal to those who would otherwise have gone with a standard phone for this go-around. It's a good time period in the smartphone lifecycle to hit this niche, right as it is segueing out of the technophile/luxury item and into a more commonplace arena, so until there's more competition in the freebie or $49.99ish bracket it may actually prove to be a more successful ploy than one may expect.<br><br>That said, the sustainability is probably not so good. As prices go down you may see an array of cheaper smart phones that still have a bit more appeal. The Inspire for $99 was a start, and I wouldn't be surprised if we see a lot more sub $100 smartphones when the next big wave hits.<br><br>The high-end folks are already covered for the most part at this juncture, widening accessibility is the next evolutionary step and an inferior phone and a superior price-tag may not be that satisfying after the fact, but it will sell at the outset.
    paul_preib
  • RE: Best Buy to offer HP'S Veer 4G for free

    The problem is less the price of the smartphone, but the cost of data plans and additional fees related to all kinds of apps that should be free. I just gave up on smartphones after having been one of the pioneer users. Now I have other much cheaper ways to get data so I went back to my simple little Motorola V3i.

    Also, I just can't tolerate the crapware that AT&T has on it's newer phones. It is so dense on the menus, that it makes the phones much harder to navigate.
    dachba
    • RE: Best Buy to offer HP'S Veer 4G for free

      @dachba

      The realistic outlay is more about the data plan than the initial cost, but that is more a factor is sustainability-- there are a lot of knee-jerk folks who base their decision heavily on "what's my cost now" without fully regarding the future implications.

      The idea is to find a way to get a phone/contract in these kinds of folks' hands so that they're locked in before those implications hit home.
      paul_preib
  • RE: Best Buy to offer HP'S Veer 4G for free

    Paul_Preib: This little 'spud' is more powerful and has more features (and a better OS), than the iPhone of just a couple years ago had.
    I am frankly tired of lugging my Epic, or my Evo before that, or iPhone before that, etc... around. I'm beginning to really question how much of a device I really need. I'm an adult, so I don't watch movies, I don't play games, and I don't 'check in' to Facebook, Twitter, etc...
    I'll be going back to the Pre 3 as soon as it's released, mostly because of it's superior OS, but I'd consider the Veer if it were available on Sprint, and my fingers were smaller.
    vailmcc