Best Buy extends free smartphone offer through December

Move seen as hook for carriers to get customers into two-year service plans

By , Computerworld |  Personal Tech, Best Buy, smartphones

Best Buy said it will have a minimum of four free smartphones available each day, which could work out to one for each of the major carriers. As an example, Best Buy said it could have the Droid Incredible by HTC on Verizon, the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 on AT&T, the LG Optimus S on Sprint Nextel and the LG Optimus T on T-Mobile USA. The minimum quantities available will vary by store.

Best Buy has steadily built up its reputation in the last four years as a mobile technology provider, with a wider range of smartphones, carriers and accessories. It also includes an Upgrade Checker to help customers see when they are eligible for a phone upgrade, with e-mail, phone or text alerts when upgrade time nears. Another feature, Walk Out Working, offers free in-store set-up of phone service, syncing of personal e-mail accounts, Bluetooth set-up and more.

Matt Hamblen covers mobile and wireless, smartphones and other handhelds, and wireless networking for Computerworld. Follow Matt on Twitter at @matthamblen or subscribe to Matt's RSS feed . His e-mail address is .

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