Google doles out free $20 Play credits to Chromecast owners

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Update (12/8 1:00pm): Target has Chromecast for $22.99. Redeem Google’s latest promo (below) to drop its effective price down to $2.99.

Google has just launched a new offer that extends a free $20 Google Play credit to anyone who purchases a Chromecast by December 21. According to the offer details, only Chromecasts purchased between December 7 and December 21 will be eligible for the free credit, but we were able to take advantage of it on our previously purchased Chromecasts.

You can check if you’re eligible for this promo by pointing your Chrome browser to chromecast.com/offers. The credit expires on January 31, 2016 and can be used on movies, music, apps, and other media. However, it can’t be used towards the purchase of any hardware. Only open to US residents.

Google Play, Amazon, and Best Buy are all promoting this offer for new Chromecast buyers.

At this point Google is pretty much paying you to own a Chromecast. Just recently, we’ve seen Google hand out free moviesHulu Plus and Play subscriptions.

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Get three months of Spotify Premium for $0.99 ($30 value)

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Spotify is offering three months of its Premium service for $.99, which will last you well through the holiday season and most of winter! This is deal is specifically for United States users that have not subscribed to the Premium service in the past, at any point. Premium service would usually run $30 for three months, to redeem simply visit Spotify’s homepage and follow the instructions to pick up this deal.

Despite its recent struggles with some artists, Spotify is still at the top when it comes to streaming the largest library of music across multiple devices and platforms. Students can still pick up a pretty nice deal on Spotify, as well.

Amazon’s Fire Phone is now available for $199 unlocked, includes a free ($99 value) year of Prime

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It seems that Amazon is finally throwing in the towel with its Fire Phone. After the hype leading up to its launch, Fire Phone has been struggling to stay afloat. It’s best to think of the Fire Phone as a smaller version of a Kindle Fire tablet, but with a few extra gimmicks and features thrown in along with a free year of Amazon Prime.

The Fire Phone may have been a disappointment to the market, but Amazon isn’t giving up on its attempt to push it into the hands of consumers this holiday season. The Fire Phone can now be purchased unlocked and off-contract for only $199 (32GB Version)

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Samsung Galaxy S5 $1 on contract w/ Verizon, AT&T and Sprint (Reg. $99)

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Amazon has the Samsung Galaxy S5 for $1 with a two-year contract agreement (Verizon, Sprint, AT&T). Best Buy has also matched this offer for the S5. This ties the lowest price that we’ve seen, Sam’s Club and Target will be offering this deal on Black Friday. Over 300 Amazon users rate this smartphone 4.5/5 stars.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 features 4G LTE connectivity, a 2.5GHz processor, 5.1-inch 1080p display and 16MP camera. Additionally, it is rated for 29 hours of talk time according to Samsung.

We positively reviewed the S5 after a month of use following its release:

…the Galaxy S5 is great device and a worthy upgrade over its predecessor, but as I mentioned, there are definitely a few things that I’d like to see ironed out. This isn’t a reinvention of the smartphone, but a redefining moment for a great flagship device.

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Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 16.3MP Digital Camera w/ 12x Optical Zoom & WiFi (refurb) $220 shipped (orig. $450)

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 16.3MP Digital Camera with 12x Optical Zoom and WiFiGroupon has the manufacturer refurbished Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 for only $219.99 shipped. That’s over half off the list price, $130 less than Amazon (new), and the lowest price we’ve seen.Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 16.3MP Digital Camera with 12x Optical Zoom

The Galaxy 2 is Wi-Fi enabled with Android 4.3 (Jellybean) for access to Apps and sharing on the go. It has the ability to upload directly to social media sites and has a host of other smart features. It has a huge 4.8” touchscreen display, a 21x Optical Zoom,  and it can shoot 1080p HD video.

Amazon customers gave it 4.3 out of 5 stars and reviewed it favorably.

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ZTE Whirl 2 3.5″ Prepaid Android 4.3 phone: $20 shipped

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Kmart has the ZTE Whirl Android 4.3  smartphone (also at Best Buy) for $19.99 with free max shipping or pickup. That’s half off and the lowest price we’ve ever seen for an new Android phone. This one has a 3MP camera and front facing camera for video chatting, GPS and Bluetooth 4.0.

While not a high end phone by any stretch of the imagination, its $20 cost makes it a good backup, great kids “phone” or standalone GPS or other dedicated device.

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Acer Iconia Android Tablet with 16GB Memory (refurb) $90 shipped (Reg. $180)

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The official Acer store on eBay has the Acer Iconia (A1-830-1633) 7.9-Ih Tablet for only $89.99 shipped. That’s 50% off the list price, $66 less than Amazon (new), and the lowest we could find.

It comes with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean (Upgradable to Android 4.4 Kit Kat) and has a Intel Dual-Core Atom Z2560 Processor (1.6 GHz, 1MB Cache). Also, it has 16GB Flash Memory and only weighs .83 pounds.

It recieved 4.3/5 stars from Amazon customers and excellent reviews. Here’s more info from Acer: Read more

8GB Moto G Boost Mobile Prepaid Phone: $60 shipped (2013 model, no contract necessary)

Moto G - Boost Mobile Prepaid Phone (Boost)Amazon is offering the Moto G Boost Mobile Prepaid (No-Contract) Phone for only $59.99 shipped. That’s $70 off the list price and a tie with Best Buy as the lowest price we could find.

Even if you never buy minutes, this phone makes an excellent video/apps/web browser/camera/skype phone/MP3 player device with use of its Wifi. The Moto G has a 4.5-inch HD TFT display and a Quad-core 1.2GHz processor with 450MHz graphics processor. Also, it has a 5MP rear camera and a front facing camera as well.

With your savings, you could easily pick up a screen protector and a rugged case at Amazon.

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Get $5 worth of Android apps/games for free when you watch your first movie/TV show on Prime Instant Video

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Last month Amazon began allowing all Android users to watch Prime Instant Video with the updated Amazon app. Through October 16th, anyone who watches their first movie or TV show on the app will receive 500 Amazon Coins ($5 value) for free. These coins can be used to purchase apps/games from the Amazon App Store for Android. Note: it’s not clear whether or not you must be a Prime member to take advantage of this promo, but it’s worth a shot either way.

Here’s how to get your free Amazon Coins:

  • Download the Amazon app for Android phones
  • Visit Prime Instant Video player from within the Amazon app by tapping the menu icon, and selecting Prime Instant Video from the menu
  • Find what you’d like to watch, and tap Play – you’ll be prompted to make a one-time install of the Prime Instant Video player to enable playback
  • Tap Open after installing the Prime Instant Video player and then tap Play
  • You will receive your 500 Free Amazon Coins within 72 hours of streaming your movie or TV show from your Android phone

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Google Chromecast streaming media player (refurb): $25 shipped (Reg. $35 new)

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Update (9/29 6:30pm): The coupon codes are no longer valid, but you can still get a refurbished Chromecast for $25 shipped.

Groupon, once again, has the manufacturer refurbished Google Chromecast for only $25 with free shipping. Add coupon code HAPPY10 or 10FORU to drop it to $15 shipped.  If you have trouble try refreshing or using an incognito window. That’s the lowest we’ve seen for it outside of a combo deal or any other similar type promotion for it.

The Chromecast will wirelessly beam movies, music, web content and more from Android, iOS, Mac and PC devices to any HDTV via a WiFi connection. It supports Google Play, YouTube, Netflix, and Plex, Vevo and several other apps.

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Virgin Mobile LG Optimus F3 4G No-Contract Cell Phone $40 shipped (Orig. $180)

Flash-Recovery-LG-Optimus-F3-Virgin-MobileBest Buy has the Virgin Mobile LG Optimus F3 4G No-Contract Cell Phone for only $39.99 shipped. That’s $140 off the regular price and $21 less than Amazon’s current listing for this Android 4.1 smartphone.  If you choose to get a phone plan with the F3 (and you aren’t obligated to), Virgin’s unlimited data plans start at $35/month.

It has a 4-inch display with a 5MP camera and it can get you up to 4G LTE speeds. Also, it has 1GB of RAM and a 1.2GHz dual-core processor Bluetooth 4.0. It includes 4GB of storage but bump yourself up 32GB for $18 over at Amazon.

Use your savings to pick-up a case for it. Amazon has quite a selection of them on sale – we like this one for under $5Read more

Asus Google Nexus 7 (2nd Gen) 16GB Tablet w/ leather sleeve refurb $130 shipped (Reg. $160), 32GB $160

Asus Google Nexus 7 Tablet 16GB, Android 4.3 Jellybean, 2nd GenShop Divvy via eBay is offering the refurbished 2nd Gen. Asus Google Nexus 7 with a free genuine leather tablet sleeve for $129.99 shipped.  That’s a match for the lowest price we’ve seen for a refurb (not including the free sleeve).

This Nexus 7 features:

  • Over 2.3 million pixels packed into a 7-inch display 
  • Slim new design that increases comfort and portability
  • Designed for portability: weighing only 290g with an ultra-thin 8.65mm profile
  • Quad-core performance
  • Photos and video with dual HD cameras: 1.2MP front and 5MP rear
  • Cinematic stereo surround
  • Includes FREE genuine leather tablet sleeve

Recertified by Asus and packaged in an Asus factory sealed brown box and comes with a Asus 90-Day Warranty. Shop Divvy is an Authorized Asus Distributor.

We also found the refurbished 32 GB model for $160 on eBay.

Staples is still offering the first gen. model at a great price as well.

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