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Mark Gurman

September 5, 2014

iCracked beating out the other guys’ iPhone trade-in prices for 9to5Toys readers

Last month, we posted an in-depth comparison of several iPhone trade-in services ahead of the September 9th announcement of the new iPhones. We came away with Amazon being your best bet for its pricing, but while Apple’s prices aren’t the best, the convenience of being able to trade-in your older iPhone at purchase of a new model is compelling.

You can now add another trade-in program the list: iCracked. The company’s main differentiator is that they have representatives stationed across the United States who will actually meet you at a location of your choice to purchase your phone. This means you will be handed a pre-paid debit card with the amount on the spot, versus having to wait to ship the phone, have it checked out, and be shipped back a check, card, or issued an online credit (although they can do this as well if you want).

iCracked is offering a special for 9to5Mac readers by guaranteeing higher offers than competitor Gazelle. Using the promo code “9TO5MAC,” readers will get a $20 bonus on values above $25. Also with that promo code, readers will get prices locked up until October 11th. If that $25 increase still does not beat the Gazelle price, iCracked says to email them at buyback@icracked.com, and they’ll increase the offer to exceed Gazelle’s by $10.

August 18, 2014

From 9to5Mac:

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In honor of the Bank holiday in the United Kingdom, Apple is offering five Newsstand magazine issues per day at no charge. The deal started today (August 18th) and lasts through August 22nd…

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August 17, 2014

From 9to5Mac:

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Update (8/19 9:15am): This sale is also live at Amazon and Best Buy.

A couple weeks following the closing of Apple’s acquisition of Beats Electronics and the Beats Music streaming service, Apple has cut the price of all Beats by Dr. Dre products by 10% in both its physical retail stores and official online store. The 10% off discount will last through August 23rd, according to a source. Beats products, including over-ear headphones, in-ear headphones, and speakers are all covered by the deal, but those seeking those “Beats Pill Dude” speaker covers will still (fortunately) have to pay the full price of $49. This 10% price-cut makes the pricing of some of the Beats products more reasonable, which is a good way for Apple to further celebrate its largest acquisition yet. Last week, Apple debuted a dedicated Beats products section within its online store. In May, the price of Beats Music became slightly more affordable with a new $99/year subscription plan.

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October 31, 2013

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Alongside the launch of the iPad Air tomorrow, Best Buy is holding some special price promotions for some MacBook and older iPad models. The company says that it will provide $100 discounts on all MacBook Air models on Friday and Saturday. The offer will be available both via the company’s online store and in its chain of physical retail stores. If you don’t absolutely need one of these devices this week it is best to hold tight and watch 9to5Toys (on Twitter too!) as we expect even heavier discounts throughout the holiday season.

The company will also offer a discount on the non-Retina 13-inch MacBook Pro. Currently, the Best Buy Online Store offers the $1499 configuration with 8GB of RAM and a 750GB hard drive for $1349, but the company will take off an extra $150 ($1249) for Friday and Saturday. Like with the MacBook Air deal, this offer is applicable both in-store and online. Keep in mind, that for $50 more, you can get a thinner, lighter Retina 13-inch MacBook Pro, but that will come with substantially less storage and half the RAM.

In addition to the price-cuts on Macs, buyers of the fourth-generation iPad with Retina display at Best Buy stores will get a $25 gift card. With the iPad Air coming in at $499, this older iPad model will cost $449 before the gift card. Also, the wireless Jawbone Jambox speaker system will be cut at Best Buy from $149 to $199. The speaker deal will run from Friday until Saturday this weekend, and the iPad 4 deal is already live.

October 3, 2013

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Best Buy has noted on its website that between today (Thursday) and October 7th (next Monday), it will be offering $50 gift cards with iPhone 5c purchases. The offer is exclusive to purchases within Best Buy’s physical retail stores via on-location purchases or the in-store pickup option. The gift card will not be applicable to the iPhone 5c purchase, but can be used for future transactions at Best Buy. If you return the iPhone 5c, you must also return the gift card, according to Best Buy. Best Buy is currently not running any promotions for the (still constrained) iPhone 5s.

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September 29, 2013

Popular speed-reading application ReadQuick for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch has gone on sale for 40% off for the next 24 hours. The app is normally $4.99 (universal) on the App Store, and it is now $2.99 for this discount period. The application connects to services such as Pocket and Instapaper to show words of articles on your device’s screen at a fast speed. In our full review of ReadQuick, we found the app to be intuitive and work very effectively for reading quickly through articles.

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September 19, 2013


Google today made its QuickOffice suite for both iOS and Android free to use with a Google Account. QuickOffice is a cross-platform document editor that can manage and edit Microsoft Office documents. The app is downloadable for free on both iTunes and Google play for no charge. Better yet, Google says that those who login to the updated app by September 26th will receive a 10GB storage boost in Google Drive for the next two years.

September 12, 2013

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The makers of ChargeCard of released a new product: the ChargeKey. As can be seen in the image above, the accessory allows you to keep a USB Lightning charger on your key ring. One end plugs into any USB port, while the other plugs into Lightning devices like the iPhone 5 and later, fifth-generation iPod touch, recent iPads, and the latest iPod nano. The ChargeKey runs for $25 and it is sold in limited quantities.

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August 8, 2013

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As noted on 9to5Mac, 1Password 4, a popular password and security management app for iPhone and iPad, has dropped to $7.99 (typically $17.99). The sale lasts until August 16th. The sale is being held in order to encourage upgrades from 1Password 3 as the previous 1Password versions will soon be losing Dropbox support due to API changes. See our full app review here. 

July 8, 2013

In its weekly ad, retailer Target is heavily promoting big gift card bonuses for those who purchase an iPhone 5, iPad with Retina Display, iPad mini, 5th-generation iPod touch, or Apple TV. Here are the deals:

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June 20, 2013

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Tomorrow, Best Buy will reboot its “free iPhone 5” with iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S trade-in campaign. Best Buy ran this special for one-day earlier this month, and the company said that that day was its most successful device trade-in day ever. Here’s how the program works:

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April 11, 2012

ContactMonkey makes you an intuitive, downloadable online contact card

ContactMonkey is a new service that intuitively allows users to create an online version of their contact and social media information. The purpose of the website is to replace the traditional paper card with a URL you can hand out to people. For example, if someone wants my contact information, I can give them my […]

January 31, 2012

When the current iPod nano form factor was announced in September of 2010, Steve Jobs said it’d make a perfect watch. Over a year later, in October 2011, Apple rolled out a new iPod nano software update that takes this concept to the next level. This update not only included an easier-to-navigate user interface experience, but included several new clock faces. Taking advantage of the prospects of what an iPod nano watch could mean, companies like LunaTik have been rolling out bands for the iPod nano.

LunaTik is the premier iPod nano watchband company, jumping into the market early on with a Kickstarter campaign. Now they are ever larger and are launching some incredible iPod nano watch band products. I had the opportunity to review one of their premier designs: the LunaTik LYNK blackout. Read the full review after the break:

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January 12, 2012

After using an iPhone as my primary smartphone for the last few years, I’ve finally found a phone that I feel I can switch to: the Nokia Lumia 800. Read on for the full review.

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August 17, 2011

In celebration of being on the App Store for three years, Future Tap has made their popular Where To? application only $0.99 until Sunday. This is a  66% discount from the application’s normal price.

Where To? makes it incredibly easy to locate the closest steakhouse, bank branch, billiard club or anything else you may be looking for, at the drop of a hat! Finally you can find local businesses without any typing, using a slick, intuitive user experience.

The app is available on the App Store.

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