It would appear as though Best Buy are offering free hand-sets when you sign up for a new contract this holiday period. It is nice to see a US store offering what a lot of Europeans take for granted, and that is a free hand-set with your contract. There is one solitary Blackberry device on offer, but other than that, Android seems to be the platform of choice. Here is a run down of the devices on offer. HTC Droid Incredible on Verizon LG Optimus S on Sprint HTC Aria on AT&T Sony Ericsson Xperia on AT&T LG Ally on…

This summer’s hot smartphone, the Galaxy S, is finally coming to Verizon Wireless as the Fascinate.  Best Buy has posted some promo material that has the Fascinate as being up for reserve for Best Buy Reward Zone members starting August 27, and on August 29 for the rest of the world. [via IntoMobile]

It looks like Motorola’s follow-up to its popular DROID handset, cleverly named the DROID 2, should be hitting store shelves soon.  Cases have already begun arriving at Best Buy stores for the new smartphone, so we expect that the formal launch announcement can’t be far behind. [via Engadget]

One day ahead of launch, Verizon’s newest Android device, the DROID X, is arriving in Best Buy stores around the USA.  It is also being reported that the stores should have enough to cover pre-order sales placed before July 4th.  Before you make the trek, you may want to give your local store a call. The DROID X is a behemoth Android 2.1 powered smartphone with a massive 4.3-inch display that is the latest Android device being offered from Motorola for Verizon Wireless here in the States. [via DROID-Life]

The unreleased Samsung Intercept for Sprint seems to have been sold prematurely over at Best Buy Mobile.  The device, which is expected to be available on July 11, was sold accidentally by a Best Buy Mobile employee and has shown up on YouTube in all its glory.  The entry level smartphone sports Android 2.1, a 3.2-inch touchscreen, and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard that looks very much like the one found on Sprint’s Samsung Galaxy S-based Epic 4G.

The EVO 4G is one of the original smartphones to include the new HDMI 1.4 standard via the Micro HDMI connection that it offers. There are varying reports on how good the HDMI 1.4 standard actually is and whether or not the EVO 4G offers a great HDMI experience. Indeed, as Android and Me point out, PCMag were “quite disappointed with the HDMI experience on the Sprint EVO 4G.” Issues with certain televisions only seeing the input as 480p as opposed to the full 1080p etc. made the experience unpalatable. Anyway, reorienting ourselves back to the dock, Best Buy are…

The Motorola Devour for Verizon Wireless makes its official retail debut today in an unusual soft launch that starts at 3rd party retailers and culminates with the full launch at Verizon Wireless on March 15th. Best Buy currently has the Devour which can be had for a mere $99 after an instant discount and two year agreement. The offer includes free shipping and is available for both new and current Verizon Wireless customers wanting to upgrade. Wirefly also offers the Devour with a $49 price tag but you have to contend with Wirefly’s six month no cancellation, no transfer policy….

Best Buy put out a release touting its selection of 5 Android smartphones that are available for $99.99 this holiday season. The HTC Hero and Samsung Moment are down to $99.99 from Sprint’s normal $179.99.  T-Mobile’s myTouch 3G and Motorola CLIQ are down to $99.99 from $149.99 and $199.99, respectively.  Best Buy is also offering the HTC DROID Eris for $99.99, which is the same as Verizon, but Best Buy notes that with any of its phones, there are no mail-in rebates to deal with to get the good prices. Oddly, the press release doesn’t mention when the prices go…

Not big news here, really, but Best Buy announced today that it, too, will offer Sprint’s HTC Hero for sale come October 11.  The upside of buying from Best Buy, however, is that all of the rebates are instant, so the phone costs you US$179 up front and that’s it.  Sprint offers the same $150 worth of rebates to get to the end $179 price, but $100 of that rebate is in the form of a mail-in rebate. So buy from Best Buy and you won’t have to deal with the stupid mail-in rebate, you’ll just get the end price…