Best Buy selling Dell Streak for $99

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Best Buy selling Dell Streak for $99

Best Buy for some reason is really not advertising this, but it's true I just sold my Iphone and purchased one. It's still running Android 1.6 but it's due for the 2.2 update in a day now.(so they say) Kinda of big but I'll get used to it and for $99 bucks can't really go wrong.

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Re: Best Buy selling Dell Streak for $99

I just picked one up today.

I'm waiting for the update.  Come on AT&T, don't let me down!  I need Froyo!

Smiley Wink

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Scholar

Re: Best Buy selling Dell Streak for $99

I've read online that possibly the week of January 12.....though knowing Dell, it's anyone's guess.

Any idea where that extra tax charge came from Best Buy?????

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Re: Best Buy selling Dell Streak for $99

 


diagoro wrote:

Any idea where that extra tax charge came from Best Buy?????


What kind of extra tax?  Was it just higher?  Some states charge tax off of the retail price and not the discount/reduced/sale price that it was sold for.  I believe California does this to its customers/sales.

 

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Scholar

Re: Best Buy selling Dell Streak for $99

Finally had time for some research today and found this article. Guess it's just another way for the California govt to jack its citizens (or non-depending on how you look at things).

Pretty pathetic paying $99 for a phone, than seeing an additional $54 in tax.....

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Guru

2.2 IS available

Unless you know absolutely nothing about how to update a device, the Froyo update for the streak IS

available.  You just need to know where to look.

Takes maybe 15 minutes to do the update (after downloading).

The "easy" way is to use the QDL-Repair tool, which comes with the 308/9 version of 2.2

After you get that updated, it's just a matter of going to the update site on Dell, with the streak,

downloading the update and let it do its stuff.

Of course, if you go this route, two things will happen.  I'm sure it voids the warranty, and 2nd, it won't

come with the "wonderful" at&t "value added" software.  Plus, you won't be able to teather or bluetooth file

transfer with the at&t rom.

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Re: 2.2 IS available

I believe the poster probably mean that the update isn't available officially from AT&T.  That's what I took it as.

I don't want to void my warranty for a device I just brought on contract.

 

Although are you sure AT&T will remove tethering ?

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Expert

Re: 2.2 IS available


br4nd0nh347 wrote:

I believe the poster probably mean that the update isn't available officially from AT&T.  That's what I took it as.

I don't want to void my warranty for a device I just brought on contract.

 

Although are you sure AT&T will remove tethering ?


not sure if you hack the hpne, but tethering is available, just not for free

 

1. 2GB data plan @ 25.00

2. tethering option @ 20.00

 

total casue for tethering that is valid for att is 45.00 a month.  While you maybe able to tethering without those requirements you are violating the terms of service of your contract. ATT does not permit tethering on unlimited data plan at all.

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Re: 2.2 IS available

Most likely.  Any "wireless" features that would allow you do to something "free" will most likely be removed,

and replaced with "pay for play" apps.

With the "non" at&t firmware, the wi-fi hotspot/teathering app is still there.  You "can" use it, but I can guarantee

you if you start using it to connect your computer & start download a lot of files, at&t will ding you for the bandwith.

If you "stay under the radar" they probably won't bother you.

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Scholar

Re: 2.2 IS available

The one I bought from Best Buy, on contract, had NO ATT blotware. Pleasantly surprised! Wondering if this is due to Best Buy selling both contract and off from the same in-store stock.

I also tried updating last wee; but a bit lost in the process. Had no luck with trying to install the app (or process) that allows non-market apps. I'm not technically un-inclined, as I've been building websites for ten years, etc.......

Considering a wait until the official release, since it's rumored for two weeks from now. Would love a boost to the battery life though, easily kills a charge in less than a day.

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Re: 2.2 IS available

If you are familar with the xda-developers site, give that a go.  They have a Dell Streak section, and a how to, to use the QDL-tool to get the 309 version of 2.2 on it, then it's simply a matter of updating to the 318 version.

Battery life is MUCH improved also.

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Scholar

Re: 2.2 IS available

XDA helped make my Tilt2 much more usable than it would have been otherwise. 

In my case, it may be more an issue with my 'piece of *&%' Velocity Micro system than the process......

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Re: 2.2 IS available

Since AT&T doesn't sell it directly, it doesn't come with any of that extra stuff.  Unfortunately this ruins one important thing for me.

 

AT&T doesn't offer wireless insurance for the Dell Streak.  Since it is not sold by AT&T they do not support it.

Here is a link on Att's site 

or you can go to this pdf updated Dec 1, 2010

from this webpage

 

I also called Asurion about this and they confirmed it.

 

I just wanted to let everyone know about this.

 

I really like this phone.  I should add that since it is connected to the ATT network on the Android market there is a page for ATT apps.

 

 

Message 13 of 16
Scholar

Re: 2.2 IS available

I believe there is a Best Buy extended warranty that can be purchased, if originally through them. I actually understand why ATT wouldn't have their own insurance, since they seem to have nothing to do with the device's sale, just the service. 

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Re: 2.2 IS available

If i bought my dell streak from Dell will the tethering option be removed or will I be charged when the new 2.2 version rolls out..

 

What about using my phone as a wifi hot spot?

 

Thanks

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