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Wet Seal wants to offer you some free service, phone service that is.  (Source: Wet Seal)

Meanwhile HTC is offering customers free European flights, if they purchase a Status (formerly known as the ChaCha) or the Salsa.  (Source: HTC)
Meanwhile, HTC offers free flights in Germany with purchase of select handsets

In the realm of free phone deals, Android's latest one seem to keep getting stranger and stranger.  Leading the way is a hot deal by The Wet Seal, Inc. (WTSLA), which is telling the ladies to put on some pants and get a new droid in their life.

The offer is some sort of promotion for the company's new Blue Asphalt jeans lineup, which runs in sizes 00 to 15, depending on one's girth.  Customers only need to try on the pants in order to receive a redeemable coupon for a free phone.

Over 20 phone models will be available, but Wet Seal neglected to mention which ones, so some of the hardware could be the dated handsets which currently retail for $50 or so, with contract.  Speaking of contracts, the "free" phone isn't quite so free -- you'll have to enter a binding contract with one of the carrier partners.  The phones will come loaded with Wet Seal's iRunWay app, which allows people to check out outfits on their smart phones.

The offer runs, through Aug. 15, covering the hot back-to-school shopping period.  There's no word yet on whether the offer might extend to male rockers as well, but we'd prefer not to know.

In related news, Google Inc.'s (GOOG) Android operating system is also found in another strange promotion, by hardware partner HTC Corp. (TPE:2498).  In Germany, HTC is offering a free flight(within Europe only) to customers who purchase and HTC Status (aka the ChaCha), with physical keyboard, or Salsa (keyboard-less).  This promotion runs through September 30.

These phones are not currently available in the U.S., but are expected to debut with AT&T Inc. (T) later this year for $50 with contract.  Given the price, the flight offer might actually be a pretty attractive deal -- if you're European and planning to take a trip, that is.

HTC has been in the news a lot of late, thanks to its high profile legal battle with Apple, Inc. (AAPL) in the U.S., which has threatened to remove the company's product from U.S. stores.

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Super Intellitgent
By AlvinCool on 7/22/2011 11:22:31 AM , Rating: 2
This is a really smart move from Google. It gets older handsets to women students en mass. The older handsets are still great units, and it builds even more market space between them and Apple. Google eats the cost

RE: Super Intellitgent
By MeesterNid on 7/22/11, Rating: -1
RE: Super Intellitgent
By AlvinCool on 7/22/2011 11:39:30 AM , Rating: 3
Sorry about not spelling a word correctly. How astute of you to pick up on it.

I define "market space" as the distance in handset ownership between Apple and Android handsets. The more Android phones that are being used the less Apple lawsuits will matter.

RE: Super Intellitgent
By MrBlastman on 7/22/11, Rating: -1
RE: Super Intellitgent
By AlvinCool on 7/22/2011 6:15:42 PM , Rating: 5
Apparently you have not noticed that the T is right above the G key. It was a typo


RE: Super Intellitgent
By Chapbass on 7/22/2011 6:58:53 PM , Rating: 5
Pretty sure thats the first time I've signed in specifically to downrate someone. What a troll :\.

RE: Super Intellitgent
By Alexvrb on 7/24/2011 5:41:39 PM , Rating: 2
Ah, but doesn't posting wipe out your votes? You can't vote after you've posted, either. It's one or the other - and personally I like it that way.

RE: Super Intellitgent
By Totally on 7/22/2011 12:48:34 PM , Rating: 2
market share

Pants on the ground
By snikt on 7/22/2011 12:00:49 PM , Rating: 5
Pants on the ground, pants on the ground, lookin' like a fool with your pants on the ground!

Is it limited to women o$@*?
By nafhan on 7/22/2011 1:48:19 PM , Rating: 2
I don't really need a phone (and this doesn't sound like a good deal, anyway), but a slightly overweight bearded man going to try on jeans and demanding a free phone coupon would be damn funny - I'm thinking Zach Galifianakis's character in the hangover...
"I just want my coupon"
"But Sir this is a womens clothing store"
"I just want my coupon"

RE: Is it limited to women o$@*?
By nafhan on 7/22/2011 1:49:35 PM , Rating: 2
not sure why the word "only" in my subject got turned into "o$@*"

By Souka on 7/22/2011 11:45:27 AM , Rating: 3
e phones will come loaded with Wet Seal's iRunWay app, which allows people to check out outfits on their smart phones.

Well there's one app that will be removed quickly... :)

That pose >.>
By The0ne on 7/22/2011 5:28:57 PM , Rating: 3
...looks like something from a porn movie. I'm not that perverted but that was the first thought that came to my mind. Hope it works on the kids! :)

Obligatory pervy comment:
By CrazyBernie on 7/22/2011 11:51:58 AM , Rating: 2
What do they get for taking off their clothes?

Lets get this out of the way...
By quiksilvr on 7/22/11, Rating: -1
By Omega215D on 7/22/2011 11:20:32 AM , Rating: 2
Then there's the name "Wet Seal" with said picture... and the mirror in the pants bit

By fleshconsumed on 7/22/2011 12:20:32 PM , Rating: 2
You forgot
-pointy elbows, do not want

RE: Lets get this out of the way...
By snakeInTheGrass on 7/22/11, Rating: -1
By snakeInTheGrass on 7/23/2011 11:20:47 PM , Rating: 1
Hmmm, was it 'Busta Nut' or the "Ruthless People" Danny Devito quote?

The world may never know. Then again, the world doesn't care either. :)

By rburnham on 7/22/2011 3:55:39 PM , Rating: 2
Whatever happened to, "Hi, my name is ____. Nice to meet you."?

"There's no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance." -- Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer

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