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
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.