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Best Buy Gives Free HTC Smartphone With Modern Warfare 3

Best Buy will give a free HTC smartphone to anyone who buys the game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, a game that comes out on Tuesday and is likely to be one of the year's best sellers.

The phones included in the deal are: the Evo 4G for Sprint Nextel, the Incredible 2 for Verizon Wireless, and the Inspire 4G for AT&T; as expected the catch is that customers will have to sign up for a two year contract.

The promotion - which is only valid in the US - also includes a free case for the phone as well as an Elite app which offers a number of in-game options.

The deal is part of an ongoing strategy by Best Buy aimed at improving its mobile presence. The company plans to invest a whopping $25 million in marketing to promote its position in the mobile market.

Best Buy was a launch partner of the HTC Rezound and was alongside Verizon and HTC at the launch event. It is also a prominent Apple partner and was the first non-Apple store to sell the iPhone.

The company is also present in the UK thanks to a partnership with Carphone Warehouse. Best Buy also offers mobile contracts as well, although Carphone Warehouse is the one handling orders.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.