Load Your Phone With Apps at Best Buy

Handango and Best Buy announced this morning that customers purchasing mobile phones from the retail outlet can now load them up with mobile applications provided by the Handango application store. Applications for BlackBery, Palm, Symbian S60, and Windows Mobile phones will be available, and customers can purchase them at the point of sale from what Best Buy is calling a “Mobile Genie” system. The Genie allows Best Buy employees to install programs, transfer content from other phones, and backup or restore the phone. Handango’s “In-Hand” client will also be available on every device purchased in-store for future downloads. Best Buy also claims that games will be pre-loaded onto microSD cards, including Texas Hold ‘em King 3, Aces BlackJack, Street Fighter II, and Uno. It’s a compelling option for customers that might not have otherwise known of application stores such as Handango, and it seems to be a reaction to more popular stores like the iPhone App store and Android’s Marketplace. We just hope these offerings don’t start to look like the bloatware we find all too often on notebooks.

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