Verizon iPhone 4 hits store shelves today

By on February 10, 2011 at 8:28 AM.

Verizon iPhone 4 hits store shelves today

Just a friendly reminder to all those looking to pick up an iPhone from Verizon Wireless: the device officially hits store shelves today. Those coveting a CDMA iPhone can hit up Apple Stores, Best Buys, Walmarts, and, of course, Verizon Wireless retail locations with credit card in hand. Good luck and happy hunting.

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RadioShack to lose over 400 Sams Club kiosks

By on January 11, 2011 at 4:23 AM.

RadioShack to lose over 400 Sams Club kiosks

In a Securities and Exchange Commission filing made this past Friday, RadioShack stated that it will be losing more than 400 kiosks located in Sam’s Club stores across the country. The closures will result from an expiring contract between RadioShack and Wal-Mart Stores Inc., owner of the Sam’s Club chain. Sam’s Club will take over the operation of the kiosks by June 30th, when the contract is set to expire. RadioShack currently sells cell phones and service contracts through the aforementioned kiosks, and it represents a decent chunk of business for the retailer — through the first nine months of 2010, RadioShack reported $20.6 million in profits from its kiosk business. RadioShack plans to increase the number of Target kiosks it operates in an effort to curtail losses, but the company estimates that its kiosk profits will still decline by between $10 million and $15 million in 2011.

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BGR’s guide to Black Friday 2010

By on November 22, 2010 at 12:43 PM.

BGR’s guide to Black Friday 2010

You’re still stuffed from a supersized feast the day before but you manage to pry yourself out of bed hours ahead of sunrise. A quick shower does little to wash off the shame brought on by having ingested five slices of pumpkin pie, but at least it helps to wake you up. As you exit your home and click the unlock button on your car’s key fob, your mind strays as you think of a hundred different reasons to go back inside and get back in bed. But you can’t. Your local retailers are calling to you from afar. The urge to save is too strong.  There is no turning back… It’s Black Friday.

If you plan on going to war this Friday, you had better be armed — and that’s where your pals at BGR come in. In our Black Friday 2010 guide, we lay out your 10 best local deal wielders and give you links to all the ammo you need. This way, instead of flying blind, you can put together a strategy and score all the gadgets you can carry at the deepest discounts of the year. Good luck, be safe, and Godspeed. More →

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Virgin Mobile adds $20, 1GB data plan to prepaid repertoire; Walmart exclusive

By on November 18, 2010 at 12:43 PM.

Virgin Mobile adds $20, 1GB data plan to prepaid repertoire; Walmart exclusive

Today, Virgin Mobile USA quietly added a 1GB prepaid data-plan to its Broadband2Go offerings; the plan will retail for $20 per month. The 1GB plan, which will be a Walmart exclusive, fills the gap between the company’s $10, 100MB and $40, unlimited monthly data options. Here is an official statement from a Virgin Mobile representative:

Today Virgin Mobile launched an exclusive $20 Broadband2Go mobile broadband plan available only at Walmart stores and online at http://www.Walmart.com. This new offer, available only to consumers who have purchased or will purchase a Novatel Wireless MiFi® 2200 device or Ovation™ MC760 USB device from a Walmart store or from http://www.Walmart.com, provides 1 GB of data for an affordable $20/month price point.

The company noted that the plan is aimed at “budget-conscious consumers who are looking for a mid-tier plan falling somewhere between heavy and light usage.” Not a bad option for those in need of both mobile connectivity and contract flexibility.

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Microsoft Kinect pre-orders sold out at Best Buy, Amazon.com

By on October 28, 2010 at 8:25 PM.

Microsoft Kinect pre-orders sold out at Best Buy, Amazon.com

It’s not exactly a mystery that Microsoft’s upcoming Kinect sensor is highly anticipated — Kinect is expected to be the hottest gaming accessory to launch ahead of the holidays this year. Interested gamers (and friends or relatives of interested gamers) might want to scoop one up as early as possible because demand is already quite high. Business Insider reports that pre-orders for the Microsoft Kinect standalone sensor are already sold out at both Best Buy and Amazon.com. Console bundles are still available at both locations, but that won’t help the millions of gamers out there who already own Xbox 360 consoles. Playing the waiting game until Kinect becomes available at brick and mortar stores is always a gamble, so those looking to be prepared should head over to the GameStop website or Walmart’s website where pre-orders for the Kinect sensor are still available… for now. More →

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More details about Walmart Family Mobile

By on September 18, 2010 at 9:45 AM.

More details about Walmart Family Mobile

We’ve just been given a little more information about the Walmart Family Mobile service we told you about several days ago. Here are all the details — some new and some old — that we’ve been given: The phone service will cost $45 for the first line (which includes unlimited calling and texting) and $25 for each additional line; you can add up to five lines. The web portion of the plan will be a shared bucket that rolls over from month to month. If you have a 200 MB allowance, and only use 50 MB in the first month, your 150 MB of leftover data are still available. Data allowances will be purchased on pre-paid data cards named WebPakTM cards. Calling to 14 major international cities (including cities in Canada, Mexico, and Japan) will be billed at 5-cents per minute (the $0.05 is billed against the value of your WebPakTM card). You will be allowed to activate any unlocked U.S. GSM cell phone on Family Mobile for a $25 activation fee and you can pre-pay your bill with a credit or debit card at any Walmart store nationwide. On Monday September 20th, the service will launch with the following phones: Nokia 1661 for $35, Samsung t139 for $50, Samsung t749 for $150, and the Motorola Cliq XT for $250. There will also be a Samsung slider-device, similar to the Gravity, available for $100. The ability to BYOP (bring your own phone) seems pretty generous. What do you think? Perfect spot for a Nexus One?

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Sprint expands 'Common Cents Mobile' to 500 additional Walmarts

By on August 31, 2010 at 9:00 PM.

Sprint expands 'Common Cents Mobile' to 500 additional Walmarts

Today, Sprint announced that it would expand its Common Cents Mobile offering to an additional 500 Walmart locations. As the press release explains, “Common Cents Mobile is the only pay-as-you-go service offering Round Down minutes, allowing budget-conscious consumers to pay for only what they use — or even less.” If you’re reading this article, this service is — in all likelihood — not aimed at you. “Smartphones come with bells and whistles like Web browsing and music — features that for many, are simply unnecessary and can be seen as a waste of time and money,” said Common Cents Mobile’s chief marketing officer. The service, which originally launched in May of this year, is now available in just under 1,250 Walmart stores across the country. More →

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White iPhone 4 shows up on Walmart.com — will it be available Thursday?

By on June 22, 2010 at 2:21 PM.

White iPhone 4 shows up on Walmart.com — will it be available Thursday?

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We can’t say for sure that it’s an indication that Walmart will be stocking the white iPhone 4 come Thursday, but we find it pretty interesting that all of a sudden the white 16GB model shows up on its retail store as “available in store.” Could this possibily mean that the white iPhone will be available for purchase — at least at Walmart — on D-Day?

Thanks, John! More →

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Walmart to sell iPhone 4 on June 24th too

By on June 11, 2010 at 2:56 PM.

Walmart to sell iPhone 4 on June 24th too

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If you are looking to pick up an iPhone 4 on its June 24th launch day it looks like you’re going to have options. CNET is reporting that big-box retailer Walmart will be selling the fourth generation iPhone on its respective launch day. Rumors have been circulating the web that indicate Best Buy and The Shack are also in-line to get some iPhone 4 launch day love, but neither company has been willing to go on the record and confirm.

Going to your local Apple Store on an iProduct launch day is always an interesting social experiment…and Walmart is always an adventure. We’ve put together a little iPhone 4 Launch Bingo for you if you’re planning on getting one retail…hit the break and let us know what you think. More →

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Walmart cuts iPhone 3GS down to $97

By on May 24, 2010 at 8:41 PM.

Walmart cuts iPhone 3GS down to $97

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Effective as of Tuesday, Walmart has announced that it will be cutting the 2-year contract price of the Apple iPhone 3GS to $97. Walmart would have you believe that the drop in price is nothing more than it making good on its “commitment to always lead on price”, but it’s not as if we don’t know exactly what’s going on. To us the question still remains: Will the iPhone 3GS pick up where the soon-to-be-discontinued iPhone 3G is going to leave off, or does Steve Jobs have “one more thing” up the sleeve of his St. Croix mock turtleneck? More →

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Walmart wants in on the iPad (and is confident it will get it)

By on May 13, 2010 at 9:30 PM.

Walmart wants in on the iPad (and is confident it will get it)

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If Bentonville-based retail giant Walmart has its way, its stores could be jam-packed with iPads before the year ends. Speaking to BusinessWeek, Walmart’s senior VP of entertainment, Gary Severson, said that he believes Walmart and Apple can hammer out a deal to bring the popular tablet to stores “later this year.” Despite his confidence that a deal will be reached, Severson was reluctant to comment on pricing or speculate on a possible release time frame. One can assume Walmart would want the iPad on its shelves well before the Christmas shopping season — and perhaps more importantly Black Friday — begins. Currently only available from Apple Stores, select Best Buys and a limited number of resellers, over 1 million iPads have been sold to date. If Walmart were allowed to sell the device, it would undoubtedly accelerate sales of the tablet, especially in rural areas where authorized stores are hundreds of miles away. What say you, readers? Would you be willing to set foot in a Wally World to pick up an iPad, or do you find the notion of that repulsive? More →

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Sprint and Walmart introduce Common Cents Mobile

By on May 13, 2010 at 12:00 AM.

Sprint and Walmart introduce Common Cents Mobile

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Sprint and Walmart have announced they’ve banded together to launch a brand new, low-cost carrier…say hello to Common Cents Mobile. Service will be lit up on May 15th and the carrier will be featured –exclusively — in over 700 Walmarts across the country. Minutes are billed at 7¢ a pop, but thanks to “Round Down” billing, a “minute” can last up to 119 seconds. This allows the $20 refill to be good for up to 565 minutes and the $30 up to 848 minutes. Nifty. Also coming in at 7¢ each are text messages, although there is an option for a $20 unlimited messaging package. Data will be available for $1 per megabyte per day. Being a no-frills carrier, Common Cents doesn’t offer a lavish line-up of handsets, but what it does carry is very affordable. The cheapest most affordable of the pack is LG 101 which sells for $19.77, followed closely by the Samsung M340 at $39.77. The most expensive handset is the Kyocera S2300, which has a full-QWERTY keypad, and retails for $69.77. Minute refills can be purchased at select Walmart stores; alternatively, Common Cents subscribers can register their credit card, debit card, or PayPal information at CommonCentsMobile.com to get more minutes.

Catch the press spiel after the break. More →

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