Items tagged with Wal-Mart

As more and more devices come with Netflix streaming baked in -- would you really be surprised if your next toaster oven had a Netflix label on the side of the box? -- Roku is doing everything it can to keep its low-cost dedicated set-top box relevant. Towards that end, Roku managed to get Walmart to start selling its Roku XD player. "We know that our customers love having instant access to entertainment on their TVs – and at great value. With the Roku XD player now available at Walmart, customers can get dad the perfect gift just in time for Father’s Day," said Roku Founder and CEO Anthony Wood. "Whether it’s dad-centric flicks, sports or tips for grilling the perfect steak,... Read more...
Although no one seems to know exactly when the next iPhone will be announced or released, we do know where to find a deal on the iPhone 4: Walmart. The low-cost retailer announced that it has lowered the price on Apple's iPhone 4 to $147 in its brick-and-mortar stores across the country. The price break is for a limited time only, however. The price reduction began at the beginning of this week and only applies to the 16GB iPhone 4. As with other discounted phones, you'll still be required to sign a two-year contract. The promotion is scheduled to end July 1. At that time, the 16GB iPhone 4 will go back to selling for $199. The promotion is not available on Walmart's website. The price decrease... Read more...
Last fall, Walmart launched a test to see how well a Walmart Wireless Shop would perform. The test launched in about 20 flagship stores. Each of the Walmart Wireless Shops is about 2,000 square feet in size. They carry a range of smartphones and cell phones and offer a variety of pre- and post-paid service plans. Since the initial test of the Walmart Wireless Shop has gone well, Walmart is planning to expand this test to an additional 150 locations sometime this year. The Walmart Wireless Shops are typically located near the checkout, similar to other in-store services such as banking, the eyeglass center, and other store services. In addition to expanding its Wireless Shop test, Walmart is also... Read more...
Guess where you can find a Kindle now? Wal-mart! While Amazon sold their famed e-reader for years without any retail prescence, that has changed recently. Now, Wally World will be stocking the Kobo Wireless Reader, the NOOK and the Kindle, giving digital readers plenty of choice should they wander into a store. This is obviously a huge move for Amazon. Getting the Kindle into retail outlets will move the reader into the view of even more consumers, and sales are almost certainly going to bounce up because of it. The Kindle has been around a long time now, and while it may be maturing from a product cycle standpoint, getting it into Wal-mart will almost certainly revive the sales (if they're even... Read more...
An oversized jar of pickles. Undergarments. Flat screen TV. Toilet paper. Motor oil for your 2011 Dodge Charger. Know what these all have in common? You can buy all of them at Walmart, along with almost everything else you can think of. What's that you say, what about custom gaming PCs? Turns out you can buy those at Wally World, too, at least if we're counting Walmart.com. We just got word that boutique system vendor iBuyPower has partnered with Walmart to launch the retailer's first custom configurator on Walmart.com, allowing shoppers to configure an entry-level or decked out desktop, or something in between. "There are few brands in the world that are as recognizable as Walmart," said Darren... Read more...
You may have noticed a larger electronics section in your local Wally World. That's because over the past couple of years, Walmart devoted about 20 percent more floor space to push home entertainment items, and in particular television sets. But with consumers showing little interest in 3D TVs, and with popular electronic gadgets shrinking in size, Walmart has made the decision to scale back its electronics department and use the space to sell things like fishing poles, fabric, and full-figure fashions, according to Reuters. "It's still a vibrant category but much smaller items are being sold," said Rosalind Brewer, president of Walmart East. Walmart said it will still sell the same number of... Read more...
Today's date is Friday March 11, 2011. Do you know what that means? An end to the work week and the beginning of a weekend of partying, for some of you. For others, this is the day you decide between a black or white iPad 2, between 3G or Wi-Fi, and 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB of capacity. But before you settle which version of the iPad 2 you plan to purchase, you have decide where exactly you're going to buy one. Let's look at your options. Option 1 -- Apple.com You can direct your browser to www.apple.com/ipad/ and order Apple's second generation tablet right now. Every model is available for purchase, and while you're there, you can tack on a cart full of accessories too. But just because you can... Read more...
Today is the day that many AT&T users, or cellphone users in rural parts of the country that can't get decent AT&T service, have been waiting for. Now that the existing Verizon Wireless customers have had a chance to claim their iPhone 4, Walmart is giving everyone else equal opportunity starting today. Rather than flocking to the Apple or Verizon store, smart shoppers will probably head to Walmart to beat the crowds and find way more checkout opportunities. Select Walmart stores will be carrying the Verizon iPhone 4 starting today, with nearly 600 already stocked and ready to go. The 16GB model will sell for $199 on a 2-year contract, though there's no word on whether or not the 32GB... Read more...
Barnes & Noble is planning an event in New York City shortly, and many are expecting a revised NOOK to be the highlight of the show. And if true, what better time than now to strike a deal with Walmart? The NOOK has been sold in a variety of places since being introduced last year, but Walmart wasn't one of them. Amazon's Kindle has slowly rolled out to various retailers as well, leaving B&N in a position of finding more retail outlets to stock it. The NOOK and Kindle are battling for e-reader supremacy right now, and with holiday shopping dollars on the line, it's vital to get your product in front of eyes at Walmart. This week, Barnes & Noble reached an agreement with Walmart to... Read more...
Wal-Mart has reportedly confirmed what was believed for some time, that the iPad is coming to its retail stores on Friday, Oct. 15. The company said as early as May that it wanted to have the iPad in time for the holidays, and its arch-rival Target recently began offering the hot-selling tablet, on Oct. 3rd. Wal-Mart will have all six versions in stock, but just as with other Apple items, customers who order on-line will have to pick-up in store. "Hundreds" of stores will have it when it is first offered, with the hot item reaching all 2,300 US locations by mid-November.  It's unclear what pricing will be offered, but earlier leaks did not show any discount at all. Meanwhile, arch-rival... Read more...
We have to hand it to Apple for what could turn out to be a brilliant marketing move. While the competition scrambles to release tablets in time for the holiday shopping season, Apple will be pushing its popular iPad in Walmart stores across the United States. This in addition to Best Buy and, more recently, more than 1,700 Target stores. In other words, for those who kick it old school and do their holiday shopping in brick and mortar locations, the iPad will be there at every turn. As it pertains to Walmart, in addition to milk and laundry detergent, you'll be able to shop all six versions of the iPad as well as a bunch of related accessories, though from the leaked photos and memos they don't... Read more...
There have been rumors of late that Target might get the hot-selling iPad in-store prior to the holiday shopping season, and they keep coming. This tip, however, is pretty light on the details, although you can connect the dots if you try. An unnamed product is set to hit Target on Oct. 3rd, according to Engadget. The product will be available at six price points -- the same prices of the iPad, ranging from $499 for the 16GB Wi-Fi-only model, to $829 for the 64GB model with 3G. Thus, even without being named, it sounds suspiciously like the iPad. Additionally, pictures from a Target PDA show the new device will be located in the "Digital Audio" department, which is the same Target department... Read more...
There are plenty of pre-paid wireless options out there. It seems like every direction you turn, there's another MVNO offering you more cell service. But your post-paid options are fairly limited in the U.S. Get ready for a big change, though. Walmart announced this week that they were introducing a new post-paid cellular service (which won't actually be an MVNO; T-Mobile will handle the dirty work), but unlike convention carriers, Walmart will not require a signed contract. No credit checks, no 2-year agreements. Just unsubsidized cellphones at reasonable rates, and monthly fees that are definitely worth considering. Walmart Family Mobile will lease service from T-Mobile USA, and it will launch... Read more...
We can almost hear the cheers from here. Currently, only a few big name retail stores offer free, fast, reliable Wi-Fi on their floors. Apple and Best Buy come to mind, but it's extremely rare to find Internet access in shops such as Sears or Macy's. And Wal-mart, too. But now that may be changing soon, as partner chain Sam's Club has decided to install routers throughout their warehouse stores and begin offering free Wi-Fi to shoppers. The company hopes to have over 500 locations outfitted by November, enabling holiday shoppers to come in and surf the Web when they aren't rushing through lanes. When asked about the prospect of customers using Sam's Club Wi-Fi to check the prices of competitors,... Read more...
There's little to no doubt that Steve Jobs himself will introduce the next generation iPhone at the WWDC conference in California next month, but if you had lingering pause, maybe this is a sign of things to come. Currently, Apple's iPhone 3G sells for $99 on contract; a great price by any measure. The iPhone 3GS sells for $199 on a 2-year contract, which puts it in direct competition with many, many other smartphones on the market today. But with a new iPhone on the horizon, there has to be room made for a newcomer. It's unlikely that Apple would price the next generation iPhone at a point above the $199 mark, which the previous two have debuted at. So if a new iPhone will sell for $199, what... Read more...
Wal-Mart tried the "self-checkout" thing for awhile, and those kiosks still exist in some stores. But by and large, it's easier for most consumers to just head to a real person in case of trouble. But that snafu isn't stopping the world's most recognized retailer from starting something else: smartcard payment support. According to a new report, the giant is planning to make every last one of their payment terminals in the U.S. compliant with "a smartcard-based credit card technology that is widely used around the world but isn't common in the U.S." The plans were unveiling at a smartcard conference held last week, with Storefront Backtalk quoting Jamie Henry, Wal-Mart's director of payment services,... Read more...
Not long ago, we learned about Walmart's plan to expand its consumer electronics offerings. The big-box retailer is not alone. Target also has a system-wide plan to upgrade its TV, gaming, and digital imaging sections and product offerings.  The rollout began last month and should be completed by June. With the new CE department design, Target stores will get an updated TV wall that should make it easier for consumers to compare TVs across brands. Along with the display, Target plans to offer clear signs that highlight product features, making it even easier to compare models. The display also will present models in "a more realistic in-home presentation." In addition to a change in display... Read more...
Walmart is expanding its home entertainment and technology offerings in an effort to keep Americans connected inside and outside the home. Sometime this month, the retailer is planning to carry more streaming Blu-ray players, new Internet-ready HDTVs, LED HDTVs, additional wireless products for home networking, and much more. The retailer will also rollout a dedicated area for pay-as-you-go, non-contract mobile broadband products with offerings from Verizon, Cricket, Virgin, and AT&T. Walmart Adds New Hi-Tech Devices and More Ways to Save For the Always-Connected Life Attractive New Rollbacks, Internet Connectable Products and New Services Rolling Out BENTONVILLE, Ark., May 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/... Read more...
Earlier in the month, Sprint let the world in on a little secret: they would soon be launching yet another pre-paid brand. This is in addition to Boost Mobile, Assurance Wireless and Virgin Mobile, mind you. Today, the cat was let out of the bag, and bargain hunters might just find what they've been searching for in a wireless carrier by visiting their local Walmart. Common Cents Mobile isn't the greatest naming convention of all time, but it gets right to the point: this is a pre-paid wireless operator who knows their customers value low-cost over all else, and there are certainly no frills here. No 4G WiMAX. No Android phone options. Just bottom-line prices and lots of flexibility. Designed... Read more...
VUDU has been around for years. They were actually one of the first movie-streaming companies to emerge in the last decade, but they never seemed to gather a huge amount of support. Netflix already had a ton of buzz surrounding them, so when they decided to add a streaming option to complement the by-mail service, many flocked to it. Amazon's Video on Demand has also found a small group of supporters, but regardless of the different boxes and technology deployments, VUDU never seemed to get the respect it was due.At least it never got the public respect it was due. Behind closed doors, VUDU has been receiving a great deal of respect and attention, and from the world's largest retailer: Walmart.... Read more...
As margins on actual wares grow slimmer, many retailers are looking to soak up more cash in the form of services. Granted, that's increasingly tough in the DIY universe that we live in, and even tougher in a retailer that looks to save people money. In an odd move aimed to rival Best Buy's Geek Squad, Wal-Mart has announced plans to offer its own form of tech support for shoppers. The mega-retailer has confirmed that it has started up a partnership with N.E.W. Customer Service Companies in order to offer in-home setup services to those who buy their gear from Wally World. In fact, the new offering will be in place prior to the holiday season getting fully underway, so there's a good chance things... Read more...
If you've been waiting to get your hands on the Palm Pre, but don't have a lot of cash to spend, now's your chance. Assuming you're willing to go through the rebate process, you can pick up a Palm Pre for just $79.99 from Walmart with a 2-year agreement. This price is after a $100 mail in rebate. This isn't the first time we've seen a good deal on the Pre—In July, Best Buy accidentally lowered the price on the phone to $99. That glitch was quickly fixed. Of course, the price of a phone tends to drop quickly these days, so if you missed out on the Best Buy deal a few months ago, here's your second chance. Key features of the Palm Pre include: Palm synergy links contacts and calendars from Outlook,... Read more...
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