Walmart (NYSE:WMT) and T-Mobile have teamed up to offer shoppers free data for life with the purchase of one of two new tablets exclusively sold at Walmart stores.
The Apollo Brands Trio AXS Quad Core tablet ($179) is a 4G Android-powered tablet with a 7.85 inch HD display, 16GB on-device storage, two-camera vision, MicroSD slot, quad core 1.2GHz processor and 1 GB memory.
In June, Walmart will add a second T-Mobile connected tablet for $229. The HP Slate 7 HD will offer 4G connectivity, Google PlayTM, multi-touch HD wide-angle viewing, 16 GB on-device storage, two-camera vision, MicroSD slot, and 1GB memory.
Both tablets provide cellular service in addition to Wi-Fi and come with 200 MB free data for the life of the tablet with a phone contract.
"We know many of our customers want to be constantly connected but often end up purchasing tablets with just Wi-Fi due to the cost," said Kevin Pate, vice president of electronics for Walmart U.S. "The new T-Mobile tablets with free data for life will not only provide our customers with the technology and cellular access they want but also an unmatched value."
Shoppers can add more data for an additional fee and pre-paid plans are also available.
Walmart has been building out departments and adding programs, most recently introducing low-cost law services to stores in Canada, and low-fee money transfers to U.S. stores. There have been technology acquisitions such as the purchase of product search company Adchemy by the Walmart Labs division.
In mobile, the world's largest retailer has released an ordering app that lets shoppers pre-order prepared meals from the company's first Walmart to Go convenience store in Bentonville, Arkansas.
-See this T-Mobile press release
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