Walmart is aggressively going to increase its wireless sections in its stores nationwide

Walmart is aggressively going to increase its wireless sections in its stores nationwide
As much as their known for their cheap pricing on things, Walmart is increasingly becoming a powerhouse in the consumer electronics sector as they’ve been aggressively making a push in associating themselves in that area.

Although Walmart might not be one of those destination that first come to mind when thinking about mobile phones, you’ll be surprised to know that the big box retailer is making a push in their wireless offerings. In fact, the behemoth is planning to also aggressively expand the number of its stores having dedicated wireless sections by this fall.

Currently, 200 Walmart locations have these special wireless sections located in the front of its stores – thus, gaining instant visibility among customers strolling in. Furthermore, they’re planning to get these new dedicated wireless sections into approximately 150 to 200 additional stores nationwide.

Considering that the company is known for their inexpensive pricing, it’ll be interesting to say the least how this new venture will develop down the road. Will they blow everyone else out of the water in terms of contract pricing? How about no-contract?

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22 Comments

1. anon123 unregistered

how about walmart worries more about cleaning up their s***hole stores and focuses on hiring more employees to actually provide some semblance of customer service along with maybe even training them to know what the hell they are talking about before they dump a metric f***load of money into wireless sales...

2. Hotzb22

Posts: 109; Member since: Mar 30, 2009

aggreed but good luck with that

3. eyedoc81

Posts: 56; Member since: May 20, 2011

Maybe they will take out the vision centers and replace them with the mobile stores. That way, they will quit selling poor quality optical goods and 1800contacts will finally go away (I can dream anyway). Still, that won't get me go to back, haven't been to a walmart in over a year. I can't imagine dealing with walmart staff on something like a phone contract.

19. SomeGuy unregistered

SERIOUSLY. Everyone knows their customer service is terrible. I can't imagine them explaining ANYTHING to me besides counting back my change.

4. tom unregistered

I don't go there for customer service, I go for low prices. If you know what you want, their prices cannot be beat!

23. djm22

Posts: 27; Member since: Feb 09, 2011

But why go in there when they don't treat you right to start with the few cents they are cheaper is more important to you then being treated well :(

5. king unregistered

I work at Walmart in connections and our prices are always the lowest (no mail in rebates either) but we can only do new activations and full (24 month) upgrades.

11. mr. droid

Posts: 278; Member since: Aug 21, 2010

you can also sell phones at retail price, however, on verizon phones (since i have verizon, thats all i look at) your retail prices are higher than anywhere else.. i mean come on!! $700.00 for a motorola droix 2 global, droid x, and samsung fascinate.. these sell for $399 and $449 at the stores.. will walmart match those prices like they advertise on all other products..?

12. mr. droid

Posts: 278; Member since: Aug 21, 2010

walmart will have to beat those prices by a good bit is what i should say.

24. djm22

Posts: 27; Member since: Feb 09, 2011

No there not I can find cheaper prices easily and with no mail in rebates either!

6. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

If Best Buy, an "electronic" store, cannot man their stores with well informed employees in the Mobile section, why does anyone think Wal-Mart can? Both those stores are fine if you already know what you want. But, most consumers do not have a clue what they want when they grab a phone for 2 years. (I know. I was him for two contracts back to back.) Go to a retailer and find the Phone Geek who loves to talk and loves his/her job.

9. Allday28

Posts: 335; Member since: Nov 19, 2010

In my area I find that the folks at best buy are way more knowledgeable that the folks at are verizon store. Although I do school them all the time at both places:)

7. tazonda94 unregistered

I work for walmart in one of the front of stores. And we do know what we are talking about unless you want a off the wall spec. There are usually replacing the old banks or a store that moves out. And we usually have great prices but we don't care all the phones.

21. djm22

Posts: 27; Member since: Feb 09, 2011

I can find Better prices on pretty much any phone Walmart carries

8. verizontech8902 unregistered

I work for verizon, and i will be the first to say that i went into one of these "hovels" and found that the staff manning them didn't know s**t about anything. I have a feeling that the people i was talking too went in a corner and cried after i had to answer customers questions for them about phones they sell. Go cut your wrists in a corner.

10. mr. droid

Posts: 278; Member since: Aug 21, 2010

i wish i could say more about the verizon stores i have ventured into.

13. rick unregistered

I work at the connection center in Walmart also. We know quite a bit about the phones we sell. But sometimes we get people thrown in our dept who don't know $h!t about anything. We can't help that unfortunately. Our prices are way better (on contract) than other places. We do price match too

22. djm22

Posts: 27; Member since: Feb 09, 2011

If you want better prices then Walmart just look online and you will find them easy as that it They are Not hard to beat!

14. JackJones unregistered

Let's just hope WalMart doesn't go back to using that crap MTI power security solution. The phones were either never powered or the alarms going off.

15. joebklyn

Posts: 16; Member since: May 02, 2011

Walmart sucks, Hate it !!!!

16. jthiagesan

Posts: 104; Member since: Apr 20, 2011

i dont like walmart and its staffs dealing with cell phones. Hate it!!!!!!!

26. redleg6

Posts: 25; Member since: May 14, 2011

I have a problem with any store that won't support it's product. If you buy a phone at Walmart and have a problem or question, who do you ask? The $5 rep who could care less about your issue? Most people wind up having to talk to the carrier about any Walmart problem that comes up. That's just bad business. Anyone who wants to save a few bucks and buy a phone from Walmart deserve what they get. POOR SERVICE!

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