Walmart to offer new prepaid wireless service from U.S. Cellular and Alltel Wireless

Walmart to offer new prepaid wireless service from U.S. Cellular and Alltel Wireless
Verizon already has new competition for its just announced new prepaid plan. U.S. Cellular and Alltel Wireless are joining forces to offer U Prepaid, a no-contract wireless service that will be available in 500 Walmart stores in 18 states. Where you live will determine which of the two carrier's pipelines you will be using. Carter S. Elenz, executive vice president of sales and customer service for U.S. Cellular said, "U Prepaid customers with U.S. Cellular will be backed by our high-speed network, which has the highest call quality and network satisfaction of any national carrier." Meanwhile, Lesa Handly, chief marketing officer for Alltel Wireless, said, "Alltel is proud to bring the strength and equity of our U Prepaid brand to U.S. Cellular to create this unique alliance. Together, we can leverage our position as the "local" wireless carrier offering a hometown alternative in the communities we serve."

There will be a number of nationwide data plans available, offering unlimited talk and text. Initially, there will be four handsets available. The Android flavored Samsung Repp will be on the roster. The LG Attune/Exchange and the LG Saber each will offer U Prepaid customers a full physical QWERTY keyboard, and the Samsung Chronos offers limited functionality for those who like to talk and text.

Pricing of the phones and the plans were not announced, and the service is expected to start in May.

source: U.S.Cellular via Engadget

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Repp
  • Display 3.2 inches
    480 x 320 pixels
  • Camera 3.2 MP (Single camera)
    front
  • Storage , microSDHC
  • Battery 1500 mAh
  • OS Android 2.3
Chrono
  • Display 2.0 inches
    320 x 240 pixels
  • Camera 0.3 MP VGA (Single camera)
    front
  • Battery 800 mAh

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