There’s little doubt that Walmart is the place where the least expensive electronics thrive. T-Mobile USA knows this, and Walmart is more than prepared to take on T-Mobile’s "Un-leash" initiative with a couple of lower-end tablets. Both devices being reveal this week are amongst the first cellular-connected tablets available at the outlet.
Walmart has been expanding its digital video offerings for a long time. The massive retailer operates its Vudu service and began to offer support for Intel's UltraViolet DRM cloud video library late last year. Walmart has announced a new service for gamers that will launch this month.
Amazon has taken a hung chunk of business away from traditional brick and mortar stores like Walmart. Some of those traditional retail stores in the real world are looking to beef up their online presence in an effort to better compete with Amazon in the virtual realm. Walmart is reportedly continuing to build out new distribution centers to better compete with Amazon.
Walmart's Vudu online video store has added Intel's "UltraViolet" (UV) content library to its own. The move will expand Vudu viewers' selection to include titles by UV's digital distribution model. The idea here is that it allows for low-cost temporary video access on multiple devices while protecting copyrights for producers.
Earlier this month, we saw retailers offering price cuts on the iPhone 5c shortly after the smartphone's launch, with Walmart in particular having launched the phone with an initial $20 pricing undercut of Apple, leading into a steeper discount soon after. Now it has done the same for the newly revealed iPad Air, with the retailer announcing yet another $20 discount.
Walmart is trying to corner the LED light bulb market with the announcement of a wide range of LED light bulbs at very compelling prices. Walmart is selling its new line of Great Value LED light bulbs in all of its United States stores with pricing at under $9 to start. Walmart states the goal is to make LED light bulbs more accessible and affordable for consumers.
Today's a big day for smartphone fans who prefer the iPhone with Apple set to make announcements relating to new devices later this morning. Ahead of Apple's announcement of new iPhones, Walmart has announced that it will launch a smartphone trade-in program in the United States on September 21. Walmart also tips that it will have an additional announcement after Apple finishes its unveil this afternoon.
This week the folks at Walmart have decided to join the iPhone 5S party early with a cut in the price of the iPhone 5 well below any minor discount we've seen before. This sort of price drop generally indicates the impending launch of a device from a company that's rumored to have a press event in the near future - and wouldn't you know it? Apple has a press event rumored to be taking place on the 10th of September.
Huawei's first smartphone running Windows Phone 8 is expected to land in the US at some point this month, and it will be available exclusively at Walmart stores, as well as its online store. While availability and price have not yet been disclosed, the new phone will be available off-contract with a prepaid plan.