Walmart is now offering the Huawei Ascend W1 on their Straight Talk MVNO. The handset is being sold at what now seems a rather pricy $229.80 and is only compatible with the Straight Talk $45/30-Day Unlimited Service Plan or the $60/30-Day Unlimited International Service Plan.
The handset competes with Android devices such as the $199 LG Optimus which only has an 800 Mhz processor, but of course appears expensive compared to the Nokia Lumia 521 on T-Mobile.
See the handset at Walmart here.
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Huawei today announced its first Windows Phone 8 smartphone – Huawei W1 – will be available this month online at Walmart.com and at select Walmart stores in the United States.
"The Huawei W1 brings consumers a truly compelling alternative to what’s currently in the marketplace – a device that is competitively priced with an unlimited *30-day no-contract plan," said Michael Chuang, Executive Vice President at Huawei Device USA. "The addition of the W1 to our smartphone portfolio in the United States gives consumers access to a wider range of Huawei smartphones at a competitive price that makes sense to consumers."
The Huawei W1 features a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 4” IPS LCD touch screen made of Gorilla® glass, a 5MP camera with 0.3MP front-facing camera, and an LED flash and special battery optimizations.
The Ascend W1 will be joining the Nokia Lumia 520, which arrived on Walmart.com last week and promptly sold out.
"We are proud to deliver a premium smartphone experience to customers at a competitive price point," said Todd Greenberg, General Manager, US Windows Phone Sales at Microsoft. "The new Huawei W1 is a great addition to the Windows Phone 8 portfolio of devices in the U.S. with its impressive battery life and availability in Walmart stores."
Huawei will be promoting the handset on the May 15 with the "Huawei W1 ‘Make it Yours’ Music & Mobile Sweepstakes." Fans of the Huawei W1 and Jonas Brothers will be able to enter to win the smartphone, tickets to attend Jonas Brothers Tour concerts across the country, and a chance to meet the band in person.
For more information about Huawei’s sponsorship or about the Huawei W1, please visit www.HuaweiDeviceUSA.com/HuaweiW1.
We thought $150 was pretty good for the Nokia Lumia 521, but now Walmart has put the handset up for sale at a rather amazing $129.88 unlocked, making its closest competitor the 3.5 inch Android 2.3 600 Mhz HVGA ZTE Merit or the 3.7 inch HTC One V with only 4 GB of storage.
The extremely competitive price should help the handset maintain the momentum it already established from selling out on the Home Shopping network in just a few days.
See the handset at Walmart here.
Update: Sold out already, in less than an hour.
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The handset will go on sale unsubsidized for $150, and will be paired with T-Mobile’s $30 per month unlimited data and text plan, which of course is a commitment-free offering given that the handset has been purchased outright.
"There is an opportunity for us to offer a very high quality device in the mainstream," said Terry Myerson, head of the Windows Phone unit, at Microsoft’s campus near Seattle last week. "That’s where we’ve made progress in the last couple of months and it’s a strategy we’ll continue to explore in the United States."
The price compares well to the iPhone 5, which costs 579.99 spread over 24 months, more than 3 times more expensive.
Terry noted that Windows Phone did well when the actual unsubsidized cost of a phone was exposed by carriers.
"AT&T and Verizon have been great partners," said Myerson. "But where the market dynamics are different, and where the operators play a different role, we have done better."
Microsoft however promised to compete on more than price, with Myerson saying next task for Windows phones is to leverage Microsoft’s Office and Xbox products to make a genuinely new phone experience, whether as a work tool or advanced toy.
"I don’t think we’ve come near to the full potential. Those are our two dimensions here, Office and Xbox. We want to bring to life getting work done and bring to life that serious fun, here on this thing in your pocket. That’s going to develop over time."
We know Samsung is really fast at copying successful phones, but this must be a new record! A new phone, recommended by Walmart, has shown up in their online store.
The Samsung Galaxy S III 920 smartphone looks A LOT like the Nokia Lumia 920, which is of course a Samsung trademark, up to including the user interface, but of course runs Android 4.0 with a 4.8 inch SuperAMOLED screen.
Kidding aside, it is of course some kind of mistake in Walmartâ€™s database (possibly even a prank), but it is rather amusing to see one as big slip past such a big storeâ€™s security and procedures.
See the unicorn while it lasts at Walmart.com here.
Walmart always offer great deals, and the latest is the Nokia Lumia 710, completely commitment free, for $269.96.
Buying the device without contract allows users still locked into contracts to upgrade, and in this case for pretty low cost, and of course also allows buyers to use cheaper pre-paid contracts which pay for themselves pretty quickly.
See the deal for the Nokia Lumia 710 at Walmart here.
Its pretty annoying when you pre-order a phone and it arrives after it becomes available in stores. While AT&T buyers did not have this problem, and in fact had their handsets 2 days before general availability Amazon handsets only shipped today, suggesting arrival tomorrow.
Good news for buyers at WalMart, where the handset was also selling at extremely low prices, is that their phones are now also on the way, shipping from Texas. Hopefully they will also show up on your doorstep early tomorrow.
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Even before the release of the HTC HD7 in USA, there seems to be a rush to discount the handset to the lowest price possible. The latest is the HTC HD7 showing up on Walmart, famous for their low prices, for an amazing $149.99 on a two year contract.
Have anyone else seen a low price online? Let us know below.
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In America, it is time for Thanksgiving and family time, in the tech world it is about time for Black Friday. Black Friday is a day created by big companies to liquidate all things electronic and get you to spend as much as you can while your in their store. This year big companies are adding phones to the Black Friday list of sales, and that means discounted Windows Phones.
In my area the best deals are from Wal-Mart, Bestbuy, Target and Office Max. I was recently reading the discount list and I spotted some droids and other Windows Mobile phones I do not remember. If you are currently residing in the US and want to check out the long list of discount visit Gottadeal and remember, happy shopping.
Warning: Last year a man was killed while trying to enter a Wal-Mart for Black Friday shopping, so be safe out there.