Bentonville, Ark. - Regional carriers U.S. Cellular and Alltell Wireless teamed up to offer prepaid service under the U Prepaid brand through select Walmart stores in 18 states.
Depending on where subscribers live, the U Prepaid service will run on either U.S. Cellular's network or Alltel's network.
U.S. Cellular teamed with Alltell to gain distribution in Walmart and provide U.S. Cellular "another opportunity to be where our customers want to shop and to offer more customers a prepaid service that helps them control their monthly budgets," said Carter S. Elenz, U.S. Cellular's EVP of sales and customer service.
For its part, Alltell chief marketing officer Lesa Handly said Alltell lent its U Prepaid brand to the initiative to "leverage our position as the â€˜local' wireless carrier offering a hometown alternative in the communities we serve."
Four U Prepaid devices are available. One is the Android-based Samsung Repp touchscreen smartphone. The LG Attune/LG Exchange and LG Saber are feature phones with full QWERTY keyboards, and the Samsung Chrono is a flip phone.