Bentonville, Ark. - Walmart has named T-Mobile its 2011 "Supplier of the Year" for its entertainment division and wireless category.
Within entertainment, which includes CE, the carrier won out over more than 1,200 suppliers spanning eight categories.
"We are incredibly honored to receive â€˜Supplier of the Year' from Walmart across its entire entertainment division, including such recognized brands as Apple, Microsoft and Disney," said Amy McCune, national retail VP at T-Mobile USA. "Our team has worked hard together with Walmart to deliver great value and innovative product offerings to help them better serve their customers as well as grow in the dynamic wireless business."
Last October Walmart and T-Mobile began offering a $30 unlimited web and text Monthly4G prepaid service plan to meet an increase in consumer demand for prepaid wireless plans and faster data speeds. In addition, T-Mobile's Walmart Family Mobile program, another exclusive prepaid offering, saw increased sales throughout the year, the carrier said.
Seong Ohm, entertainment senior VP of Walmart U.S. noted that "more people are relying on mobile devices as their primary phone and source for entertainment and social networking," and that "T-Mobile has been a great partner, allowing us to meet the needs of our customers with innovative products and services at everyday low prices while achieving strong sales and profitability."
T-Mobile services, smartphones and handsets are available at Walmart stores nationwide and on Walmart.com.
Walmart presented its 2011 "Supplier of the Year" awards last week in Orlando, Fla., during the retailer's annual Supplier Summit.