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Walmart Adds Cellular-Enabled Tablets For First Time

Bentonville, Ark. – Walmart will offer its first two cellular-equipped tablets with the launch of two T-Mobile-network 4G tablets at $179 and $229.

At participating stores nationwide, Walmart began offering the $179 Apollo Brands Trio AXS quad-core tablet on May 17 at $179. It will be followed in June by the HP Slate 7 HD tablet at $229. All come with free 200MB of 4G data for as long as the user owns the tablet but no roaming. T-Mobile didn’t specify whether the tablets feature 4G HSPA+ or 4G LTE technology.

The tablets’ low pricing and data plans are designed to entice people to opt for cellular-equipped tablets rather than Wi-Fi tablets, said T-Mobile senior VP Doug Chartier, citing the high cost of cellular-enabled tablets and what he said are competitors’ higher-priced data plans.

The Trio AXS Android tablet features 7.85-inch HD display, quad-core 1.2GHz processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB storage, two cameras and a MicroSD slot. The HP Slate 7 HD steps up to Google Play access and wide-angle 7-inch display. It also offers 1GB RAM, 16GB storage, two cameras and a MicroSD slot.

Purchasers at Walmart can choose from two prepaid plans at $35/month for 3.5GB of high-speed data or $50 for 5GB of high-speed data, with no data-overage charges. Data speeds slow to 128Kbps after the data caps are reached. Additional daily, weekly and monthly postpaid plan options are also available for T-Mobile customers with an existing voice plan. Those options start at $10/ month for almost 1.2GB of high-speed data.