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Mobile Bits: Best Buy; AT&T; PicPlz Vs. Instagram; Google; MobiTV

»  Best Buy is no longer the only retailer to be selling the Verizon iPhone: Wal-mart announced it would be selling the device starting tomorrow. The 16GB model will go for $199 and the 32GB for $299 with a two-year contract — the same price offered through Verizon and Apple (NSDQ: AAPL). [CNET]

»  AT&T (NYSE: T) is offering unlimited free calling to any mobile number, starting tomorrow. But what’s the catch? Though it doesn’t matter what carrier the number is on, the number must be based in the U.S.. Also, the plan is available to customers with a certain voice plan and unlimited messaging plans. [ZDNet]

»  The mobile photoblogging space heats up as Instagram and PicPlz race to launch a developer API and new features. So far, PicPlz seems to have come out ahead by having launched an analytics dashboard and ability to add Creative Commons licensing. Plus, the app is available on both Android and iPhone; Instagram is still iPhone-only. [Download Squad]

»  Google (NSDQ: GOOG) Translate is now available for Apple iPhone and iPod Touch; it requires iOS 3.0 or later, which means it’ll work even on first-generation devices. Previously, the app, which can accept voice input in 15 different languages and translate back in 50 languages, was available only on the Android OS. [LA Times]

»  MobiTV adds the Dell Streak 7 tablet from T-Mobile to its offering of connected devices. It also released 2010 stats, showing it has delivered 1.5 billion minutes of mobile video and its average monthly viewing minutes were up 59 percent compared to 2009. [Release]