T-Mobile taps Walmart to sell low-cost 4G tablets with limited free service

HP slate 7 hd

The next time you visit Walmart, you might see 4G tablets on display. The large retailer will carry two connected slates starting today, according to a T-Mobile announcement published on Monday. Both will use T-Mobile’s LTE service and include the carrier’s “free data for life” package, which amounts to 200 MB of free mobile broadband per month.

Available now is the $179 Apollo Brands Trio AXS Quad Core tablet, a budget slate with 7.85-inch display. The tablet includes 16GB of storage with MicroSD expansion slot, front and rear cameras, a quad-core 1.2GHz processor and 1 GB memory.

Trio tablet

Coming next month is the HP Slate 7 HD for $229. This is HP’s improvement over last year’s model, with 1280 x 800 display, 16 GB of storage, microSD card and 1 GB of memory.

Walmart has long sold T-Mobile service and these tablet prices are relatively low, making them a good fit for the Walmart shelves. While there are surely better tablets on the market, both of these can bring mobile connectivity to Walmart consumers, first in the 200 MB of free service and then through add-on plans.

Customers can add another 1 GB for $10 a month or choose from various daily, weekly and monthly data plans with existing T-Mobile service. Those without T-Mobile service can pay $35 for 3.5 GB or $50 for 5 GB of LTE data on their new tablets.

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