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Good ol’ Wally isn’t a stranger when it comes to offering prepaid wireless goods within its shops, and now the retail giant’s about to add yet another service to that carrier-packed inventory. Starting next month, US Cellular — in partnership with Alltel Wireless — will begin rolling out a new contract-free package dubbed “U Prepaid,” which, naturally, is set to be backed by both of the aforementioned carrier’s networks. The fresh U Prepaid deal will be making its way into “nearly” 500 Walmart stores across 18 US states, though there’s no mention of which ones specifically. That being said, US Cellular and Alltel did announce the four devices coming at launch, including Samsung’s Repp and Chrone along with the LG Attune / Exchange and Saber. In any case, now you know where to go if those recently announced plans from AT&T and Verizon aren’t keeping a smile on your face.

Continue reading US Cellular, Alltel Wireless team up to launch ‘U Prepaid’ service in Walmart stores

US Cellular, Alltel Wireless team up to launch ‘U Prepaid’ service in Walmart stores originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 30 Apr 2012 20:32:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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South Korea’s Communications Commission is wresting control of the domestic cellphone market away from operators. From May 1st, it is opening the handset business open to any vendor, who will sell phones unlocked so consumers can decide their choice of network. The plan is aimed at lowering prices by introducing competition between the retailers — although some voices in the industry have expressed concerns that the operators will withdraw discounted offers in retaliation. Naturally, the KCC is determined to ensure a better deal for consumers, and is already strong-arming wayward networks into ensuring that doesn’t happen.

South Korea opens up cellphone sales, networks wary of the ‘free market’ originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 30 Apr 2012 19:28:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Let’s not speak of the several months it took for Ice Cream Sandwich to finally begin showing up on Samsung devices. Rather, the fine mobile-loving folks in Canada should just take a brief moment to embrace the present and not-too-distant future, because Samsung is now officially rolling out its long-awaited Android update to the nation up north — complete with the latest version of TouchWiz — to select devices today and continuing throughout the rest of the quarter. The list of featured products include the Galaxy S II (along with its LTE, LTE HD and X variants), Galaxy Note and several Galaxy Tabs, such as the 7.0, 7.0 Plus, 8.9 and 10.1. Of course, not everyone will get the beloved installation invitation today, since these large-scale rollouts seem to take a healthy amount of time. If you simply can’t wait, it couldn’t hurt to give the ‘ol manual update method a try.

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Samsung Canada begins rollout of ICS today originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 30 Apr 2012 16:32:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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In a Creative Mornings talk, creative thinker Simon Sinek demonstrates very clearly how the way you phrase a request for something you want will often mean the difference between someone helping you and someone finding you annoying. It all has to do with the order. More »

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