Walmart No Longer Stocks Sprint Phones
The largest nation’s retailer Walmart no longer stocks Sprint devices. It’s presence has been lessen in the past few weeks, according to Fierce Wireless, so now only around 500 Walmart stores out of 4,177 locations carry Sprint’s products.
The market research firm Wave7 Research said that some Walmart stores are now offering T-Mobile postpaid products instead of Sprint’s while some other stores have replaced it with Straight Talk. They also noted that the only two postpaid carriers present at Walmart are Verizon and AT&T.
“Sprint’s presence in Walmart has declined in the past month and is now de minimis,” the Wave7 Research wrote couple of weeks ago. “Within the past month, Sprint has been replaced by T-Mobile postpaid in some Walmart stores, while Sprint has pulled out of others, with counter space now occupied by Straight Talk or going suddenly empty. The only two postpaid carriers now listed on Walmart.com are Verizon and AT&T.”
Sprint prepaid phones, more precisely phones from Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile, are still offered through Walmart’s website. At the same time, some Walmart stores have stopped selling Boost devices “several months ago”, according to Wave7 Research.
This market research firm also notes that Walmart focuses more on prepaid market than on postpaid. In fact, according to them, Walmart sells over 10 times more prepaid products than postpaid.
Sprint’s spokeswoman declined to comment on Fierce Wireless’s story.
Sprint’s presence at Walmart has been significantly reduced and that would definitely have an impact over their holiday season. However, it’s worth noting that Sprint did expand its presence in 1,435 Sprint/RadioShack retail stores when it acquired RadioShack earlier this year.
Source: Fierce Wireless