Wal-Mart to sell G1 for $30 less than T-Mobile USA

NEW YORK Tue Oct 28, 2008 7:52pm EDT

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT.N) plans to sell the G1 cell phone, powered by Google Inc (GOOG.O), for about $30 less than T-Mobile USA, the exclusive U.S. carrier for the device.

Wal-Mart said it would start selling the touch-screen phone for $148.88 on Wednesday October 29 in about 550 stores for consumers who sign up for a two-year T-Mobile USA contract, and as more phones become available it will expand further.

T-Mobile USA, the No. 4 U.S. mobile service, last week kicked off sales of the device, which is made by HTC Corp (2498.TW), for $179.

Wal-Mart spokeswoman Melissa O'Brien said on Tuesday that the company wanted to offer its customers the "products they want at the very best value."

A spokesman for T-Mobile USA, a unit of Deutsche Telekom AG (DTEGn.DE). was not immediately available for comment.

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