Walmart Canada starts taking BlackBerry 10 pre-orders

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Jan 162013

WalmartWalmart Canada yesterday announced via Facebook that select store locations are now taking pre-orders for BlackBerry 10 devices.

One…two…three – cheese!? Sometimes it’s hard getting your kids to smile at the camera, let alone stay focused for a second. But with Time Shift Mode on BlackBerry 10, you won’t have to keep taking, “just one more”.

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Just can’t wait? Pre-orders for the new BlackBerry are in stores now.

It’s not clear if the pre-orders apply only to the all-touch device expected to launch first or to both it and the QWERTY keyboard device as well.

Unfortunately, Walmart does not reveal what locations will take pre-orders. Call ahead before trekking down.

Bell, Koodo, Mobilicity, Rogers, SaskTel, TELUS, Virgin Mobile and WIND Mobile have all confirmed that they will carry BlackBerry 10 devices once they launch. The devices will be unveiled in two weeks in a series of global launch events.

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WalMart to close its MP3 store

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Aug 102011

Walmart yesterday announced that it will close its MP3 store (yes, it had one!) on August 29th. “We recently notified our music partners that we’ve made a business decision to no longer offer MP3 digital tracks as of Aug. 29, 2011,” the company said in a statement.

Walmart launched its MP3 store seven years ago but it was not able to compete against Apple and Amazon despite undercutting their pricing. Part of Walmart’s failure can be traced back to its choice of offering songs in the WMA format when it first launched. It eventually found itself competing against Microsoft’s Zune Marketplace as well as its other competitors.

Walmart confirmed it will continue to sell physical record music products. It also confirmed that it would continue to operate its DRM servers to support customers who have older, protected files.

Walmart shuttered its movie download service in 2007.

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Wal-Mart retires movie download service

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Dec 282007

Wal-Mart quietly shut down its movie download service on December 21, 2007, about a year after launching it. The decision does not appear to be Wal-Mart’s alone though as its technology partner in the project, Hewlett-Packard, decided to discontinue the service as it did not perform “as expected.”

Those who purchased movies through the service will be allowed to keep them as long as they remain on the computer on which they were purchased (one more reason to hate DRM!).

Source: Engadget

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