T-Mobile teams with 7-Eleven for new prepaid phone

Summary:The convenience of 7-Eleven is going in a more tech-friendly direction thanks to the retail chain's new partnership with T-Mobile USA.

Many 7-Eleven retail locations now carry one of T-Mobile's prepaid handsets, the LG GS170.

Don't get too excited about this phone, but it will get the job done. The GS170 is a basic feature and flip phone with a high-resolution color display, a VGA camera, MP3 ringtone capability, and Bluetooth 2.1.

7-Eleven will be selling the device for $29.99, which is a bargain compared to the suggested retail price of $69.99. (But if you actually pick up a two-year contract for this device, it would only be $9.99. Not exactly worth it, but just saying...)

Being that it is prepaid, there is no contract required with T-Mobile as customers can sign up for T-Mobile's No Annual Contract Monthly 4G plan. For $50 per month, that includes unlimited talk and texting as well as unlimited data without any overage charges. The first 100 MB of consumed data will be delivered on T-Mobile's 4G network.

To get buyers in 7-Eleven stores as soon as possible, T-Mobile is offering a special promo for the entire month of August. The LG GS170 price will be half-off with the purchase of a $50 airtime card at 7-Eleven stores.

However, if you couldn't tell by the fact that this deal is with T-Mobile USA, you're likely only going to find the LG GS170 at 7-Eleven locations stateside. For reference, there are more than 8,800 7-Eleven stores in North America, and approximately 42,500 locations in 16 countries worldwide.


Topics: CXO, Mobility, Telcos, Tech & Work


Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider, FastCompany.com, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for MainStreet.com, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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