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AT&T To Sell U-Verse At Walmart, Circuit City
Telco tries to ramp up IPTV/VDSL visibility....
by Karl Bode 09:01AM Monday Oct 13 2008
While a slower economy may impact AT&T's U-Verse target numbers (they're hoping for a million customers by the end of the year), the company says they hope to speed things up somewhat by selling U-Verse services at both Circuit City and Walmart stores in markets where U-Verse is deployed. This is the first national retail deal for AT&T U-Verse, and brings the service to more than six hundred stores nationally.

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CUBS_FAN
Next Year Again..

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Chicago, IL
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another.

First we get smothered by advertisements at BestBuy for Comcast. Now this from U-Verse.

OSUGoose

join:2007-12-27
Columbus, OH

Re: another.

looks like maybe the local best buy arnt near a vrad to have a in store demo?

CUBS_FAN
Next Year Again..

join:2005-04-28
Chicago, IL
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Re: another.

Here in Chicago for union reasons I think there is only 1 Walmart within the city limits. And U-Verse is mostly being deployed within the outskirts of the City and its connecting suburbs.

S_engineer
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Chicago, IL

Re: another.

There shouldn't be any. The Walmart they put on the Border in Evergreen Park will now shut down an entire mall (Evergreen Plaza) due to undercut pricing. It's sad actually, its one of the first malls built in the country. So the people that were getting paid decent wages with benefits will be replaced by minimum wage workers with benefits provided by Uncle Sam...or you and I.

Sorry to hear about your Cubs...maybe this will make you feel better..

»www.youtube.com/watch?v=quKraecWnTs


couldnt resist
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88615298
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West Tenness

Re: another.

said by S_engineer:

There shouldn't be any. The Walmart they put on the Border in Evergreen Park will now shut down an entire mall (Evergreen Plaza) due to undercut pricing. It's sad actually, its one of the first malls built in the country. So the people that were getting paid decent wages with benefits will be replaced by minimum wage workers with benefits provided by Uncle Sam...or you and I.

Sorry to hear about your Cubs...maybe this will make you feel better..

(youtube clip)
resist
They only way that mall would go out of busines if it lost cusotmers to wal-amrt. Now cusotmers are peole like you can me th CHOOSE to go to wal-mart because they offer the same goods for LESS. Yet somehow you think that A) this is bad and B) people shouldn't be allowed to have CHOICE in where they shop. So I should be forced shop at some place and pay 25% more for the same thing so some guy can make $10 an hour instead of $7.50? This is different than welfare how?

S_engineer
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Chicago, IL

Re: another.

There is choice in a mall. The fact that you have an entity such as Walmart thats willing to take a loss in one store (by selling products at a loss) in order to starve out competition around it is detrimental the community as a whole. Unemployment rates rise, as do taxes to pay for those individuals. Not to mention what this does to the established municiple tax base once these businesses call it quits. Municiple services get cut or taxes get raised somewhere else. All so you can shop at the worlds largest Chinese dime store!

China owns I believe 30% of our national deficit. By shopping at Walmart, you contribute to their financial abilty to by our debt!

»en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Sta···lic_debt
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psx_defector

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Allen, TX
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said by 88615298:

Now cusotmers are peole like you can me th CHOOSE to go to wal-mart because they offer the same goods for LESS.
If you count them pricing at X.98, then yes, Walmart is cheaper. Most pricing on like items is only a few pennies off other retailers. Especially electronics.

Saying you can get one item at Walmart cheaper than another item anywhere else, even though they are not the same item, is disingenuous.

Walmart doesn't have cheaper prices. Walmart just has cheaper crap.
willp1
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Las Cruces, NM
Yes Wal mart sells seconds and lots China and india made crap.................
mjwise

join:2007-05-09
Ann Arbor, MI
Right. Evergreen Plaza, by my quick research, has not been doing well for a few years, and apparently that Christmastime fire last year helped nothing. Wal-mart compels no one to shop there, especially in the Chicago area.

And in 1952, I'm sure the Luddites like you were mourning the loss of the general store and the A&P to this big concrete monolith called the "Evergreen Plaza." Luddites never change.

S_engineer
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Chicago, IL

Re: another.

If I were a Luddite, well then I wouldn't be in an online forum, much less embrace the Internet in the first place. Thats a pretty stupid analogy. Are you a Luddite for yearning for the days when Michigan had an reputable automotive industry, or do you embrace the overseas vehicle invasion?
Theres alot more to it than your 2 minute research shows. Unless you know it, then you should keep it to yourself!
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mjwise

join:2007-05-09
Ann Arbor, MI

Re: another.

Luddism comes in many forms, and many Luddites use the Internet. You obviously don't oppose all development and technological change - just certain ones. If it were up to you, we'd all still be buying our buggy whips at Ma and Pa's general store (which had great health benefits, you know).

Seriously though, I've been to areas that are still big-box store less (portions of the UP come to mind). Trust me, a Wal-mart would be a vast improvement in those areas over the mangy local grocery store with the owner's dog slinking around the grimy interior's poor selection of week-old produce.

> Are you a Luddite for yearning for the days when Michigan had an reputable automotive industry, or do you embrace the overseas vehicle invasion?

I think propping them up is wrong. They've had many opportunities to survive and prosper, and their managements have repeatedly pissed them away. (Ann Arbor has few Big 3 auto jobs). I believe it is Toyota building a huge facility not too far away from me either.

So tell me, why does Evergreen deserve a bailout and a forced shuttering of Wal-mart? Are they not letting the mallwalkers in at the Wal-mart or something?

S_engineer
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Chicago, IL

Re: another.

In just the way that you think propping the big 3 up is wrong, I think that allowing a business to come in monopolize business via undercut pricing (at a loss) is wrong.
Listen, the village Evergreen Park received several million from the Walmart Corp as an incentive to allow their store to be built. This money went to the repaving of roads (w/asphalt)87th street and 95th street. Also new asphalt sidewalks were poured. Walmart wanted this site because of its close proximity to the City of Chicago (right across the street). Walmart went in with pricing thats below wholesale, forcing local small businesses in both EP and Chicago out of business. The village thought Walmart would "actually bring more traffic"...they were wrong. The Walmart Corp is keeping this store in place specifically to kill other local businesses in Chicago. The ones they kill in EP are just considered collateral damage.

Now take my distaste for Walmart aside, and think about the small businesses in and around the mall that will be asking you, joe taxpayer, for unemployment benefits. Plus, now you have the Walmart employees hitting up uncle sam for medical benefits.

Walmart means death to local business!
And by the way, those roads couldn't stand up to the winters, so they need repaving again.
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CUBS_FAN
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Chicago, IL
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Re: another.

said by S_engineer:

Walmart means death to local business!
And by the way, those roads couldn't stand up to the winters, so they need repaving again.
It happened that way when a Home Depot opened up in my neighborhood. A smaller Ace Hardware where I used to "GET SERVICE" like window screen repair and glass cutting is gone because they couldn't keep up with BIG BOX stores like Menard's and Lowe's and aforementioned Home Depot.

Mogen David

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The typical Chicago Daly Mob Mentality; PROTECT & KEEP UNIONS IN and keep every non-union shop out. NO CHOICES, JUST FOLLOW LIKE SHEEP AND SHUT UP!

S_engineer
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Chicago, IL

Re: another.

said by Mogen David :

The typical Chicago Daly Mob Mentality; PROTECT & KEEP UNIONS IN and keep every non-union shop out. NO CHOICES, JUST FOLLOW LIKE SHEEP AND SHUT UP!
your a fool!

OSUGoose

join:2007-12-27
Columbus, OH

Hey AT&T

perhaps if ya finish deploying it in the cities you claim ur serving, perhaps u'd get more subs. I'm sitting here waiting for it, when litterly blocks/neighborhoods around me, less than a mile from me have it. I have your Elite DSL, so im nearby enough for u to thrown in a VRAD, why wont u.

Rick
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Waterbury, CT

1 recommendation

In other news..

Walmart will be changing their slogans on the front of the buildings where ever Uverse is sold..

"Always the slowest speeds..Always"
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en102
Canadian, eh?

join:2001-01-26
Valencia, CA

Re: In other news..

Well, technically, they aren't ALWAYS the lowest speeds. I'm not sure if ALL cable carriers have at least 10/1.5Mbps packages.

What they are is the most inconsistent service from an availability standpoint.

I have been receiving the $90/month bundle package (VoIP, Uverse 100 TV, 3Mbps/1Mbps Internet).
I also received the $89.99/month bundle package from TWC (VoIP, Digital package, 6Mbps/512kbps).

Part of the issue is...AT&T doesn't offer Uverse VoIP in the Los Angeles area.. yet they are still promoting packages that require it Bait and switch packaging of AT&T is what ticks me off.
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dnoyeB
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Availability and deployment

ATT still does not know how to make a quality simple website for internet access inquiries.

ALl I can do is enter my address and get a yes/no. There is no rollout date, no map showing coverage or future coverage.

I recall back in the day, even before dslreports I used to follow a simple site that showed rollout for most broadband internet technologies. They even had a magazine. Can't recall the name. I wish I could get that for my area now. Its 2008, and I only have one broadband offering at my house...
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MyDogHsFleas
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Re: Availability and deployment

said by dnoyeB:

ATT still does not know how to make a quality simple website for internet access inquiries.

ALl I can do is enter my address and get a yes/no. There is no rollout date, no map showing coverage or future coverage.
Actually they do this on purpose. They do not choose to reveal their rollout plans because of competition.

Comcablrtl

join:2003-10-25
Midwest

Already there

They have already been selling Uverse in Walmart and Circuit City for over a month...they are just announcing it now. It's not doing too well though. As a company...what can they really boast? Price is their slight advantage over the incumbent cable companies, but it's not enough to sway as many customers as they think.

djrobx
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Valencia, CA
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Re: Already there

As AT&T puts it, "It's easy to beat cable"

AT&T offers a fairly large HD lineup (45+), with a ton more supposedly being added by year end (rumor is, first week in November). Time Warner LA had a pretty pathetic HD lineup. They promised 9 more by mid-year, but missed that target. We finally got them this month, and after all that waiting, the lineup is still nowhere close to what U-verse has.

U-verse also has the multi-room HD DVR that records 4 channels at once, which we love.

DirecTV is still the better choice for HD lovers, but if you want a DVR and multiple rooms, there's equipment to buy, and long term contracts to sign.

Time Warner is still struggling to get 15/2 up in Los Angeles. They seem to have more areas upgraded now, but a lot of LA is still 10/1, which U-verse beats with 10/1.5.

I think Time Warner will eventually have the better product, but its taking them a long time to get their act together. U-verse is getting improvements at a much brisker pace.
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en102
Canadian, eh?

join:2001-01-26
Valencia, CA

Re: Already there

I'll wait and see...
Uverse still doesn't have a 'complete' triple play yet, as they don't have Uverse Voice option. They 'are' selling a comparable package to cable:

Uverse 30/30/30 = $90 (+tax/fees)
- U-100 - 1 STB
- Internet - 3Mbps/1Mbps
- Uverse Voice (not available in the Los Angeles area )

TWC 'All the Best' = $89.99 (+tax/fees)
- Digital Choice 1 STB
- Analog (on any/all other TVs)
- 6Mbps/512kbps
- TWC VoIP

Since there's no Uverse Voice here ... I'd have to purchase Vonage or T-Mobile VoIP, or pay an extra $30/month for POTS (I was paying $57-$58/month for POTS on combined billing)

Also, its a mixed bag when you're attempting to get something w/o TV service (when TWC 1 year promo expires).

- ADSL $35/month for 3Mbps / 512kbps standalone
- Uverse Internet 10/1.5 is the only package available w/o TV service, or you have to install/remove service
- Purchase Indie VoIP.
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cooperaaaron

join:2004-04-10
Joliet, IL
I have Direct TV and I did not have to buy my DVR or other boxes....

en102
Canadian, eh?

join:2001-01-26
Valencia, CA

Re: Already there

I had DirecTV and didn't have to pay for boxes or installation.
I might even eBay my old boxes and dish.
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etaadmin

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Dallas, TX
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Not the right cherries...

People who buy at walmart are not exactly the cherries that at&t wants to pick up. The majority of Walmart clients are low income and live in technologically neglected areas, probably the nearest VRAD to 80% of walmart clients is 50 miles.

In respect to circuit city... we all know what is wrong with CC. »findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m···73553509

CC's abysmal losses is an indication that nobody is buying there. At 40 cents a share I wouldn't be surprised if BestBuy or Frys take over CC.

Re: Not the right cherries...

Maybe people can use their EBT cards to pay for u verse

mjmsr
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Lombard, IL
said by etaadmin:

People who buy at walmart are not exactly the cherries that at&t wants to pick up. The majority of Walmart clients are low income and live in technologically neglected areas, probably the nearest VRAD to 80% of walmart clients is 50 miles.

In respect to circuit city... we all know what is wrong with CC. »findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m···73553509

CC's abysmal losses is an indication that nobody is buying there. At 40 cents a share I wouldn't be surprised if BestBuy or Frys take over CC.
My goodness! Stereotyping - almost a racial remark.

I shop at Walmart quite often. Caucasian, college degree professional who makes more than the median.

Feel free to pay more for the same item. I choose to cut costs as much as possible.

en102
Canadian, eh?

join:2001-01-26
Valencia, CA

Re: Not the right cherries...

Yup - Here in the Santa Clarita area, there aren't many homes below $400k and there are 2 Wal-Marts + 1 WalMart SuperCenter, and plenty of VRAD's. Porter Ranch, CA (the place that's burning today) has a nice big WalMart as well, and many homes are near the million mark.
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etaadmin

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said by mjmsr:

said by etaadmin:

People who buy at walmart are not exactly the cherries that at&t wants to pick up. The majority of Walmart clients are low income and live in technologically neglected areas, probably the nearest VRAD to 80% of walmart clients is 50 miles.

In respect to circuit city... we all know what is wrong with CC. »findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m···73553509

CC's abysmal losses is an indication that nobody is buying there. At 40 cents a share I wouldn't be surprised if BestBuy or Frys take over CC.
My goodness! Stereotyping - almost a racial remark.

I shop at Walmart quite often. Caucasian, college degree professional who makes more than the median.

Feel free to pay more for the same item. I choose to cut costs as much as possible.
Almost but not quite since I never mentioned race... but you did manage to link low income and minorities, way to go caucasian guy.

It is a matter of demographics and statistics. I have here in front of me articles that prove that +80% of walmart's customers are low income. You can google a bit to get the idea.

»www.variablemarkup.com/2007/09/0···-market/
»seattlepi.nwsource.com/opinion/2···s02.html
»www.businessweek.com/investor/co···7687.htm

But this is not the point. AT&T's uverse strict credit checks will disqualify many customers.

»Does AT&T have their own in-house credit reporting database?
»Re: Credit check?

supergirl

join:2007-03-20
Pensacola, FL
said by mjmsr:

said by etaadmin:

People who buy at walmart are not exactly the cherries that at&t wants to pick up. The majority of Walmart clients are low income and live in technologically neglected areas, probably the nearest VRAD to 80% of walmart clients is 50 miles.

In respect to circuit city... we all know what is wrong with CC. »findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m···73553509

CC's abysmal losses is an indication that nobody is buying there. At 40 cents a share I wouldn't be surprised if BestBuy or Frys take over CC.
My goodness! Stereotyping - almost a racial remark.

I shop at Walmart quite often. Caucasian, college degree professional who makes more than the median.

Feel free to pay more for the same item. I choose to cut costs as much as possible.
I shop there. I can get everything cheaper there and if a sale, just show them the sale paper.
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mikedz4

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Weirton, WV
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wal mart is an ok store to work for

While wal mart does alot of things that I don't approve of, I never realized how much I actually make working there until I was told today that I couldn't move into low income housing because "I made too much money." They told me I make 21,500 a year NET income and the limit is 19,500 NET. I guess with all of the benefits I am offered plus 401k, and stocks I take out plus the $1.53 every two weeks for sam's club I didn't realize I made that much. But then again I am full time while most people are part time.
skomp

join:2002-11-26
Evanston, IL

link to 30/30/30 deal?

anyone with a link to this U-verse 30/30/30 deal?

i'm hearing radio commercials but can't find anything on the AT&T site or walmart.com or cc.com site.

the big question is if they will let you pick bundles and do a 30 or 30/30 bundle.....