T-Mobile has a new retail partner, and it just so happens to be the home of the Slurpee. The Bellevue wireless carrier today announced that it has begun selling a $30 handset at 7-Eleven stores.
The phones work with T-Mobile’s prepaid plans and services, and come without a long-term contract.
7-Eleven has offered prepaid wireless cards for years, but it has never before sold phones, according to the companies. The T-Mobile handset, the LG GS170, will be available in more than 6,000 7-Eleven stores.
“Industry projections indicate that prepaid service will continue its growth trajectory and is expected to comprise a significant portion of the wireless market within the next several years,” said Amy McCune, vice president of national retail for T-Mobile USA. “We believe 7-Eleven’s customers who seek accessibility and convenience will love this prepaid phone.”
The news comes a week after RadioShack said that it was dumping T-Mobile at all of its stores in favor of handsets from Verizon. At the time of that announcement, T-Mobile hinted that it was working with new retailers on partnerships.
“We are currently focused on higher-return national retailer opportunities and we expect to announce new channel growth in the coming weeks, which will more than double the number of RadioShack doors currently offering T-Mobile products and services,” the company said.
7-Eleven first offered prepaid wireless cards in 1994. The new prepaid handsets will be offered half-off in August with the purchase of a $50 airtime card at 7-Eleven, the companies said.
Updated at 8:25 a.m. with additional information.