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Nov
2012-11-28_13h28_34

So far, the red Galaxy S III has been limited strictly to AT&T. If you wanted to get your hands on that device in the color that denotes danger and sexiness (you know, in keeping with the whole calming 'nature' theme), then two-thirds of U.S. mobile users would have to switch carriers. Now, however, you can get a red Galaxy S III 920 from Wal-Mart as long as you don't mind it being a Lumia 920, running Windows Phone, and not being a Galaxy S III at all.

Wait, that's not right.

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Someone at Wal-Mart is either very confused, very stupid, or brilliant and out to make Artem's day. The retailer is currently selling a "Samsung Galaxy S III 920 Smartphone, Red" next to a picture of a Lumia 920 running Windows Phone. The specs listed say it's running Android 4.0 and comes loaded with Google Play. Which is a surprising move, since we weren't aware that Microsoft was cool with sharing app stores. Or OSes. Or Nokia.

Then again, maybe it's not Wal-Mart's fault at all. Maybe Samsung and Nokia have built a device together. Maybe they're the same company. Maybe Google is just a Microsoft subsidiary. Or vice versa. Maybe the Galaxy S III and the Lumia 920, like Romeo and Juliette, are secretly in love with each other, despite the vast rivalry between their respective parents' houses. The metaphorical Friar Lawrence, here played by Wal-Mart's online storefront, weds the two in an unholy union that will ultimately result in the death of everyone involved.

Or someone within Wal-Mart is about to be fired. One of the two.

Source: Wal-Mart via Reddit

Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

  • Sven Enterlein

    OUCH!

  • okungnyo

    This is amazing on so many levels.

  • Dima Aryeh

    Brilliant

  • Mstanleyfl

    Perhaps Walmart will no longer spend huge sums of money advertising on the AP site!!

  • http://www.theandroidsite.com benmarvin

    I really wonder which phone you get if you actually buy it.

    • John O’Connor

      the real question is, is it running iOS7

      • DrewNusser

        You should really consider dropping the O' from your name.

        • John O’Connor

          Funny. Most people are ignorant enough to assume it already is not there and I get that annoying movie reference all the time. I would like to point out though, that I came first and they may or may not have chronicled the tales from bits and pieces of my own life. But my mother is no Sarah.... hehehe

          • Dwayne Wilkinson

            Is anyone's mother??

          • John O’Connor

            I'd like to think that somewhere it is possible.

          • Mikael Guggenheim

            Movie or no movie. The O make your name sound a lot better. :)

      • Ian Santopietro

        I'll bet it has iOS 7.5 Jelly Bean...

    • onpoint G

      What you mean this is an exclusive it will prolly have Android 5.9 IOS5.1 BB10 and maybe a touch of windows

  • jusatin

    Just shows how popular the Lumia is :P

  • NexusKoolaid

    So this is what they have to resort to in order to move their WP products?

  • ProductFRED

    In an "I'm-only-kidding-if-you-laugh" kind of way, I think this was intentional. Think about it. Most people I know looking to buy a phone ask me, "Should I get the Samsung Galaxy or the iPhone 5?". Every carrier is shoving Galaxy S III down people's throat. So what if Walmart and Microsoft are trying to trick people into buying a Lumia 920? And who knows, maybe the person will like it and not return it.

    Hahaha (but not really O_O)

  • ewqaewqa

    Great example how to write long article about small mistake;) I'll shorten it, ok? :

    The retailer is currently selling a "Samsung Galaxy S III 920 Smartphone, Red" next to a picture of a Lumia 920 running Windows Phone. The specs listed say it's running Android 4.0 and comes loaded with Google Play. Someone within Wal-Mart is about to be fired.

    Done. You're welcome:)

    But, srsly, I laughed.

    • smiggy

      you're an idiot

      • ewqaewqa

        Apparently not the only one here;)

        • zzzz

          Could you return to trolling hole on spider?

    • http://www.facebook.com/brentwassum Brent Wassum

      That's not nearly as funny.

      • ewqaewqa

        Oh come on. I do the same thing, I know how it is. I admire Android Police team - they do great job, but sometimes everyone needs look from distance:)

  • cy_n_ic

    I dont know anyone with a windows phone. Hell iv never even SEEN one in person.

    • Abhijeet Mishra

      Being an OS with less than 10% market share, I'd imagine it's difficult to see someone with a WP device. Only guy I've seen was back in 2011 with an HTC running WP7 (not 7.5) and complaining about the battery life. And I myself used a Samsung one for a month this year, but sold it after feeling jailed with so many limitations. That's it :P

    • http://twitter.com/DerekTHR Derek Robinson

      I work in Redmond, WA and they are everywhere there.

    • Jorge Ivan Sanchez Gonzalez

      I want a Lumia 920... But I'm still loving my Gnex

    • http://www.facebook.com/sebastian.kaczor.9 Sebastian Kaczor

      I once had Omnia which run WP. NEVER again. The funniest part was when battery ran low - windows thought it would be a great idea to turn off cellular network to save on energy... Yeah, I couldn't do anything until I plugged it to charger

  • Aku

    Maybe Samsung wasn't satisfied with just copying Apple and decided to take Nokia on head-to-head too lmao

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1849765376 Jordan Rushing

      If Samsung is copying Apple, where are Apple's awesome phones? As far as I'm concerned, Apple is copying Samsung. And, In this case it would be Nokia using the Galaxy S III name to sell it's products, so you've got it backwards.

  • CeluGeek

    "...two-thirds of U.S. mobile users would have to switch carriers." And that still hasn't changed. That red "Galaxy Lumia 920 SIII" phone is still for AT&T.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

      You're right. This fictional phone that doesn't exist definitely doesn't change anything. I'm sorry I implied that a fake phone that is in no way purchasable because it in no way exists at all might change something.

  • Mark

    Says it’s in stores only. Heh. I should print it out and go to a Walmart store and really confuse the hell out of some clerk’s. Have them spend 15-30 minutes looking for it. “I’m sorry, the box says it’s running Windows Phone, I want the one running Android, like in this print out” or “I’m sorry, the box says it’s made by Samsung and it’s (black|blue), I want the Nokia Galaxy S3 that’s red and running Android”

  • isola96

    So i can get this blackberry at wallmart?...lol

  • zee

    Go Home wall-mart, you're drunk

  • Jav11 .

    if i get a 920 and dont want a GSIII, ill have it for free,...hahahha!thankx walmart;)

  • http://www.techdrool.wordpress.com/ Felix Yaw Owusu-Sarpong

    epic fail.

  • tiemen

    It isn't aprils fools day yet

  • http://www.facebook.com/samyak.ranjan Samyak Ranjan

    Bwahahahahaha
    EPIC! xD
    At first I was shocked, and like "What the Hell?" But then when I read on further, I was actually on the floor Laughing! xD

  • http://www.facebook.com/samyak.ranjan Samyak Ranjan

    And Not to forget "KIES Air"

  • master94

    This is not a accident. Its Nokia realizing the only way to sell WP.