SYS-CON MEDIA Authors: Liz McMillan, Doug Masi, Mat Mathews, PR.com Newswire, David Smith

News Feed Item

No-Upfront-Cost Smartphones Reach Chicago-Area Rent-A-Centers

Rent-A-Center, Inc. (NASDAQ/NGS:RCII), the nation’s largest rent-to-own operator, today announced the arrival of smartphones and no-contract airtime plans to its Chicago-area stores.

The offer is expected to appeal to cash- and credit-strapped consumers put off by the high upfront cost of acquiring a smartphone.

Phones may be rented in connection with the immediate activation of a no-contract airtime plan, or without. A choice in the brand of airtime plans is offered, and customers may even opt to activate a plan for a phone not rented through Rent-A-Center. Additionally, airtime plans may be reloaded at Rent-A-Center stores, regardless of one’s cellular carrier.

For additional details on Rent-A-Center’s recently announced foray into the burgeoning smartphone business, please reference the following news release: “New Rent-A-Center Offer to Ease Access to Smartphones, Dispense with Upfront Costs.”

Rent-A-Center (NASDAQ: RCII), headquartered in Plano, Texas, operates more than 3,000 stores in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico. The Company employs over 21,000 coworkers. Learn more at www.rentacenter.com.

More Stories By Business Wire

Copyright © 2009 Business Wire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of Business Wire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Business Wire. Business Wire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.