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The Dallas News reports that retail behemoth Walmart and computer giant Dell are teaming up to test an electronics repair and installation service in Dallas.

According to the story, “Walmart is calling it a small pilot, but the companies may be trying to create their own Geek Squad, a successful service offered by Best Buy Inc. Branded as Solutions Stations, the counters are being installed in Wal-Mart Supercenters on Redbud Boulevard in McKinney; on U.S. Highway 287 in Arlington and FM423 in Frisco. A dozen more area stores will be added to the test soon,” the News reports.

“The stations will be staffed by Dell employees,” the News says. “Some of the repair and installation services, such as computer networking and HDTV wall mounting, will be performed in customers' homes. The new service will charge $29 to install memory in a PC in the store and $99 at home. To install a wall-mounted TV, connect cables and integrate three video components, it is charging $289.”

KC's View:
It is a personal prejudice, but I think Walmart might have been better off teaming with Apple, which has done far more to advance the cause of computer retailing than Dell. But I still think this is a smart test for the two companies, and will be interested to see how it plays out.