Wal-Mart to carry iPhone, isn't rolling back prices, yet

There has been much of a rumor that Wal-Mart would soon be carrying the iPhone. The rumor that the mega-store would soon be selling the almighty iPhone will finally come true by the end of December. Employees at five different Wal-Marts in the cell phone department were contacted independently and each verified that training was occurring for the iPhone and that a likely timeline for end of December was expected.

The idea of a $99.00 iPhone is still floating around but there has not been any announcement or confirmation that the iPhone will drop to that price. Many analysts believe it is inevitable that Apple will drop the price to $99.00 to help boost sales and expand its user base. It should be mentioned that the $99.00 price point has not been denounced by any party and is still a possibility considering Wal-Mart's budget friendly prices.

Apple currently only sells the iPhone at its retail stores and BestBuy. Wal-Mart will open up new sales avenues which will boost its already expansive user base. Keep an eye out at big blue and let us know if you spot any Apple iPhones at Wal-Mart.

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I wonder if they will carry other Apple products.
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Seriously... I think that if/when Apple does this, other phone manufacturers are not going to idly sit by. I bet Blackberry phones will drop in price around iPhones Walmart debut

We were contacted by our home office two days ago to make sure that training was started in our store. Everyone who works in the electronics department was required to pass these training courses before we start to sale them. Not sure when our store is going to start selling them, but I assume before anyone else in the district because we have the best sales over everyone else :).

Gotta say this article is a bit off. While I can not comment on whether or not Apple will allow Walmart to carry the iPhone. Apple first has to get permission from my company AT&T. First let me tell you that AT&T has taken a huge hit on the cost of the iPhone 3g. We are laying off 12,000 jobs and one of the primary reasons secondary to the economy is the losses accrued on the iPhone 3g. We heavily subsidize the cost of the iPhone when you sign for a two year plan, which is required with purchase of an iPhone. It takes an estimated 18 months for us to recuperate the loss and make a profit on average because more iPhones are sold as a 9.99 add a line to family plans with 30 dollar data plan. If walmart sells the iphone at 99 they will be taking a unbeliable loss. AT&T pays walmart and other 3rd party cellphone companies a set commission based on activated rate plan. This means that no matter what plan is activated on an iPhone sold at 99USD they would take a loss. I doubt we will ever see a price that low, and there certainly will never be a discrepancy between retailers of the product. Apple will not allow a company to undersell their own product unless it goes down across the board and our VP of finance has let out communications that says it will never go below this price.

I got my iPhone for nothing in the UK it's heavily subsidised by O2. Even the cheapest package one is £99 (~$150 at current exchange rates). I think the iPhone 3G has done much better here as it's been made so much cheaper the orginal was stupidly expensive. Now for an extra £10 a month more than I was paying for my old phone I get a nice iPhone which I love (mostly...).

Maybe in a few years android will be a really big player after it's gone past it's 1st version. I'd consider switching if android significantly improves, or maybe even the next windows mobile (you never know lol) i'm no fan boi android and win mob should end up being cheaper though due to the oem nature of it.

WTF... 99$ iPhone!? Here in Belgium the 8GB edition is 525EUR, that's 680$!!! Apple really needs to fix their pricing. (they are unlocked and completely contract-less here though)

Prices are lower in the US because AT&T swallows a lot of the cost (hense the contract)...

Hense the reason AT&T has such steep writedowns this year.

Frazell Thomas said,
Prices are lower in the US because AT&T swallows a lot of the cost (hense the contract)...

Hense the reason AT&T has such steep writedowns this year.


Apple needs to fix the pricing? Blame your government and taxes.

I live in New York, and they brainwash people here that the taxes are very low and that's the reason why they lack all those social rights. Amusingly I a pay here more taxes (as percentage) than I did in Amsterdam!

Secondly, your mobile phone might be much cheaper in Belgium ( I mean the total cost of ownership)

In the US you'd always pay for a telephone and then you have monthly subscription fees. However, in Europe, in many cases, you can get a free phone i you pay higher subscribtion fees.

The cheapest iPhone here is: $199 + $83/month + you pay $.20 for every text message you send and receive (yes, you pay even when you receive a text message!!)

Above all, in BE they cannot lock down a mobile Phone as the law prohibits it. So whatever you get over there in Belgium it is unlocked.

I've been on the fence since day 1 over an iPhone, price was the only reason keeping me away. This may change my mind, to which some of you will probably say he's losing it now LOL.

excalpius said,
You still have to pay for AT&T. That's always been the downside to an iPhone.

AT&T has the top rated cellular data network in the US and it has the best call service on east coast according to a major recent survey. You have to have cellular service on an iPhone or you may as well have an iPod Touch. I don't see AT&T service as a downside. If anything its a major upside. The Android G1 being on TMobile is a downside. Their network is worse then Nextel and thats saying something.

Veritas1 said,
AT&T has the top rated cellular data network in the US and it has the best call service on east coast according to a major recent survey. You have to have cellular service on an iPhone or you may as well have an iPod Touch. I don't see AT&T service as a downside. If anything its a major upside. The Android G1 being on TMobile is a downside. Their network is worse then Nextel and thats saying something.


See my comment to the last time you spread this FUD... AT&T is NOT the highest ranked carrier by JD Power in the US... PERIOD.

I work in electronics along with the phone department at a Wal-Mart and haven't heard anything about this. Perhaps they are starting in larger markets or only in certain stores, but you'd think we would have heard about it by now if it was happening. I'll ask a couple of the other associates tomorrow night at work and see what they have heard.

Analysts say Apple may offer a discontinued 4-gigabyte version through Bentonville, Arkansas-based Wal-Mart and sell it for $99. Apple currently sells two models at $199 and $299

Apple spokesman Steve Dowling wouldn’t respond to the report and said the company “does not comment on rumor or speculation.” Wal-Mart spokesman Dan Fogleman said the company hasn’t made an official announcement on an iPhone offering and has no comment. AT&T spokesman Mark Siegel declined to comment.

So, its just a gossip propagated by bloomberg .

First: you can't trust in any economic analyst, all of them stink, or they are coin flipping or they are putting their wish as a analysis.
If you are a good economic analyst then your work for a company where your analysis usually are keep under a NDA, hence private.
Second:bloomberg s*ck.
And third :extrapolating the current price, a unlocked iphone cost over $300, no matter if its the low-end 4gb, $99 is lower the manufacturing price.

Magallanes said,
So, its just a gossip propagated by bloomberg .


Actually, it's not. Checked with some co-workers last night and the information just came through to our store, we will be carrying the iPhone. I had been off for a couple of days, which is why I hadn't gotten the word.