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  • Other Shoe Drops: Wal-Mart 16GB 3GS for $97


    According to CNN and other sources, giant US discount retailer Wal-Mart Stores will cut $100 off the price of the 16GB iPhone 3GS starting tomorrow. (UPDATED: The phones at this price apparently are only available as in-store purchases, not online - thx random tipster!) With a two-year contract, Wal-Mart buyers can now get a 3GS for the same price as an 8GB 3G: $97 - two bucks cheaper than AT&T charges for the 3G 8GB.

    CNNMoney reported on a statement by Mehrdad Akbar, Wal-Mart's senior category director for wireless, that the cut was made because "it is our commitment to always lead on price." There's no hard data indicating a fall-off in purchases of iPhones ahead of the expected June rollout of the fourth-generation model. However, Apple alleged as part of its complaint against Gizmodo that the website's revelation of the new model would hurt sales.

    Wal-Mart began selling the iPhone in late 2008, and sold the low-end 3GB and 16GB 3G models for $2 less than AT&T and other retailers like Radio Shack. There's no word yet on whether the other retailers will drop their prices, but it's likely only a matter of time.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Other Shoe Drops: Wal-Mart 16GB 3GS for $97 started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 41 Comments
    1. Evilsaint's Avatar
      Evilsaint -
      Sweet
    1. eyathan16's Avatar
      eyathan16 -
      That's good news cause more people now will consider of buying an iphone, but sadly i just bought a new 16gig 3gs from apple store cost me 250 w/taxes.
    1. zoso10's Avatar
      zoso10 -
      Man they're really trying to get rid of all the leftovers now.
    1. klouud's Avatar
      klouud -
      Quote Originally Posted by xXrkidXx View Post
      FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

      DAMMIT WALL-MART!

      I just bought my 3G for $99 :'(
      Really? No one saw this coming? My mother has expressed interest in an iPhone for a couple of months and I told her to hold off until June hit because the 3GS would move into the $99 price slot.

      My bro-in-law bought a 3G and was told that he had a limited amount of time to exchange it for a 3GS + price difference. So go now!

      Quote Originally Posted by xpate View Post
      How much does it cost to bail out of the ATT contract? Anyone know?
      About $325+ come June 1st - ModMyI.com did an article on it a couple of days ago. Right now its $175.
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      i believe wwdc is june 7 so this is about 2 weeks in advance, seems about right
    1. DoubleD's Avatar
      DoubleD -
      it's already on wal-marts site for 97.00!!
      Walmart.com: Electronics: Apple iPhone: iPhone 3GS
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      As I said in previous posts...the 3GS will take the 3G spot. It is a no brainer. Phasing out the 3G will make it easier to push out firmwares for Apple. 2 devices. Next year the 4G will take the 3GS's spot.
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      That's pretty good.
    1. extremzocker's Avatar
      extremzocker -
      too bad the prices here in the UK are so much higher...
    1. Fallguy's Avatar
      Fallguy -
      About $325+ come June 1st - ModMyI.com did an article on it a couple of days ago. Right now its $175.
      Thats absurd. I was about to renew my contract when the 4G came out but was then going to back out of the contract and sell those phones then go elsewhere (Sprint, Verizon)to get away from AT&T . They must of saw that coming.
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      That is exactly why they are doing this
    1. Exo III's Avatar
      Exo III -
      So would the $175 cancellation fee still apply as long as the phone was bought prior to June 1st? If so, how many times could one sign up and later cancel?
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      It only applies after June 1st. You have to make it through 1 months service before cancelling though because if you ancel before that time you have to return the phone or pay full price for it.
    1. CMOSlabs's Avatar
      CMOSlabs -
      Out with the old and in with the new. Its getting harder to keep up with all the upgrades and such. Wheres that iWatch
      Anybody know when at&t will be offering the 4g upgrade option?
      If I got the rumors right its around the 26th or so in June?
    1. Dayvidpriddy's Avatar
      Dayvidpriddy -
      I was at a AT&T store this morning in the DC area and they are also selling 3GS's for 99 bucks (well ok a few more then Walmart but who cares?) Also one of the reps at the store told me that the new iPhone coming out will NOT be subsidized and it will cost a cool 699 bucks to purchase (16GB or 32GB for 899!)

      I think I'll be hitting up the HD2...I'm not paying Apples ******* inflated prices I'm sick of Steve Jobs ********. Damn to the person who donated their liver to that slumlord!
    1. trov's Avatar
      trov -
      is the walmart iphone unlocked?
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dayvidpriddy View Post
      I was at a AT&T store this morning in the DC area and they are also selling 3GS's for 99 bucks (well ok a few more then Walmart but who cares?) Also one of the reps at the store told me that the new iPhone coming out will NOT be subsidized and it will cost a cool 699 bucks to purchase (16GB or 32GB for 899!)

      I think I'll be hitting up the HD2...I'm not paying Apples ******* inflated prices I'm sick of Steve Jobs ********. Damn to the person who donated their liver to that slumlord!
      that guy who told u that is a damn liar they dont sell millions upon millions of smartphones without a subsidy and your pretty dumb if you believed that they will be charging full price for every thing
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      just trying to sqweeze out the most 3gs' they can before the fourth gen arrives
    1. xpate's Avatar
      xpate -
      Quote Originally Posted by CaptainChaos View Post
      It only applies after June 1st. You have to make it through 1 months service before cancelling though because if you ancel before that time you have to return the phone or pay full price for it.
      So what does this mean? I'd like to buy one as a present for my gf in Thailand, and sit on it until unlock for BB is available after 4,0 OS release. Can I still avail myself of the US$175 cancellation fee, or will the one month service requirement kill it?

      Maybe I'll just give her my 3GS when the 4G is available here in Japan, but I have not heard any time frame from Softbank for the rollout. That said, japan just passed a law prohibiting carrier locking; goes into effect November. Should make for some interesting smartphone choices for people outside Japan, as the phone selection here is very cool.
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      The only absurd thing about the new $325 ETF on smartphones is the nerve peole have to actually complain about it

      These are $600+ phones that the carrier sells to you at a huge loss in exchange for a commitment. Back when the original $175 ETF was places phones were nowhere near as expensive or capable as they are today. It's a sad thing when companies have to make necssary changes in their services because of the people that abuse the system then that same people bash the company for it.