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  • Walmart & iPhone Date Set for the 28th


    Alright well this nice picture shown above that Engadget managed to snag should clear up any remaining rumors about a $99 iPhone. It also shows a nice date of launch -- the 28th of December just 10 days away.

    If you have been thinking about picking up an iPhone 3g and locking yourself into a two year commitment with AT&T you'd be best of running by a Walmart on the 28th to save $2! Yes two dollars! The 16 gb version will be going for $297 and the 8 gb version will be going for $197 just like we already expected.

    While the sweet $2 discount isn't all that great if you are a Walmart employee this is your chance for some iPhone savings. 488 Walmart stores are participating in a "pilot" exercise to test iPhones out on employees. Five lucky employees at each store will have the privilege of being able to buy the iPhone at the normal Walmart price along with the two year agreement but get a little lucky with their 15% Walmart employee discount.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Walmart & iPhone Date Set for the 28th started by Cody Overcash View original post
    Comments 31 Comments
    1. iPhoneMadness's Avatar
      iPhoneMadness -
      Yea ok I see no point in going to Walmart to purchase a phone for the same price it would be at the ATT store.

      I can see how it helps Apple/ATT; it markets to a whole new market, but bleh.
    1. Spanky2324's Avatar
      Spanky2324 -
      Not to sound mean or anything but what walmart employee can afford to purchase an iphone along with the plan and 2 year commitment?
    1. Magnum's Avatar
      Magnum -
      i work at taco bell and ive been wit att/cingular for 5 years...
      and ive had the iphone since its first day launch...
      so im sure wal-mart can afford it...its really not all that expensive if you know how to use your money...
    1. mumra06's Avatar
      mumra06 -
      It is my understanding that it will be available for purchase outright - with no contract from Wal-Mart
    1. jackNjill's Avatar
      jackNjill -
      By paying $70+taxes/fees per a month is not knowing how to use your money...
    1. BenzoHartt's Avatar
      BenzoHartt -
      Quote Originally Posted by iPhoneMadness View Post
      Yea ok I see no point in going to Walmart to purchase a phone for the same price it would be at the ATT store.

      I can see how it helps Apple/ATT; it markets to a whole new market, but bleh.
      The APPLE store would be the absolute best option wouldn't it.

      Do you get the Apple Care Warranty from buying it at Wal-Mart or ATT?
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      So they MUST sell all 5 phones in the pilot... what if there aren't 5 emplyess that want to buy them? If they want to do a raffle why not give the phones to the employees for free? Testing the system on the workers AND making them pay for it is BS. They can still apply their monthly discount even if they bought the phone from an Apple store or ATT so they have no real incentive to buy from Wal-Mart...

      Quote Originally Posted by BenzoHartt View Post
      The APPLE store would be the absolute best option wouldn't it.

      Do you get the Apple Care Warranty from buying it at Wal-Mart or ATT?
      ATT and Best Buy offer the Applecare, threfore it is safe to assume Wal-Mart will too...
    1. ebl4287's Avatar
      ebl4287 -
      if you're driving all the way to wal-mart for a 2 dollar iPhone deal then maybe you should be getting a iPhone.
    1. hotshot21354's Avatar
      hotshot21354 -
      So is Walmart employees doing the credit checks for the new service or do you purchase it with a credit card and activate when you get home?
    1. Bluprint's Avatar
      Bluprint -
      Quote Originally Posted by hotshot21354 View Post
      So is Walmart employees doing the credit checks for the new service or do you purchase it with a credit card and activate when you get home?
      The process will always stay the same. Like any retail store your going to sign a two year contract regardless of your eligibility for the discounted prices furthermore in order to receive a $200 discount, it WILL be based on credit approval and for existing customers this also means that your current contract has to be maintained for the 1st 18 months in order to upgrade from one phone to another unless your paying full the prices for the iphone 3g upgrade. Lastly, credit cards is only required for new customers that need to pay a deposit (per phone) before buying with ATT.
    1. usedphone's Avatar
      usedphone -
      Quote Originally Posted by Spanky2324 View Post
      Not to sound mean or anything but what walmart employee can afford to purchase an iphone along with the plan and 2 year commitment?
      some of these executives, whom implimented this deal, probably dont even step into these walmart stores ever in their life time and are unaware that the gap is widen each day
    1. haibane's Avatar
      haibane -
      Quote Originally Posted by Spanky2324 View Post
      Not to sound mean or anything but what walmart employee can afford to purchase an iphone along with the plan and 2 year commitment?
      I know several managers that could EASILY afford this.
    1. drewbix's Avatar
      drewbix -
      Ok, i'm from England and we have a store called ASDA/WAL-MART, will it be in store in England or not? If anyboby knows it would be a great help. Thanks
    1. stewart12's Avatar
      stewart12 -
      disgusting...apple selling out to wal-mart. it's about selling the most iphones now, not about the cool factor. almost makes me want to sell my iphone and switch to a bb.
    1. zurie's Avatar
      zurie -
      if you are selling your iphone because they are sold in walmart then you are lame.

      grow up.

      noone thinks you are elite.

      stop acting like it.
    1. MrNoSox's Avatar
      MrNoSox -
      Quote Originally Posted by stewart12 View Post
      disgusting...apple selling out to wal-mart. it's about selling the most iphones now, not about the cool factor. almost makes me want to sell my iphone and switch to a bb.
      If you have an iPhone for the "cool factor" then please sell it. This is one of the dumbest statements I've seen on this forum.

      Of course it's about selling iPhones. Apple is a publicly held company that has to show profits and make shareholders happy. Apple could care less if you're cool or not.

      Which, just in case you didn't know, you're not.
    1. MrNoSox's Avatar
      MrNoSox -
      Quote Originally Posted by mumra06 View Post
      It is my understanding that it will be available for purchase outright - with no contract from Wal-Mart
      Read the paper in the photo. It clearly says they will have to sign a 2-year contract. I guarantee ATT would not sell an iphone for two or three hundred dollars without a contract since they are subsidizing the cost.
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Quote Originally Posted by MrNoSox View Post
      Read the paper in the photo. It clearly says they will have to sign a 2-year contract. I guarantee ATT would not sell an iphone for two or three hundred dollars without a contract since they are subsidizing the cost.
      To add to this, if the phone is ever sold without contract, they will sell for $599 (8GB) and $699 (16GB). It was mentioned in AT&T's press release of the 3G which you can read here
    1. evolutionarymc's Avatar
      evolutionarymc -
      O.K. so the 488 pilot stores sell 5 a piece to employees. That is 2,440 more customers on at&t with a 15% discount so take out the 15% and you basically got the equivalent of 2,074 people paying full price on 2yr contracts. You also have 2,440 people paying a minimum of $197 for the iPhone and for those that are ready that number is........$480,680!!!! The half a million dollar deal Wal-Mart made as part of their contract??? Hmmmmm.....Let's make the employees pay, you know the pilots will sell. Apple, Wal-Mart and at&t all win and all you saved was a lousy $2.

      At least I know where to apply for a job when the burdens of my at&t bill are getting to me.
    1. nrowensby's Avatar
      nrowensby -
      Quote Originally Posted by Spanky2324 View Post
      Not to sound mean or anything but what walmart employee can afford to purchase an iphone along with the plan and 2 year commitment?
      WTF do you do for a living?!?!? You must be ballin' rich to afford an iPhone.

      If you know how to spend your money, you can have a lot for very little... I was able to pay all my utilities, my mortgage, and support a wife and kid on a Wal-Mart salary. I have since moved on to a job with better hours and benefits, but Wal-Mart's salary isn't that bad... at least for managers