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  • Rumor: Wal-Mart to Sell 4GB iPhone for $99


    A new rumor has surfaced that Wal-Mart will begin selling 4GB iPhones for only $99 later this month as part of their agreement to begin selling touchscreen handsets.

    Apple's existing iPhone 3G offers of course include the 8GB and 16GB models, which sell for $199 and $299, respectively, and come with two-year contracts. Last year there was a 4GB first-generation iPhone briefly available that sold for $399 but it was discontinued only a couple of months later and when Apple decided to focus on boosting the 8GB sales.

    The BoyGeniusReport has reported rumors that Apple may introduce a 4GB iPhone 3G and would allow Wal-Mart to sell it for $99 with a two-year contract. The BoyGeniusReport cites an internal memo, "that Wal-Mart has reached agreement with Apple to offer iPhone 3G in Wal-Mart and Wal-Mart-managed Sam’s Club Connection Centers nationwide beginning December 28, 2008."

    Wall Street is also expecting Apple to be one of many smart phone producers to discount their products to sell some of their excess inventory over the holidays.
    Needham & Co. analyst Charles Wolf argues that Apple's “strong real-world revenues and its high iPhone gross margins” give the company a definite advantage to market a $99 iPhone which could lead to substantial gains for the smart phone.

    These Wal-Mart rumors follow rumors of Costco supposedly getting ready to sell an 8GB iPhone for only $149. Personally I hope both rumors are true, and if they are I will be going for the 8GB at Costco…However, I don’t see why they’d start selling a 4GB at Wal-Mart on Dec. 28th, 3 days after Christmas?

    Source: AppleInsider | Rumor: Wal-Mart to sell 4GB iPhone for $99
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Rumor: Wal-Mart to Sell 4GB iPhone for $99 started by AppleChic View original post
    Comments 62 Comments
    1. AKA_Ben's Avatar
      AKA_Ben -
      Well if this is true I'd luke a newer, more expensive model too so I can set myself apart (yeah I know it's crazy).

      Seriously Steve, give me an "iPhone Pro"
    1. bdizzle's Avatar
      bdizzle -
      Quote Originally Posted by ima80baby View Post
      Now there will be even more people walking around with one.
      I personally think exclusivity went out the door when the 3G was released.
      umm....and why would that be a bad thing?

      Quote Originally Posted by Zman-iPhone View Post
      yea guys this all does suck..

      people really dont know the FULL potential of the iPhone. i'd say probbaly 85-90% of ALL iphone users around the globe done know of the capacity or the potential this little thing can do..

      sure, a lot a lot A LOTTA people have this phone, at least here we can all say that ours are better that theirs.

      ive been modding ever since the release or the iphone back in 2007 and i love it. thats our advantage people, thats why we can think of all these people who have iphones, and then just think of us who have BETTER iPhones..

      ya dig?
      why does apple selling the iPhone for $99 suck? And what makes you think your iPhone would be any better than theirs? Outside of storage space it's 100% the exact same phone. You're acting like jailbreaking/unlocking the thing makes you super cool or some sort of elite member of the iPhone community.

      Quote Originally Posted by billchase2 View Post
      wow... i hope not.
      again, why not?

      You guys really sound like some elitist apple fanboys right now. Apple created the phone for it to 1) be profitable, and 2) eat up as much market share as they possibly can. I'm guessing maybe you think you're coolness will be threatened if it becomes a mass market device or something (which it pretty much already is)?

      The more market share apple gets, the more competition there will be from RIM, Moto, LG, Google, Nokia, and every other handset maker to beat apple at it's own game and create the next sensation in mobile phones (much like Moto did with the RAZR and Apple has done with the iPhone).
    1. Magnum's Avatar
      Magnum -
      lol i used to love the razr...can you beleive i bought the razr on its release day and it cost me 250 bucks! lmao...the iphone 3g is da same price as da razr!!!! crazy
    1. AKA_Ben's Avatar
      AKA_Ben -
      @bdizzle

      You're right and I support moves that help make Apple's phone business more profitable and put it in more people's hands because it truely is the best phone around.

      However I do like having unique and better things than everyone else. That's why I theme but eventually I'll feel less special (again, I do admit this is crazy) as more people get my phone. That's a problem with many devices and it's why I think Apple should introduce a more powerful, higher grade, premium phone at the older price points. That way both of my wants are satisfied.
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      4 gig on board, bit small for an iPhone if you ask me, the iPhone should have an external memory slot!!!!
      When will Apple release a limited edition of the iPhone such as one signed by Guns N' Roses or Metallica!!!!!!!
    1. Magnum's Avatar
      Magnum -
      Quote Originally Posted by AKA_Ben View Post
      @bdizzle

      You're right and I support moves that help make Apple's phone business more profitable and put it in more people's hands because it truely is the best phone around.

      However I do like having unique and better things than everyone else. That's why I theme but eventually I'll feel less special (again, I do admit this is crazy) as more people get my phone. That's a problem with many devices and it's why I think Apple should introduce a more powerful, higher grade, premium phone at the older price points. That way both of my wants are satisfied.

      HONESTLY...all i ask for is COLOR OPTIONS...sell soemthin besides white and black...wheres blue, green, red, yellow, pink, purple, all their ipod colors...that would boost sells a lot i think...and would give people a sense of "yours is just regular black, mines BLUE" attitude (which we would all love, dont lie..)

      but on the other had as much as i dont want others to have "my" phone...it benefits with the apps...more people have the phone then the more people you can network with over the apps which is somethin i love to do...

      and if you wanna shovel out 100-200 more for ya phone you can get ya phone completely painted by color ware...and they still give you a warrenty on it! but i wouldnt pay lmao...but its an option if you want a "special" iphone
    1. AKA_Ben's Avatar
      AKA_Ben -
      I really thought that since the 3G is much more targetted as a consumer device that they wouldve introduced colors (notice that the more "pro" Apple products become the fewerr customization options there are). Especially since the backing is all plastic.
    1. Magnum's Avatar
      Magnum -
      what ever happened about that rumored "DEEP RED 4GB" iPhone?...anyone else hear anything about that or have i just mnissed out on somethin?
    1. elr0y7's Avatar
      elr0y7 -
      iPhone, officially the new Razr.
    1. lasteve's Avatar
      lasteve -
      This is apples way of cornering the smartphone market, then i think they should do the same with personal computers. Corner trhe market start selling $500 Macbook pros at supermarkets!!
    1. bruinsrme's Avatar
      bruinsrme -
      Wow I never knew the people here and over at Mac Rumors measure their status by the phone they carry.

      As I said in Mac Rumors, The razr didn't really offer anything more than any other phone on the market other than a sleek form factor.

      Maybe the phones offered at WalMart should be it own distinct color so those people can be readily spotted, taunted, insulted or whatever else is supposed to be done to them.

      How many here started out on a 4Gb?
      How much did you pay for your 4Gb? Bet is was a little more than $99

      Just my thoughts
    1. Magnum's Avatar
      Magnum -
      Quote Originally Posted by elr0y7 View Post
      iphone, officially the new razr.
      agreed
    1. Silenus's Avatar
      Silenus -
      Seeing as I listen to a lot of music and game a lot, I think 4gb is no future proof.
      Heck I think 8gb is not enough for myself.

      btw I heard that they are bringing it to the Dominican Republic soon.
    1. Dee$'s Avatar
      Dee$ -
      Its cool that wall-mart might sell for $100, it should be affordable for most people. However, people who pays premium should have better options than storage amount.
    1. D@D3CoUnTy's Avatar
      D@D3CoUnTy -
      this is going to be dumb i mean i understand hey its a 4 gig plus its cheap but apple went a little over there heads with this one >.>
    1. frankydabull's Avatar
      frankydabull -
      Who cares? It opens the phone up to be bought by more people. I swear, now we got phone yuppies. These must be the same people who look at my 1st gen and think "Oh, you must have been too broke to get the 3G", not that I kept my 1st gen because im on TMobile.

      I just bought my gf a 4GB because she can care less about a ton of apps and thousands of MP3s and Videos. She's jailbroken and unlocked, but the only time she wants a game is when she sees me playing something on my phone. She can care less about VNC, NES Roms, connecting via terminal, etc. She just likes having a touchscreen phone that has pink icons

      Hell, i even started on a 4GB that I paid $400 for! When I could afford one with a larger HD after I decided I needed one, i saved and bought one. I dont see a problem with someone having the same phone that Ive already owned for more than 16 months
    1. football001170's Avatar
      football001170 -
      this would be my backup if i ever broke my white one if this actually happened but me personally i dont like the thought of apple (iphone )teaming up with walmart call me stuck but wateva
    1. howlett15's Avatar
      howlett15 -
      My friend works in the electronics dept at walmart and he said that they were getting iphones and training would start soon. He also said they signed a contract with apple saying that there had to be a sales person there the whole time and if not they have to shut the whole phone section down lol. He didnt say anything about a 4gig though. But i understand what everyone is saying about everyone running around with iphones and that does kinda stink but oh well... im sure in a couple years another phone will come out that will be better than the iphone as much as i dont like to say it. One good side about the $99 iphone is that more developers can get thier hands on them to mod them without having to worry about bricking them.
    1. M4tt Dam0n's Avatar
      M4tt Dam0n -
      Quote Originally Posted by cash7c3 View Post
      concur. If this rumor turned out to be true I'd expect a pay as you go plan to go along with it
      What would be the benefit for apple? 99$ for an iPhone with no contract yeah my ***. Also what would be the point to get an iPhone without a data plan.
    1. BBryan's Avatar
      BBryan -
      I agree with all the posts about having a certain look to the Wal*iPhones.

      Possibly a complete blue back plate with the (4GB Walmart) symbol?

      Yes, that would be good.

      I feel the exclusiveness going out the window on this one, too. I'm glad I have a 2G iPhone. At least there is still some exclusiveness to that model.

      Laters...

      Oh, and by the way, I will ask our phone guys about the iPhone tomorrow...