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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 $99 started by AppleChic View original post
    Comments 62 Comments
    1. Cody Overcash's Avatar
      Cody Overcash -
      Quote Originally Posted by M4tt Dam0n View Post
      What would be the benefit for apple? 99$ for an iPhone with no contract yeah my ***. Also what would be the point to get an iPhone without a data plan.
      market dominance? like I know

      I just don't think walmart is the venue to be slinging the super expensive contacts of course I know very little about the shopping habits of those that frequent walmart

      edit: well I do know that I visit walmart specifically to not pay a lot of money so i figure high $ contracts is exactly the opposite
    1. LrdBane's Avatar
      LrdBane -
      The way i see it it may be a good thing for app developers. If more people buy your .99 cent program then you got it made even with the "Apple tax" I got to learn how to make programs fast.

      And what about the return policy. They better have a huge stock pile. These things are going to be dropped left and right and taken back to Walmart. But i'm sure they are addressing that issue too.
    1. wilson's Avatar
      wilson -
      Quote Originally Posted by bdizzle View Post
      umm....and why would that be a bad thing?



      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.



      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).
      I agree with you man. We are all just silly apply iphone geeks here. We all should get a life and put the iphone in its place as just a cellphone. Having an iphone does not make any of us more attractive or more desirable.
    1. nrowensby's Avatar
      nrowensby -
      Damn... if I would've just waited. 4gigs is plenty of room for Pandora
    1. Mehmet_s's Avatar
      Mehmet_s -
      bad news for Nokia
      hahaha......!
      I love my iphone
    1. bruinsrme's Avatar
      bruinsrme -
      I have seen this a number of times "exclusiveness"

      What exactly does tht mean? There is only a $100 price difference between the 8G and the 4G. that isn't a lot of money, even for people looking at other new new phones.

      The exclusiveness and status symbol went away when apple dropped the price at the introduction of the 3G.

      Exclusiveness - some paid $600 for a 4Gb while wally world shoppers are only going to pay $99, now that is laughable.
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      People that aren't cool enough to stand on their own merits rely on expensive technological gadgets, news at 11.

      Btu seriously, if you need a phone to stand out in a crowd, you have issues.

      Related to the topic, a phone like this without a contract or maybe able to buy without one (wait for a loophole to show up) is going to be a goldmine for people who take broken iPhones for scraps and fixing bigger model ones.
    1. bretthartt's Avatar
      bretthartt -
      Quote Originally Posted by Happy Noodle Boy View Post
      People that aren't cool enough to stand on their own merits rely on expensive technological gadgets, news at 11.

      Btu seriously, if you need a phone to stand out in a crowd, you have issues.

      Related to the topic, a phone like this without a contract or maybe able to buy without one (wait for a loophole to show up) is going to be a goldmine for people who take broken iPhones for scraps and fixing bigger model ones.
      Sounds like some people are spoiled. When they first bought their iphones they became Mr.& Mrs. Popular especially when the 1st Gens came out, you either had the money to buy em or you didnt, credit didnt matter. And all of that was thrown out the window with the 3G iphones. If you have decent credit and $200 or $300 then you're in the game. I dont see why people would be upset with them becoming more affordable for others. Thats really how a majority of the 3g owners got in the game. As for the new ones "Let There Be Cake" Give people what they want. It would demand certain rights and benefits for us ALL.(1st Gen, 3g etc). More users - more rights. Apple cant deny that..
    1. PStuLovesCrackk's Avatar
      PStuLovesCrackk -
      THIS will not happen anytime soon, I don’t even think the pictures are legit. I could make that with Photoshop. ha if Wal-Mart did sell the iphone I wouldn’t buy it cause its Wal-Mart, the phones gunna be a refub. 2nd I doubt the people at Wal-Mart have the capabilities to do the activations. I’m calling a fake. This is ridicules to think Wal-Mart can take on the iphone.
    1. DSMKilla's Avatar
      DSMKilla -
      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.
      THANK YOU!!!!!!!

      That's WTF I'm talking about! I'm the kinda person who likes to have nice things that no one else has. Just like I NEVER see anyone else walking around with a Nokia N95 and I get compliments on mine all the time. People ask me where I got it do I wanna sell it etc. But the iPhone on the other hand it's become that every retard I run into has one. It's like it's "not a big deal" to have an iPhone anymore cause EVERYONE has one.

      Now the iPhone is coming to Wal-Mart? Great so now when I see all the broke ***** people that are on welfare running around with an iPhone I'm throwing mine in the garbage
    1. Je5's Avatar
      Je5 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Imahottguy View Post
      I remember when people were like 'Is that an iPhone??' And I'd get to modestly be like 'yeah...', but now it's 'Is that an iPhone? My brother, cousin, nephew and father-in-law have one of those too.' What kills me are the people that don't even see the full potential of the iPhone, and when I show them mine they just are like 'whoa...'
      Its ok though because now people ask us things like DUDE!!! That phone is awesome you have DOOM on that thing or NES games...!!

      So let them all have legit formatted phones...hahaha

      Quote Originally Posted by PStuLovesCrackk View Post
      THIS will not happen anytime soon, I don’t even think the pictures are legit. I could make that with Photoshop. ha if Wal-Mart did sell the iphone I wouldn’t buy it cause its Wal-Mart, the phones gunna be a refub. 2nd I doubt the people at Wal-Mart have the capabilities to do the activations. I’m calling a fake. This is ridicules to think Wal-Mart can take on the iphone.
      WOW you obviously dont have connections...That rumor is true and it will be coming out I do consulting for Walmart on the phones and it is in fact going to be sold at Walmart in 3-4 months so be on the look out and really who cares if they sell it, oh and they wont be refurbs...
    1. ihawk0789's Avatar
      ihawk0789 -
      i know what i want 4 Christmas
    1. bruinsrme's Avatar
      bruinsrme -
      Reading the various websites about the deal I have a new take on this.

      Apple and Walmart are known to be shrewd in there deailngs.

      Apple will allow Walmart to sell the iphones in certain demographics the first 3 to 6 months, then allow Walmart full distribution.

      When apple releases the next version of iphone to bump an market penetration from the N97 they will not offer the new phone to Walmart.

      this will strain the relationship and after 12 months and 2 million new iphone activations the relationship will cease.

      Now apple has the means to unload all the 3g motherboards to make room for the new iphone we will hear about at nac world and see in May.

      Back to drinking!!!
    1. evolutionarymc's Avatar
      evolutionarymc -
      Quote Originally Posted by Imahottguy View Post
      I remember when people were like 'Is that an iPhone??' And I'd get to modestly be like 'yeah...', but now it's 'Is that an iPhone? My brother, cousin, nephew and father-in-law have one of those too.' What kills me are the people that don't even see the full potential of the iPhone, and when I show them mine they just are like 'whoa...'
      You can say that again. I don't care how many people have an iPhone,I have never came across anyone in my area that is Jailbroken + Savvy at the same time. I actually see it like the more on ATT the more I can talk to for free. We will always be separate from the class that doesn't fully utilize all aspects of this device. I am one Wal-Mart shopper that can afford the plan and love it.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      This is interesting. Will they ONLY have a 4gig model or will they also sell the 8 and 16? Seems kinda pointless to only let them sell the 4 gig model. The other interesting thing is
    1. bdizzle's Avatar
      bdizzle -
      @pstulovescrackk:

      Do you know how idiotic you sound? Wal-mart is the biggest retailer in the world, a 3-400 billion dollar company. They could BUY Apple 3 times over! If you think walmart wouldn't have the resources to handle selling the iPhone you're sadly mistaken. You guys with your retarded elitist mentality makes me feel ashamed to even be a member of this board right now
    1. Broomhead's Avatar
      Broomhead -
      Bring it on Wall-mart.. We could use some more members here
    1. SoleFiend24's Avatar
      SoleFiend24 -
      hella Dumbb -__-
    1. boe_dye's Avatar
      boe_dye -
      yeah, but you know, people still don't get the full potential of their computers let alone an iPhone.

      I mean, c'mon owning a computer used to be elitist, PC or MAC. Now PCs are commodities and Macs are following suit.

      I agree though, I used to feel very "cool" and elitist cause I owned a PPC that could do everything the iPhone did and a few things that it couldn't...

      (like play flash)...

      Truth is the developers hack their way through the jungle, we clear out the briar and the bramble, and then the rest just follow.

      It's always been that way, and it always will be.

      So yea, while miss 300 pound white trash will have an iPhone and think its the greatest thing since the dollar menu, that will be all. She will grow bored with it, and eventually think that it's too much phone, and once the screen gets scratched to hell, and no longer be useable cause she constantly uses it as something to throw at her bratty inbred offspring, or as a coaster for her "Natty Ice", (thats our version of Piss Water to our British friends). She will be without and go back to her nokia or LG, or whatever.

      (sorry I don't know where that came from, I have a really bad headache and am not really paying much attention to what it is that I am writing. I am just enjoying the soothing feeling that the keys are producing as I am smoothly typing on my keyboard....)

      (wow that was weird too...)

      And like all the other people out in the world who refer their OS as "The Vista" or "The Google", like it is some type of demigod, or perhaps a virus (well maybe to the prior), it will be up to us to show them the light with our amazing abilities to do the simplest of tasks thanks to the amazing trailblazers who gave us these tools.

      Just remember, we all started somewhere...

      (i have absolutely no idea what i just said here...)

      Quote Originally Posted by bdizzle View Post
      @pstulovescrackk:

      Do you know how idiotic you sound? Wal-mart is the biggest retailer in the world, a 3-400 billion dollar company. They could BUY Apple 3 times over! If you think walmart wouldn't have the resources to handle selling the iPhone you're sadly mistaken. You guys with your retarded elitist mentality makes me feel ashamed to even be a member of this board right now
      Okay, at the risk of sounding elitist right now...

      But I do my darndest to stay out of the armpit of american retail shopping that is "The Wal-Mart". It is an infectous disease that produces the worst type of community...

      Never the less think about this...

      Do you really want a wal-mart employee activating your phone?

      I mean, it's bad enough already trying to talk to AT&T about an issue when something goes awry, but do you really think that it would be beneficial for Mr. Wally World Employee to be trying to tell Mrs. Trailer Thang the wonders and ease of that program called "the Aye Toons"?

      (Sorry I just really freaking hate wal-mart)
    1. reanimationxp's Avatar
      reanimationxp -
      i'm bored.. why not respond to the whole thread?

      Quote Originally Posted by cash7c3 View Post
      If this rumor turned out to be true I'd expect a pay as you go plan to go along with it
      Quote Originally Posted by M4tt Dam0n View Post
      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.
      What's the point of an iPod Touch? Duh.. Not that they'll do it, but a 4gb touch for 100 bucks would make a nice xmas gift.

      Quote Originally Posted by PStuLovesCrackk View Post
      if Wal-Mart did sell the iphone I wouldn’t buy it cause its Wal-Mart, the phones gunna be a refub. 2nd I doubt the people at Wal-Mart have the capabilities to do the activations. I’m calling a fake. This is ridicules to think Wal-Mart can take on the iphone.
      yep a 4gb 3g refurb.. idiot. do you think before you type?

      Quote Originally Posted by DSMKilla View Post
      THANK YOU!!!!!!!

      That's WTF I'm talking about! I'm the kinda person who likes to have nice things that no one else has. I get compliments on my..

      [blah blah blah i'm an attention whore]

      Now the iPhone is coming to Wal-Mart? Great so now when I see all the broke ***** people that are on welfare running around with an iPhone I'm throwing mine in the garbage
      another idiot. apple elitists can burn, along with jobs himself. thank christ i don't own any apple products besides the iphone. buying something does not make you leet.. knowing how to use it to its' full potential does. god i hate kids these days.. let me know which can you throw that phone in.. also let me know your SIM card info when mom and dad buy you a new one.

      don't get me wrong i like having new sh!t and people recognizing it, but the phone being more affordable means more people will have it, and the more the merrier. all it means is i can share the awesome hacks i find for it with them (i'm allowed to be an elitist if i actually am one), and will have even more people to use apps WITH. plus maybe i'll hear less of people telling me how great their blackberry is. they can burn too.