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    Default iPhone Comes to the Supermarket in the UK



    The iPhone is about to make its big debut at supermarkets across the United Kingdom.

    The "UK equivalent of Wal-Mart" as it's known, popular British retailer Tesco has announced plans to begin offering the iPhone in some of its largest stores. The deal to sell iPhones through Tesco was born of a partnership between the supermarket chain and the original UK iPhone carrier, O2. Although Tesco hasn't confirmed when its shelves will be stocked with the iPhone, most expect the wildly popular handset to be available any day now.

    The supermarket Juggernaut is said to still be crunching numbers and ironing out details with Apple.

    This morning on Tech Crunch:

    Is an iPhone price war about to break out in the UK? After Vodafone and Orange bagged the iPhone when O2's two year monopoly expired in September, we learn today that Tesco, the UK supermarket leviathan, is to sell the iPhone on Tesco Mobile, its MVNO joint venture partnership with O2.
    According to multiple published reports, the iPhone will be available through Tesco's physical stores as well as their website. A Tesco Mobile spokeswoman told the British media “We would love to get it in our stores before Christmas and would love to bring a bit of Tesco value to the iPhone and offer something very different to what is out there.”

    Orange and Vodafone will likely feel the heat as iPhone availability continues to trickle down to the masses through a variety of new outlets, the latest of which - Tesco - is as close to the masses in the UK as a retailer can get. All told, the Tesco deal is an immensely positive development for shoppers.

    While Orange hopes to pad their customer base this Christmas and Vodafone remains unable to launch the iPhone until 2010, Tesco’s foray into the iPhone marketplace will all but certainly offer new customers a faster and more affordable option for obtaining the device this year at a reasonable price.

    Initially, prospective iPhone buyers were hopeful that Orange would spark a price war to help drive down prices. Ultimately, however, the operator merely revealed a pricing structure on par with what was already offered by O2.

    Tesco Mobile normally focuses on the low end of the market with voice and text, and we're told the prices will be "competitive". As an MVNO, Tesco has a fairly free hand regarding the the markets it goes after. O2 says it has sold over one million iPhones since September 2007, clearly to early adopters.
    Both the iPhone 3G and the iPhone 3GS handsets will be sold by Tesco.

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    this could see some real price competition :P and just to add, i'd say that adsa is the uk's walmart, as they are ownder by them
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    ^ dont u mean asda?

    lets see what tarif tesco is gonna put out

    but competition is always good

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    Tesco is the UK's largest Supermarket, it will be interesting to see how they price this.
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    Tesco are very diverse i think they could probabaly afford to undercut the competition enough to make the phone operators feel the pressure. In the UK its almost everyday folks go to tesco for their shopping or the odd item they forgot. Tesco's exposure will be massive. you dont go to an o2 shop for milk and come back with an iphone also. but in tescos, you might just do that.....

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    Maybe buy 1 get 1 free!! or maybe a value version with those blue stripes running from top to bottom. lol

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    Lol Tesco Value iPhone ha ha ah

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    a little bit closer to having every thing you could possibly want under 1 roof + spend tesco clubcard points ect make the phone cheaper maybe

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    walmarts prices on iphone are the same as at an apple store. just available there. i dont foresee any speciality differences for TESCO
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