Wal-Mart cuts iPhone prices in half

In a shocking development, Wal-Mart announced last week that its stores would be slashing prices on the iPhone 3GS smartphones. What’s shocking, of course, isn’t the price cut – it’s that WAL-MART SELLS IPHONES!

Thank you, I’ll be here all week.

All joking aside, this announcement is fueling speculation that the next model of the iPhone device is coming soon, and that Wal-Mart is just trying to offload a bunch of inventory in a hurry. Reportedly, the new device is going to be announced this month, perhaps as early as the upcoming WWDC developers’ conference on June 7th.

So now, you can purchase an iPhone 3GS (the 16 gigabytes model) for $97 with a new two-year AT&T contract. Previously Wal-Mart sold the same model for $197, also requiring a new contract.

Naturally, one of the first things that comes to mind is that this might interfere with my usual technique of selling my used iPhone on eBay for enough money to upgrade to the newest model. But then, AT&T and Apple will probably be offering similar discounts on the older version anyway, as they work to get rid of their aged inventory.

But seriously folks, WAL-MART SELLS IPHONES?!

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4 Responses to Wal-Mart cuts iPhone prices in half

  1. Austin says:

    Yep they also sell iPods and iPod Touches, but I’ve never noticed the pricing to be more competitive than anywhere else.

    I also hear they’re throwing in a free apostrophe every time you write the word “its” but looks like you already took them up on that 😛

  2. gatoruptown says:

    Oh, the irony… I wrote that on entry on my iPhone, and it auto-corrected “its” to “it’s” despite having not been a Wal-Mart iPhone.

    (For those that are reading this after my correction, the “its” in the first sentence was inappropriately listed as “it’s” originally. Knowing my vehement opposition to the rampant exploitation of apostrophes, Austin rightfully pointed out the error)

  3. Jan Maarten says:

    So do you feel disappointed now that Walmart sells your upscale toy? Or did I misinterpreted your blog post? (getting my foreigner card out, to be played…)

  4. gatoruptown says:

    Jan, you got it exactly right. Now that Wal-Mart sells it, it isn’t feel quite as special or fancy!

    But I still love it 🙂

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