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?!