Walmart Publicly Confirms iPhone Sales, $197 Price

via Ars Technica

Rumors had been flying for months that retail juggernaut Walmart would be selling iPhones in its US stores. That rumor had all but been confirmed when leaked memos revealed that sales would begin on December 28. Today, Walmart officially confirmed that Sunday, December 28 was the day that sales of Apple’s iconic smartphone would begin. walmart_iphone_price

Walmart will sell the 8GB iPhone for $197, and 16GB models will sell for $297. All phones will still require a two-year contract with AT&T. “We are delighted to bring customers this ground-breaking mobile technology,” Gary Severson, Walmart’s senior vice president of entertainment, said in a statement. “Our electronics associates have been preparing for many weeks for the arrival of iPhone 3G. We are excited to now help new customers learn more about the features and services that make the iPhone unique.”

Though it had been rumored that Walmart would sell a 4GB iPhone for $99 (though, oddly, not for $97), the company’s announcement makes no mention of that model or any other model at a lower price point.

Though the timing—just after the holidays—seems a little odd, the iPhone will now be available at some 2,500 Walmart stores, many in places where there is no Apple store nor an official AT&T store. Perhaps folks with a little Christmas money might decide to pick one up this weekend, but the sales Walmart could generate are more likely to come over a longer time period.

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