updated 01:05 pm EDT, Thu June 12, 2008
On-campus iPhone 3G sales?
Apple is "intensively" investigating the option of selling iPhone 3Gs directly through college and university campuses, as well as other educational outlets, sources suggest. The plan would initially involve universities where Apple has its largest and most profitable accounts, though even this decision may have to wait at least a month, as Apple management may be looking to evaluate the retail distribution of the phone, in addition to how well the forced in-store activation process works.
Expanded distribution may be essential for Apple, as it so far appears that there may no online sales of the 3G in the United States. Customers will likely have to buy phones directly from Apple Stores, or AT&T's retail outlets.
Use of the 2.5G iPhone is already widespread on richer campuses such as MIT and Harvard, this due to a program called "iPhone University," which gets students iPhones for the purpose of downloading class material, homework alerts, and a variety of related information.