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iPhones to sell in Best Buys, Radio Shacks?

updated 04:35 pm EDT, Wed July 2, 2008

iPhone in B. Buy, R. Shack

Apple may yet allow American sales of the iPhone 3G beyond AT&T stores and its own retail outlets, a rumor suggests. BGR cites someone it calls a reliable source, who indicates that Apple has already secured deals to sell the iPhone at Best Buy and Radio Shack locations. The source cannot, however, say whether such sales will begin as soon as July 11th, or if they are only part of a long-term plan.

The deal would likely be a means of helping Apple reach sales targets, which are set for 10 million within 2008 alone. The company may also be worried about compensating for lost revenue sharing profits, or even extended wait times triggered by its in-store activation policy. The latter could become a problem of its own at stores such as Best Buy, as the shops are generally not prepared for the special SIM activation the 3G will require.

by MacNN Staff



  1. lamewing

    Joined: Dec 1969


    iPhone this, iPhone that

    I don't know about anyone else, but the overabundance of iPhone news over the last year has really turned me off from Apple. It seems that the Mac and iPod have been so overshadowed by the iPhone that they no longer see much news these days.

    Maybe some folks live and breath the iPhone, but many folks just don't care about smart phones. I simply am not that impressed after having lived in Japan. iPhone, shmaiPhone.


  1. lockhartt

    Joined: Dec 1969



    One of those two will handle things better than AT&T. I went to the local AT&T store to get "iReady" today, and after waiting for nearly 45 minutes (and there were only two people ahead of me waiting), only some of the staff had been trained on how to do the credit check process - and those were the only ones who knew that there is a specific process just for the iPhone, and that it wasn't yet active on their systems. Quite a farce, indeed. If only there were other carrier choices (not that any of them are outstanding).

  1. eldarkus

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I'm with you... I was thinking the same thing this morning. While I dont mind hearing news about IMPORTANT new regarding the iPhone, I dont care at all for the rumors circulating about prices in other countries and other such rumors and speculation.

    Call me crazy but leave rumors for rumor sites. Post news on news sites.

  1. chadpengar

    Joined: Dec 1969


    iPhone smart phone

    the iphone is paradigm changing (and life changing). I only got one last December after they announced the SDK coming. However, 30% of my internet use is now on the phone and it allows me much more freedom. My previous phone, an N95, had all the same features ON PAPER. But it was terrible to use. This goes for Japanese phones as well. I have not lived there, but I have been there several times, am married to a Japanese, and have looked over many many phones in Japan with envy. The iPhone beats them all in terms of use and usability.

    The iPhone is not just a smart phone. It is a revolutionary communications device. And with 2.0 firmware and the app store coming, it will be even more unbelievably useful.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    The iPhone is not just a smart phone. It is a revolutionary communications device. And with 2.0 firmware and the app store coming, it will be even more unbelievably useful.

    Actually, the blackberry was more of a revolutionary device. Get and send email where ever you are, pushed immediately to your device.

    If anything, the iPhone is more of an evolutionary device, doing an interface and making it easier to use then previous devices. As you said, your Nokia could do all the same stuff, just not as well.

    To use an example, the original Mac (or, technically, the Lisa) was a revolutionary device. It changed the way computers were seen and used, and everything with personal computers since then can pretty much be pointed back to that point in time.

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