updated 06:00 pm EDT, Sat October 11, 2008
Walmart to carry iPhone?
As Apple continues to expand the retail distribution of the iPhone 3G, a new report indicates that Walmart may be the next retailer to begin selling the quickly=growing smartphone. While previous rumors have suggested that Radio Shack may also carry the device, BGR indicates that Walmart, the largest retailer in the world, may start carrying it as soon as November 15th. Rumors that Radio Shack would begin selling the iPhone surfaced just before the iPhone 3G launch in July, and subsequent trials for Apple-like designer stores bolstered their credibility; however, the report indicates that talks with the electronics company may be faltering.
If true, the Walmart agreement could be a major coup for Apple, expanding distribution significantly. Walmart has over 3,500 stores across the US compared to Apple's almost 200 shops, and AT&T's arsenal of nearly 1,200. As of earlier this month, AT&T said that all of its stores now carry both 8GB and 16GB (black and white) models.