updated 09:25 am EST, Thu December 4, 2008
Walmart 4GB iPhone?
Apple may be prepared to deliver a sharply discounted iPhone with Walmart in mind, rumors suggest. An anonymous source has indicated that Walmart stores may soon receive a $99 model, made with the tradeoff of a lower 4GB storage capacity. Apple and AT&T currently sell the iPhone for minimum of $199, and only in capacities of 8 or 16GB. The company will likely offer a 32GB edition sometime in the next year.
Apple also stopped the manufacturing of a 4GB device early into the production of the 2G iPhone, due to low demand. The phone was at least $399 at the time however, and it is generally believed that the target audience of a Walmart phone would be more concerned with price than maximum performance. Opening of iPhone sales to Walmart has been anticipated for some time, with the most recent information pointing to a December 28th launch date.