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Walmart workers back iPhone launch rumors

updated 09:40 am EST, Mon December 8, 2008

Two iPhones for Walmart?

Newer sources back the notion that Walmart will soon begin carrying the iPhone, Bloomberg reports. The news agency cites cellphone department workers at five California Walmarts, who again say that the iPhone is due by the end of December, and that sales training for it is already in progress. The exact timing of the launch remains contentious however, as while previous reports have hinted at a December 28th launch, a store representative from Yuba City says the phone will come the day before Christmas; a clerk in Stockton suggests that a launch could happen as soon as December 15th.

Multiple sources agree on the prospect of the company selling two iPhone models, though capacities are uncertain. A clerk from a Vacaville store suggests that the phones will be the same 8 and 16GB models sold elsewhere, but this would conflict with past rumors, which have hinted at a $99 iPhone scaled back to 4GB. The clerk does, however, support the previously expected December 28th release date, and a similar timeframe is backed up by representatives from Marysville and Sacramento.

Separately, the San Jose Mercury News says it has verified a Walmart deal through its own interviews, and Yahoo claims that an 8GB phone could go on sale for $197, narrowly beating Apple and AT&T's $199 price. A photo of leaked advertising appears to back this view.

by MacNN Staff




  1. Zaren

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I already have a 30 gig iPod that I can't manage to fill, so the minimal storage on this rumored 4GB model isn't a concern. I'm just looking for a portable web device that will also act as a phone when needed. A pre-paid plan with this phone, and I'd be standing in line tomorrow for one.

  1. JuanGuapo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I think this goes to show that even Apple isn't above Wal*Mart.

  1. danviento

    Joined: Dec 1969


    But Still...

    There's the phone plan price to consider. True, it's similar to BB offerings right now and they've built a faster and more expansive 3G network than what was around during the initial iPhone launch, but if AT

  1. TheSnarkmeister

    Joined: Dec 1969



    The key for making this a success is prepaid. Many, many people simply have refused to do business with AT&T on the basis of a 2 year contract. The economic situation is only increasing their numbers.

  1. bjojade

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Full price option

    If you're going to offer pre-paid plans, you simply cannot sell the phone at a loss like they do now. Without the contract, there is no guarantee that people will keep paying the monthly fee.

    So, if Apple offered the iPhone for $500 on pre-paid, would you still take it?

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