updated 10:35 am EST, Wed December 17, 2008
Walmart iPhone memo
A leaked internal memo describes Walmart's plans for an iPhone launch later this month, a report alleges. The memo appears to validate signs that the phone will launch on December 28th, specifically at 9AM. It goes on to make mention of an earlier pilot program, however, in which some 488 stores will be given five iPhones each, to be sold only to Walmart employees; eligible workers are being picked via raffle.
If accurate the memo would appear to suggest that the pilot is already in progress, given a phone activation date of December 17th. It further backs up Yahoo indications that prices will start at $197 for 8GB, and adds that a 16GB phone will be available for $297. Buyers in the pilot program should be eligible for a 15 percent discount on a two-year AT&T contract, but there is no mention of a rumored $99 4GB phone, expected in part of because of Walmart's insistence on low margins.