Radio Shack to slash iPhone prices by $50 for one week

Radio Shack offers rare one-week iPhone sale

Radio Shack today detailed an extremely rare sale on iPhones. The retailer is expected to cut $50 off the prices of all new iPhones and should sell an iPhone 3GS for as little as $50, scaling up to $250 for a 32GB iPhone 4. Customers will also have the option of trading in a working iPhone 3G or 3GS for a $75 or $125 credit when upgrading to an iPhone 4, dropping the price to as little as $25 for a 16GB iPhone 4 and $125 for a 32GB model.

The deals will only last for one week, running from Saturday December 4 through to December 11.

Radio Shack's move is unusual as neither Apple nor other usual third-party retailers ever discount new iPhone purchases by more than a few dollars. Most discounts are limited to refurbished models. None of the involved companies have explained the discount and clarified whether or not it has Apple's official blessing. The deal may be an independent Radio Shack promotion to draw attention to its stores.

Both companies have interests in discounts. Radio Shack regularly drops prices on other smartphones and has a heavy focus this holiday on Android devices like the HTC Evo 4G and Samsung Transform. Apple meanwhile may be eager to spike iPhone sales as much as possible to beat Google and RIM, although its tight lock on retail pricing makes this less likely.

AT&T could have a similar interest since it may be aware of Verizon iPhone plans and trying to lock in as many customers as possible on contracts to make it difficult to switch.


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  1. facebook_Justin 12/03, 08:21pm

    LOL, a working iPhone 3GS for $75 dollars? I can sell my iPhone 3GS in a locked condition right now for at least $300 on eBay, and if its unlocked, which mine is, it goes for even more. What a scam.

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  1. wrenchy 12/03, 09:39pm


    All destined for the discount bin.

  1. dpicardi 12/04, 12:30pm

    I (and you) wish. Only a sucker would pay that for an unlocked phone.

    However, my old 2G and 3GS are worth more to me as remotes than the rebates.

  1. Fast iBook 12/04, 10:59pm

    They are going to sell tons of these babies.

    - A

  1. ionlyuseosx 12/05, 03:06am

    iPhone 3GS Free and iPhone 4 on at&t $99 until the end of the year with a 2 yr contract. That would be my strategy given the recking ball Verizon is bringing in January. The Droids still have the unlimited data plan but I wonder if the iPhone on Verizon will? I really doubt it. But people will buy it for the better voice signal to use where they live and work. Even if they pay more per month, it's inevitable.

  1. coffeetime 12/06, 12:55pm

    I just got my first iPhone 4 32GB at $250 and my wife's 16GB at $150 because of you. Strangely RadioShack doesn't promote about it anywhere?!

  1. PRJ_1966 12/06, 06:15pm

    You can upgrade, if eligible through AT&T, by trading in your current 3Gs iPhone for a new iPhone 4 for only $25 (after all the discounts)! But, they also add tax. Not the sales tax of the $25 discounted iPhone, but the sales tax of the iPhone's retail price, which is $599. That's $58.40 (9.75% in my area). So the bottom line is that, if you're eligible, you can get the 16GB iPhone 4, by trading in your 3Gs (in good condition), with a new two-year contract, for about $83. Still a pretty good deal. Just wish some of these news reports would mention this tax of the retail price they're including. It's good to know the WHOLE truth on so-called "good deals".

  1. PRJ_1966 12/06, 06:15pm

    You can upgrade, if eligible through AT&T, by trading in your current 3Gs iPhone for a new iPhone 4 for only $25 (after all the discounts)! But, they also add tax. Not the sales tax of the $25 discounted iPhone, but the sales tax of the iPhone's retail price, which is $599. That's $58.40 (9.75% in my area). So the bottom line is that, if you're eligible, you can get the 16GB iPhone 4, by trading in your 3Gs (in good condition), with a new two-year contract, for about $83. Still a pretty good deal. Just wish some of these news reports would mention this tax of the retail price they're including. It's good to know the WHOLE truth on so-called "good deals".

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