Watch out, $99 iPhone may be coming.
There has been rumors going around that a $99 iPhone is going to be coming. Below is an article from the good people at BetaNews describing how Wal-mart may be selling the iPhone for $99 before New Year’s Day. Enjoy!
Wal-Mart waffles on reports of $99 iPhone 3G
By Jacqueline Emigh, BetaNews
December 5, 2008, 3:56 PM
Answering an inquiry from BetaNews about Wal-Mart’s reputed plans to sell an iPhone 3G for $99, a spokesperson today issued a statement that neither confirms nor denies the rumors.
“We have made no official announcement on offering the iPhone at Wal-Mart,” said spokesperson Kelly Cheeseman today, when asked by BetaNews for comment on published reports that the retail chain will start selling a 4 GB version of Apple’s iPhone 3G for $99 just before New Year’s Day.
The accounts originated on the Boy Genius Report blog before being picked up by other media. In November, BGR pointed to an internal memo at Wal-Mart announcing that Wal-Mart has reached agreement with Apple to sell an iPhone at “Wal-Mart and WalMart-managed Sam’s Club Connection Centers nationwide beginning December 28.”
Then yesterday, BGR cited unnamed sources as stating that Apple might be looking at coming up with a vastly upgraded version of its phased out 4 GB iPhone and permitting Wal-Mart to sell a 4 GB 3G device for just $99 with a two-year contract. BGR didn’t seem to trust those sources entirely, however. “Don’t hate us if this doesn’t happen,” readers were cautioned.
The reports actually seem somewhat feasible, though, given a similar deal struck recently by Wal-Mart for the Android-based G1 phone, along with current pricing for higher-end models of Apple’s iPhone 3G.