Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Markets in Everything: $97 iPhones at Wal-Mart

(CHICAGO) (WLS) -- "The price tag on a 16 gigabyte iPhone GS at Walmart stores will be $97 beginning this week. Apple's suggested price is $199. Walmart's deal requires a 2-year contract with AT&T.

The reduced price comes less than two weeks before Apple is expected to unveil the next-generation model, which often leads to a dramatic drop in sales of older iPhones."

5 Comments:

At 5/25/2010 9:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They're clearing the channel for the iphone 4 or whatever it's being called. Reportedly, they already stopped delivering new inventory of the 3GS to AT&T stores.

My guess is they keep the 3GS in Walmart and do a razor blade business model. Sell the lower priced phone and make dollars on itunes, the app store, and some kick back from AT&T for the subscriber.

 
At 5/26/2010 12:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Putting iPhones in the hands of the people (i.e. making them affordable) is a net positive for society.

I know iPhone has improved my productivity.

 
At 5/26/2010 10:14 AM, Blogger juandos said...

"They're clearing the channel for the iphone 4 or whatever it's being called"...

Hmmm, interesting comment anon @ 5/25/2010 9:25 PM and it made me curious...

From a May 17, 2010 Fortune (tech)site: 4.5 million iPhone 4Gs in 24 days?

Supposedly the new iPhones have:

Improved display

Faster chip and more memory

Compact construction

Ambitious build-out

 
At 5/26/2010 12:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

4.5 million available is about right for the first several weeks. They sold nearly 3 million iphones per month for Q1, which was actually higher than the holiday quarter.

http://www.mobilecrunch.com/2010/04/20/apple-q2-earnings-million-iphones/

It might be a little optimistic to sell 4.5 million in 24 days, but they won't sit around long.

 
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