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A $99 iPhone?

Ruh-roh for Best Buy: Wal-Mart is rumored to be getting into the iPhone business, perhaps selling the gizmos for $99, PaidContent reports.

The locals started selling the phones in September, to great fanfare. Will the price come down for everyone — or at least everyone who still has cash?

Update: It’s another thing for Best Buy to worry about; the New York Times profiles the “skittish” retailer here.

Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Marjorie Schalles on 12/08/2008 - 11:13 am.

    I wonder if I am the only person in the universe that realizes this: even if the dang phone is free, the connectivity and usage charges are astronomical. I think it is time we just use the technology we have (computers at home and work and school, and existing cell phones)instead of spending more money each month for redundancy. Do you really need to check your email every 5 minutes day or night?

  2. Submitted by John Olson on 12/08/2008 - 02:13 pm.

    Ahhh……the devil is always in the details!

    Apple is well-known for holding retailers’ feet to the fire in terms of the price they can offer any given Apple product at. For example, if you go into Wal-Mart or Sam’s and look at iPods, the current models run about $2 less than if you went to any other purveyor of iPods.

    So the fact that the “iPhone” is allegedly going to go for $99 ignores the fact that this is a discontinued, older model that has been replaced by “newer and better.”

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