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MacRumors
Dec 17, 2008, 01:51 PM
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We're not sure how much more confirmation is really needed, but in case you doubted the original rumor, Wal-Mart confirmations, and previously leaked ad (http://www.macrumors.com/2008/12/08/99-wal-mart-iphone-seems-unlikely/), here's another leaked memo (http://www.engadget.com/2008/12/17/walmart-iphone-on-sale-the-28th-for-a-lot-more-than-99/) to confirm what we all know: Wal-Mart will be carrying the iPhone on December 28th.


Article Link: More Confirmation of Wal-Mart iPhone (http://www.macrumors.com/iphone/2008/12/17/more-confirmation-of-wal-mart-iphone/)



Tallest Skil
Dec 17, 2008, 01:52 PM
It's fake. You can see where it's been Photoshopped. :D:p

newyorksole
Dec 17, 2008, 01:56 PM
8G and 16G? yeahh...

bbotte
Dec 17, 2008, 01:59 PM
LOL at $2. I'm not stepping in Walmart and dealing with the crap that goes on at walmart for a $2 discount. Way to flex that muscle Walmart. :) Hell I could find an extra $2 under my couch cushions to pay for it at an apple store or BB or AT&T.

IlliniDude
Dec 17, 2008, 02:03 PM
aren't Iphone contracts excluded from any employee discounts?

zephead
Dec 17, 2008, 02:03 PM
Only $2 off? Geez, if I didn't already have an iPhone, I'd feel a lot better spending the extra $2 and going to an Apple or AT&T store. For $100 off it'd be worth it, but not for $2.

bigjnyc
Dec 17, 2008, 02:18 PM
I agree , whats my incentive for buying it at walmart? and risk their systems messing something up on my account. when i could just walk into AT&T or Apple whose systems have been integrated and doing this for a while now. $2 savings :confused:

this of course would benefit people who dont have AT&T, Apple or BestBuy nearby but happen to have a walmart. doesnt seem like it would be a frequent scenerio though.

bradl
Dec 17, 2008, 02:33 PM
this of course would benefit people who dont have AT&T, Apple or BestBuy nearby but happen to have a walmart. doesnt seem like it would be a frequent scenerio though.

There are a lot of places where Cingular/ATT coverage is the best service and coverage around, but a Best Buy is a good 100 miles away. Take the Red River region between Oklahoma, Texas, and Arkansas. I'll use my grandmother's hometown of Hugo, OK as an example. Great coverage there (3G coverage in Paris, TX, 30 miles south), but at least 2 hour's drive from the closest Best Buy. There are at least 3 Wal-Marts in the area (2 in Paris, 1 in Hugo). The ATT store there is a retailer (Parrot). So no iPhones in that area at all, but would have the service nearby for it.

Just putting that out there..

BL.

kdarling
Dec 17, 2008, 02:33 PM
this of course would benefit people who dont have AT&T, Apple or BestBuy nearby but happen to have a walmart. doesnt seem like it would be a frequent scenerio though.

Are you a New York City dweller? :)

The USA is HUGE. Out in the real world, people often won't have an Apple store or BestBuy near them. And they don't often wander into AT&T stores, if there are any.

However, many people shop at Walmart, and they're everywhere.

SFStateStudent
Dec 17, 2008, 02:38 PM
Sadly, those (5) associates at 488 WalMart stores would have to pass the strenuous task of qualifying for an AT&T plan via credit check, and giving-up their first born. :eek: FAKE IMHO...

helmsc
Dec 17, 2008, 02:40 PM
I can confirm that it is happening. I have friends that work at AT&T and Wal-Mart and both said it is happening. In fact the Wal-Mart friends are in the training session as I type this.

macadmiral
Dec 17, 2008, 02:51 PM
Are you a New York City dweller? :)

The USA is HUGE. Out in the real world, people often won't have an Apple store or BestBuy near them. And they don't often wander into AT&T stores, if there are any.

However, many people shop at Walmart, and they're everywhere.

true, in the small town where my mom lives they will finally be able to get it

SFStateStudent
Dec 17, 2008, 02:58 PM
"The 8G is $197... The 16G is $297..." What the heck is an 8G & 16G? And don't you hate it when someone ends their sentences with a preposition? " Interested associates should contact the store manager to submit their name into the raffle. (There will be a box in Personnel marked iPhone to submit your name in.)" :eek:

bytethese
Dec 17, 2008, 03:18 PM
It's fake. You can see where it's been Photoshopped. :D:p

Haha, I didn't think it was photoshopped, just thought "Gee, no logos, no nothing. Anyone could have typed this thing." :)

Also, I too thought that there was no discounts on AT&T plans for the iPhone, has this now changed?

helmsc
Dec 17, 2008, 03:27 PM
Haha, I didn't think it was photoshopped, just thought "Gee, no logos, no nothing. Anyone could have typed this thing." :)

Also, I too thought that there was no discounts on AT&T plans for the iPhone, has this now changed?

I got a teacher's discount on my plan (10% off).

Oskee2001
Dec 17, 2008, 03:57 PM
as an interesting contrast, I live in downtown Chicago and the nearest Walmart is about an hour drive away in traffic. and you couldn't pay me enough to go out there.

stagi
Dec 17, 2008, 04:01 PM
even if it was $50 less at walmart I won't even step in the door. Never have liked the store.

Niiro13
Dec 17, 2008, 04:33 PM
WOOHOO! $2!!! Oh Snap!

rdowns
Dec 17, 2008, 04:36 PM
Make all the jokes you want but Apple will sell a ton of phones thru WM. You do know that millions of people have little choice in where to shop except WM.

Disclaimer: I've shopped in a WM once in my life. Couldn't get me back in there if you paid me.

bwortman
Dec 17, 2008, 04:37 PM
Make all the jokes you want but Apple will sell a ton of phones thru WM. You do know that millions of people have little choice in where to shop except WM.

I 100% agree with you....Some people may not like Wal-Mart, but Apple is making a smart financial move by allowing this Giant to sell the iPhone

bradl
Dec 17, 2008, 04:43 PM
I got a teacher's discount on my plan (10% off).

Are you sure your discount wasn't because of a FAN? If it is, a lot of people have FANs on their plans, with various discounts (mine through my work at the Univ. of Nevada: 15% off). Others offer more, others offer less.

BL.

dr pimper
Dec 17, 2008, 04:50 PM
Haha, I didn't think it was photoshopped, just thought "Gee, no logos, no nothing. Anyone could have typed this thing." :)

Also, I too thought that there was no discounts on AT&T plans for the iPhone, has this now changed?

I got the 3G shortly after it came out. I get a 15% student discount on the plan :cool:

Thats with AT&T by the way

nickXedge
Dec 17, 2008, 05:14 PM
aren't Iphone contracts excluded from any employee discounts?

First gen iPhones, yes. Second gen iPhone 3G, no.

EDIT (to clarify): I work at Best Buy and I had a 20% discount on my AT&T plan before getting the original iPhone. I got it and my discount stopped. When I picked up my new iPhone 3G shortly after launch, my discount magically came back, 20% and all.

newyorksole
Dec 17, 2008, 06:42 PM
Still I see not many people noticed the 8G and 16G on the memo...

Tallest Skil
Dec 17, 2008, 06:45 PM
Still I see not many people noticed the 8G and 16G on the memo...

I noticed. I just passed it off as a retail store that isn't Apple being a complete and utter imbecile, as they all are.

Tell you a Best Buy story if you don't believe me.

tremlock
Dec 17, 2008, 07:22 PM
Ok, so it's available December 28th. Yet service can start on 12/17. What's with that?

coasterswim
Dec 17, 2008, 08:14 PM
This probably doesn't bode well for a 32GB version, does it? Why would they go to all the setup of just the 8GB and 16GB models only to have a bigger one come out about a week later?

happydude
Dec 17, 2008, 08:55 PM
if this is true and if apple actually expected this to be kept a secret, they were smoking something strong. walmart employees hate working at walmart and have no loyalty to the brand and will spill the beans as quickly as they can.

jordangoody
Dec 17, 2008, 09:31 PM
first off, ive been on the site for years now, but just now joined to say this, well and cause its overdue, but still...

why has nobody mentioned walmart is the root of all evil? do people not know the waltons are sitting on 100 billion dollars and they have more workers on government aid than any other company in the us? they treat their employees horribly in a miilion unethical ways, and theyre like locust with what they do to small towns.

honestly, i love apple. if steve ran in right now followed by a guy with a gun i wouldnt even ask questions before acting as a human shield... or... maybe i would depending on the individual situation, but still.. but anyway, im just really disappointed. letting walmart sell your stuff might be good business, but to me its like doing it with the devil.


oh and btw, kudos on the 15%... im a lifetime fitness member and i get 13% off my att bill, and i dont have to work overtime with no pay to get it.

wingsabr
Dec 17, 2008, 10:37 PM
I got a teacher's discount on my plan (10% off).

I too get a FAN discount of 21%. Only counts on the rate and data plans, had to pay full price for the iPhone. With the discount it makes my bill pretty reasonable since my wife and I are on the family plan.

Walmart pretty much sells everything and I can see Apple/ATT's market share growing substantially in smaller towns where there is no apple/best buy around. After all apple is a savvy marketing and pr company ;)

asphyxiafeeling
Dec 18, 2008, 04:02 AM
this paper is so ridiculously fake. i'm not saying the walmart iphone rumors are, but this is total crap. i work in retail, and this doesn't sound anything like what a memo would sound like. at all. especially the thing about NDA, sounds like a teenager wrote that.

furthermore, 15% discount for walmart associates? LOL :rolleyes:

happydude
Dec 18, 2008, 08:10 AM
first off, ive been on the site for years now, but just now joined to say this, well and cause its overdue, but still...

why has nobody mentioned walmart is the root of all evil? do people not know the waltons are sitting on 100 billion dollars and they have more workers on government aid than any other company in the us? they treat their employees horribly in a miilion unethical ways, and theyre like locust with what they do to small towns.

honestly, i love apple. if steve ran in right now followed by a guy with a gun i wouldnt even ask questions before acting as a human shield... or... maybe i would depending on the individual situation, but still.. but anyway, im just really disappointed. letting walmart sell your stuff might be good business, but to me its like doing it with the devil.


oh and btw, kudos on the 15%... im a lifetime fitness member and i get 13% off my att bill, and i dont have to work overtime with no pay to get it.

too true. and in MN, there was a $50 million class action lawsuit brought on by employees suing because they wouldn't allow them to take bathroom breaks and denied them lunch. one was actually told to wear depends if she didn't think she could hold herself. and of course if anyone complained, they were fired. if ever there was a case for a union, walmart takes the cake. but of course they fire anyone immediately who even whispers the word. apple is indeed doing business with the devil. i understand wanting to reach areas they aren't able to, but this just smells.

boss1
Dec 18, 2008, 10:38 AM
At first I disagreed with the rumor that Walmart will carry a $99 iPhone and I still do.

That said, this move is a pretty bold move by Apple. Understandably the $2 off and the prospective of a classy phone like the iPhone having anything to do with Walmart may seem like a nightmare or joke to many here.

However, this is psychological marketing warfare. It's still the same phone period. This move works in the favor of Apple for a couple of reasons. Well, for Walmart the discount is there because it helps Walmart keep it's "low cost" image. It also attracts "penny pinchers", (yes believe it or not a large portion of Walmart consumers actually cut $0.50 coupons and carry them to the store).

This move broadens the geographic placement of iPhone not only to locations where AT&T, Bestbuy, and Apple stores don't exist, but more importantly the product placement is key to consumers who wouldn't shop at an AT&T, bestbuy, or an Apple store if they were across the street.

Finally the psychological part ( and I say this from personal experience from casual conversations) , most people I talk to immediately comment to me "oh you have on of those expensive phones" , "I wish I could afford an iPhone" . My point is the common perception has become "iPhone = Big$$$" to a ton of people (certainly not anyone on these boards :P ) .

How do you help fight this consumer perspective? Stick it in a Walmart and discount by it 2 bucks. pure genius. heck it must not be one of them expensive elitist gizmos if they sell it a Walmart.


Example as a bottom line. If you were Apple and had a choice of selling the iPhone at either the Armani store or Walmart which would be better overall. I think Apple made a smart choice. Even in terms of image I think Apple could afford to shed off a bit of it's elitist image. Remember more iPhone's sold = more potential PC to Mac converts also.

kdarling
Dec 18, 2008, 10:52 AM
why has nobody mentioned walmart is the root of all evil...

Maybe because we're too busy thinking about how Apple sends all their work to communist China. Which, along with India, is a top offender for committing female infanticide (http://www.gendercide.org/case_infanticide.html) by the millions.

Walmart's policies pale in comparison.

Hal2001
Dec 18, 2008, 11:23 AM
Why does Wa-Mart think they are going to be able to just sell iPhones like they sell anything else? If you've ever been to an Apple store or an AT&T store and seen a few people getting an iPhone, at best it takes 15 to 30 minutes, if there is a problem with the persons credit or setting up the AT&T account, an hour or MORE! Do they really think an 80 year old granny who has been assigned to electronics for that particular day is really ready to handle that kind of situation? I've seen people really get upset when they get told that AT&T is asking for a huge deposit to get an account going. ( I was in my local Apple store and the Apple employee had been on the phone with AT&T for a while apparently when he had to tell the guy, who had been sitting there trying to get his phone set up for as long as I was in the store, that he had to pay some kind of HUGE deposit. I know all this because the guy blew-up on the Apple employee, screaming about the whole thing in front of everybody.)
Also, Wal-Mart employee's never seem particularly knowledgeable about anything they sell, so I think this will be a tragedy.

boss1
Dec 18, 2008, 11:33 AM
...
Also, Wal-Mart employee's never seem particularly knowledgeable about anything they sell, so I think this will be a tragedy.


Great point, but keep in mind that Walmart probably doesn't run pilot programs and give their employees product specific training on most products they sell either. Like they say in the US military, there is NO such thing as I can or a can't, there's either trained or untrained.

And that other point you were making on the hassle of credit approval. Consumers will face that regardless of what store they buy at. With respect to the point that consumers will receive poor customer service at Walmart when purchasing their iPhone, I would simply reply that they will receive a Walmart experience. That's just the cost of doing business with Walmart.

ilfn143
Dec 18, 2008, 11:39 AM
I hate Wal-Mart because:
they sell stuff so cheap, i'd rather pay more at mom and pop store
they're putting a gun to my head and forced me to work there
they won't let me pay union boss
their boss the walton is so rich they have like a gazillion dollars
my 80yrs old granny work there because she can't find work anywhere else
their stuff is made in china, i'd rather buy my iphone at the apple store where the iphone is made in the USA

Hal2001
Dec 18, 2008, 11:54 AM
My main issue is with Wal-Mart's assumption that iPhones are like iPod's. Wal-Mart seems to be all about moving product out the door as fast as possible and with as little customer interaction as possible. "Here's your iPhone. Thanks for shopping at Wal-Mart." ain't gonna cut it. I think the people who work at WM are good, hard-working American's that do what they have to do, but the company doesn't really put a knowledgeable staff forward in their business plan. Thus, you ask the kid in automotive about what motor-oil to use in your diesel truck, and he starts showing you the transmission fluid assortment. If you were to ask a manager about it, they are most likely going to give you a blank look on their face as a reply.... and then show you to the anti-freeze.

GSPice
Dec 18, 2008, 02:13 PM
Funny how so many people laugh at the $2 savings at Walmart.

At what price should they have sold it?

bradl
Dec 18, 2008, 02:38 PM
Funny how so many people laugh at the $2 savings at Walmart.

At what price should they have sold it?

If anything, the same price that it is being sold for everywhere else. Going into that $2, Here's a little bit about Walmart's pricing scheme.

Ever wondered why they have prices that are a few pennies less than the going retail price? What they are doing is instead of using a national wholesaler, regional wholesaler, local distributor and trucks to get a $20 product from each one to the store (and each step requiring a fee, effectively meaning a price markup) and we pay $100 (price including markup), Sam Walton built his own distribution center, bought his own trucks, and ships his products from his own distribution center to his own store, saving money in the process (this is what killed K-Mart), and selling us the same product for $97. Walmart pockets that extra $3 off of that marked up product.

Now. Think about every product Walmart has in their store. Compare that product's price with the same product at Kmart or Target. Now do you realize why Walmart has all of our business (by advertising cheaper prices), and Kmart went bankrupt?

Now.. bring in the iPhone. They advertise it with cheaper prices, they pocket the $2, and depending on how many that are sold there, Walmart makes just about as much off the phone as Best Buy does. Best Buy is at full retail, and pretty much breaks even. Walmart profits by selling it cheaper, but makes up the difference in volume of products sold.

Now you know why Walmart is the #1 company in the world (seeing that Exxon/Mobil is starting to slide from the falling price of oil).

BL.

Bubba Satori
Dec 18, 2008, 06:26 PM
walmart employees hate working at walmart

How do you know this ? Did you survey hundreds of thousands of Walmart employees ?

SkippyThorson
Dec 19, 2008, 11:17 PM
Some of you people are so damn stubborn.

It is happening.

That same thing is going on in my store, minus the lottery gig. We were told to just ask a manager about signing up.

The iPhone IS coming to Walmart. Both versions. Both $2 less than Apple / AT&T / Best Buy. No, there is NO $99 VERSION.

My blog didn't say so already or anything last week.....:rolleyes:

How many other things have I broken news of? Asphalt 4 for iPhone was my last one. Maybe I should be a reputable source with my own track record.

I'm going to take a picture of the notes on the board tomorrow, and I'm posting them. You're welcome.

bradl
Dec 19, 2008, 11:22 PM
Some of you people are so damn stubborn.

It is happening.

That same thing is going on in my store, minus the lottery gig. We were told to just ask a manager about signing up.

The iPhone IS coming to Walmart. Both versions. Both $2 less than Apple / AT&T / Best Buy. No, there is NO $99 VERSION.

My blog didn't say so already or anything last week.....:rolleyes:

How many other things have I broken news of? Asphalt 4 for iPhone was my last one. Maybe I should be a reputable source with my own track record.

You have to come to the realization of something here.

As with most places on the Internet, this is a world of sceptics. In short, show quantifiable proof from a reputable source, or it isn't happening. In short, we will believe it from somewhere credible, or when we see it with our own eyes.

BL.

djrobsd
Dec 20, 2008, 08:27 PM
They are asking their employees to participate in an iPhone pilot, and they aren't giving them any incentives or discounts on the phone, other then the same 15% discount that any walmart employee gets on at&t service? What kind of cheap baloney is that anyway?!

Something tells me they won't even get 5 employees per store signing up for the phone. How can someone who makes $6.50/hour at Walmart afford an iphone anyway?!

SkippyThorson
Dec 20, 2008, 11:36 PM
They are asking their employees to participate in an iPhone pilot, and they aren't giving them any incentives or discounts on the phone, other then the same 15% discount that any walmart employee gets on at&t service? What kind of cheap baloney is that anyway?!

Something tells me they won't even get 5 employees per store signing up for the phone. How can someone who makes $6.50/hour at Walmart afford an iphone anyway?!

I work at Walmart, and I go to college, and I have an iPhone, and the such listed in my signature, and plenty left over for the bank. I got my iPhone when it was $400. Contrary to popular belief, it's possible.

Hey friends and fellow bloggers. Not to toot my own horn, but within an hour I'll have the proof listed on my blog. Like it or not, take it for what it's worth. Enjoy.

stxdla20
Dec 22, 2008, 12:27 AM
Probably the best evidence of a wall-mart iphone was the "iphone 3g now available sign" I saw a picture of tonight at the wall-mart in shortpump virginia.

really wish i would have taken a picture

WallpaperPerson
Dec 23, 2008, 12:25 PM
That guy who posted those pictures of those iPhone 3G Ads at Wal-Mart(SkippyThorson) is right.

bradl
Dec 23, 2008, 12:44 PM
That guy who posted those pictures of those iPhone 3G Ads at Wal-Mart(SkippyThorson) is right.

Then show us that he is right. post something that shows that what he is saying is true. Otherwise, all words, just rumour.

BL.

chris5977
Dec 24, 2008, 01:04 AM
They already sell iPods at WM, so this really no big deal. I am surprised that that they are not selling the iPhone at Costco. Costco already has a phone booth that sells AT&T phones/services. Also, Costco customers are vastly more affluent that the typical Wal-Mart customer. Costco sells $5,000 Swiss watches for example.

Luftwaffles
Dec 24, 2008, 05:53 AM
Now that is a lot of brass air fittings http://www.liangdianup.com/subpages/airfitting_1.htm there is just about every type
of air fitting that you could want. Wholesale prices too. I guess these could be used as small water pipe fitting also. I
used some of the parts to make my babington wvo burner.

...What? Um, yeah. GTFO.

Love
Dec 24, 2008, 02:33 PM
their stuff is made in china, i'd rather buy my iphone at the apple store where the iphone is made in the USA

You're incredibly ignorant.

iPhones are assembled in China. It doesn't matter where you buy it. Look on the back of any iPhone. "Designed by Apple in California Assembled in China"

Apple contracts manufacturing of the iPhone to a Taiwanese company called Foxconn.

Even if they were, the iPhones at Walmart would still be assembled in the USA. Walmart wouldn't be producing them, just selling them.

zephead
Dec 24, 2008, 03:07 PM
You're incredibly ignorant.

iPhones are assembled in China. It doesn't matter where you buy it. Look on the back of any iPhone. "Designed by Apple in California Assembled in China"

Apple contracts manufacturing of the iPhone to a Taiwanese company called Foxconn.

Even if they were, the iPhones at Walmart would still be assembled in the USA. Walmart wouldn't be producing them, just selling them.
Let me sum that post up in one word for our ignorant friend there:

FAIL.

:)

Resident Guru
Dec 25, 2008, 08:12 AM
The elitist attitude exhibited from many posters here is truly sad. So much misinformation is spread here about Wal-Mart it borders on the ridiculous. I realize the company I work for isn't perfect. There are many great things about Wal-Mart for which I am quite proud. My father works for Wal-Mart. He's been with the company 35 years. He has no college education and started out as a stocker. He has now been a store manager for more than twenty years and makes 200k plus a year. This is with no college education. There are thousands of examples of this within the company.

I have been an Assistant Manager for almost 5 years and will make 55k this year in Oklahoma where the cost of living is very low, in other areas they give adjustments in pay based on cost of living. Even if I were to stay in my current position I would continue to receive raises for many more years before I reached the top end of the pay scale. Good pay at Wal-Mart is attainable. Yes, many of our positions are unskilled labor and pay is on the lower end, this is true for most every unskilled position people get hired for. All you super cool people who love Target should know that our total pay and benefits package has been rated above theirs by companies that rate retailer pay and benefits.

However, you can work a regular stocking position and make a good living by staying with the company and getting raises. We have regular stockers at my store making 13-17 dollars an hour. Many of these people have been with the company 6-8 years. All Wal-Marts offer bonuses based on store performance. Last year at my store it was around $1700 for all associates that averaged 35 hours a week or more. Hell even part time associates working 20 hours a week received something around $1400.

My point is that you shouldn't just drink all the anti-Wal-Mart Kool Aid you read out there. I know I understand the shortcomings of my company. I work in a very nice area, and Wal-Marts in Oklahoma and surrounding states tend to be nice, clean stores. I know there are Wal-Marts in depressed areas or areas that are new to Wal-Mart that are likely to be pretty terrible and I wouldn't fault people for not shopping there. However, one cannot judge the entire company on one bad experience. There is much good that Wal-Mart brings. If they weren't so damn good at what they do then why are we so popular? Why do so many people choose to work there if all the company does is crap on their workers? There are hundreds of places to work and shop people. :rolleyes:

Sorry to get a little off topic. As for the iPhone coming to Wal-Mart it is a fantastic decision by Apple. They will reach a market that is far, far greater than they can through AT&T, Best Buy and Apple stores combined. This will help them sell a lot more phones and make more money, which is kind of the point of having a business don't you think? Products like Macbooks and iMacs probably should not be sold in Wal-Mart stores. Our business model doesn't lend itself to a more involved and hands on customer experience. However, the iPhone is a phone at heart and Wal-Mart already has in store cell phone kiosks built into the electronics department of most stores. Also, through our associate discount we would also receive 10% off of the price of the phone itself. Personally I'm excited as when the next revision of the iPhone is released (iPhone 2G 16GB owner) I can buy it from Wal-Mart and save a little bit of cash. :D

hexonxonx
Dec 25, 2008, 08:50 AM
I'm all for Wal-Mart selling the iPhone.

On Tuesday, we went out to get a second iPhone. It was either BestBuy, AT&T or the Apple store. If it had been available at Wal-Mart which is closer, we would have gladly went there to save some drive time. We went to the Apple store and got A+ service as expected and we were treated with all kinds of respect. I will always recommend the Apple store over anywhere else.

As for people thinking that this will allow anyone to own an iPhone now, why? Anyone who had the money could still go to BestBuy or the Apple store. It's just giving people even more locations to pick one up.

If you thought the iPhone was a status symbol, think again. Remember the first iPhone on that Friday in June? Long lines at every Apple store? All the Apple stores selling out their stock minutes after a new truckload arrived?
Remember last July for iPhone 3G? Long lines? Apple stores selling out of stock in minutes again? Mom's were buying their 13 year old kids iPhones that day, there was a family in front of me buying them.

Oh and as for Wal-Mart, some of the richest people in the world shop there. Nothing wrong with shopping at Wal-Mart. I hope Apple has the best luck in the world and sells millions more iPhones this coming year.

rscott505
Dec 25, 2008, 10:08 AM
the mail yesterday, was a Walmart flyer and on the cover was an as for both the 8 and 16 GB phone. Prices are $197 and $297 respectively.

According to the flyer, they are available on December 28.

I would post the flyer but I'm having scanner issues.

Notecard
Dec 26, 2008, 12:53 AM
Okay So i work in the Best Buy Mobile Department within Best Buy and My co-workers and I see many people that have to give a deposit that are wanting the iphone. Now that wal-mart is going to be selling the iphone there will many more people that will try to get it but will have to pay a deposit. Demographically people that shop at wal-mart usually dont go there to spend tons of there money and especially on a phone. Usually they go for the free ones!

Does anyone else feel the same?:D

Best Buy Mobile

hexonxonx
Dec 26, 2008, 01:17 AM
Okay So i work in the Best Buy Mobile Department within Best Buy and My co-workers and I see many people that have to give a deposit that are wanting the iphone. Now that wal-mart is going to be selling the iphone there will many more people that will try to get it but will have to pay a deposit. Demographically people that shop at wal-mart usually dont go there to spend tons of there money and especially on a phone. Usually they go for the free ones!

Does anyone else feel the same?:D

Best Buy Mobile

I'm sure there are just as many people buying the iPhone at the Apple store who have to pay a deposit to get the iPhone. Noone is perfect and shopping at Walmart doesn't make you different than someone who shops at Apple. I shop at both places.

I bought some Avery mailing lables at Walmart for $4.95 when every place else wanted over $10. Why should I go to Office Max to pay double just because it's not Walmart?

numediaman
Dec 27, 2008, 09:10 AM
I vote that the word "elitist" be banned, along with "fascist", "fanboy" and "Vista".

As for Wal-Mart, my only opinion is this: you can have Wal-Mart or you can have diversity -- you can not have both. You decide what kind of world you want.

gkarris
Dec 27, 2008, 09:27 AM
Okay So i work in the Best Buy Mobile Department within Best Buy and My co-workers and I see many people that have to give a deposit that are wanting the iphone. Now that wal-mart is going to be selling the iphone there will many more people that will try to get it but will have to pay a deposit. Demographically people that shop at wal-mart usually dont go there to spend tons of there money and especially on a phone. Usually they go for the free ones!

Does anyone else feel the same?:D

Best Buy Mobile

That's my point - though it may lead to Apple selling cheaper, handsets there.

The only thing keeping me from getting a real iPhone is AT&T rates are so outrageous...

rhett7660
Dec 27, 2008, 01:04 PM
The only thing keeping me from getting a real iPhone is AT&T rates are so outrageous...

Compared to who?

WallpaperPerson
Dec 31, 2008, 10:43 AM
I have more confirmation with this Wal-Mart ad:

WallpaperPerson
Dec 31, 2008, 10:44 AM
the mail yesterday, was a Walmart flyer and on the cover was an as for both the 8 and 16 GB phone. Prices are $197 and $297 respectively.

According to the flyer, they are available on December 28.

I would post the flyer but I'm having scanner issues.
I posted it, don't worry.

Roadking
Dec 31, 2008, 12:59 PM
They already sell iPods at WM

I also agree. It is not that big a deal. Walmart has been selling Ipods for a long time.

Now I would be surprised if they started selling Macbooks, but I don't think that would be a bad idea either.

Laura123
Jan 2, 2009, 10:02 PM
This announcement should really help Apple with their reach into the more rural areas, meaning more customers and higher stock price.

Primejimbo
Jan 2, 2009, 10:28 PM
Compared to who?

My boss and I have the same min plan and all the bells and whistles and I think they were with in a few bucks of each other and I have Verizon. The prices are almost the same

Norris3eb
Jan 3, 2009, 04:07 AM
Those who bought their iPhones at Wal-Mart will probably end up returning them to Wal-Mart when they stop working. What's the support plan going to be like? How will Wal-Mart sell the phones if they require in-store activation? Will they get the same level of service they would get if they purchased it from an Apple store (really the best way, IMHO)?

branjosef
Jan 3, 2009, 05:37 AM
Now everyone wants one...

SkippyThorson
Jan 3, 2009, 10:29 AM
I have more confirmation with this Wal-Mart ad:

The 31st? Been there, done that. ;)

skubish
Jan 3, 2009, 10:39 AM
It's official. The iPhone will be the RAZR of 2009.

djrobsd
Jan 4, 2009, 06:16 PM
This announcement should really help Apple with their reach into the more rural areas, meaning more customers and higher stock price.

Possibly, but I went into a rural area with my Iphone recently and the service was not pretty. :(

djrobsd
Jan 4, 2009, 06:17 PM
It's official. The iPhone will be the RAZR of 2009.

Very well said. Selling the iPhone at Walmart definately cheapens the brand in my opinion. Plus once Steve Job's starts drinking the Walmart cool aid, he'll loose control. Walmart doesn't let their vendors set the terms, they control the vendor.

bruinsrme
Jan 4, 2009, 06:22 PM
Yeah it definitely cheapens the brand in the same way its cheapened the ipod line.

zephead
Jan 4, 2009, 06:37 PM
This announcement should really help Apple with their reach into the more rural areas, meaning more customers and higher stock price.

The rural areas with no 3G? If I lived in such a rural area, I would seriously consider buying a 1st gen iPhone with no contract instead of the $200/$300 iPhones on contract whose only difference will be plastic case and GPS.

jayeskreezy
Jan 4, 2009, 07:04 PM
I was in Wal-mart yesterday and was shocked to see 3-4 iphones in the case.

storm83
Jan 4, 2009, 07:25 PM
i just joined now to respond to this thing about walmart because i actually work in a connection center in the eau claire walmart here in wisconsin... and i was going to write this big response... but i thought.. why.. im happy where im at... and i dont need to battle people who think walmart is the end of the world.. so.. if you hate walmart that bad.. good for you... continue buying the same crap i buy at walmart... for way less than you pay for it... ive already sold a few iphones... people are excited that we do carry it.

liquidtrend
Jan 5, 2009, 08:26 AM
i just joined now to respond to this thing about walmart because i actually work in a connection center in the eau claire walmart here in wisconsin... and i was going to write this big response... but i thought.. why.. im happy where im at... and i dont need to battle people who think walmart is the end of the world.. so.. if you hate walmart that bad.. good for you... continue buying the same crap i buy at walmart... for way less than you pay for it... ive already sold a few iphones... people are excited that we do carry it.

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$3?

ill pay the extra $3 premium and buy it from somewhere else.
i dont shop at walmart for the exact reason you just posted.
you dont see any harm in saving a buck or two as all the mom and pop shops around you close down.

on a different note. most of the things i buy you cant get at walmart.

hexonxonx
Jan 5, 2009, 08:30 AM
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$3?

ill pay the extra $3 premium and buy it from somewhere else.
i dont shop at walmart for the exact reason you just posted.
you dont see any harm in saving a buck or two as all the mom and pop shops around you close down.

on a different note. most of the things i buy you cant get at walmart.

The mom and pop shops analogy can be compared to BestBuy/Comp USA. Comp USA didn't survive because people preferred to shop at BestBuy. Also, CircuitCity is in the same boat now and may not survive the year. Should I feel bad about them? No. The strongest stores who can adapt survive. There is nothing wrong with Wal-Mart.

liquidtrend
Jan 5, 2009, 09:36 AM
The mom and pop shops analogy can be compared to BestBuy/Comp USA. Comp USA didn't survive because people preferred to shop at BestBuy. Also, CircuitCity is in the same boat now and may not survive the year. Should I feel bad about them? No. The strongest stores who can adapt survive. There is nothing wrong with Wal-Mart.

i dont compair compUSA and circuit city as a mom and pop shop. to me those are still as big of a business as best buy. your analogy of an analogy is skewed if you believe what you just said is true.

a mom and pop shop are locally owned businesses.
something such as a grocery store cant be considered a mom and pop store now a days because of the overwhelming super markets all around the place.

so what you are assuming i am referring to is wrong.

and again. ill take my $3 premium to someplace else...like the apple store.

storm83
Jan 5, 2009, 12:39 PM
your right with the $2 difference... its not a lot. but in the case in my area.. the nearest apple store is in minnesota in the cities... which is an hour and a half away from here... so walmart is all they have. but the majority of the prices in our store are WAY below many competitors... just not with apple products... because they will not allow us. of course we do have ATT retail locations they could go to... but do you know how many customers i have come in everyday telling me how horrible they were treated at them... and come in and sign a phone up with me? its unbelievable. of course its not going to be the same in all areas... but whats wrong with walmart carrying it? its not going to hurt anyone... its just more ways to spread the disease... and if you dont shop at walmart.. thats your personal choice and i respect that... but a lot of people do.. so its just good news for those people.

Oskee2001
Jan 6, 2009, 02:52 PM
The problem is Walmart cheapens everything they touch. Walmart = trash.

And lets not even begin to discuss their labor and supply chain practices.

I recall a few years back some buddies and I went on a fishing trip in Arkansas. We needed some supplies so we drove into town. The town seemed to be dead....empty storefronts, litter on the streets, etc. We asked an attendant at a gas station where we could find some groceries and he directed us to the Walmart. We said we'd rather shop somewhere local. Of course, he says "nothing around here anymore 'cept Walmart."

So off to the Walmart we went. We immediately saw the problem. Inside the sliding doors out front was a bulletin board that compared their weekly circular with those of "competitors." which in this case, were mom and pop shops from the surrounding towns.

seashellz
Jan 8, 2009, 03:27 PM
>>>Yeah it definitely cheapens the brand in the same way its cheapened the ipod line.
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...or else you look at it as increasing WAL Mart's sophistication
What next? $200 bottles of 1957 Dom Perinon? joke

No. This good it gets the APPLE brand name out to J6P.

MS is faltering-their ZOON keeps upping the ante of free stuff which is a clue.
If Apple could come out with a working x86 version of OS 10-it would be over

With the large group of hackers-they my be forced to;
people will still buy Mac-in fact a lot more will when they see how cool OS X is-they are just so much cooler to look at and use
'product experience migration' the marketers call it

I havent heard about COSTCO

branjosef
Jan 8, 2009, 05:08 PM
i just joined now to respond to this thing about walmart because i actually work in a connection center in the eau claire walmart here in wisconsin... and i was going to write this big response... but i thought.. why.. im happy where im at... and i dont need to battle people who think walmart is the end of the world.. so.. if you hate walmart that bad.. good for you... continue buying the same crap i buy at walmart... for way less than you pay for it... ive already sold a few iphones... people are excited that we do carry it.

I do think walmart is the root of all evil, but that doesn't mean that I think the people who work at the walmart stores are evil. I think you guys work way too hard and should be paid a hell of alot more. One of the reasons why I don't like walmart that much is because of the way they treat their employees. I have heard nothing but bad things. If your store is the exception than thats totally awesome. Keep up the good work.

Quillz
Jan 8, 2009, 07:03 PM
They already sell iPods at WM, so this really no big deal. I am surprised that that they are not selling the iPhone at Costco. Costco already has a phone booth that sells AT&T phones/services. Also, Costco customers are vastly more affluent that the typical Wal-Mart customer. Costco sells $5,000 Swiss watches for example.
And both Wal-Mart and Target sell $2,000 TVs. What's your point?

Quillz
Jan 8, 2009, 07:06 PM
Yeah it definitely cheapens the brand in the same way its cheapened the ipod line.
And yet this "cheapening" of the brand is also the same reason that everyone and their mother has an iPod and not any other MP3 player. You can thank this "cheapening" of the brand for Apple's record profits.

chris5977
Jan 9, 2009, 01:00 AM
To the person who has never heard of Costco. You're joking, right? It is number 29 on the Fortune 500 list!

http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/fortune500/2008/snapshots/2649.html

Costco also has over 50 million dues paying members and 544 gigantic stores.

It's all kind of silly, though. Why don't they just sell the damn things where ever any AT&T phone are sold? I don't get it.

Sehnsucht
Jan 9, 2009, 10:15 AM
OK mods, time to lock this thread. Walmart has had the iPhone for....um...let's see...only about the last MONTH or so!! Geez. I believe we've covered everything now, and learned a lot.

Oskee2001
Jan 9, 2009, 01:04 PM
can't we just keep it open so we can bash Walmart?

branjosef
Jan 9, 2009, 04:29 PM
So I predict that walmart will begin selling the iphone.... Heard it here first :cool: