Target to Carry iPhone Beginning November 7th

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Retail store chain Target today announced that it will begin carrying the iPhone as of November 7th in its 846 stores that offer Target Mobile centers. Target will carry both the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 3GS, and will offer quick, on-the-spot activation.
"At Target we continue to offer our guests the best in electronics so we’re happy to add iPhone to our Target Mobile offerings," said Mark Schindele, senior vice president, merchandising, Target. "With expert support from Target Mobile specialists and in-store activation, our guests will be able to leave the store with a new, working iPhone3GS or iPhone4 in-hand."
Target began selling the iPad in early October, and thus it is no surprise that the retailer has picked up the iPhone as well. Rival Wal-Mart has been selling the iPhone since December 2008, and launched iPad sales just a few weeks after Target.

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Dooger

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Guests? What are they trying to achieve by making their customers sound like hotel patrons?
 

paul4339

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Guests? What are they trying to achieve by making their customers sound like hotel patrons?
'guests' ... you know, like the people that line up and camp outside the store, the night before ...


P.
 

rwilliams

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Guests? What are they trying to achieve by making their customers sound like hotel patrons?
Don't the Apple Store workers refer to their customers as guests?

Oh, and cue the "the iPhone shouldn't be sold in such a common store" idiots.
 

Don Kosak

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Extremely cool.

The more distribution the better. Apple needs to make it easier to get an iPhone to reduce some of the Android acceleration.
 

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Dooger said:
Guests? What are they trying to achieve by making their customers sound like hotel patrons?
You have never worked retail that is obvious.
 

Dooger

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Don't the Apple Store workers refer to their customers as guests?

Oh, and cue the "the iPhone shouldn't be sold in such a common store" idiots.
Don't think so. And I'm pretty sure the online store refers to Customer Service, not Guest Services.

Also, there's really got to be a moratorium on the third or fourth message of these threads being a pre-emptive "cue the trolls/fanboys/snobs/riff-raff" prediction. It's getting old dude.
 

rwilliams

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Don't think so. And I'm pretty sure the online store refers to Customer Service, not Guest Services.

Also, there's really got to be a moratorium on the third or fourth message of these threads being a pre-emptive "cue the trolls/fanboys/snobs/riff-raff" prediction. It's getting old dude.
So is the arrival of the aforementioned groups, dude.

In any event, I'm certain I've heard the Apple Store people refer to us as guests before.
 

Dooger

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So is the arrival of the aforementioned groups, dude.
Indeed. Either way I think we've all enough experience of these boards to not have to sit waiting for the "UH OH, I know what's a-gonna happen next!" post. Maybe you should head over to a Movie Forum and post spoilers on threads about movies you've already seen.
 

rwilliams

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Indeed. Either way I think we've all enough experience of these boards to not have to sit waiting for the "UH OH, I know what's a-gonna happen next!" post. Maybe you should head over to a Movie Forum and post spoilers on threads about movies you've already seen.
It's a message board. It ain't that serious. I'll refrain from posting such a thing again if you'll chill out over something so insignificant.
 

C. Alan

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Ehh... Not really news. I imagine targes makes next to nothing on the phones, but pushed excessories.
 

rdstoll

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Target. Wal-Mart. Sam's Club.

Apple following the tried-and-true path of every 'growth' company that finds itself unable to meet ever-lofty sales expectations from the investor community. If this isn't a clear sign that the growth story has hit its peak I don't know what is.
 

jayducharme

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I wonder if there'll be any difference in the buying experience at Target, compared to the WalMart or Best Buy sales people who really don't know the product that well. The nice thing about Apple is they know their product and they know its benefits. Other retail store staff might view it as just another phone, and will simply push whichever model the sales people know best.

It's nice that Apple products besides iPods are branching out into other retail stores, but I hope now that they've worked out their production glitches. Apple had enough trouble getting iPhones into their own stores this summer, never mind having to stock more big retailers in addition.
 

kuwxman

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First off, I don't care the iPhone is for sale at Target. More locations the better. What I do find funny is the positives/negatives vote. When it was announced that the iPhone would be sold at Walmart the votes were largely on the negative side. Yet here we are adding a similar large box retailer and the votes are largely popular, lol.

edit: Memory may be slightly fuzzy. Only stories I could find relating to this had the votes basically split right down the middle.
 
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