Walmart to Sell iPhone 5c for $27, iPhone 5s for $127 Beginning Friday

mrhick01

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I honestly wish apple sold their products as luxury tech items still. I miss the days when only well paid individuals could afford their devices, now everyone can and it makes me feel not as cool about owning them. That's what most people probably want to say but don't for fear of looking pretentious but it's true.
Well, at least you do not have that fear.
 

Boatboy24

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Anyone know if they let you walk out without activating the device? My wife has thus far resisted assimilation into the world of smartphones, but she's getting weaker lately. :) This just might be the deal to break her. But I don't want to buy it for her if I can't return it the day after Christmas when she tells me to take it back. (unopened, of course) :)
 

TheAppleFairy

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If you do a search on their website, searches for specifically the 5s and 5c will redirect you to an Apple.com style page, which will redirect you to a store locator.

But if you search for an original 5, you get all sorts of options for prepaid. $549 for a 16gb on Straight Talk, $599 for a 64gb on Net10, and so on.

5S 16gb on Straight Talk or Net10 is $649.

Further down you will see other Straight Talk options with a month of service thrown in for free.

Most of them are sold out online, though.
Thanks, I think once Apple makes the base model 32gb I will feel better about their pricing. With all the options we have today for prepaid and discounted plans for bringing your own device, I will probably go with unlocked for my next iPhone.
 

kdarling

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I honestly wish apple sold their products as luxury tech items still. I miss the days when only well paid individuals could afford their devices, now everyone can and it makes me feel not as cool about owning them. That's what most people probably want to say but don't for fear of looking pretentious but it's true.
That might be said of Apple computers in general, and contract free iPhones in poorer countries.

OTOH, subsidized iPhones are hardly an exclusive "luxury item"... at least, not any more than any other smartphone... as the lower upfront cost has allowed tens / hundreds of millions of people to buy them.
 

osofast240sx

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This is becoming ridculas. How the hell does Tim Cook allow the 5C to be sold for $27?! He's hurting Apple's entire premium brand image. Steve would never have allowed that. In fact, I doubt Steve would've allowed the iPhone to to even be sold at Wal Mart in the first place.
$27 + a contract. The premium is in the quality of the product not how much you put down on it. I put $10,000 down on my BMW I could have put $2,000 down. Does that hurt BMW's premium image????

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Thanks, I think once Apple makes the base model 32gb I will feel better about their pricing. With all the options we have today for prepaid and discounted plans for bringing your own device, I will probably go with unlocked for my next iPhone.
32gb base not going to happen ever!!!
 

ElTorro

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I'd rather pay full price online or at the Apple store if it meant I could avoid the Wal-Mart clientele and staff. Oh yeah. I went there.
I bet most people who shop at Walmart are harder working people than you are and they value their hard earned money. There is no reason to look down on people who shop there. Based on the maturity of your comment, I bet you are still spending your allowance from your parents.
 

eiuro

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This is becoming ridculas. How the hell does Tim Cook allow the 5C to be sold for $27?! He's hurting Apple's entire premium brand image. Steve would never have allowed that. In fact, I doubt Steve would've allowed the iPhone to to even be sold at Wal Mart in the first place.
Uh.. I think you're forgetting that Wal-Mart is taking a huge loss on the deal. Not to mention once a retailer buys an iPhone they can sell if for as little as they want because ultimately they are taking the loss. So Apple actually has nothing to do with these sales. Brick+Martar stores like Best Buy, Target and Wal-Mart are ok with taking a loss in order to drive traffic into the store. Now if Apple price matches Wal-Mart at $127 then thats a whole other story.
 

IJ Reilly

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Uh.. I think you're forgetting that Wal-Mart is taking a huge loss on the deal. Not to mention once a retailer buys an iPhone they can sell if for as little as they want because ultimately they are taking the loss. So Apple actually has nothing to do with these sales. Brick+Martar stores like Best Buy, Target and Wal-Mart are ok with taking a loss in order to drive traffic into the store. Now if Apple price matches Wal-Mart at $127 then thats a whole other story.
I doubt they are taking a loss on them. This assumes you know how much the carriers pass through to the retailers for the contracts they sell, which you don't.
 

thehustleman

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Uh.. I think you're forgetting that Wal-Mart is taking a huge loss on the deal. Not to mention once a retailer buys an iPhone they can sell if for as little as they want because ultimately they are taking the loss. So Apple actually has nothing to do with these sales. Brick+Martar stores like Best Buy, Target and Wal-Mart are ok with taking a loss in order to drive traffic into the store. Now if Apple price matches Wal-Mart at $127 then thats a whole other story.
Actually apple has retailers sign deals that say they can't lower the price without permission.

Apple had to approve it.

It's a good thing they did
 

IJ Reilly

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Actually apple has retailers sign deals that say they can't lower the price without permission.

Apple had to approve it.

It's a good thing they did
I believe this would be illegal. What Apple can enforce if they choose is MAP (minimum advertised price), but I'm not even sure that applies to what amounts to a copayment towards the prices paid by the carriers.
 

switcher3365

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It's not worth it. It took me 3 hours to buy the 5s at Walmart this past weekend. I even had to argue with them about getting the gift card.
 

JackieInCo

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Every time Walmart is mentioned in selling iPhones/iPads, people complain about it hurting Apples image. Using an iPhone/iPad doesn't make you cool. Maybe in the first few years it did but now everyone has a touch screen phone and lots of people actually hate iPhones/iPads now.
 

Tiger8

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I'd rather pay full price online or at the Apple store if it meant I could avoid the Wal-Mart clientele and staff. Oh yeah. I went there.
Humble down dude. What a snobby thing to say. It is good to keep it balanced and real, not everything in life is shiny and modern like Apple store and bloomingdales and neiman marcus, it's good to mix it up. I am at a point in my career where I can afford whatever I want, but I go to walmart sometimes. There is nothing wrong with that. Their staff are some of the friendliest I have seen, and the clientele are from all walks of life, most of which btw are hard working Americans.

Things never last my friend, and some humiltiy goes a long way.
 

RenoG

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Now try finding one of heavily discounted phones. Last time they did this no one had them in stock.
 

Eduardo1971

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I ended up buying my dad his first 'smart' phone this past weekend. I ended up buying him a 16 GB iPhone 5c. Went to Target but they sold out their stock (it was on sale for $49.99); so we went to Best Buy and I was able to purchase it for $49.99.

Just this year I've purchased a iPhone 5 (for my wife), an iPhone 5s (me), and a iPhone 5c (dad).
 

switcher3365

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Anyone been to a Wal Mart yet today? Did they have a decent supply?
Just call the store before you arrive. That's what I did last week. Just be warned. You may have to wait a while when you get there and the employees may have NO clue how to do the contract process.
 

Boatboy24

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Just call the store before you arrive. That's what I did last week. Just be warned. You may have to wait a while when you get there and the employees may have NO clue how to do the contract process.
I went around 5pm yesterday. Plenty in stock, and plenty of help. But you have to activate on the spot.
 

Markrose

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Man, remember when iPhones were $600 for the 8GB model? Everybody complained and wanted a lower price! So, when the iPhone 3G was announced, Steve took the suggestion, and made the iPhone something like ~$200 cheaper. And who says Steve isn't nice.