iPhone G3 Hits Walmart Shelves Sunday

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The popular cell phone and multimedia device will arrive at the mega-retailer earlier than anticipated, but just in time for the post-holiday bargain shopping bonzana.


Just in time for the after-Christmas bargain bonanza, Walmart will begin stocking the Apple iPhone 3G in nearly 2,500 stories across the U.S. beginning Sunday, Dec. 28.

In a much anticipated deal with Apple, Walmart will carry the black 8 GB iPhone 3G for $197 and the 16 BG black or white models for $297. Each iPhone sale will require a two-year service agreement with AT&T, the exclusive carrier of the iPhone.

"We are delighted to bring customers this ground-breaking mobile technology," said Gary Severson, Walmart’s senior vice president of Entertainment, in a statement. "Our electronics associates have been preparing for many weeks for the arrival of iPhone 3G. We are excited to now help new customers learn more about the features and services that make the iPhone unique."

Apple made no statement available for the Walmart iPhone announcement.

Early reports place Apple as one of the few electronics winners this holiday shopping season. While consumer and B2B computer and electronics manufacturers struggled to find their footing amid the receding economy, Apple’s iPod Nanos and iPhones continued to fair well.

Apple’s iPhone 3G continues as a best-seller, despite impressive gains by established rivals RIM—maker of the Blackberry Storm—and Samsung.

Lawrence Walsh Lawrence Walsh is editor of Baseline magazine, overseeing print and online editorial content and the strategic direction of the publication. He is also a regular columnist for Ziff Davis Enterprise's Channel Insider. Mr. Walsh is well versed in IT technology and issues, and he is an expert in IT security technologies and policies, managed services, business intelligence software and IT reseller channels. An award-winning journalist, Mr. Walsh has served as editor of CMP Technology's VARBusiness and GovernmentVAR magazines, and TechTarget's Information Security magazine. He has written hundreds of articles, analyses and commentaries on the development of reseller businesses, the IT marketplace and managed services, as well as information security policy, strategy and technology. Prior to his magazine career, Mr. Walsh was a newspaper editor and reporter, having held editorial positions at the Boston Globe, MetroWest Daily News, Brockton Enterprise and Community Newspaper Company.

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