Apple iPhone 3GS Selling for $97 at Wal-Mart
The 16GB version of Apple's iPhone 3GS now retails for $97 at Wal-Mart stores, representing a substantial price reduction in the weeks before the rumored unveiling of the next-generation iPhone at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference. The deal does not extend to the 32GB version of the iPhone 3GS, which still retails for $297. The next iPhone is expected to include a higher-resolution screen and larger battery. Apple CEO Steve Jobs plans to give the June 7 keynote address at WWDC, an indicator to many that a big product announcement is in the works.Apple's 16GB iPhone 3GS now retails for $97 at Wal-Mart stores with a two-year contract, a massive price reduction in the weeks before a next-generation iPhone is expected to make its official debut at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference. The deal, which does not extend to the 32GB version of the popular smartphone, is available only in stores and not online. The question is whether this current deal is one of Wal-Mart's regular price cuts, or if it somehow reflects on the rumored unveiling of an iPhone 4G.
"Probably a combination of both," NPD Group analyst Stephen Baker told eWEEK in a May 25 e-mail. "Wal-Mart loves to advertise new low-price-type deals, regardless of where in the life cycle the product is. They are more likely than most to jump on an opportunity to reduce the price on the 3GS even with the fact that most people know something new is likely available soon. Their customer, and their general philosophy, is focused on looking for that type of deal."