Thursday, November 20, 2008

Rumor: iPhone 3G Coming to Walmart

The Boy Genius Report is reporting that select Walmart stores will start carrying the iPhone 3G, on December 28. About 2,500 Walmart locations will offer the device, according to the site, as will 69 Sam's Club locations.

The site claims to have "confirmation" in the form of leaked internal Walmart correspondence. Here are the details as they have posted them:

We are pleased to announce that Wal-Mart has reached agreement with Apple to offer iPhone 3G in Wal-Mart and Wal-Mart-managed Sam’s Club* Connection Centers nationwide beginning December 28, 2008. AT&T will support Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club with the activation process for iPhone 3G, and we need all National Retail employees engaged to ensure a successful launch.

*NOTE: This product launch DOES NOT apply to SC Kiosks within Sam’s Club managed by Radio Shack.

Wal-Mart has communicated the following launch plans and execution timeline to their employees:

  • iPhone 3G will be available in-store only beginning 12/28/08
  • New and existing customers in good standing can purchase iPhone 3G with a 2 year contract
  • iPhone 3G transactions only will be processed through, not the kiosk

Execution Timeline:

  • 12/2 – 12/5: AT&T / Wal-Mart MEM Classroom Training for Store Leads
  • 12/3 – 12/19: AT&T In-Store Training
  • 12/26 – 12/27: AT&T In-Store Refresher Training
  • 12/28: Nationwide Launch
  • 12/28 – 12/30: Wal-Mart and AT&T War Room Support

No mention of pricing or any potential drop in cost is mentioned in the alleged leak. If the rumor is true we might see a price drop similar to that of the discounted G-1.

Walmart would neither directly confirm nor deny the report. A spokesperson told PC World that "Walmart has not made an official announcement about offering the iPhone."

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