Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus, although he's coming to Wal-Mart a bit late. Confirming what we and many other sites have been saying for quite some time
, Wal-Mart has finally announced
that sales of the iPhone 3G will begin on Dec. 28th, Sunday.
Of course, since some stores had been putting out in-store displays
, it wasn't really all that much of a secret.
As expected, there's only going to be a slight $2 discount, with 8GB models selling for $197 and 16GB models for $297 (new customer or qualified for an upgrade, and a two-year contract). Wal-Mart does have a price match policy, and Best Buy
is currently selling iPhones at a $10 discount, until Dec. 31st, so don't forget that.
And no, no $99 iPhone anywhere in sight.
Gary Severson, senior vice president, Entertainment, Walmart said:
"We are delighted to bring customers this ground-breaking mobile technology. 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."
The press release also noted that the iPhone has "3G networking that is twice as fast" but added the caveat "*Based on 3G and EDGE testing. Actual speeds vary by site conditions." Nice CYA.