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Apple gets another partner for its iPhone 3G

Up until this point, Apple's iPhone 3G has been available for purchase from AT&T retail stores and Apple Stores across the United States. Starting September 7, consumers will be able to add another authorized retailer to the list in the U.S. -- Best Buy.

Best Buy announced today that it will make Apple's iPhone 3G available in its 970 stores and 16 of its Best Buy Mobile stores. The electronics giant already sells Apple notebooks, desktops, and iPod music players, so adding the iPhone 3G seems like a proper fit.

"We had a lot of work to do, obviously, to get in a position where Apple and AT&T would feel good about Best Buy Mobile carrying it, and that's what we've done in the last 18 months," said Best Buy Mobile president Shawn Score.

"It solidifies us as the place to go for the cool stuff," Score added. "Our customers are looking for this product."

The news of Best Buy's iPhone 3G coup comes just days after the company announced that it finished upgrading the cell phone departments of its stores and provided over 250,000 hours of training for its employees to handle cell phone purchases and activations.

According to Michael Cote, an analyst for Cote Collaborative, Apple had sold over three million iPhone 3Gs globally since the device launched on July 11. The phone passed the one million mark during the first three days. Apple new venture with Best Buy should help it achieve its goal of 10 million units sold by the end of 2008.

Apple's iPhone 3G sells for $199 for the 8GB model and $299 for the 16GB model -- both prices are attached to a two-year contract.

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It just had to be Best Buy...
By Kromis on 8/13/2008 4:35:04 PM , Rating: 1
Why couldn't it just be Circuit City?

RE: It just had to be Best Buy...
By mholler on 8/13/2008 5:02:03 PM , Rating: 2
Because CC and their stupid mail-in rebates needs to go to retailer heaven. I used to buy from them all the time, but now I just check their price and have Best Buy price match without the hassle of the mail-in rebate. Of course, I spend more time at Fry's than either of them.

RE: It just had to be Best Buy...
By Aquila76 on 8/13/2008 6:45:47 PM , Rating: 3
Because CC and their stupid mail-in rebates needs to go to retailer hell ....

Fixed that for you. CC has gone tremendously downhill in the last couple years, ever since their first round of closings. They hire the cheapest salespeople who seem to be more ignorant of a product than a CNet reviewer. It seems to be a chore for the cashier to be bothered to check you out, when they could be OMG TXTing their BFF Jill instead. No more CC for me, thanks; I'm buying.

RE: It just had to be Best Buy...
By HrilL on 8/13/2008 9:21:42 PM , Rating: 3
The problem was when they switched off their commission system. Back then their sales people knew a lot more and those people left long ago. Also yeah they would try to push more expensive stuff on you but at least they new more than the dirt clod in the planter of the parking lot. The same can't be said about the people who they currently have working there.

In related news...
By ultimatebob on 8/13/2008 11:23:45 PM , Rating: 5
Monster just announced their new "Premium" line of $99 iPhone docks and charging cables to sell at Best Buy.

I can't wait... I've heard that those new gold plated oxygen free data cables really help to improve data synching speed! ;)

Best Buy sunk to a new low.
By LatinMessiah on 8/15/2008 1:22:48 PM , Rating: 2
After hearing all the problems associated with the iPhone 3G, they are still going to carry it?

By sgtdisturbed47 on 8/18/2008 2:35:49 AM , Rating: 2
Problems? Shoot, it lacks basic features! No native vid recording, no MMS (you have to email pics or vids), no native Push email (you have to have a paid subscription to MobileME in order to have push email, otherwise your email is simply Synced every 15 mins), no stereo bluetooth headphone support (A2DP Bluetooth), you can't swap memory cards, you MUST have an iTunes account (requires a credit card/debit card) in order to copy songs from your PC or Mac over to the iPhone 3G, no upgradeable batteries for longer battery life (battery life also sucks on the iPhone 3G, mainly 'cuz of 3G). Another problem is you pretty much can't fully use the iPhone one-handed. There's always something that requires 2 hands with that phone.

Overall, it looks cool and all, but it lacks features that even 3-year-old smartphones have. All them iPhones sold due to hype and a pretty interface. I'd rather actually have basic functions that every other friggin smartphone has.

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