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.