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Walmart slashes price of iPhone 3GS by $100 starting today

Well, we can't say that this is totally unexpected, but we just didn't expect for this price cut to take effect so soon. According to CNN Money, Walmart is cutting the price of the 16GB iPhone 3G to just $97, which represents a $100 price cut from its usual price.

The move comes just two weeks ahead of the official announcement of the iPhone 4G (although we've all seen pretty much every angle of the upcoming smartphone). The price cut could either be an effort to clear out inventory ahead of the iPhone 4G launch or more likely, it will become the new entry-level iPhone model.

If you recall, when the iPhone 3GS launched around this time last year, it was priced at $199 and $299 respectively for the 16GB and 32GB models. The older 8GB iPhone 3G was reduced in price to $99 to snag more price conscious buyers.

However, the $100 price cut really means little in the grand scheme of things considering that the phone is going to cost you at least $1,680 over the course of a two-year contract in service fees alone.

In other Apple news, the company today kicked off its annual back-to-school promotion. Customers who buy a qualifying MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, or iMac computer can get a free 8GB iPod touch after a mail-in rebate.


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By kyleb2112 on 5/25/2010 7:59:08 AM , Rating: 2
Can I buy one without a contract to use as a glorified MP3 player?

RE: Contract?
By ltcommanderdata on 5/25/2010 8:02:44 AM , Rating: 4
You mean an iPod Touch?

RE: Contract?
By plewis00 on 5/25/2010 10:27:59 AM , Rating: 2

But in fairness I use my 3GS at the moment with a data-only SIM card in it, so it has more functionality than the Touch there (this happened because I handed back my company SIM and didn't want to pay for two lines) - so there might be a genuine benefit over an iPod Touch for the OP.

RE: Contract?
By Taft12 on 5/25/2010 3:05:30 PM , Rating: 2
So can this be used as a plain old iPod touch???

RE: Contract?
By plewis00 on 5/25/2010 4:12:55 PM , Rating: 2
If it has no SIM card the iPhone operates just like an iPod Touch with the benefits of GPS and a camera for stills and video.

Yes, once activated, it does operate without a SIM card.

RE: Contract?
By kyleb2112 on 5/26/2010 3:45:59 AM , Rating: 2
An Ipod Touch with the option to upgrade in the future. Normally I wouldn't go anywhere near Apple, but I want to control it through my car stereo, and I don't think anyone else has got that controls scheme nailed down yet.

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