Wal-Mart to begin selling iPhones in U.S. this month

Posted Dec 8, 2008 by Chris V. Thangham
According to Bloomberg sources within Wal-Mart, Apple's iPhone will be available in the store later this month. There has been no confirmation as of yet about previous rumours the phone will sell for $99.
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Recent rumors suggested Wal-Mart was planning to sell iPhones across the United States for a mere $99, making it the second big retailer after Best Buy to carry the iPhone. But there has been no confirmation from either Apple or Wal-Mart. Now, it looks like these rumors might turn out to be true.
Employees from the cell-phone departments at Wal-Mart confirmed this story to Bloomberg and told them they will begin selling iPhones this month. The employees were given training about iPhones and how to sell it. previously reported they received a tip from Apple indicating they would provide a 4GB iPhone 3G model at Wal-Mart for $99 with a two-year contract.
Wal-Mart has a huge customer base, so it makes sense for Apple. However, the company still comes under criticism for its partnership with AT&T, as iPhone customers are forced to buy plans from them. I would bet an unlocked iPhone that could be used on other networks (even if the phone is more expensive) would be a huge hit.