Walmart to undercut the competition with discounted iPhone 5S, 5C

By on September 13, 2013, 11:00 AM
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Walmart will be undercutting the competition with regards to the cost of the new iPhone 5S and 5C. The handsets, scheduled to arrive a week from today, will retail for $189 and $79, respectively, for 16GB variants.

This of course represents a $20 discount off the iPhone 5C and a $10 savings on the budget-minded plastic variant. Neither discount is substantial but they are noteworthy regardless as it is extremely rare to find any sort of price break on Apple products. It’s usually retail partners (often Walmart) that offer these kinds of discounts.

In related news, Walmart also launched a smartphone trade-in program for those in the US. The retailer will accept over 100 different smartphones at more than 3,600 retail locations. Examples of trade-in values include $300 for a working, non-damaged iPhone 5, $175 for a Galaxy S III and $52 for a Galaxy S II.

Apple unveiled two new iPhones during a media event earlier this week and while the flagship phone does offer some unique features like an integrated fingerprint reader and a first-of-its-kind 64-bit mobile processor, most critics expected more innovation from Cupertino. As a result, share value in Apple tanked following the announcement from around just shy of $500 per share to $468 and change as of writing.

The new iPhones are available for pre-order right now and will arrive in customers’ hands on September 20.




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Guest said:

In Bumfug, Arizona yesterday a dog urinated on a fire hydrant and was immediately arrested for littering, according to a front page story in the Bumfug Bulletin. That is what in the journalism business is called a big news story.

Guest said:

You failed to mention that you can't get the discount unless you have the special Walpple coupon.

m4a4 m4a4 said:

Unless this is done with apples blessing, apple will be taking away certain perks (if I remember correctly). They don't like it when these things aren't prices like they want it to be...

Guest said:

$10 dollars off is news?

Who would have thunk?

KG363 KG363 said:

"This of course represents a $20 discount off the iPhone 5C and a $10 savings on the budget-minded plastic variant. "

Please proofread your articles.

MilwaukeeMike said:

$10 dollars off is news?

It is because it's never happened before. The real news is 'how' Walmart is able to do it. The answer to that isn't known, but as this story points out, Walmart is either giving Apple the finger, or has their blessing to do it because Apple is trying to appeal to the 'budget shopper' and if there's one thing Walmart has a lot of it's 'budget shoppers'.

Either way, this should guarantee that plenty of Walmart customers get their Apple 5C phones at 20% off, and I'm sure there's nothing that would make Steve Jobs roll over faster in his grave than the thought of his beautiful exclusive brand being represented by your average Walmart customer.

Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

$10 dollars off is news?

It is because it's never happened before. The real news is 'how' Walmart is able to do it. The answer to that isn't known, but as this story points out, Walmart is either giving Apple the finger, or has their blessing to do it because Apple is trying to appeal to the 'budget shopper' and if there's one thing Walmart has a lot of it's 'budget shoppers'.

Either way, this should guarantee that plenty of Walmart customers get their Apple 5C phones at 20% off, and I'm sure there's nothing that would make Steve Jobs roll over faster in his grave than the thought of his beautiful exclusive brand being represented by your average Walmart customer.

I don't think it makes a difference who buys where. Even some rich folk shop at Walmart. There's nothing like saving a buck. Why pay more than you have to.

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