Wal-Mart slashes iPhone 5s, 5c pricing ahead of new flagship rollout

By Shawn Knight ยท 14 replies
Jun 27, 2014
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  1. Wal-Mart has slashed the price of current-model iPhones as new handsets from Apple loom on the horizon. An entry-level iPhone 5s with 16GB of storage can now be had for just $99 with a two-year contract from AT&T, Sprint, US...

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  2. Guest17

    Guest17 TS Enthusiast Posts: 92   +37

    What is a two-year contract, anyway?
  3. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 7,672   +413

    I think a 2 year contract is where you MUST stay with a certain carrier for that period of time. Once its expired, I guess you can change the carrier.
    If I'm not correct, others will correct me.
    I have an iPhone but not for phone purposes. Just web ,camera & video. :)
  4. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,726   +3,700

    2-year contract is becoming the carrier ***** for two years. That is unless you are willing to pay an early termination fee, for canceling services before the contract is finished.
    Jad Chaar and learninmypc like this.
  5. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,006   +2,532

    Apple should put up a store next to every Walmart, and put them out of business for wh*ring down the price of their phones! :mad:
  6. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 7,672   +413

    I don't understand, unless you're just being you? :)
    Doesn't Apple get their $$$ regardless of what other stores sell it for?
  7. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,006   +2,532

    I'm being me. :rolleyes:

    Well, I think if you walked into an Apple store to buy the phone, you would pay list price. (Didn't research this, just a guess).

    Now, the amortized price of the phone is included in the contract charges. But I doubt if you could explain that to the average Walmart customer. They would swear up and down they got the, "best deal ever". Hence my irony.
  8. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,726   +3,700

    Here I was thinking Apple would sue to make sure prices stay high regardless of whether it effected them directly.
  9. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 7,672   +413

  10. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,006   +2,532

    Apple has sued many, many people for much less.

    I still like my idea of putting an Apple store next to every Walmart. They could rent the Walmart rednecks ascots and dinner jackets when they entered. Then explain how buying the iPhone from them at list price, would work wonders for their self esteem.
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  11. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    And here I was under the impression that if you wanted to sell your iPhone privately you were under obligation to let Apple know so they could get a chop on your take. You know, like the taxman operates.
  12. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,006   +2,532

    With all the crap about unlocking phones being a crime, I suppose it could be compared to software, where you NEVER really own your phone, Apple just licenses it to you. So you're not really allowed to sell it, you have to give it a ritual burial, (hashtag, "21 gun salute"), kneeling in front of its tiny apple shaped coffin, while praying toward Cupertino California.

    In the early days of the iPhone, warriors would eat their fallen companion, believing they could acquire Siri's wisdom.
    Last edited: Jun 28, 2014
  13. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 3,000   +1,319

    pretty much. you can buy your way out of the contract but its expensive.
  14. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    You should get in touch with the carriers about making this the new explanation for 2-year contact: "You become our b***h for 2 years dawg!"
    cliffordcooley likes this.
  15. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,474   +126

    Contracts were the way the Wireless Companies took a hold of your earnings. Now you don't have to be on a lock down and go non-contract way. In the end no matter what the extra cellular nodes that are not used by the contracts are what they have for non-contracts. Same line etc. The racket has gone out of control. No matter what the phones you get for free to very low you're still paying for them during the 2 year agreement. What happen to SAT Phones never available or just cost too high to have everyone on system.

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