Try not to think of it as just a ten spot. Think of it as a bucket of thighs and drumsticks at Kentucky Fried Chicken or maybe an appetizer at TGIFridays…
APP.com reports that Apple’s only third-party retail iPhone partner, Best Buy, has cut prices for the remainder of the year. So, the cash on the barrelhead price for the 8GB model is now $189.99 and 16GB, $289.99, making them the lowest advertised prices available.
Further, Best Buy’s price includes free email set-up by the retailer’s tech-support team, The Geek Squad, a service that the electronics retailer values at $30.
Valid or not, APP.com attributes Best Buy’s pricing moves to increased competition and specifically to the fact that Wal-Mart will begin selling the 3G iPhone on Sunday, December 28th. Thereupon, internal Wal-Mart documents have shown that the retail behemoth will sell the 8GB model for $197 and 16GB for $297.
[Update] Associates who answered the phone at my local Best Buy knew nothing about a price reduction and couldn’t find any reference to such on the company’s website.
The biggest price drop of all?
Earlier today, Blorge reported the appearance of a case designed to hold an “iPhone nano.” These rumors sometimes pan out (ie the tall thin iPod nano) and sometimes don’t (ie bogus 3G iPhone tooling), so don’t start holding your breath just yet.
However, if Apple is indeed planning an iPhone nano in the near term, it’s certain to be tagged well below the full-size 8GB iPhone’s SRP, perhaps the much hoped for $99 price point.
What to do? Well, if you’re wanting an iPhone either as a gift or for yourself, Best Buy’s got the best price right now. Moreover, there’s absolutely no guaranty the iPhone is now or ever will be real…
What’s your take?