Walmart has announced that it will be offering both of the new iPhone models in their 16Gb versions, the 5c at $79 (a $20 saving) and the 5s at $189 (a $10 savings). Walmart offers the phones on Verizon, AT&T and Sprint.
What’s interesting here is that Apple Stores usually do price matching so it might be worth a try after waiting on line on launch day. Best Buy will also price match often, so this could trigger markdowns all over …
$20 is a significant reduction (20% off) for a launch and unprecedented in Apple’s iPhone launch history. Walmart will undoubtedly run out of stock quickly.
Pre-orders for the 5c start tomorrow, with pickup available from 20th September. Apple is not making the iPhone 5s available on pre-order, however, so you’ll need to wait until the 20th to order yours.
While the original iPhone 5 is still showing up online at $98, we’re hearing that it is – or soon will be – available in-store for $79: the same price as the 5c. That provides a choice of what is essentially the same phone in two different casings. The 4s price is also said to be coming down from $39 to 99 cents.