Analyst: Walmart Could Sell 4.5 Million iPhone 3Gs In 2009

There’s been a lot of talk about Walmart getting the iPhone 3G some time in the coming months, but do Walmart shoppers really want an expensive handset like the iPhone when they can walk a few feet and get a GoPhone for $15? Gene Munster says yes, to the tune of 4.5 million units, if they chose to do so.

He says that the 4.5 million mark in 2009 is “achievable” if the iPhone 3G appears at all 3,500 of Walmart’s locations across the U.S. That’s a lot of iPhone sales, especially given that he expects the 208 Apple Stores to sell the same amount in the same period.

“We do not believe that Street numbers accurately reflect the potential impact from Walmart stores on iPhone sales in 2009,” Munster told investors.

He also still maintains his belief that there will be 45 million iPhones sold next year.

He also added that the chance of a sub-$100 iPhone 3G at Walmart was unlikely, but possible.

[via Cult of Mac]

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