Best Buy To Be First Independent iPhone 3G Reseller In US
BestBuy has officially announced that they will be selling the iPhone 3G in the United States starting on September 7th. Rumors that Best Buy was interested in operating as an iPhone reseller started a year ago, followed by rumors this June that Apple had sealed deals with Best Buy and Radio Shack.
This is the first time that an independent chain will be selling the iPhone alongside Apple and AT&T in the US. “We had a lot of work to do, obviously, to get in a position where Apple and AT&T would feel good about Best Buy Mobile carrying it, and that’s what we’ve done in the last 18 months,” said Shawn Score, president of Best Buy Mobile.
While it is a first, it was not all that surprising, given that Best Buy also offers iPods and Macs.
Last week, Best Buy announced that they completed a two-year conversion of their stores to include upgraded cell phone departments, upgrading computer systems for cellphone activation and devoting 250,000 hours of training their employees.