The White House has issued a response to a petition signed by 114,000+ U.S. cellphone owners asking their government to support the rights of consumers to unlock their cellphones.
When you think of the White House, you think top security, intelligence, secrecy and Technology. In my mind, I picture the oval office like a sophisticated Starship Enterprise. Drop down screens, high tech video conferencing, voice recognition software, basically, all the things that are possible but extremely costly to implement.
If you're one of those bargain hunters, the kind of person who will use one year old tech in order to save some significant cash, today is the day to upgrade your original iPhone 2G! Walmart is now offering the 16GB iPhone 3GS for only $97 (with a two-year AT&T ankle bracelet of course).
I upgraded my 2G when the 3G model came out, but I skipped picking up the 3GS because I didn't feel the upgrade was significant enough. If the 4G model doesn't offer anything you can't live with out, the $97 3GS might be a perfect option.
Apple hosted their quarterly earnings conference call for Q1 of 2009, during which Apple COO (and current stand-in for CEO Steve Jobs) answered a lot of questions people have had about the iPhone and Apple's direction with the current state of the economy and Jobs not currently at the reigns. During the call they touched on topics including the possibility of a lower-cost iPhone, their move to get the iPhone at Walmart, and their stance on protecting their intellectual property rights.
Just as they announced, Walmart stores around the United States became the fourth retail location in the United States to offer the iPhone 3G, joining Best Buy as a third-party retailer of the device. There were no surprises about pricing, with both 8GB and 16GB models selling at $197 and $297, respectively. The move by Apple will help them bring in people that don't shop at Best Buy, Apple or AT&T stores. In all the... excitement?... someone made a video of one of the new iPhone displays, so if you're really bored you can see it after the break.
After all of the rumors that Walmart would be getting the iPhone soon, we were pretty convinced that it was going to happen anyway, but the company has finally announced it to be true, with an official launch date of December 28 (this Sunday). The announcement also put rumors of a $99 iPhone 3G to rest. The official starting price will be $2 less than in Apple, AT&T and BestBuy stores at $197 for the 8GB and $279 for the 16GB with a 2-year AT&T contract. [via Yahoo!]
Walmart has finally openly confirmed they will eventually be launching the iPhone 3G in their stores nationwide. Still not providing a formal announcement of any kind, stores have began displaying advertisements for the device reading "iPhone 3G: Now at Walmart" ahead of the scheduled roll-out. Image after the break.
More evidence of a Walmart iPhone launch has been uncovered. Engadget has gotten their hands on a leaked internal memo stating plans to launch the iPhone in Walmart stores on December 28 at 9 a.m. Ironically, it also states that Walmart has signed an NDA with Apple, which would explain why they haven't said anything about it to the public.
Walmart has launched a new version of their website that has been formatted to fit the iPhone's screen. Now when you visit Walmart.com on your iPhone or iPod touch, you'll be redirected to an iPhone-specific version that will let you browse products by catigory, view specials, and get a list of approved $4 prescriptions.
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.