The retailer Sam’s Club is reportedly offering the Apple iPhone 4 at $147 with a two-year AT&T contract, down from the usual price of $200. This is a rare opportunity, as Apple’s smartphone is almost never selling below the regular price.
The Apple iPhone 3GS is supposedly going for $47 with a two-year contract. It’s price elsewhere is $100 with contract.
A membership to Sam’s Club is required to make any purchase, and this costs $50. This means that joining just to get this deal does not make sense.
The Verizon Factor?
If this unconfirmed report is correct, it will mean that Apple has changed a long-held policy. This company has never before allowed a retailer to sell the iPhone below the standard price until just before the device is going to be replaced with a new version.
However, the current circumstances are not usual. There are persistent but unconfirmed reports that Verizon is going to offer the iPhone 4 early next year, ending the lock on Apple’s smartphone that AT&T has enjoyed since 2007. AT&T is reportedly trying to sell as many iPhones as it can before it has to face direct competition.
An Overview of the Apple iPhone 4
This smartphone has a 3.5-inch, 960 x 640 touchscreen, and its also one of the first smartphones with a front-facing camera, allowing users to make video calls.
The iPhone 4 runs iOS 4.2, on a 1 GHz Apple A4 processor. The version reportedly on sale from Sam’s Club has 16 GB of storage capacity.