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Walmart drops prices on iPhone 5C, 5S

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 12 Sep 2013 22:24 User comments (13)

Walmart drops prices on iPhone 5C, 5S Just days after Apple unveiled their two new devices, Walmart has already dropped the price on the iPhone 5C and 5S.
With a two-year contract, the devices will sell for $79 or $189, respectively, for the 16GB models. Apple sells the 5C for $99 and the 5S for $199.

Pre-orders begin on Friday and the devices will go on sale next week, on September 20.

Walmart says if you wait until the 21st, you can use the company's new trade-in program to save some money while exchanging your existing smartphone.

The iPhone 5 will also drop to $79, while the iPhone 4S has dropped to 97 cents with contract.

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13 user comments

113.9.2013 11:13

Wow...they're desperate already and it's not even out yet...lolol! I don't think even this is going to raise their market share...I think it's funny too that the Windows OS is catching up to them or in some areas surpassing iOS...TOO funny!

213.9.2013 20:53

The main problem Apple has is that, unlike Android and Windows Phone, their market share is at best static, if not shrinking from time to time.

313.9.2013 22:44

It may be shrinking only because Android devices are eating up the low end of the market (in emerging markets, like India, China, and Brazil). Apple has made it clear it doesn't want to 'race' to the bottom.

Domestically, iPhones have been proven more reliable and more desirable by the corporate enterprises and other persons with more disposable income. Another reason for that is the 'quality' of apps available.

Now that's not completely Android's fault... but iOS devs have to program for less than a half dozen devices/resolutions. While Android devs have to think of at least 10x as many configurations. The easier path of development often has the better apps.

Don't get me wrong, Samsung have brought their A game with the Galaxy S and Note series (and upcoming smart watch), however ios users never have to guess 'when's the next OS coming to 'MY' device'. ios is upgraded at the same time.

BTW, Walmart is the one discounting the device in order to increase it's commissions on the activation / contract. (which is about $50 per phone.) I'd say that'll give them an edge over an AT&T/Verizon/Best Buy store.

414.9.2013 3:38

Originally posted by sternrulez:
Wow...they're desperate already and it's not even out yet...lolol! I don't think even this is going to raise their market share...I think it's funny too that the Windows OS is catching up to them or in some areas surpassing iOS...TOO funny!
Wow.... that's an incredibly uneducated fan-boy response!!!! I didn't know that Apple and Walmart were now sister companies. I am so glad you educated the rest of us! That whole lolol is also a new and surprisingly catchy new phrase! Did you know that iOS 7 was actually created my Microsoft?? Google it and all will be revealed.

514.9.2013 7:59

Um...robtwilk, before you start criticizing people for being uneducated perhaps you should look in the mirror..."my" Microsoft? Nice...

As far as being a "fan boy" goes...I'm simply going by the facts...MS's OS has increased their market share, surpassing iOS in Latin America, despite the completely lackluster selection of apps. Before you start whining about that, I realize that it's a relatively new OS and all but I actually considered getting a Windows phone this past upgrade. The lack of useful apps was the deal breaker for me though...so much for being an Android "fan boy". At least I'm not an "isheep" who MUST buy every idevice available....I simply go with what's best for me.

615.9.2013 3:56

Originally posted by sternrulez:
Um...robtwilk, before you start criticizing people for being uneducated perhaps you should look in the mirror..."my" Microsoft? Nice...

As far as being a "fan boy" goes...I'm simply going by the facts...MS's OS has increased their market share, surpassing iOS in Latin America, despite the completely lackluster selection of apps. Before you start whining about that, I realize that it's a relatively new OS and all but I actually considered getting a Windows phone this past upgrade. The lack of useful apps was the deal breaker for me though...so much for being an Android "fan boy". At least I'm not an "isheep" who MUST buy every idevice available....I simply go with what's best for me.
Dude, you are amazingly smart and truly put me in my place!! You were actually able to incorrectly relate my typo to being uneducated! I realize now you are an uneducated asshole, not just uneducated. You should probably look up the correct use of ... before using it in your fan boy post. Also, isheep is actually iSheep, but your GED probably didn't include that level of education. Facts?? Honestly the market share in Latin America defines Microsoft's success is an erroneous comment.

Grammar lesson: "MS's OS has increased their market share" The OS cannot increase "their" market share - MS can increase their market share using MS's OS as the vehicle for their success.
Enlighten us all with a non-biased list of apps lacking usefulness for your minimum wage blue collar part-time employment.

Please use the i and I preface for Apple devices in a consistent and correct manner, e.g., idevice, isheep, iOS.

Also, explain to our audience how you know I MUST buy every iDevice available. It's a flat out lie, or another ignorant response!! I own devices by Samsung, Motorola, and Apple. Maybe your family should have married people who were not relatives.

715.9.2013 6:56

Baaaaaa!!! OH how I would love to compare IQs and family lineage with you, but alas I've spent far too much time on your trolling than is both necessary and appropriate.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 15 Sep 2013 @ 7:00

815.9.2013 8:54

You BOTH have spent far too much time on this -.-' .

915.9.2013 12:57

To sternrulez and robtwilk, you both are losers. You are arguing about a phone operating system...... Look losers, there is a whole world out there. Get life, find a sexual partner (besides your right/left hands), and quit making fools of yourselves.

1016.9.2013 1:35

Originally posted by mdecarlostlmo:
To sternrulez and robtwilk, you both are losers. You are arguing about a phone operating system...... Look losers, there is a whole world out there. Get life, find a sexual partner (besides your right/left hands), and quit making fools of yourselves.
Newbie certainly explains everything we need to know about you! it's "get a life", not "get life". I use my right hand, when not with my girlfriend. But I assume you have a boyfriend for your sexual activities!

1116.9.2013 2:15

Originally posted by sternrulez:
Baaaaaa!!! OH how I would love to compare IQs and family lineage with you, but alas I've spent far too much time on your trolling than is both necessary and appropriate.
My god friend, can you please go back to school and learn proper grammar. At least my lineage involves humans instead of female dogs. But I'd scratch your mom behind the ears after she licked by balls.

I'm a prodigy and would never share or discuss my IQ - only those who love themselves would actually consider "comparing" IQ's. Do you take IQ tests online? Have you ever had your IQ tested by a board of trained professionals? Did you know IQ is a single number, a shifty thing that assesses your overall abilities on that day against that set of problems as posed. It surely changes with time. What is your IQ today? How is it affected when your dad is packing your fudge?? It does not stand for "I'm Queer". You need to troll somewhere else if you need help dealing with those issues.

How would you know when our banter is more than appropriate? Is that when you've stopped understanding the conversation, or when mommie told you she had to sell your barbie dolls to pay for her next fix?

Me trolling?? Did you actually read my first post, or was someone reading it to you when your mouth was full of summer sausage? There was zero trolling in my post. I'm even going to help your middle school education by actually repeating my statement:

"I didn't know that Apple and Walmart were now sister companies."

Have you read your post???? "Wow...they're desperate already and it's not even out yet...lolol! I don't think even this is going to raise their market share...I think it's funny too [i]that the Windows OS is catching up to them or in some areas surpassing iOS...TOO funny![/i]"

Did you know using the word "that" (see above) indicates a lack of speaking/writing skills beyond a fifth grade education? It's a useless, wasteful word interjected in a poor man's daily vocabulary.

Go back to spooning with your mom and her boyfriend! I've got hand-jobs and iPhones to buy soon...

1216.9.2013 6:40

It. Simply. Does. Not. Matter. None of the *cough* "points" either of you have made have anything to do with why people actually choose one phone OS over the other.

Good lord.

Every smartphone OS out there with *any* market share has some positive features going for it; that's exactly why it has any market share at all!

Could you guys stop comparing e-peens? There's a big difference between heated debate - that's at least marginally about the topic at hand - and this fanboi nonsense. Pretty please? With a big shut-the-hell-up cherry on top?

tl;dr? PLEASE STOP.

1316.9.2013 12:03

Bozobub- you are 100% correct. I was sucked into engaging with this poster. I stooped to a level I rarely venture. The Wal-mart comment was too off the wall to not draw fire.

My last post was simply to be as stupid as I could be in one sitting. Im 49 years old and literally had to look at other fanboy posts just to make some of those stupid, childish, improper comments in my post.

One should buy the phone that makes them happy. Dont care who makes it or what color it is or what OS it runs on. I like my iPhones and Im buying my son a Samsung S4 this week. Hes had iPhones all of his life. I am worried about Apples current product map and viability as an ongoing entity if they keep this up. I watched Motorola fall from grace over the last 28 years. They were the king of phones before dethroned by Nokia

I also do not want a phablet, but Id like to see an iPhone with a slightly larger screen, even if they sold it as a different model. One small, one large, serve both buyer markets.

Ive been in the wireless industry for a quarter of a century at the highest levels of management, so I do know a few things about the market. Im not lame enough to state I know it all, or even most of the ins and outs of product marketing. Thanks for getting me back on track!

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