updated 04:45 pm EDT, Mon September 2, 2013
16GB iPhone 5 down to $98 with contract, $50 off 10-inch iPads
Wal-Mart is looking to clear iPad and iPhone inventory ahead of an expected refresh of Apple's two most popular product, expected to happen on September 10. On Monday, the retailing giant slashed the up-front cost of an iPhone 5 to $98 -- just over $100 off the standard price, and $31 off its usual discounted rate with a two-year contract from either AT&T, Verizon or Sprint. The company also cut $50 off the price all models of full-size, 10-inch iPads, but did not discount the iPad mini. Other retailers are offering their own deals as well.
Best Buy is also offering customers $100 off the up-front cost of a contract iPhone 5, but customers there must trade in their old iPhone in order to get that price. RadioShack is offering a flat $50 off the price of all iPhones, but its offer includes non-contract iPhones -- a rare discount on the full price of a factory-unlocked iPhone as well as the usual contract-bound ones. T-Mobile is currently offering the iPhone 5 for $149 with one of its more flexible two-year contracts.
Wal-Mart also cut the price on the iPhone 4S, which is down to just $39 with two-year contract (previously $89, a $10 discount from carrier prices). The cost of an iPad 2 at Wal-Mart is now as low as $349 for the base 16GB Wi-Fi model, and $449 for the 16GB Wi-Fi only latest model.
The retailer also cut the price of the Samsung Galaxy S4 to $138. While not representing as steep a discount as the iPhone 5 or 4S, the price is $10 lower than it's normal price for the Verizon version and $30 less than its usual price on the AT&T edition, and even more of a discount than the standard contract pricing from any carrier.