updated 08:44 pm EDT, Wed June 25, 2014
All models are 16GB only, limited choice on selection and carriers
Nearly four years after Costco and Apple had a falling out that resulted in the discount chain pulling all Apple products from its warehouse outlets, the discounter is now again selling iPhones and iPads, albeit in a limited fashion for the time being in its US stores. After first bringing back iTunes gift cards to the stores, the Costco Mobile online store is now carrying 16GB models of the iPhone 5s and 5c, as well as the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display, with discounts as high as $121 off retail.
In partnership with its third-party mobile supplier Wireless Advocates, Costco is now offering the 16GB version of the iPhone 5s for $78 with a two-year contract from either AT&T, Verizon, or Sprint -- a savings of 60 percent off the normal up-front cost. Curiously, at present all iOS devices are limited to 16GB models only. In addition, T-Mobile iPhones and iPads can only be purchased in-store, and offer a less-generous $25 Costco cash card rather than the direct discounts, reports TGAAP.
T-Mobile is also not offering the gold iPhone 5s, the only carrier not to do so. The online store only offers one model of iPhone 5c, in blue from AT&T, for its usual price of $100 with a two-year contract. A previous report had the physical devices debuting at Costco stores this weekend, beginning on June 27. The iPhones have not yet appeared either in-store or online for the company's affiliated Costco stores in Canada as of yet.
Costco is also selling the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display in the 16GB configuration, available through Verizon and T-Mobile in the Wi-Fi + 3G/LTE edition only. Verizon is offering $100 off the retail price on contract, while T-Mobile (which offers them only in the Space Grey color option) is again only selling the units at "select Costco wireless kiosks," with only the $25 Costco gift card as an incentive.