Best Buy to sell Apple iPhone 3G starting September 7 across the U.S.

Best Buy Co., Inc. announced today that it will carry Apple’s revolutionary iPhone 3G at Best Buy Mobile stores nationwide beginning September 7.

“The iPhone has changed the way people think about their mobile phones, and we are delighted to help more customers get their hands on this revolutionary product,” said Brian J. Dunn, president and chief operating officer, Best Buy, in the press release. “Our Best Buy Mobile employees have the training and expertise to deliver the best experience possible for our customers – from the initial purchase through the life of their iPhones.”

The new iPhone 3G combines all the revolutionary features of iPhone with 3G networking that is twice as fast*, built-in GPS for expanded location-based mobile services, and iPhone 2.0 software which includes support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync and runs thousands of third party applications available through the new App Store which is a built-in application on every iPhone running iPhone 2.0 software.

Best Buy Mobile plans to sell the iPhone 3G at the suggested retail price of US$199 for the 8GB model and $299 for the 16GB model. iPhone 3G requires a new two-year contract with provider AT&T for qualifying customers.

All Best Buy stores also offer Apple’s iPod, the world’s most popular music player, and more than 600 Best Buy stores nationwide carry Apple’s industry-leading line of Macintosh computers including the MacBook Air, the world’s thinnest notebook, and the award-winning iMac.

On August 6, Best Buy completed a two-year conversion of Best Buy’s 970 U.S. stores to include Best Buy Mobile, giving customers unprecedented choice of mobile phones, plans and accessories.

According to Best Buy, a key feature of Best Buy Mobile is its staff. Employees, even part-time staff, undergo at least 80 hours of intensive training, as well as continuing education, on mobile phone technology and trends.

A part of customers’ purchases is the Best Buy Mobile “Walk Out Working” program. “Walk Out Working” provides multimedia and smart phone set up and personalization – such as email and data transfer – ensuring the technology will be ready to use immediately.

Source: Best Buy

With their 970 stores, Best Buy joins the two existing bloodbath perpetrators, Apple Retail Stores* and AT&T retail stores**, as iPhone outlets in the United States of America.

*227 stores in 39 states currently
**Approximately 1,850 company-owned stores in all 50 states

22 Comments

  1. So there is another store that will be sold out of phones and placing orders…… Imagine if apple could push out more phones to stores….the sales numbers would be insane

  2. Buyer beware: You can’t redeem your Zune Points gift card for use with the crappy I-Tunes Store and dumpy I-Phone. And another thing you MAC sheep haven’t considered is the I-Phone will be under the same roof as the revolutionary Motorola Q and the innovative Zune. I have news for you MAC sheep: the I-Phone doesn’t have a chance at Best Buy.

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  3. No the iPhone will probably struggle at Best Buy, I find most Apple buyers are a little more knowledgeable and sophisticated, compared to the average Micro-crap buyer. They like to buy from people who can hold their intellectual ground, actually provide customer service, and able to answer questions about products being purchased.

    Worst decisions Apple has ever made:

    1. Partnering with Comp-USA;
    2. Partnering with Best Buy, returning for a 2nd time;
    3. Partnering with Best Buy the 2st time;
    4. And reluctantly I add, the AT & T exclusive deal.

    But back to Zunes kool-aid drinking sludge… The iPhone may suffer relative to other Best Buy sales, only because of the crappy sales staff and a preference to buy at a less sleazy operation.

  4. From ZuneTang-“Buyer beware: You can’t redeem your Zune Points gift card for use with the crappy I-Tunes Store and dumpy I-Phone. And another thing you MAC sheep haven’t considered is the I-Phone will be under the same roof as the revolutionary Motorola Q and the innovative Zune”

    You say this like it’s a bad thing.

  5. Look under the definition of internet troll and you’ll find “Zune Tang”.

    Really, this is just another means to expose more consumer’s who have been frustrated with Windows Mobile to a platform that actually delivers. It would be funny as hell if they could compare crappy windows phones and the iPhone side by side.

  6. Jay-Z,

    I get Zune Tang but after months and months of the same thing, I reckon that what started out as a bit of a laugh is now…well…boring.

    Everything has a shelf life and to be honest, I’m surprised that the guy isn’t starting to get a little fed up himself with the repetition of posting a wind up and then continually checking back to see what reaction it’s getting.

    These boards are getting a little stale now. Too bad the guy who did the Triumph stuff got a bit bored with posting. He used to really come out with some funny stuff.

  7. > I get Zune Tang but after months and months of the same thing,
    > I reckon that what started out as a bit of a laugh is
    > now…well…boring.

    Couldn’t agree more. Used to read his posts, now just totally skip them.

    Give it up, it’s become so predictable and boring.

  8. I’m not normally a big fan of Best Buy, but I have noticed them advertising a lot of Macs and iPods (and the iPod Touch of course) here lately. This is fantastic news that they are finally being allowed to carry the iPhone. Maybe we will see some of these at Fry’s, Radio Shack, and maybe even stores that sell other Macintosh products like the Mac Store/PowerMax, etc. in the very near future.

    I always thought that it was funny that the iPhone was only sold at AT & T and Apple stores. I hope that they start selling iPhones all over the place, including those little AT & T booth/kiosks at the mall.

    I know the store people might not be the most knowledgeable about Apple products, but the simple fact that they are there available to buy makes it much better than when they aren’t.

  9. “They like to buy from people who can hold their intellectual ground, actually provide customer service, and able to answer questions about products being purchased.”

    So you can get them somewhere other than Apple stores? Apple store Genius bars are mostly staffed with people who couldn’t get a real IT job, and most of the salespeople were working somewhere like the GAP or JC Penny the month before and know what they read in a 1 page pamphlet on the product and not much more.

    Intellectual ground? Answer questions? Customer Service? Forget it. Best Buy will do just as well in that area. Not so say good, but just as good.

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