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