Analyst: Apple to sell iPhones for $149 in Costco starting in January

Apple Online Store“Every month, Trip Chowdhry, the one-man band who covers all things tech under the moniker Global Equities Research, writes a piece he calls Silicon Scoop on current trends and gossip from the Valley. It’s always a good read, but this time around it is especially full of eye-opening predictions, many of them seriously distressing. It reads like Nostradamus has decided to cover the tech business,” Eric Savitz blogs for Barron’s. “Here are some of Trip’s current prognostications:

• Almost every Silicon Valley company is facing deteriorating business conditions and will cut their workforce by 3%-10% by year end.
• Motorola could get a life line in the form of equity investments from Microsoft and possibly Google, in return for supporting the Windows Mobile and Android mobile phone platforms.
• Apple, he says, is going to start selling iPhones via Costco at $149 starting in January.

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]


  1. Costco in Ontario (at least the one I visited in Kitchener) had a wireless booth selling iPhones and other mobile phones. You couldn’t buy the iPhone without signing a 3-year contract with Rogers. The iPhones were being sold for $199 & $299 CA.

  2. Alansky hit nail on head, the 199 price on the iPhone is based on an upfront carrier subsidy, which does not occur if the phone is hacked and shifted elsewhere. Activation is now part of the sale, and as such Costco which does sell iPods is not equipped to sell iPhones. This could change if Costco could figure out a way to activate the phones on site.

  3. Costco sold the PPC Mini packaged with keyboard and mouse, it carries the full iPod line, sells accessories, sells & activates other cell phones, so I see no reason why this could not be true. Costco is seeing increased traffic, I think it may be a good idea.

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