AT&T on Saturday began offering $99 refurbished iPhones. In previous weeks rumors were flying around the internet of a possible $99 iPhone from Wal-Mart which was not the case. Wal-Mart yesterday announced an 8GB $197 iPhone. The refurbished iPhone is lowest price an iPhone has been sold in the United States for.
AT&T’s $99 iPhones are the same old models, slightly used.
According to att.com,
Refurbished phones are previously owned devices that have been unused or lightly used and returned during the 30-day trial period. Each refurbished phone is independently quality tested and loaded with the latest software to meet current factory standards. Some refurbished iPhone 3G devices will have minor scratches.
The sale ends Dec. 31 or when AT&T runs out of stock, whichever comes first. Macworld Expo starts the following week, leading to speculation that AT&T may be using the occasion to clear inventory in advance of new models or new memory configurations.
The battle for market share has become fierce with the iPhone steadily stealing market share from RIM with their Blackberry devices. With more iPhone being sold, the more users have access to the iTunes App Store where people with an iTunes account can download cool applications straight onto their hand sets. One of the rising stars of the App store is the Vinnie Jones Wake Up Call. The application an alarm clock with video ringtones of Vinnie Jones doing his signature one-liners and lines from movies that he is well known for.