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Get The iPhone 4S for $50 at Radio Shack, Walmart, More

By - Source: Tom's Guide US | B 15 comments

There's an iPhone price war going on between Best Buy, Radio Shack, Target, Walmart and Target. The winner? You.

On Friday while searching for news, I briefly glimpsed a topic heading that claimed Radio Shack was now selling the iPhone 4S for $50. I stored that info away and didn't think twice about it until I was at the mall on Saturday shopping with the family for the holidays. Naturally I was flogged by a saleswoman immediately upon entry into the store, and she confirmed the report to be true: $50 for the iPhone 4S and $150 for the iPhone 5.

I now own my first iPhone (sorry Google).

While Radio Shack doesn't list the prices online, the website points to this iPhone product listing, offering a $50 savings with a 2-year agreement. The iPhone 4S model I purchased was the 16 GB white version for Verizon Wireless, but the listing clearly shows support for multiple capacities and wireless carriers. That said, readers looking to defect to Team Apple may want to wander into the local Radio Shack store and take a look at what's in stock.

Radio Shack's iPhone discount is in response to competitors offering similar price cuts on the iPhone 5 and 4S. Best Buy is reportedly offering a $50 discount on all iPhone 5 variants, making the 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB editions $150, $250 and $350 for a limited time. If you can't snatch a discounted iPhone 5 at those two locations, many select Walmart Wireless locations will reportedly match the discounted price too.

9to5Mac adds that many Target locations will match the prices offered by Walmart, Best Buy and Radio Shack although nothing official has been announced. Meanwhile, Walmart-owned Sam's Club has joined the iPhone bandwagon by slashing $50 off the iPhone 5 and 4S with a new 2-year agreement. As seen here online, the limited-time offer is valid in physical stores only and limited to five per customer.

Finally, Apple's brick-and-mortar stores will often match prices of competitors. Also there's no sign that this discount paves the way for an iPhone 6 early next year, so don't get your hopes up. This is likely a move by Apple to clear units off shelves before the end of 2012 so it doesn't look quite so belittled next to Google's massive 2012 smartphone market share.

 

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    Anonymous , December 18, 2012 2:09 PM
    Thanks kevin, beats the Zak Islam articles.
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    Jerky_san , December 18, 2012 2:10 PM
    Just throwing it out there.. My experience with walmart was one of the worst I've ever had..
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    jivdis1x , December 18, 2012 2:38 PM
    amazon wireless has the s3 for 49.99 with 2 years contract with verizon.
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    jivdis1x , December 18, 2012 2:41 PM
    nvm. went back up. this article is pointless.
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    CrArC , December 18, 2012 3:00 PM
    Wait, so is this the handset standalone or the handset with a contract? I can't believe the article doesn't clarify this.
  • 3 Hide
    CaedenV , December 18, 2012 3:38 PM
    Or get a Lumia 920 from Amazon for $40
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    CaedenV , December 18, 2012 3:39 PM
    Opening line says "Target, Walmart, and Target"
    ... wait a sec
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    whiteodian , December 18, 2012 3:40 PM
    CrArCWait, so is this the handset standalone or the handset with a contract? I can't believe the article doesn't clarify this.
    It does mention 2-year contract in like the second paragraph. You shouldn't need to even ask this question. $50 for an off-contract iPhone 4S, are you serious? Try $500 or more.
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    sliem , December 18, 2012 3:59 PM
    iPhone 4S for $50 out of contract? Try again in 10 years... no, 50 years.
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    krowbar , December 18, 2012 4:19 PM
    Who would want an old iphone anyway? There are much better phones, especially if you have to get in a 2 year contract, you can get better ones for free or cheaper! Android and WP7/8 are better choices IMHO.
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    wemakeourfuture , December 18, 2012 4:52 PM
    CaedenVOr get a Lumia 920 from Amazon for $40


    And use the 12 good apps on it...
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    wemakeourfuture , December 18, 2012 4:58 PM
    krowbarWho would want an old iphone anyway? There are much better phones, especially if you have to get in a 2 year contract, you can get better ones for free or cheaper! Android and WP7/8 are better choices IMHO.


    Because people want iOS Apps, which are more plentiful and better than any other platform.

    Use the songs, videos downloaded from iTunes easily onto your iPhone 4S, without any fuss (there's millions of people like this).

    Easily move your messages, photos, contacts, etc. from an iPhone 3G or 3GS with a few simple clicks onto a 4S.

    Know that a 4S gets updates right away, and not wait like the Galaxy S2 forever just to get JB.

    Know you can always pop into an Apple store to get help. Not phone Samsung who then just gives you a phone number to some random place in your city who charges 100-200% more for fixing your phone. Or you could spend 3-4 hours phoning all the shops in your city to find the best place, or drop by an Apple store to get full customer service that is unmatched in the mobile sector.

    There's more reasons too that are quite self evident that makes the iPhone the most popular smartphone in the world.
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    jacobdrj , December 18, 2012 5:30 PM
    Give me some good pre-paid prices and I might think about getting one for my wife...

    Until then, nope...
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    internetlad , December 18, 2012 8:45 PM
    You couldn't pay ME to use an iPhone for 2 years.
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    smelly_feet , December 19, 2012 12:43 AM
    50$ + 30-50$ per month for two years...unless you were looking for a 2 year plan anyways, thats actually an expensive iphone...
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