Best Buy has announced that it will start selling Apple’s iPhone 3G on September 07 at its 970 full-size stores and 16 Best Buy Mobile stores. This coup makes Best Buy the first independent iPhone retailer outside of Apple and AT&T’s stores since its launch on July 11. AT&T, the exclusive U.S. carrier for the iPhone, sells it in more than 2,000 stores. Apple has 189 U.S. stores.
“We had a lot of work to do, obviously, to get in a position where Apple and AT&T would feel good about Best Buy Mobile carrying it, and that’s what we’ve done in the last 18 months,” said Shawn Score, president of Best Buy Mobile.
Best Buy also resells Apple’s Mac computers and iPod media players. It announced last week that it has completed a two-year conversion of its store to include upgraded cell-phone departments. Best Buy has also upgraded its computer systems for cell-phone activation and spent 250,000 hours training its employees.
Best Buy’s iPhone prices will be the same as Apple and AT&T stores: $199 for the 8 GB model and $299 for the 16 GB model. Customers must sign a two-year AT&T contract.
Via Associated Press.