Electronics giants Best Buy and Wal-Mart have announced that they will sell the iPhone 4 in thousands of stores across the US as the pre-ordering process for the Apple iPhone 4 starts tomorrow ahead of the launch of the device on the 24th of June.
The smartphone will also go on sale at Radio Shack although customers will need to leave a $50 deposit. It is the first time that Apple is allowing its flagship smartphone to go on sale in other outlets from day one, a sign that, perhaps, Apple is feeling the pressure from other competitors.
Reserving the iPhone can be done either online or offline and customers will be able to collect the phones from the shops. UK Best Buy shops will also stock the iPhone 4 as suggested by the landing page here (opens in new tab).
It is unlikely however that Asda, which is owned by Wal-mart, will sell the iPhone despite the fact that it has an ASDA mobile website (opens in new tab) where you can pick a PAYG mobile phone but still no mobile phone contracts. Its archrival, Tesco, already sells the iPhone 3GS and will almost certainly get the iPhone 4.
Shawn Score, president of Best Buy Mobile, described the launch of iPhone 4 as being an exciting opportunity "to launch this iconic device with this pre-sale" before adding that gives customers a great opportunity to view each [handset] side-by-side and get the mobile phone that works best for them.