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Wal-Mart & Best Buy To Sell iPhone 4

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.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.