Best Buy To Sell The iPhoneAug 13th, 2008 | By James Lewin | Category: General, iPhone, iPods & Portable Media Players
Best Buy announced today that it would be selling the Apple iPhone, starting on September 7th.
It will be the first US chain, outside of Apple & AT&T, to carry the iPhone.
The deal is significant for several reasons:
- The iPhone will be available in 1,000 new locations;
- It helps prepare Apple for carrier independence;
- It has the potential to rapidly speed adoption of the popular smart phone;
- There is likely to be some iPhone “halo effect”, since Best Buy already sells Apple’s Macintosh computers and iPods.
This is good news for podcasting and new media.
While wider adoption may mean that the iPhone loses some of its caché, it also means more people using podcasts, viewing mobile television, using mobile social networking applications and doing mobile content publishing. The iPhone tops Flickr’s cameraphone list for a good reason; it makes it easy to create and share media.