Leaked internal Walmart memo allegedly hints at price hike for Apple iPhone 6s (UPDATE: Walmart made a typo)

Leaked internal Walmart memo allegedly hints at price hike for Apple iPhone 6s (UPDATE: Walmart made a typo)
A leaked internal Walmart memo, shared with us by a loyal PhoneArena reader, allegedly reveals how Walmart is going to be pricing certain versions of the Apple iPhone once the next iteration of the smartphone is launched. According to the memo, the Verizon branded 16GB Apple iPhone 6s will be priced at $218 on contract. The 64GB model will be offered at a price of $318 with a signed two-year contract from Verizon. 

The release of the next-gen iPhones will change the pricing for older models, according to the memo. The 16GB Apple iPhone 6 will be reduced to $118 with a signed two-year Verizon contract, and the 64GB model will be reduced to $218. The memo calls for the 16GB Apple iPhone 5s to be priced at just $18 with a signed Verizon contract. All color options are covered by the memo. 

We suggest that you open the pantry and take this with a grain of salt. It does seem to be way too early to be discussing the pricing for the iPhone 6s, although truthfully we could be just 8 weeks away from seeing the next generation iPhone models officially introduced by Apple.


Thanks for the tip!

UPDATE: We've heard from Walmart and the discount retailer admits that they sent the memo. However, the person who wrote it made a typo and tapped out Apple iPhone 6s when he meant to type Apple iPhone 6 Plus. So it appears that Walmart will be running a sale on the Verizon branded 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. The 16GB model will be priced at $218 and the 64GB variant will cost you $318. Both prices require your signature on a two-year contract.

source: Walmart

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53 Comments

53. GMS85

Posts: 217; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

It don't really matter, people out here in the middle east & Gulf states they don't care about the price tag as long as they are getting the new IPhone! #Ironic ain't it? LMAO!

47. ppoojavermaa

Posts: 45; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

Hmmmm

30. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I would NEVER buy ANYTHING at Wal-Mart..EVER! I hate them, I hate everything they stand for and I rather go anywhere and pay more than to support their greedy butts. I hate them because 8 of the 10 items are made in china. Most of the stuff they sell is cheap and I am not talking the price, I am speaking of how its made and what its made of. I don't like how they treat employees either. They are scum. Refusing to pay overtime for people who worked. They make billions and dont even want to pay minimum wage. They closed several stores because the employees protested how they were being treated. Wal-Mart and the Devil are one in the same.

40. gaming64 unregistered

I think you've mistaken Walmart for Comcast :P

43. AlikMalix unregistered

Techie you seem to HATE a lot of things. These things don't give a s**t about you or your existence yet you hate them with passion. I would examine my priorities if I were you - this is getting ugly.

45. mrochester

Posts: 1051; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

You've just described one of the reasons why I buy Apple products. I would gladly pay more to get an Apple product than give any money to abhorant companies like Google and Samsung. They are two of the most ethically bankrupt companies on the planet.

46. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Dude, you need to get laid!

52. illbeonthebeach

Posts: 31; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

I agree. I feel like cr@p just walking in the store. The smell, the lighting. yuck.

27. Ninetysix

Posts: 2967; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

LOL @ the comments before the update. Strong haters :) Must have sucked getting bulled by an Apple employee.

25. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

WTF update???

24. summerofsam

Posts: 60; Member since: Jun 19, 2015

Film - The Giver - depicts exactly what Apple are like! Shocking company! I wouldn't buy that for a dollar! Phones that bend! Phones that burn you! Phones that are 0.1 away from being illegal for phone radiation as pa pointed out! I wouldn't touch them with a barge pole! Marketing, more like brainwashing!

21. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

In other news, the Apple Watch is causing burns and serious irritation to people's skin. Apple says, "it's your fault you're skin is allergic to cheap crap." /S http://www.neowin.net/news/some-apple-watch-users-are-reporting-skin-burns-and-irritation-upon-use One users Tweeted, "Wtf, my apple watch burnt me & apple is being an ass**** about it #iwatch #apple @tim_cook @AppleWatchNews @AppStore " Which I certainly don't doubt. Apple's real answer? "irritation that may be felt within use may probably be due to allergies with the materials of the watch, as well as a poor fit on the wrist." Sound like, it's the buyers fault yet again and not Apple's fault. Funny, I didn't have this issue with the Samsung Gear or Gear S I wear everyday. I guess Samsung didn't use cheap sh!t Of course this is an issue with any watch band metal or plastic. But none of the other company's respond the way Apple typically does. They immediately always clear themselves of any wrongdoing. I can't see how a company can test a product for 2 years or more and not have or see the problems we see just days after purchase. That's just BS.

22. AlikMalix unregistered

Techie, one of these days you gotta share with all of us what you have to do to get paid for spreading bulls**t about Apple on forums. I would love to make a little extra doing exactly what you do here. Do they pay per post or per "thumbs up" recieved? And how much? Seriously, there's no way you're putting so much effort to find every single person complaint about a product, then multiply the issue and write novels upon novels (sometimes bigger than the article) about a product you don't care about at all and do all that for free while promoting Samsung as if your life depended on it. You either getting compensated for this or you need serious help.

26. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I dont have to look for it, I get it free in my newsfeeds. I just added my own twist to be funny. Dont take it so personal. Also what BS do you see? I quoted a specific article that contains the facts. Are you denying it is a actual article with the same info? Or are you just bitchin because I posted it? Did I say anything that wasn't truthful...YES OR NO! No? Then what's your beef? Yes? Then where. I put a /S next to my joke on the matter. Why you bitchin. Again, you cant handle news that sint perfect about Apple. I liek all news bad or good, for all OEM. I ridicule the crap out of Samsung too when they do bad crap too. They just dont do it as often. But I was being funny. Obviously when it comes to Apple, yall get your panties in such a bunch. I find it very humorous. Especially on Friday because its a light day for me and I just need something funny. Apple guarantees I get a laugh everyday and the fans add to it too.

29. Ninetysix

Posts: 2967; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

You're only hearing the ones from Apple because they are the only company that matters. There are only a few of you Gear users so you guys don't matter..LOL Since you asked...http://forums.androidcentral.com/samsung-gear-2-gear-2-neo/405338-has-anyone-else-been-burned.html

32. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Is this for me? I never said no one had any problems at all. It wasn't however voiced as front page news. I could care less the reasons why Apple gets penned for everything, but I can think of several good reasons. For one, Apple fans are the ones who claim Apple products just work and don't have problems. Or because they are so expensive, they really should have less problems. Some idiot who wears their watch to tight can cause their own problems. I didnt say Apple was wrong or right. I did say their answer is an away is snub and it puts the degree of the issue on the user, not them as the designer. I've own the original Gear and I wear my Gear S everyday and I wear it fairly tight. Mostly because I have small wrists and it slides easy. Other than an impression from wearing it tight, I've never had any sores or any irritation. It just takes on the shape and goes to normal after a few hours. What I see in the picture is not in both cases from wearing it too tight. Several people have complained of the issue and I am betting it is linked to an issue with materials. Back in the 80's when this happened, it was found that chemicals used in the material, mixed with chemicals in peoples sweat, can cause irritation. Example, theer are forms of stainless steel that wont cause infections or irritation. They are also more expensive. Gold and Silver plating can also cause such based on how the plating was done. A manufacture shouldn't just say well if you didn't do this or that ten you wouldn't have any issue, without making sure maybe some people got a defective made item that could be causing them injury through of fault of their own. Just liek you googled that, I can google phones that ahve exploded and I can find them from several brands. It proves nothing. What it will show is other manufacturers, respond with we are looking into the issue and we will provide a fix, while Apple will just blame you. You're hold it wrong, you're wearing it wrong, you're carrying it wrong...need I go on?

51. illbeonthebeach

Posts: 31; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

another reason the watch is not the next iphone

18. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Force Touch must be expensive. This is why other OEM's are the best. They give you more without raising the costs. The S6 is still 599 of contract at VZW. Apple probably should order 90M phones, because new pricing may hurt sales. The maybe not. If people are willing to pay $10,000 for a $80 watch. This is why I crack on smartphone buyers. Apple raised the cost of the 6 Plus $100 simply because the device is bigger. Compare that to Samsung. Yes ther Note is larger than the S. Yes it costs $100 more than the S. But for that extra $100, you got a larger screen, a larger battery, more storage, the s-pen and apps for the s-pen as well. All Apple did was make the device bigger. Size cost is a very small amount of extra material. So now, based on leaks, what we do know is the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus will use the same design just with updated metal, a 12MP camera and maybe a larger battery and a fancy gimmicky display. The price is going up again. Question. How is it other OEM's can add 10 new things to a device and the price stays the same and Apple adds one new thing and the price goes up? But the question I would ask is, did the iPhone cost go up from Apple? Or are carriers and retailers subsidizing less of the cost when you sign a 2 year deal? That's what we need to know and the article isn't saying what's up. But if Apple did go up in costs, I haven't seen anything so far that would make a price increase justified. Probably doesn't matter anyways, because people would pay it even if they raised it to $1200 for 16GB.

23. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

I don't think apple is increasing the price, this might be a fake leak. (Usually) Apple prices are same among the carriers.

33. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Well the update says its a misprint and that its the sale cost of the iPhone 6 present selling models. But those are still higher prices. The iPhone is usually 199.99 with a 2 year. So 2.18 is higher. I am wonder why the crazy pricing. I dont see Apple doing this.

36. Ninetysix

Posts: 2967; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

http://www.verizonwireless.com/smartphones/iphone-6-plus/ iPhone 6 Plus 16GB = 299 ($218 new Walmart memo) iPhone 6 Plus 64GB = 399 ($318 new Walmart memo) Questions?

41. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Techie they had update wrong, they changed it now.

16. matistight

Posts: 1066; Member since: May 13, 2009

I highly doubt Apple trusts the Wal-Mart workers with this sensitive of info. And why inform these employees 70 days (from today) before the phone comes out? They need to wait maybe a week or two before the phone is released

17. tedkord

Posts: 17544; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

That's not Apple prices, it's Walmart prices. And who says they informed employees? It's a leaked document, the store level sales folk probably never saw it.

28. matistight

Posts: 1066; Member since: May 13, 2009

The document is for Walmart, so it's assumed that the employees saw it. It would defeat the purpose of even bringing up Walmart if it wasn't given by someone who works there. To be fair though, the document is saying pricing starting that day, so it would make no sense for iPhone 6S to be accurate unless it was released today, which it did not.

14. Metropolis75

Posts: 200; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

Did Adam Shefter report this leak?

12. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Great! I will buy it as soon as 7 comes out, iOS9 gets jailbreak and 6S gets price drop. I always think that buying phones on launch is just plain stupid and has no advantages except "Look I've got new iPhone!" look on your face

50. illbeonthebeach

Posts: 31; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

If you're on a 2 yr contract cycle you want to get it when it's released otherwise you may have to wait if it sells out. Prob less so now that they are making so many.

11. keithtae

Posts: 564; Member since: Mar 25, 2015

Well, they expect the Apple fans to get more 64 GB model this year as opposed to last year, so I can see the increase in their profit this year too, its called a tactic named: gold-digger. :D happy paying extra $100 Apple fans, I'm happy for you. :D

10. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

and their is no "uh-oh" for the sheep* poor thing ^_^ ^Bm ™

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