Best Buy will be the first third-party retailer in the US to sell the iPhone. It will be available in some 970 stores plus an additional 18 dedicated Mobile locations on September 7 for the same $199 and $299 price points found elsewhere.
“Smart” phones like the iPhone are a big focus for Best Buy Mobile. Sales are up tenfold in two years, said Shawn Score, president of Best Buy Mobile.
Apple is expected to sell 4.47 million phones in its 4th quarter, says Piper Jaffray analyst, Gene Munster. Fortune estimates that 3 million units were purchased worldwide during the iPhone 3G’s first 30 days on the market (although the chart on the right mistakenly shows 30 million).
Best Buy is also the only authorized third-party reseller of Sprint Nextel Corp.’s iPhone-like Samsung Instinct.
Apple launched the second generation of the iPhone on July 11. The two models cost $199 and $299 with two-year contracts.