Best Buy has announced that they will be taking pre-order reservations for the iPhone 4 from June 15th, ahead of the Apple smartphone's official debut on June 24th. Both the 16GB and 32GB versions of the iPhone 4 will be on offer, priced at $199 and $299 respectively, just as from Apple's own stores and from AT&T.
Of course, as of June 24th the iPhone 4 will end up in Best Buy Mobile locations anyway, and since there won't be any price advantage to buying it there over, say, AT&T or Apple locations, you're probably best off just picking whichever is closest to you.
The iPhone 4 has a 3.5-inch Retina Display that runs at 960 x 640 resolution, a 5-megapixel camera capable of 720p HD video recording, front-facing camera for video calls and WiFi b/g/n. The handset is just 9.3mm thick and has scratch-proof glass on both the front and back; more details in our hands-on.
iPhone 4 hands-on:
Best Buy® Launches Pre-Sale Offer for Apple® iPhone™4
Starting June 15, Customers Can Reserve an iPhone 4 at Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile Stores Nationwide
MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Beginning June 15, Best Buy Mobile, the mobile specialty retail unit of Best Buy Co. Inc (NYSE: BBY), launches its pre-sale of iPhone 4 from Apple. Pre-sale orders can be placed at any Best Buy or Best Buy Mobile standalone store nationwide. The iPhone 4 will land in Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores June 24.
“Adding the iPhone 4 to our stores alongside other great smartphones like the HTC EVO from Sprint and HTC Incredible on Verizon, gives customers a great opportunity to view each side-by-side and get the mobile phone that works best for them.”
Consumers who purchase the iPhone 4 at Best Buy can avoid dealing with mail-in rebates and get help from a highly-trained staff of specialists at Best Buy Mobile. Combine all of that with a tremendous assortment of accessories and customers can get everything under one roof.
“Offering the iPhone 4 to consumers is just the latest example of how Best Buy Mobile has become the place to go for the best smartphones. It’s exciting to have an opportunity to launch this iconic device with this pre-sale,” said Shawn Score, president of Best Buy Mobile. “Adding the iPhone 4 to our stores alongside other great smartphones like the HTC EVO from Sprint and HTC Incredible on Verizon, gives customers a great opportunity to view each side-by-side and get the mobile phone that works best for them.”
The iPhone 4 key features include:
16GB and 32GB in both white and black
9.3MM thick – 25% thinner than existing iPhone
4X better screen resolution than current iPhone (Retina Display)
Scratch proof glass on front and back of phone
Improved processor (A4)
Quad band HSDPA 7.2
2 cameras (one front facing) with 5MP, LED flash, 5x digital zoom
720HD video recording at 30fps, tap to focus, built in video editing, one click sharing
Multitasking with new 4.0 software
7 hrs of talk time
Video conference calling over WiFi
Best Buy Mobile has become a leading destination for smartphone purchases, in part because of the promises the store offers its customers: better choice of phones and networks; impartial, informed advice; straightforward pricing; and someone to be there for the life of the phone.
About Best Buy Mobile
Best Buy Mobile features one of the largest selections of carriers, handsets and accessories available anywhere, as well as a highly-trained staff to help customers make the most of their mobile phones. Best Buy Mobile locations feature more than 90 different handsets from nine carriers, and over 130 accessories. Employees undergo at least 80 hours of intensive training, as well as continuing education on mobile phone technology and trends. Look for your mobile phone solution at Best Buy Mobile locations in every Best Buy store as well as in standalone stores nationwide. For more information about Best Buy Mobile, visit http://www.bestbuy.com/mobile.