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Walmart Now Offering iPhone 5c for $27 and iPhone 5s for $127

The Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday that today Walmart would begin offering the iPhone 5c for $27 and the iPhone 5s for $127, with a two-year contract. This is a great price for the 5c, but not actually as good as Walmart's Black Friday offering: $45 plus a $75 gift card. As part of its holiday promotion, Walmart is also offering the 16GB iPad mini (first generation) for $299 plus a $50 gift card, and $30 iTunes Store gift cards for $25. According to the article, the sales started at 8 a.m. this morning and runs through December 24, or as long as supplies last.

Of course, these sorts of discounts are a new phenomenon. Apple has long controlled the pricing of its products, but now is letting Walmart and other big-box retailers slash prices in a manner that was never before allowed. It's not at all clear why they've changed. A post on The Street wonders why this is happening and laments this new direction, but obviously it benefits consumers.

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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.