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Aug142008

iPhone 3G on Best Buy

Starting Sep 7th, Best Buy will start selling the iPhone 3G, becoming first U.S. chain to do so outside of Apple Inc.’s and AT&T Inc.’s own stores. Best Buy expands the availability of Apple’s vaunted phone to 970 full-size stores and 16 smaller Best Buy Mobile stores. It’s also a coup for the Minneapolis-based chain, which has been upgrading its cell-phone departments.

“We had a lot of work to do, upgraded cell-phone departments, has upgraded its computer systems to handle cell-phone activation and spent 250,000 hours training its employees to get in a position where Apple and AT&T would feel good about Best Buy Mobile carrying it, and that’s what we’ve done in the last 18 months,” said Shawn Score, president of Best Buy Mobile.

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