Apple has been pretty well expanding the retail presence of the iDevices in the past few weeks. After retailers like the Wal-Mart and Best Buy started to sell the iPhones on their retail shelves, it is now the turn of another popular American retailer, Target, to join them. Starting November 7, Target customers shall be able to purchase iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS from 846 of the Target stores from across the United States.
This launch could be particularly a good deal if you also have old electronic items like MP3 players, cell phones and video games to dispose. Target is currently offering credits for such trade-ins that could be used to fund your iPhone purchase. The opening up of the Target shelves to iPhone is also significant in that the company is expanding focus on its mobile services offerings across all their retail stores which it expects to complete by mid-2011.
Want to invest in your virtual farm but do not have sufficient Facebook credits? You can soon buy them during your weekly groceries shopping at Wal-Mart. The Facebook Credits card will soon be available in the impulse section of both Wal-Mart and Best Buy that will let consumers in the United States to buy credits to replenish their virtual cash on Facebook – something that can come of use in over 200 games and applications.
This is however not something new. Another popular American retailer, Target has been stocking such cards since September of this year and it has apparently been a successful experiment. Customers looking for such cards will be able to buy them at denominations of between $5 and $50. This is definitely an interesting move and something that could push more people to spend money on Facebook apps.
Popular American retailer, Target, has offered in-store photo printing facilities to users for quite some time. These kiosks however required users to bring their photo files in USB drives to get them printed. Starting now, the company has announced that these Kodak kiosks will be getting Facebook connectivity so that users may directly log on to their Facebook account and pick and print the photos from their virtual album.
The Kodak kiosk is pretty comprehensive in that it will let you print your photos, including those from Facebook, on a variety of objects including photo paper, greeting cards, calendars, movie DVDs, etc. Target has however indicated that the Facebook connectivity will be limited to accessing the photo album; which means you cannot check and update statuses from there.
Facebook has been slowly becoming the primary photo sharing website ahead of more specialized services like Flickr. The company recently opened up options to download photos besides uploading high resolution pictures. It will be interesting to see whether and how Flickr/Yahoo responds to these developments.
After the iPad hit the retail shelves at Wal-Mart and Target earlier, it looks like it is now the turn of the iPhone to do the same. Sources have now indicated that the popular retail chain, Target, should start stocking the iPhone at close to 850 of their stores before the holiday shopping season kicks off. This is being done with the help of Radio Shack. In fact, the company has been running a pilot program for the sale of iPhones on Target stores since October last year in close to 100 of the company’s stores.
In addition to Target, the iPhone is also expected to hit the shelves of Wal-Mart’s membership-exclusive chain, Sam’s Club. This is no speculation but a direct confirmation from the company during the recently held quarterly earnings call. The date of launch is not known as yet though.