There's nothing quite like the smell of freshly-discounted mobile hardware in the morning, is there? Today its Walmart that's doing the price slashing, cutting the cost of the 16GB iPhone 5 for AT&T, Sprint and Verizon from $189.97 all the way down to $129 with a two-year commitment. Consumers that'd like cheaper hardware can direct their eyes and wallets to the 16GB iPhone 4S for AT&T and Verizon, which has been discounted from $89.97 down to $39 with a two-year contract. The discounted pricing on the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 is only available in Walmart stores.
This is the third sale on iOS hardware that we've seen in as many days, but considering that a new iPhone model is looming, it's not a surprise to see retailers discounting the existing units to help spur sales. What's interesting is that Walmart has told Mashable that its new iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S prices are permanent price drops, which is something that we don't often see with Apple's mobile hardware. That's good to hear, though, because it means that customers interested in snagging some discounted iOS wares can save up their cash without having to try to beat the end of a sale.