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Wal-Mart to sell Verizon iPhone starting tomorrow

Retailer, which will offer the Verizon iPhone in 600 of its stores, joins Best Buy as another place to buy the highly anticipated device.

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Those looking to get their hands on the Verizon iPhone in stores tomorrow will have another place to go.

Big-box retailer Wal-Mart announced today that it will be carrying the Verizon iPhone in approximately 600 of its stores starting tomorrow. Wal-Mart will be selling the 16GB model for $199 and the 32GB offering for $299 with a two-year contract--the same price offered through Verizon and Apple.

By bringing the Verizon iPhone to its stores, Wal-Mart will round out a selection of smartphones it currently sells, including the Motorola Droid X, the HTC Droid Incredible, and the HTC Evo 4G, among many others. Wal-Mart also sells the iPhone 4 running on AT&T's network in some of its stores around the U.S.

The Verizon iPhone was unveiled last month at a special event. Verizon allowed existing customers to preorder the device last week, but suspended preorders after supplies were exhausted. The carrier said in a statement following that decision that the company sold enough iPhone units in two hours to best sales on any other device's launch day.

Customers who pre-ordered the iPhone before the cut-off started receiving the smartphone earlier this week, ahead of its official February 10 release date.

Wal-Mart won't be the only third-party retailer selling the Verizon iPhone. Best Buy announced last week that it would be carrying the device in its stores, as well.