San Francisco: Walmart Stores said that it began selling Apple's flagship iPhone 5 smartphone at a big discount in thousands of its stores.

Walmart said it is selling the 16 GB Apple iPhone 5 for USD 127, versus an original price of USD 189.97. The price is valid with a two-year contract from wireless carriers Verizon, Sprint and AT&T, the retailer added.

Walmart said it is also selling the 16 GB iPhone 4S and the 16 GB iPad with Retina display and Wi-Fi at discounts.

The offers will be available for 30 days in about 3,000 of Wal-Mart's stores, which were not identified. They are not available online, according to the retailer.

Apple has focused on high-priced, premium gadgets for many years and has strictly enforced its prices with retailers and other distributors. However, a Walmart spokeswoman said on Friday that the discounts were arranged with Apple.

"We worked together with them on this," the spokeswoman, Sarah Spencer, said. "They are a great partner."

Walmart is pricing the iPad starting at USD 399, down from USD 499. Beginning December 17 the retailer said it will throw in a USD 30 iTunes card.

Walmart is selling the 16 GB iPhone 4S for USD 47, versus an original price of USD 89.97, it said.

Apple did not respond to a request for comment. Walmart's cooperation with Apple is a contrast to its relationship with Amazon.com, the world's largest internet retailer.

In September, Walmart said it would stop selling Amazon's Kindle e-readers and tablets, placing a bet that consumers would be more interested in Apple's gadgets. This spring, Target stopped selling Kindle devices.

(Agencies)

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