Pretty sure this is a mistake since it’s the same price as the one without cellular and it should be $100 more. But it’s up now and people are successfully buying it.
Yes, the model is two years old. It doesn’t have the heart health monitor, fall monitor, or the “always on” feature. But it’s still a really good smart watch (I’m still using this model). And the current generation costs $500 more.
You will need to also have an iPhone with an active contract. The watch can be physically distant from the phone and still send and receive texts and calls, but they share one phone number. Plus your cell company will probably charge you an extra $10/month for the watch, because they can.
No one else has matched this price and my guess is they won’t. But then a lot of retailers have this marked as a discontinued model (it’s not, you can still buy it at Apple.com for $299). Maybe Walmart just has a lot of inventory they want to sell? The price as of this writing is from Walmart itself, not a third party seller.
Anyway, if the only thing stopping you from an Apple Watch with cellular was the price and you don’t need the advanced health monitoring, this is the deal. Just pretend you bought it two years ago and still like it.
Next day update
They’ve now dropped the price of the noncellular model by $10 (so they are no longer the same price) and labeled the cellular “Special Buy.” Both for inventory sold from Walmart itself, not third parties.
That means a couple of things:
A) it’s not a mistake
B) other sellers won’t match the price
C) they probably acquired some inventory from someone else who wanted to focus on the newer models
D) this is probably a loss leader rather than a close-out, but in either case when this specific inventory is gone, the sale price likely will be, too