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MacRumors
Oct 4, 2011, 04:58 PM
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As predicted (http://www.macrumors.com/2011/10/03/apple-to-offer-iphone-3gs-free-on-contract/), Apple also kept the iPhone 3GS around to be a low end "free with contract" device on AT&T.

That means Apple is presently selling 3 generations of devices: iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and iPhone 4S. Having a free option will help Apple compete with many of the cheaper Android phones. The 3GS is the oldest iPhone to support iOS 5.

Article Link: iPhone 3GS Now Free with Contract (http://www.macrumors.com/2011/10/04/iphone-3gs-now-free-with-contract/)



r.j.s
Oct 4, 2011, 05:00 PM
My 3GS kinda struggled with iOS 4 ... I think it's going to perform like a free phone on iOS 5.

Ahheck01
Oct 4, 2011, 05:02 PM
My 3GS kinda struggled with iOS 4 ... I think it's going to perform like a free phone on iOS 5.

My 3Gs is running faster on IOS5 beta 7 than it did on 4.3.5. No joke. Noticeably.

chrmjenkins
Oct 4, 2011, 05:03 PM
My 3GS kinda struggled with iOS 4 ... I think it's going to perform like a free phone on iOS 5.

Some people are willing to accept those things to have an iPhone. They still have access to the same apps, iOS 5 etc.

kas23
Oct 4, 2011, 05:03 PM
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Well, in the very least people can't explain Android's popularity by saying "they give those phone away for free" anymore.

firestarter
Oct 4, 2011, 05:04 PM
Free with what contract?

'Free with contract' is kind of meaningless. If you go for enough minutes, even the better phones may end up as 'free'.

I'm expecting the 4s 16G to be 'free' in the UK on the standard 24 month contracts.

wordoflife
Oct 4, 2011, 05:04 PM
My 3GS kinda struggled with iOS 4 ... I think it's going to perform like a free phone on iOS 5.

My 3GS is still fairly fast on iOS 4. Even faster with 5.0

r.j.s
Oct 4, 2011, 05:06 PM
My 3Gs is running faster on IOS5 beta 7 than it did on 4.3.5. No joke. Noticeably.

Well, that's good to know. :)

EiriasEmrys
Oct 4, 2011, 05:10 PM
Free with what contract?

'Free with contract' is kind of meaningless. If you go for enough minutes, even the better phones may end up as 'free'.

I'm expecting the 4s 16G to be 'free' in the UK on the standard 24 month contracts.

Really? We'll pay $200 for the 16gb iPhone 4s here in the USA for a 24 month contract.

chrmjenkins
Oct 4, 2011, 05:15 PM
Really? We'll pay $200 for the 16gb iPhone 4s here in the USA for a 24 month contract.

They have better competition over there.

NorCalLights
Oct 4, 2011, 05:40 PM
My 3GS kinda struggled with iOS 4 ... I think it's going to perform like a free phone on iOS 5.

This has not been my experience at all. My 3GS is still running iOS4 like a champ, and the word from the iOS5 beta is that the 3GS runs iOS5 just as well.

Spectrum Abuser
Oct 4, 2011, 05:41 PM
Apple will[hopefully] not make the same mistake again as they did with the 3G and iOS 4. I'm just interested to see how much of a stripped down iOS 5 upgrade the 3Gs will receive compared to the iP4 and iP4(s).

Adidas Addict
Oct 4, 2011, 05:45 PM
Really? We'll pay $200 for the 16gb iPhone 4s here in the USA for a 24 month contract.

They have better competition over there.

Yeah the iPhone 4 has been available for free pretty much since launch over here, I would guess the same will happen with the 16GB 4S. Price fixing seems to be rife in the USA, maybe it will get better now you have more networks to choose from. In the UK iPhones are on Orange, Three, Vodafone, O2, T-Mobile & Tesco-Mobile. Even if the networks don't offer it free, the independents will (Carphone Warehouse, Phones4U etc etc along with the 100's of online contract sites).

OriginalMacRat
Oct 4, 2011, 05:52 PM
This has not been my experience at all. My 3GS is still running iOS4 like a champ, and the word from the iOS5 beta is that the 3GS runs iOS5 just as well.

The original poster was confused.

The iPhone 3G is the one that runs like a dog under iOS 4.

r.j.s
Oct 4, 2011, 05:54 PM
The original poster was confused.

The iPhone 3G is the one that runs like a dog under iOS 4.

I was not confused ... my 3GS did not run well under the later versions of iOS 4.

pmz
Oct 4, 2011, 06:06 PM
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Good deal.

Theilen
Oct 4, 2011, 06:21 PM
I was not confused ... my 3GS did not run well under the later versions of iOS 4.

I ran iOS5 on my 3GS and I didn't have any issues with the OS or the apps. However, I lost that phone and am running iOS4 on a 3G and apps these days are not coded with the 3G in mind. I don't have any issues with the core iPhone apps, but ones like Facebook or Hanging with Friends are so slow they're semi-unusable.

DTphonehome
Oct 4, 2011, 06:28 PM
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I'm surprised they didn't drop the price to $300 off contract. It's so old! And they still sell it for $375. I thought they wanted to attack the prepaid market? They'll have to do better than $375 to accomplish that.

accidental
Oct 4, 2011, 06:31 PM
It's always been possible to get iPhones for free here in New Zealand. Provided you sign up for an extremely expensive 24-month contract.

What I want to know is how much the 3GS will cost off contract. If it was $99 USD on contract and is now free, perhaps the off-contract price will be halved.

alm99
Oct 4, 2011, 06:34 PM
Now that the phone is two generations behind, AT&T should allow the 3GS on a prepaid plan.

Nermal
Oct 4, 2011, 06:53 PM
It's always been possible to get iPhones for free here in New Zealand. Provided you sign up for an extremely expensive 24-month contract.

I particularly like how Telecom's $800 credit is now more than the price of the 3GS :)

What I want to know is how much the 3GS will cost off contract. If it was $99 USD on contract and is now free, perhaps the off-contract price will be halved.

$375 in the US, $599 here.

KillerTree
Oct 4, 2011, 07:11 PM
No sane person would buy a 2 year old phone to save $100-200 when they have to pay $70+ per month for 2 years to use it.

Judas1
Oct 4, 2011, 07:37 PM
Whenever I see a picture of the 3gs, I wonder what Apple was thinking changing it to the ip4 design. 3gs=so sexy.

richardsonrs
Oct 4, 2011, 07:37 PM
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No sane person would buy a 2 year old phone to save $100-200 when they have to pay $70+ per month for 2 years to use it.

The 3GS is a perfect phone for a family plan addition. Kids and in laws will get this now. For 25 a month each I can get one plus 200 MB data plan. I'll be getting 1 for sure. Maybe 2. I am perfectly sane. You just aren't thinking outside of your own needs. ;)

Edit: spelling

Jmclark
Oct 4, 2011, 07:47 PM
So I'm guessing VZW won't have this iPhone 3GS for free thing?

r.j.s
Oct 4, 2011, 07:49 PM
So I'm guessing VZW won't have this iPhone 3GS for free thing?

No, the 3GS is GSM only.

applefan289
Oct 4, 2011, 08:12 PM
I'd rather have a 3GS than a new Android phone.

When you're used to Apple, everything else feels low.

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Oct 4, 2011, 08:59 PM
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Well, in the very least people can't explain-away Android's popularity by saying "they give those phone away for free" anymore.

Fixed that for ya (clearer meaning now).
It'll be interesting to see if the "free" offer will increase the iPhone user-base...

shanmugam
Oct 4, 2011, 09:23 PM
How much is the contract less iPhone 3GS?

firewood
Oct 5, 2011, 01:42 AM
No sane person would buy a 2 year old phone to save $100-200 when they have to pay $70+ per month for 2 years to use it.

By this standard, a huge portion of the population is not "sane". But they still buy stuff. Lots. Note that the 2 year old 3GS, which wasn't free, outsold every single Android model last month. With the cost now even lower, what you call insanity should increase, really putting the screws to all the mid and low-end Andriod manufacturers.

The 4S is a fake maneuver. The 4S wasn't intended to increase Apple's market share. It's only just enough of a differentiation to segment the market and allow Apple to lower the price of both the i4 and 3GS. These lower prices are the real attack on market share.

The fanboys will groan is disappointment, but Apple will roll in Billions of earnings from this move.

El Capitano
Oct 5, 2011, 09:30 AM
Am I missing something with this talk of the 3GS being cheap?

The non-contract price in the UK is a colossal 319.

That's 150 more than the iPod Touch... for a 3G radio and a GPS chip.

Even on contract, the cheapest current deal is 20/month (with Three) over two years. 480 with some minimal call allowance and data (just 500Mb/month). Yeeeouch.

What gives? Can we expect a further 3GS price drop at any time?

shanmugam
Oct 5, 2011, 12:23 PM
Am I missing something with this talk of the 3GS being cheap?

The non-contract price in the UK is a colossal 319.

That's 150 more than the iPod Touch... for a 3G radio and a GPS chip.

Even on contract, the cheapest current deal is 20/month (with Three) over two years. 480 with some minimal call allowance and data (just 500Mb/month). Yeeeouch.

What gives? Can we expect a further 3GS price drop at any time?

iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 8GB will for holiday sales, you might still see the price drop over the Thanksgiving to Christmas time (at least that is the best retail sales time in USA).

I expect the prices to be dropped by third party retailers if not by ATT/Apple.

firewood
Oct 5, 2011, 01:00 PM
Am I missing something with this talk of the 3GS being cheap?

Cheap is relative. How does this 3GS price compare with the prices of most other smart-phones with similar features or performance in your region?

imac9556
Oct 6, 2011, 12:00 PM
I too am amazed with the 3Gs and Apple's software engineers who know how to optimize iOS 5. My 3Gs feels faster with 5.0 GM than it did with iOS4...and this is a phone that is about 2.5 to 3 years old. Great work apple!

coldpower27
Oct 8, 2011, 03:33 PM
Free with what contract?

'Free with contract' is kind of meaningless. If you go for enough minutes, even the better phones may end up as 'free'.

I'm expecting the 4s 16G to be 'free' in the UK on the standard 24 month contracts.

Really? We'll pay $200 for the 16gb iPhone 4s here in the USA for a 24 month contract.

It's worse here in Canada you need to go into contract for 3-years to get the $199 price...