Apple Clearing Out Remaining 16 GB and 32 GB iPhone 3GS Stock

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    With today's introduction of iPhone 4, Apple now finds itself with existing stock of the 16 GB and 32 GB iPhone 3GS models. Consequently, the company has dropped prices on those discontinued models to $149 for the 16 GB model and $199 for the 32 GB model. Prices are valid with a new two-year agreement with AT&T.


    Apple's online stores ran dry of the low-end 8 GB iPhone 3G several weeks ago, with AT&T following suit late last week.

    Apple's clearance prices on iPhone 3GS models may not be the best deal available, however, as Wal-Mart dropped the 16 GB model to $97 late last month. It is not entirely clear what Wal-Mart's plans are for clearing any remaining stock and bringing in the iPhone 4 are now that an official launch announcement has been made.

    For its part, Apple will be maintaing its own $99 price point previously held by the 8 GB iPhone 3G by releasing a new iPhone 3GS similarly carrying only 8 GB of storage. While Apple almost certainly could have squeezed in 16 GB of storage at that price point, it elected not to do so, presumably to maintain differentiation from iPhone 4.

    Article Link: Apple Clearing Out Remaining 16 GB and 32 GB iPhone 3GS Stock
  2. macrumors 68020


    Aug 28, 2008
    Beverly, Massachusetts
    But with the iPhone 4 out, who would want the 3GS? For $49 more you get the same 16GB with a better display, new design an other incredible things.
  3. macrumors 603


    Apr 1, 2009
    15 minutes in the future
    Did the no contract prices go down too? If so I smell a business opportunity.
  4. macrumors regular

    Jun 7, 2010
    These are the price point that should have been used for iPhone 4 IMO...
    $99 16 GB iPhone 3GS
    $149 16 GB iPhone 4
    $199 32 GB iPhone 4

    and then they can add another model right before Christmas:
    $299 64 GB iPhone 4
  5. macrumors 65816


    Nov 26, 2008
    California, USA
    It could be the beginning of Apple's creation of a diverge between high-end phones and low-end phones.

    Remember all the rumors last year that Apple was going to start making regular cell phones? Perhaps their plan is to hold the 3GS down while allowing the newer iPhones get better and better every year. Four years from now, the 3GS could still be around - and by then, it will be considered "just a basic phone."

    When the iPhone5 (for example) comes out, the iPhone4 would not become the basic phone. It would be discontinued and replaced by the iPhone5. The 3GS may receive some enhancements, but it would remain the lower-end model, while the iPhone4 is discontinued.

    By the way, the live streaming of the WWDC was excellent on my iPhone3G. Thank you. :)


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  6. macrumors 68020


    Apr 23, 2006
    What feels like the middle of nowhere
    The UK has only seen a price drop of £50 on the 32GB 3Gs on PAYG.
  7. macrumors 6502


    Jul 31, 2008
    Destin, Florida
    Kind of confused and need a little clarification

    Ok im sort of confused about a few things.
    Since Walmart is carrying the iPhone, that means that they will be carrying the IP4 when it comes out on the 24th Correct?
    So if people wanted to camp out, it could be done at Walmart as well then huh? Im trying to figure out where my camp out location is going to be. Because if Walmart is going to carry the IP4 then I can camp out inside (24 hour wally world) instead of right across the street at the ATT store.

    I have a friend that I will be camping out with. His first time doing it! lol!!
  8. macrumors 603


    Apr 1, 2009
    15 minutes in the future
    Your friend is losing his Apple camping virginity! The iPhone 4 sure is a looker!
  9. macrumors regular

    Aug 7, 2006
    I was in Walmart today and they have the 16Gb 3Gs for $97.00.
  10. macrumors 68020


    Aug 11, 2008
    While I do think Apple will eventually have more than one type of phone (much like they do with iPods), I don't think this is how Apple will do it. As we've seen, Apple has periodically dropped hardware support in software in order to 'move on'. The older hardware literally can't record video/multitask/etc. without it sucking, and I'm sure the trend will continue. Keeping old hardware around makes it harder for Apple to code 'for the future'.
  11. macrumors 6502a

    May 27, 2008
    Oslo, Norway
    I agree. Im not even sure the multitasking is gonna perform all that well with the 3gs, both cpu and battery wise.
  12. macrumors newbie


    Jan 4, 2010
  13. macrumors 68010


    Jul 11, 2008
    Even that surprises me :rolleyes:
  14. macrumors 6502


    Jul 20, 2009
    I'm here. Here! Can't you SEE MEE?!
    well...'s not "The fastest, most powerful iPhone". Not anymore. How about that :D
  15. macrumors 6502

    Oct 20, 2008
    Queens, NYC
    Why don't you just order it online? It will be delivered to you on the 24th. You could be camping out on your couch waiting for UPS.

    Edit: Besides, there are advantages to buy directly from Apple.
  16. macrumors 68040

    Jan 10, 2005
    Some people simply do not have the money. They might barely afford the 3GS, but the extra $49 might be out of their reach.

    By your logic we could say that "why buy this $99 gizmo when just $50 more would give you so much more". And then we could continue with "why buy that $150 gizmo, when you could get a lot more by paying just $50 bucks more". And pretty soon that $99 gizmo has turned in to $300 gizmo. You have to draw the line somewhere.
  17. macrumors regular


    May 4, 2009
    How are apple going to advertise the 3Gs now? Currently it's advertised as
    "the fastest and most powerful iPhone"
    will it become
    "just an iPhone"
  18. macrumors 65816


    Jul 22, 2007
    Utica, NY
    I'm a lazy sod, so I am going to be doing just that. :D I love the sound of couch camping!

    I am going to give my original iPhone a good cleaning on the 24th, and a ceremonious replacement to the box from which it came. :)
  19. macrumors 603


    Apr 1, 2009
    15 minutes in the future
    "the iPhone that changed everything" or "the iPhone you know and love. Now more affordable."
  20. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 29, 2007

    Anyone buying an iPhone can afford that $49 one way or the other. If you can't swing $2/mo over two years equivalent cost, you certainly can't afford an iPhones monthly contract. :)

    Rather, it's simply about priorities on how you spend your money. Some people don't value those extra features and want to save a few dollars. My sister, who bought the $99 iPhone 3G thinks I'm crazy for wanting to buy a new $299 iPhone 4 -- and the cost is trivial to her either way.
  21. macrumors 68000


    Apr 17, 2008
    And its the stuff we don't know yet that makes the old phone not worth even getting, but i am sure some people will buy it and give them selves reasons of why did really did not want the new iphone 4.

    There is always enough people.
  22. macrumors 6502


    Jul 4, 2009

    Title of this thread is misleading, Apple is not "clearing out". They are selling the remaining iphones faster still for a 2 year contract and using you to make way for the newer iphone which will be $50 extra compared to the current prices + ALL new features.
  23. macrumors 65816


    Jan 4, 2010
    You should also remember, a lot of people don't care about all the iP4 features. Some people are completely happy having an iPod Touch that can make phone calls too. The iP3GS doesn't suddenly become a bad phone. It still runs all the current Apps and has all the other great features that made it what it is. Including the iP4, there would only be two or three phones on the entire market any better. My dad likes the Apps (simple games like Sudoku), and knows how to use the iPhone, but has no desire for video conferencing, editing HD Video or really taken photos for that matter. And at 78, he isn't going to notice or care about the enhanced screen. The iP3GS will sell in the shadow of the iP4 the same way the iP3G sold in the shadow of the iP3GS. There is a strong market of people who don't care about the stuff we excitedly write threads about. My Dad's favorite feature about the iPhone is the big numbers for dialing as compared to a typical pad (and his Soduku).
  24. macrumors 6502

    Jun 25, 2006
    Who the F in all that's holy would buy what's now such an inferior iPhone for just $50 less?!?:eek:

    That's like do you want this shiny Honda Accord for $1,000 less than a brand new Porsche 911 Turbo?
  25. macrumors 68000


    Jun 27, 2008
    What is the RAM difference between the 3gs and iPhone 4?

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