AT&T Offers Refurbished iPhone 3GS for $9

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Jul 18, 2011.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    Earlier this year, AT&T lowered the subsidized price of the iPhone 3GS to $49.

    Now, AT&T is offering refurbished 3GS' for just $9 with a two-year contract.

    Earlier today, it was rumored that Apple would continue selling the 3GS this fall, after the next version of the iPhone is released, as a low-cost, unlocked device for $350 without a contract.

    Over the past several iPhone cycles, Apple has continued to offer the prior model of the iPhone for $99 with a two-year contract. The 3G was sold with the 3GS, and the 3GS is currently paired with the iPhone 4.

    Hat tip Electronista.

    Article Link: AT&T Offers Refurbished iPhone 3GS for $9
  2. macrumors 68030


    Mar 13, 2007
    This is nothing buddy picked up this deal more than 6 months ago from AT&T for his refurb 3GS.

  3. macrumors member


    Jun 30, 2008
    Once you've decided to pay for an expensive data plan for the next 24 months, I just don't understand skimping on the phone you're going to be stuck with.
  4. macrumors 6502


    May 29, 2009
    Boston, MA
    Who would sign a 2 year contract with a 3GS? It's already 2 years old, and by the time the contract expires, you'll be left with a 4 year old phone! :eek:
  5. macrumors newbie

    Jul 18, 2011
    Why not just offer the phone as a free phone ? After the contract your still down a bunch.
  6. macrumors 68030


    Dec 28, 2007
    PHX, AZ.
    Because A.) some people don't have $200 to plop down on a phone and B.) some people are not tech whores and have to have the latest and greatest toy on the market.
    I know some people who still use the original iPhone and are very happy with it.
  7. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 15, 2011
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    This is nice for those who don't have the money. Or mothers or grandmother who need a good phone just for something like email or the likes.
  8. macrumors G4


    Feb 5, 2009
    Don't pan the 3GS, guys.

    It's the same phone that's outselling even newer Android handsets.
  9. macrumors 6502

    Jul 4, 2010
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    My thought exactly. Would it kill AT&T to offer a free phone? Especially since you have to pay for activation, and even then you pay way over the odds compared with just about any other provider in any country in the world...
  10. macrumors G4

    Rodimus Prime

    Oct 9, 2006
    there are 2 types of people who buy smart phones.
    The ones who buy the high end 200 buck ones knowing that over the course of the contract it is not much money and those that want the cheapest thing (50 or less)
    The middle ground for smart phones has all but been wiped out. All that is left is high end and cheap end.
    Base place to see this effect is look at Android phones. The cheap ones (50 and less) and the high end ones are about the only ones that really sell. The middle of the road ones do really poorly.

    Heck this is part of the reason WP7 is having so much trouble gaining traction. They are just starting to get high end phones on the market. They had only mid of the road priced phones other wise.
  11. macrumors 65816


    Apr 8, 2011
    Western Hemisphere
    It's simple really. The 3GS is an excellent phone that will do everything and more than many people need and want.

    It's one of my all time favorites, and I've had every iPhone made.

    Newer is not always better, which is something one learns over time, and through experience.

    My first hand experience reveals that my 3GS was a much better "phone" than the iP4 I currently have. During the one year period I used the 3GS, I consistently enjoyed great call quality, far better than my iPhone 4.

    Besides, just because it may not have all the latest features, does not detract from the excellent phone it is.

    At that price, it's a great value. I highly endorse, the 3GS.
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    Adidas Addict

    Sep 9, 2008
  13. macrumors regular

    Jul 1, 2010
    That's already been news and guess what!! Nobody cared. We care even less now. A $9.00 iPhone is news to a lot of people. My 3GS was a much better phone than my iP4 is and many people will jump on it.
  14. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 1, 2010
    In terms of features, spec, and quality, iPhone 4 > 3GS > 3G

    But I guess it really depends on your definition of "better"...
  15. TEG
    macrumors 604


    Jan 21, 2002
    Langley, Washington
    They also have 1¢ 3GS all the time. They are usually refurbished and have physical flaws (read: scratches). They aren't there now, but are common.

  16. macrumors member


    Nov 6, 2008
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    Pfft. Got mine for $0 2 years back in aus.
  17. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 21, 2010
    Athens, Greece
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    I dont understand how can you compare prices when you dont know the total cost of the phone? I mean if you get the iphone4 for free but you pay 100$ a month for 2 years, it isnt exactly cheap. You can only compare prices in contract-less prices or if you know how much will the contract cost... So that "iphone 3gs for 9$ on a 2 year contract" doesnt show a thing... Give us the full price lol
  18. macrumors newbie

    Jul 18, 2011
  19. macrumors 603


    Jun 4, 2007
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    I have a 3GS and a 4. The 3GS pales in comparison but still is a really great phone gor most people and allow them to get mist of the benefits of the apple Eco system.
  20. macrumors 6502

    May 23, 2011
    I have to admit, I don't understand the aversion to paying $200 for a phone when you're gonna be dropping like $2000 over the contract. I guess most people are just too dumb to think so far into the future. If I get my own cell plan, phone price is hardly even something I'd consider.
  21. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 20, 2010
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    It used to be $29 for a refurbished one w/ a new two year contract.
  22. macrumors 6502


    Mar 26, 2011
    North Carolina, USA.
  23. macrumors 65816

    Apr 9, 2003
    Hm. I thought most data and voice plans for smart phones were pretty much the same. Not sure what point you think you're making here.
  24. macrumors 68000

    Dec 13, 2010
    Agreed. Two years old and still better than others at the same price point.
  25. macrumors member

    Nov 6, 2008
    This is nothing new! I got 2 of them last month (one for my mom and one for my sister) for FREE...well $.01 each. They aren't 'techwhores' like I am...but they definitely like and use them constantly.

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