Best Buy Mobile to Offer Free iPhone 3GS on Contract Tomorrow

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Dec 9, 2010.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    BGR reports that Best Buy Mobile will be reducing the price of the iPhone 3GS tomorrow to "free" for qualifying customers. The deal is reportedly valid for one day only.
    Customers must also of course sign up for a two-year service contract with AT&T.

    Apple's regular pricing for the 8 GB iPhone 3GS is $99 with a two-year contract, although Radio Shack is currently running a deal bringing the price to $49.99 and a trade-in of an older model through Radio Shack can actually exceed the new purchase price, leaving customers with a credit to spend at the store.

    Article Link: Best Buy Mobile to Offer Free iPhone 3GS on Contract Tomorrow
  2. macrumors 603


    Nov 5, 2009
    WOP WOP!???:confused:

    I'm commenting since no one has, does anyone think this is gonna push more contracts than normal for a 3GS to make up for the freebie?
  3. macrumors 68020


    Mar 22, 2004
    The Great White North
    I'm sure they're anticipating more money on the additional contract bonuses than the rebate will cost them. Just not sure how they got permission from Apple to undercut all the other authorized resellers.
  4. macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    A 24 month contract costs about $1,500 to $2,000. So I guess they can afford to give you $99 off the price. That works out to a 5 to 7 percent discount off the total package deal.
  5. macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2007
    Trying to get rid of stock (most likely on Apples request) ready to phase out the 3GS next year I guess.

    If Apple still have a bunch laying around it would make perfect sense for them to turn round and say "we'll knock 10% off the wholesale price for X supplier if they can shift X units in the next X months"
  6. macrumors 68020


    Jun 22, 2006
    The thick of it
    I'll wait until the 3GS is inside boxes of Trix cereal. :)

    This move by Best Buy makes perfect sense to me. The 3GS doesn't have a front-facing camera for FaceTime. It's doomed to extinction.
  7. macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003

    I think Facetime is more in danger of extinction that the 3GS. So is Ping.
  8. macrumors 65816


    Dec 8, 2008
    Brooklyn, NY
    Agreed. I'd use FaceTime if it worked on 3G, but the truth is, so often wifi hotspots have to be configured, unless you know where the open ones are, and take some time out of your day to travel over to it, assuming you're not at home that is. If FaceTime ever works on 3G, I guarantee you it'll start being used.
  9. macrumors 6502

    Oct 13, 2001
    Seattle, WA

    Anyone actually seen this in the wild?

    I keep checking their website, but I don't see it.
  10. macrumors 6502a

    moldy lunchbox

    Sep 9, 2010
    Raleigh, NC
    I dont get how something is free if you have to sign up for a contract.
  11. macrumors newbie

    Jun 11, 2009
    Austell, GA
    I got my wife a free 3GS!

    Thanks for this post! I was able to get my wife a free 3GS! :D
  12. og1
    macrumors regular

    Oct 6, 2008
    local BB had two in stock for this big event. meh.
  13. macrumors regular

    Dec 28, 2001
    Newbury Park, CA
    I got one to replace my "Day 1" original iPhone, which is still working (but lacking) 3 and a half years running.
    The 3GS was free, runs the current iOS, and will hold me over until the next iPhone revision.
    I've been with AT&T for 12 years, so the 2 year re-up doesn't bother me.
  14. macrumors G4

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    Buyers will be penny smart and pound foolish based on what seems to be Apple's schedule of reducing support to older iPhones. I hope they don't expect iOS5 to work great with it or add many new features offered on the iPhone 4 or whatever the next model is called. Countdown 2 months to disappointment (assuming iOS5 is previewed in Feb similar to previous iOSes).
  15. macrumors newbie

    Jan 6, 2011
    Long Island New York
  16. macrumors 68020

    Jun 2, 2010
    Not surprised by this price reduction. Everyone is talking about a CDMA phone for Verizon. If apple drops an LTE phone instead that is the end of not only the 3GS but also the ip4. Verizon has LTE today and AT&T building it out. Makes perfect sense.
  17. macrumors 601

    Jul 4, 2007
    Denver Colorado
    Uh oh. You mean I'm too late for the sale? I just heard about it.
  18. macrumors newbie


    Feb 1, 2011
    Canada, Ottawa
    Why free iPhones with a contract do not work in all countries?? :(
  19. macrumors newbie

    Oct 22, 2010
    Even though its free, I wouldn't buy this iPhone. The new iPhone is coming out. Right nowThis phone isn't that old, but when the new iPhone comes out, Its going to be ancient.

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