AT&T Airs New Ad Pushing $49 iPhone 3GS

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    In yet another attempt to differentiate its own iPhone offerings from those of Verizon, AT&T has begun airing a new television commercial promoting the 8 GB iPhone 3GS and its recently-lowered $49 price tag.
    Verizon of course only offers the iPhone 4 in 16 GB and 32 GB capacities, with prices beginning at $199 with a two-year contract. AT&T offers the same prices on the iPhone 4, but is able to also carry the 8 GB iPhone 3GS introduced by Apple last June as a low-end alternative to the iPhone 4.

    Article Link: AT&T Airs New Ad Pushing $49 iPhone 3GS
  2. jclardy macrumors 68030


    Oct 6, 2008
    Sweet, save $150 now but still pay the same $2000 over the next 24 months!

    I guess you could get the smaller data plan, but even then voice and texts are still expensive when compared to other carriers like T-Mobile or Sprint.
  3. MyMac8MyPC macrumors member

    Sep 30, 2007
    I know that's the first thing I thought of too :p

    I won't be giving either company my money until they offer a pre-paid plan. I'll pay for the phone outright but I don't want to be anchored to any contract :apple:
  4. spazzcat macrumors 68020


    Jun 29, 2007
    Same price as any other smartphone on ATT or VZW...I find phones are useless without the ability to make calls or text....
  5. ciTiger macrumors 6502a


    Jan 25, 2011
    Portugal (Porto)
    lol, even if it was free the contract blows it..
  6. jclardy macrumors 68030


    Oct 6, 2008
    Yes I agree, I was just saying if you are going to be on a contract that costs around $70+ per month you might as well spend an extra $150 up front and get a better phone.

    Of course some people might rather have the extra $150 than the better phone.
  7. iHeartapple2 macrumors 6502


    Jun 29, 2010
    I have the iPhone 4 and with this price point I was finally able to convince the wife to switch carriers and phones. She got the 3 GS and loves it even though I tried to convince her into getting the iPhone 4! I don't think most women are into technology like us guys and this phone is all she really needs. I'm just happy to see her using a iPhone at last! :)
  8. MacBoucher macrumors member


    Jun 16, 2008
    New Hampshire Seacoast
    No way

    I'm waiting for iPhone 5 on Verizon. AT&T's network is terrible and I've had many arguments with them for having no service inside my own home, even though I am in a 100% coverage area, they keep saying it's a "low cell area" of the city and want me to purchase a microcell for $149.99. Are you kidding me??? No way. I wouldn't buy another AT&T iPhone. My contract ends in 4 months...
  9. Ziger Woods macrumors member

    Ziger Woods

    Oct 21, 2010
    Great deal

    My wife just got one and she loves it! The only reason she didn't get one before is because of price, so once she saw this it was a no brainer! Obviously not the iP4, but still a great phone at a great price!
  10. BC2009 macrumors 68000


    Jul 1, 2009
    Some women yes, but my wife is more like yours in that regard. I told her that this summer we are going to upgrade our iPhone 3Gs phones to iPhone 5 and she responded "why? my iPhone works great". It took me a minute to collect my thoughts because I had to change perspectives in order to give her a reason she would buy into. I told her it would give her an awesome camera in her pocket at all times to take pictures of the kids. She still isn't sold on it, but I'm hoping that this is one of those areas that I just get my way since she typically lets me make the technology decisions since I do all the family tech support. It was much easier getting her to go from an LG Shine to iPhone 3Gs once she saw my iPhone 3Gs.
  11. iHeartapple2 macrumors 6502


    Jun 29, 2010
    Well if you can't get her to go for the iPhone 5 at least maybe the iPhone 4. I am sure the price will be reduced this summer.
  12. Moomba macrumors regular

    Jun 7, 2008
    Charlotte, NC
    I too am waiting to upgrade my 3G to a Verizon iPhone 5 when available. I just can't understand why anyone in their right mind would go for a 3GS at this point.

    It's not just about the features of the phone, but about overall support for the phone. Apple has discontinued firmware updates for the 2G & 3G iPhones, and it stands to reason that they will be dropping support for the 3GS (likely by the end of this year.) While the devices themselves will still function you may find you are limited in which apps you can/cannot run.

    IMHO it makes no logical sense to pay $50 now (plus ~$100/mo) to be locked into a phone for 2 years that may not retain functionality through that period.

    I can understand a base iPhone nano type device that is strictly designed for voice calls, sms, photos, and maybe a little web browsing be a good match for this type of user.

    ...I don't know why I'm bothering posting this... everyone here already knows all of this. The people that it would help aren't going to be looking at this thread anyway. Have a nice day. ;)
  13. Tailpike1153 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 31, 2004
    Bellevue, WA
    THe price is right. Lots of women, my gf, like phone that are cute and/or inexpensive. Paying $100 for a phone doesn't feel right when there are things like shoes and clothes to spend on. Chicks go figure.;)
  14. gkarris macrumors 604


    Dec 31, 2004
    "No escape from Reality..."
    Should be FREE and a $240 rebate on your bill...
  15. gyudien macrumors newbie

    May 4, 2009
    But have you seen this offer for a free microcell that AT&T is making to select customers? (no harm in asking them if they'd do the same for you...):
  16. redgaz26 macrumors 68020


    Mar 6, 2007
    for a nearly 2 year old phone????????? :rolleyes::rolleyes:
    free maybe but even then!!
  17. miamialley macrumors 68030


    Jul 28, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    Have fun with your Motorola Razr old man!
  18. Kwill macrumors 68000


    Mar 10, 2003
    It seems too soon now, but I imagine when the iPhone 5 is out, there may be a $49 iPhone 4. Either way, the current offer is a good deal.
  19. Springsea macrumors newbie

    Feb 15, 2011
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    Dudes, get over your sexist views on women and technology. It is a good deal and makes sense to anyone money conscious. I'm thinking about replacing my dying 3G, at least until the 5 comes out.
  20. wordoflife macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    I wouldn't be surprised if the 3GS gets crippled with the next major version of iOS. I'm going to try to keep my phone on 4.x (unless there is a killer - must have feature [notifications?] that I need to try). I'm hoping that I can just get a new iPhone at that point though.
  21. TheyCallMeSaint macrumors regular

    Oct 17, 2010
    Watcha talking about, Willis? Sure, it might not get the iOS6 update, but it still retains its "functionality". It's not like it somehow becomes obsolete or unusable once it can't get the latest update. I know several people using the iPhone 3G and apparently some people still use the original iPhone. It can still make calls, text, browse the web, run apps etc.

    That said, I would agree with you. If you're gonna pay the contract, might as well pay the extra and get a good, more supported phone up-front. However, if cost is that big of an inhibition (or you're not a tech enthusiast), might as well get the much cheaper 3GS, which by all accounts is equivalent to many mid-range Android devices currently available.
  22. bretm macrumors 68000

    Apr 12, 2002
    ?? You'd still be signing a 2 year contract, and inelegible for an upgrade to the 5 for 21 months.
  23. malcolmffc macrumors member

    Oct 30, 2007
    How many suckers will fall for this bribe? Who wants to get stuck into a $2000 contract for a phone that will be nearly 4 years old by the time it ends?
  24. EazyWeazy3 macrumors 6502

    Jul 13, 2008
  25. ApexBoost macrumors member

    Feb 15, 2011
    America's High Five
    I feel it would be a better deal if it didn't lock you in for another two years, instead just a cheap upgrade for those already in a contract.

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