New 8gb iPhone 4 release.... Price ?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by bandofbrothers, Aug 23, 2011.

  1. bandofbrothers macrumors 601


    Oct 14, 2007
    Wonder how much the 8th iPhone 4 will be on pay as you go.

    Can see it being free on all the contracts.

    Not sure if I'm convinced about the media reports saying it's a iPhone to let everyone get on the smartphone ladder.

    With the impending release if the iPhone 5 I'm struggling why apple would release this lite version ?
  2. marsmissions macrumors 6502


    Jan 5, 2010
    Washington, US
    What is there to struggle over?

    There is a huge market for smartphones that don't cost $200 on contract.
  3. Des Zac macrumors regular

    Jul 20, 2011
    I couldn't see it being free... Doesn't make sense for Apple. I could see it replacing the iPhone 3GS as the 50$ iPhone Then maybe they would make the iPhone 3GS Free, but I doubt it.
  4. saving107 macrumors 603


    Oct 14, 2007
    San Jose, Ca

    Apple has done the same thing with the iPhone 3G and the iPhone 3GS, in fact, the iPhone 3GS has dropped to as low as $49 (or free in some cases). So why wouldn't Apple do the same with the iPhone 4? What are you struggling to understand?

    I know of many people who have wanted and iPhone but didn't want to spend the $200 price tag for an iPhone 4, so opted for the lower alternative and got an iPhone 3GS instead. The same will happen when Apple releases the next iPhone, people are going to want a cheaper alternative.
  5. thinkinblue613 macrumors 6502


    Dec 13, 2010
    Planet Earth
    I agree.... They're trying to get more competitive with all the other phone companies. I think this is a good idea for Apple, it just might take a "dip" on their higher, more expensive model sales.
  6. The Game 161 macrumors P6

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010
    Yep for ALOT of people they just can afford these kind of phones not everybody can afford the 4 and then get the next one a year later

    He'll I can't can afford the 5 this year and will wait till my contract ends next dec
  7. rmhop81 macrumors 68020


    Apr 4, 2005
    Dallas, TX
    it's a GIANT money maker for them. Look at the pic one of the poster's below put. $99 vs. $199.....not much different and puts you into a totally different phone if you go with the 4. Majority of on contract users don't understand how much the overall cost is for a smartphone. All they see is $49 as super cheap and don't understand the overall cost. IMO, it's not really that much cheaper. Go look at the full price of the's not a cheap phone it's still $400+ if not subsidized. They make it with cheaper outdated parts then charge just $100 less overall and everyone believes it's so much cheaper bc the subsidized price is only $49 etc.


    you can afford a 3gs when it was $99, but can't afford $199? The data price is the in the end it's only a $100 more...if you can't afford that you're probably stretching to be able to even have an iphone.
  8. normanbates macrumors regular

    Aug 24, 2011
    Sorry but slightly off topic here. Couldn't help notice you posted on your iPhone lol
  9. bandofbrothers thread starter macrumors 601


    Oct 14, 2007
    Ok perhaps my word 'struggling' was the wrong termanology.

    I just would have though apple would have brought out an 8gb iphone 4 way before the iphone 5 release !

    I accept this 8gb release is what lots of people who want an iphone maybe would have been waiting for, and thats fine.
  10. Interstella5555 macrumors 603


    Jun 30, 2008
    Why would they? Lowering the price on the flagship phone now before a release wouldn't make any sense, and they always maintain the previous gen at a lowered price point.
  11. lucas123 macrumors member

    Jul 13, 2010
    No way the 4 will become a prepaid phone.

    I think the prepaid market is where the 3GS is headed.
  12. Lee Adama macrumors regular

    Lee Adama

    Jul 28, 2011
    I see $99 with 2 year contract price point. If they can hit this price point it will be huge.
  13. hexonxonx macrumors 601

    Jul 4, 2007
    Denver Colorado
    The've already been selling the 8GB 3GS for the past year for $99 so a 8GB 4 at $99 in not unrealistic.

    As for the 3GS being a prepaid, only the original iPhone has been approved for prepaid use.

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