Should I NOT buy an iphone 3gs?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by MaaacX, Jan 21, 2010.

  1. MaaacX macrumors newbie

    Jan 6, 2010
    I have found a very nice deal on an iphone 3gs, but the deal expires tomorrow. I know of the apple keynote in a week, and was wondering if you think I should hold off buying it because the next iphone might be launched or whatever. I've tried the 3gs and love it, this is a very good deal and I would absolutely not be willing to pay more for the next gen iphone, no matter how good it is. It's just that if it's launched then maybe the 3gs's will become cheaper.

    If it's being announced and launched in like 2 months I wouldn't care, but I need a new phone now. So do you guys think the next iphone will be launched during this keynote?
  2. johnnyjibbs macrumors 68030


    Sep 18, 2003
    London, UK
    Don't quote me on it but I wouldn't have thought there would be a new phone next week - iPhone's have always been launched in June/July and I see this year as no exception. The iPhone 3GS was only launched last June...

    One thing I would say is that it looking likely that the next iPhone will be considerably different/better than the current hardware (as all 3 models of iPhone so far share many of the same components), especially as competitors are starting to catch up.

    Next week will be about the new tablet device, not a new iPhone. They may annouce the new software next week (which should be available on 3GS later anyway) but don't expect any new iPhone hardware until late Spring/Summer.
  3. Habitus macrumors 6502a


    Feb 26, 2009
    Where ever my life takes me...

    Only way to tell is by waiting. No need to speculate.

    If you want and need the phone, why not get it now?

    Habitus :apple:
  4. Paul B macrumors 6502

    Sep 13, 2007
    Buy it, then if you don't like it, sell it. If it's a good enough deal you can even make a profit.
  5. BlizzardBomb macrumors 68030


    Jun 15, 2005
    That was my opinion until I heard the rumor that Apple was planning an early launch given the extra competition (which makes sense when you think about it). I think an earlier launch (possibly May) may be more likely this time.
  6. Intense macrumors regular

    Sep 18, 2008
    If you wait you might have to wait until this summer or even next year. Take that into consideration. Are you willing to wait ?

    If you get one now, it'll serve you for a good two years and give you time when the new one comes out for any issues to be taken care of.
  7. techound1 macrumors 68000


    Mar 3, 2006
    Perhaps there's a reason the deal expires ahead of the announcement (as in the prices will drop further later...). I'm reading lots of stuff about a new OS (4.0) but don't remember seeing hardware mentioned.
  8. Alvi macrumors 65816


    Oct 31, 2008
    There won't be a new iPhone on this January 27th event, but a new one will come out in June, so maybe you want to wait, i just got a 3GS because i had a nokia 62654615643187 and i couldn't stand it anymore so i got one, the usual upgrades aren't that dramatic so you regret getting one now
  9. UmichAg macrumors member

    Feb 26, 2008
    no new phone

    Steve Jobs is reported to have said that the Tablet is his most important project to date. Given that, I very highly doubt that he'd divert media attention away from the Tablet to a new iPhone at the upcoming event.
  10. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    I agree
  11. greygray macrumors 68000


    Oct 22, 2009
    I want that Nokia.
  12. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3


    Apr 6, 2007
    Portland, OR
    I wouldn't just because there's so much going on in the phone industry right now that something really cool will probably be out this summer.

    The summer after is what I'm waiting for.
  13. jetworkr macrumors newbie

    Oct 25, 2009
    I'm ready to pull the trigger on iPhones for my wife and I. I'm just waiting a couple more days for this announcement on Weds. But I think even if they do announce an iPhone for Verizon like someone said previously it'll be something so different they'll probably charge a bundle for it--more than I'll be willing to pay...
  14. NathanA macrumors 6502a

    Feb 9, 2008
    If OP found a "good deal" on a 3GS, then it's likely that "good deal" is not from AT&T (or whatever official iPhone carrier exists in OP's part of the world if not in the U.S.)...the carrier is not going to have a "special deal" in only one of its stores, so if nobody else has heard about this "special deal," it is surely a second-hand phone OP is talking about.

    That being the case, it seems to me that if someone is in need of a phone, you should go ahead and buy it. Stupid Apple's cat-and-mouse game against people who want to use their own property freely notwithstanding, the 3GS is a fantastic phone. I love mine; it is head-and-shoulders above the original 3G. 6 months from now, when the new model come out, it won't suddenly become any less great than it already is.

    I recommend that OP purchase it if it is indeed a good second-hand deal, if only because OP will not be giving up much except for the one-time payment to the current owner. By purchasing second-hand, you're not going to get roped into a contract. And even if you did get roped into a contract (say that it was required to activate service, regardless of whether you had a phone purchase subsidized for you), chances are good that it wouldn't prevent you from upgrading for the fully-subsidized price on the new model coming out later this year, since you didn't use up your subsidy purchase on the 3GS itself.

    So, get the phone, enjoy it, and, if the next model is a "must-have" for you when it comes out, sell the 3GS at a profit (people who want an iPhone and don't want to sign up for a 2+year contract are usually willing to pay a good amount to get a phone), and get the new one for the fully-subsidized price.

    -- Nathan
  15. ajohnson253 macrumors 68000


    Jun 16, 2008
    Get that deal why you can I suppose. Like some other peoples already said on here, if you don't want it. Make a profit off of it and purchase the upcoming one whenever it's released.
    You can't go wron with really getting one now.
  16. ngenerator macrumors 68000


    May 12, 2009
    USG Ishimura
    Dang, I had the lower model, the 62654615643187b.. I hated it! How was the wifi? lol
  17. bjb.butler macrumors 6502a


    Aug 18, 2008
    Southern California
    I think you mean "competitors have surpassed" Apples hardware. Phones are already sporting snapdragon procs, like the Nexus One and HD2. And they also have ****-tons of ram. Apple is the one that's going to be playing "catch-up", especially since the new iPhone isn't coming out until the summer.
  18. alpha1 macrumors newbie

    Aug 2, 2008
    ok, I had the first generation iphone and gave it away because I refused to pay at&t's ridiculous prices. now that there is all of these new jailbroken and unlocked iphones, someone help me understand something.

    1. Is it better to buy one and unlock it yourself, or buy one already unlocked?
    2. once you have an unlocked iphone, who is the best service to go with? I see t-mobile has unlimited talk, text, web for 79.99. is that the same as data?
    or do you purchase a talk and text plan, then a data plan?

    if "you" have an unlocked iphone...what plan do "you" have?

    3. does "unlocking" work on all models? 3g, 3gs, ect.?
  19. glossywhite macrumors 65816


    Feb 28, 2008
    Nokia == trash. Period.

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