Sprint Drops iPhone 4S Price to $49 With Rebate and New 2-Year Contract [Updated]

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A couple weeks after dropping the price of the iPhone 4S to $149, Sprint has further slashed the price to $49 after a mail-in rebate for a $100 American Express gift card. Apple will price-match Sprint's offer, giving buyers in retail stores a $100 Apple Store gift card. All these purchases require agreeing to a new two-year contract.

This may be the lowest price for the iPhone 4S yet in the U.S., less than a month ahead of the rumored launch of the next iPhone. Sprint is being particularly aggressive moving the soon-to-be out-of-date iPhones -- perhaps because Sprint has "bet the company" on the iPhone, agreeing to pre-purchase agreements for millions of iPhones.

Update: Sprint has reached out to MacRumors with clarification on the promotion. The ad is an online web special, for new customers only, and is in place for all smartphones, not just the iPhone. The promotion is in place to drive traffic and purchases through Sprint's website.

Article Link: Sprint Drops iPhone 4S Price to $49 With Rebate and New 2-Year Contract [Updated]
 

monaarts

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I used Sprint for a year in 2008. Never going back.

I ate at Applebee's in 2008 and didn't like it. I went back this year for the first time and liked it. Guess what? Things change! :eek:

If I didn't have a company provided iPhone on AT&T's network I would have an iPhone on the Sprint network right now.


- Joe
 

Radio

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I don't get why people buy a $50 phone over a $199 phone. You're locked in for 2 years. Get the best phone! That's barely over $8 a month for the newer phone.

The truth is your paying close to $2000 for that cellphone for 2 years.
 

cclloyd

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Worth it for my mom who was complaining about a $200 cost to upgrade from Android to iPhone (Altough she doesn't realize that her phone cost $150). This, she will gladly update and use the apple gift card when they match it to buy her case and ipad cover. Perfecto.
 

Dur

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I ate at Applebee's in 2008 and didn't like it. I went back this year for the first time and liked it. Guess what? Things change! :eek:

If I didn't have a company provided iPhone on AT&T's network I would have an iPhone on the Sprint network right now.


- Joe
Why would you choose the 4S on sprint over AT&T? The 4S operates much faster on AT&T than on sprint.
 

iSRS

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Is Apple retail matching only for Sprint? Maybe if they do for Verizon, I'll get my wife a 16gb 4s and use the gift card for my new iPhone...
 

eastercat

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Not likely. They're guaranteed to make money off you with a contract phone. While you can't really move to another carrier, there's the very remote possibility another cdma carrier will accept your phone.
Did they also change the price of the non-contract one? I wonder if the gsm carriers dropp the non contract price as well
 

brop52

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It varies on how good your signal is as well as on network congestion. Anyway, I've used Sprint in the past and it was marginal where I used to live. I also used AT&T and it was worse than atrocious in three different places I lived in those 2.5 years. I now have Verizon and it is much more dependable.
 

Spectrum Abuser

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I'm on sprint and the slowest speed I've ever had was 1mbps. I usually get 3-4mbps on Sprint and that's only with 3G.
Impossible. The theoretical limit of CDMA is 3.1Mbps on the download; you'll never see that speed even if you put your phone on a cell sites antenna.
 

Worf

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I don't get why people buy a $50 phone over a $199 phone. You're locked in for 2 years. Get the best phone! That's barely over $8 a month for the newer phone.

The truth is your paying close to $2000 for that cellphone for 2 years.
Studies have shown people are averse to high upfront costs. This is especially true in America. It's a shame because people should buy their smartphones unlocked upfront to save the most money and get the most value. There are several cheap/low-cost cellular providers without contract that end up costing less over At&t/Sprint/Verizon.
 

NewAnger

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Wow sprint is managing to stay competitive.
They've go to to get all the people that fled to AT&T when the iPhone was released. I left Sprint in 2007 to get the iPhone. I had Sprint for about ten years and would never go back. I even had a broadband card with unlimited bandwidth and the speeds on it were slower than what I get on 3G today with AT&T.
 

Dur

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So. Much. Faster.

With Sprint I get around 10 kbps.
10 kbps is absolutely horrible. Do you mean 10 mbps? The iPhone 4s does not even support Sprint's 4G network, therefore you won't see high speeds on a Sprint 4S. You must have been using an Evo or some 4G phone that supports sprint's higher data speeds. Not the 4S.
 

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Studies have shown people are averse to high upfront costs. This is especially true in America. It's a shame because people should buy their smartphones unlocked upfront to save the most money and get the most value. There are several cheap/low-cost cellular providers without contract that end up costing less over At&t/Sprint/Verizon.
In the US you don't get a discounted rate if you bring your own phone so unless you're planning on moving out of the country in less than 2 years the better deal is to get the subsidized phone with the contract and save the money upfront instead of paying full price for the phone and then the same price for the service over the next 2 years.
 

Diseal3

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They've go to to get all the people that fled to AT&T when the iPhone was released. I left Sprint in 2007 to get the iPhone. I had Sprint for about ten years and would never go back. I even had a broadband card with unlimited bandwidth and the speeds on it were slower than what I get on 3G today with AT&T.
I had sprint when they bought nextel and were pumping out those hybrid iDen/CDMA phones. That left a bad taste in my mouth however this network vision seems to be doing them good.