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Walmart Cuts iPhone 3GS Price in Half Ahead of WWDC

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AP News reports that Wal-Mart will be cutting the price of the iPhone 3GS down to $97 with contract starting on Tuesday. The company presently sells the 3GS for $197.

Apple is widely expected to introduce a next iPhone on June 7th. Analysts have already predicted that the current iPhone 3GS will be discounted across the board to $99 while the new iPhone will slide into the $199/$299 price points.

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I'd much rather pay $100 more for the not yet released new model. The big money is what you'll be paying for two years worth of at&t. You might has well have the nicest hardware.
 
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I feel sorry for the people with a lack of knowledge to research a product before they buy an iPhone right now.
 
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I'd much rather pay $100 more for the not yet released new model. The big money is what you'll be paying for two years worth of at&t. You might has well have the nicest hardware.

Or you can add a new line before AT&T it's new $325 ETF takes . Pay $97 for new iPhone 3GS with full 12 month warranty.

Cancel line, pay the $175 old ETF. So total cost $97 plus $175 ETF plus $36 activation fee. So including taxes total would be $350 for new ipbone 3GS 16gb not under contract with full 12 month warranty.

Sell your old 3GS which has less than one month of warranty left for at least $350 and up.

You can always re add a new line in 6 months to a other subsidized phone.

I am only suggesting this to still take advantage of the $175 ETF before it increases to $325 June 1st.
 
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Wal-Mart Cuts iPhone 3GS Price in Half Ahead of WWDC

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AP News reports that Wal-Mart will be cutting the price of the iPhone 3GS down to $97 with contract starting on Tuesday. The company presently sells the 3GS for $197.

Apple is widely expected to introduce a next iPhone on June 7th. Analysts have already predicted that the current iPhone 3GS will be discounted across the board to $99 while the new iPhone will slide into the $199/$299 price points.

Article Link: Wal-Mart Cuts iPhone 3GS Price in Half Ahead of WWDC
 
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troop231 said:
I feel sorry for the people with a lack of knowledge to research a product before they buy an iPhone right now.

In general, I'd say that it's the people who don't care so much about having the newest technology and they care most about the price of the phone. It's the same thing as buying a 3g for $99 when the 3gs was just released. It's a good deal for those people.
 
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I'd much rather pay $100 more for the not yet released new model. The big money is what you'll be paying for two years worth of at&t. You might has well have the nicest hardware.

Third to this party. Good sign for all of those looking for this pricing structure:

-$99 iPhone 3GS 16GB
-$199 iPhone 4/HD 32GB
-$299 iPhone 4/HD 64GB

I think has to be 64GB to stay competitive in the market. And for those who say there isn't room, the Zune HD has a 64GB and it's super small and thin, so I can't imagine why it wouldn't be possible.
 
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SeattleMoose

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Yep, yesterday's tech toys rank right up there with last weeks paper for desireability.

Progress means built in obsolescence.....:eek:

Now to business....please provide a 32GB iPod Nano!!!!
 
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Or you can add a new line before AT&T it's new $325 ETF takes . Pay $97 for new iPhone 3GS with full 12 month warranty.

Cancel line, pay the $175 old ETF. So total cost $97 plus $175 ETF plus $36 activation fee. So including taxes total would be $350 for new ipbone 3GS 16gb not under contract with full 12 month warranty.

Sell your old 3GS which has less than one month of warranty left for at least $350 and up.

You can always re add a new line in 6 months to a other subsidized phone.

I am only suggesting this to still take advantage of the $175 ETF before it increases to $325 June 1st.

It is possible I am wrong, but I do not believe they unlock the phone for the ETF fee, so I am not entirely clear what the point would be.
 
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Third to this party. Good sign for all of those looking for this pricing structure:

-$99 iPhone 3GS 16GB
-$199 iPhone 4/HD 32GB
-$299 iPhone 4/HD 64GB

I think has to be 64GB to stay competitive in the market. And for those who say there isn't room, the Zune HD has a 64GB and it's super small and thin, so I can't imagine why it wouldn't be possible.

Slip into your PJs because you're dreaming. Also, have you not seen the iPhone 4 Gen hardware teardown? It's completely filled and flash memory prices have only gone up in the past year not down.

Also, 64GB to stay competitive with who? Do current smartphones even offer above 32GB?

I'm sure a lot of people's main priority isn't having hundreds of GB of memory for their cellphone (well, at least in 2010).
 
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Slip into your PJs because you're dreaming. Also, have you not seen the iPhone 4 Gen hardware teardown? It's completely filled and flash memory prices have only gone up in the past year not down.

Also, 64GB to stay competitive with who? Do current smartphones even offer above 32GB?

I'm sure a lot of people's main priority isn't having hundreds of GB of memory for their cellphone (well, at least in 2010).

most smart phones come with 0-1gigs. tho have mem slots.
 
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Imagine how well the iPhone 3G would sell if they also lowered it's price by $100 by making it free on contract. It's probably better that they don't though, because it would hurt iPhone HD sales, and they seem to be slowly dropping iPhone HD support.
 
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Slip into your PJs because you're dreaming. Also, have you not seen the iPhone 4 Gen hardware teardown? It's completely filled and flash memory prices have only gone up in the past year not down.

Also, 64GB to stay competitive with who? Do current smartphones even offer above 32GB?

I'm sure a lot of people's main priority isn't having hundreds of GB of memory for their cellphone (well, at least in 2010).

I'm just going on what quite a few people have posted here and other places. Honestly, I have no need of a 64gb phone, but others might.

As far as the hardware goes, you know as much as I do. Who kows, it's just pure speculation and I am most likely wrong, but they might find a way to cram more memory in it
 
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In general, I'd say that it's the people who don't care so much about having the newest technology and they care most about the price of the phone. It's the same thing as buying a 3g for $99 when the 3gs was just released. It's a good deal for those people.

I have an Audiovox Digital 1x Verizon phone from 2003 w/GPS but it's a dumb phone and that phone to buy up front was around $250. I couldn't give it away today.

The 3GS at $97 is something one by comparison must take serious.
 
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I'm sure a lot of people's main priority isn't having hundreds of GB of memory for their cellphone (well, at least in 2010).

i bought the 16GB, never had reason to use more than 10GB.

if however the phone could be used as a simple external HD (mounted via USB cable, without itunes synching nonsense), that would be very good and i would purchase the largest capacity on offer.
an un-realistic dream: having a partition on iphone with snow leopard and diskwarrior would be fantastic, start up MBP in target disk mode and get diswarrior to check the MBP. i carry an external HD every time i travel just for this purpose, would be great to have iphone take this task.
 
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I feel sorry for the people with a lack of knowledge to research a product before they buy an iPhone right now.

The average person doesn't care about an A4 processor, an increase in RAM, or any of that stuff. They're going to see a nice iPhone for under $100 and think that they're getting a good deal, which they are. There's nothing wrong with the 3GS. For non-tech geeks, it'll do everything they need and then some.
 
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pika2000

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Here's what I want to see from Apple:
-AT&T-locked subsidized iPhone 3GS 16GB, $99
-AT&T-locked subsidized 4G iPhone 32GB, $199
-AT&T-locked subsidized 4G iPhone 64GB, $299
-Unlocked 4G iPhone 32GB straight from Apple store, $399
-Unlocked 4G iPhone 64GB straight from Apple store, $499
And the 4G iPhone to have at quad-band or 5-band UMTS, supporting both AT&T (850) and T-Mobile (1700) 3G, in addition to 1900/2100 bands. Nokia can do a 5-band UMTS with the N8, so why can't Apple.

If this happens, then the next iPhone will be a game changer, and give the Nexus One a run for its money.
 
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troop231

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The average person doesn't care about an A4 processor, an increase in RAM, or any of that stuff. They're going to see a nice iPhone for under $100 and think that they're getting a good deal, which they are. There's nothing wrong with the 3GS. For non-tech geeks, it'll do everything they need and then some.

The people I know would buy it and be happy with it, but then when they see mine, they will bitch at Apple for coming out with a new one, and I'd just laugh at them because they didn't listen to me :p
 
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As a 3G user, a $99 3GS appeals to me. I don't need to have the latest and greatest, and the speed increase for minimal cost would be nice.
 
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