Why does Apple sell the iPhone 3Gs?

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  1. cootersgarage6, Feb 9, 2011
    Last edited by a moderator: Jul 24, 2011

    Nov 6, 2010
    Hi, I was wondering why Apple still sells the iPhone 3Gs? Here are my questions

    1. Yeah, why do they still sell it
    2. does that mean the 3Gs is still into date?
    3. Do a lot of people still buy the 3Gs?
    4. Will they stop selling it when the iPhone 5 comes out?
  2. EvilEvil macrumors 6502a


    Jan 8, 2007
    New York City
    Because they know 4G won't be a standard throughout most of the US until at least 2013. 3GS phones are priced cheaper now so anyone can afford an iPhone. iPhone 5 won't be significant improvement over the iPhone 4.
  3. Interstella5555 macrumors 603


    Jun 30, 2008

    Did you really need two threads for this?

  4. saving107 macrumors 603


    Oct 14, 2007
    San Jose, Ca
    1. Yeah, why do they still sell it Its the cheaper alternative
    2. does that mean the 3Gs is still into date? Kind of/ though in the last update it lacked some features that the iPhone 4 got.
    3. Do a lot of people still buy the 3Gs? Is this vital information
    4. Will they stop selling it when the iPhone 4 comes out? The iPhone 4 has been out now for 8 months.
  5. cootersgarage6, Feb 9, 2011
    Last edited by a moderator: Jul 24, 2011

    cootersgarage6 thread starter Guest

    Nov 6, 2010
    I didn't post 2 threads

    I didn't post 2 threads... I'm on my iPad so it's probably a glitch. Macrumors always domes it to mr, it's like a duplicate
  6. iphone1105 macrumors 68020


    Oct 8, 2009
    THEY DOMES IT TO MR TOO! Couldn't tell you were on your iPAD ;)
  7. NT1440 macrumors G4


    May 18, 2008
    Hartford, CT
    If you can sell a phone for as long as possible without having to retool manufacturing plants, and its still a great money maker, why wouldn't you? :confused:
  8. Alexjones macrumors 6502

    May 28, 2010
    I just bought the 3GS to replace my iphone4. I find it to be more solid. Its a great phone. The Iphone 4 is not all that. JMHO
  9. Btrthnezr3 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 5, 2010
    And for some people--the 3gs is a cheaper alternative to "testing the waters" in the iPhone world. I know many people who bought a 3g when the 3gs was hot...because a) it was cheaper and b) they weren't sure if they were really ready to have an iPhone. Once they realized they loved it, they knew they wanted the next version, for sure.
  10. lsvtecjohn3 macrumors 6502a

    May 8, 2008
    1 Because people buy it
    2. 3GS can run 4.2.1
    3. It was top 5 selling phone last year. http://www.mobile88.com/news/read.asp?file=/2011/1/6/20110105120616&phone=best_selling-phones-2010
    4. yep and the iPhone 4 will be priced like the 3GS is now
  11. JRoDDz macrumors 68000


    Jul 2, 2009
    1) it makes Apple money.
    2) have no idea what you mean here. Into date?? Up to date, yes, it runs the latest IOS like the iphone 4.
    3) A lot of people still have the 3Gs and for $50 bucks it's a hell of a bargain.
    4) nobody knows.
  12. Apple 26.2 macrumors 6502a

    Apple 26.2

    Jan 1, 2011
    What up, 212?!
    It's nothing but a way of getting more subscribers on what is assumed to be a low entry price... it won't cost you much and they still make mad moolah in the long run because of how much the plans cost.

  13. Alexjones macrumors 6502

    May 28, 2010
    Money is not the issue. Its the quality. Its a solid phone. I also find the camera to be better. Im very sad to see it go.
  14. zenio macrumors 6502

    Feb 2, 2011
    To remind us what a great phone they're capable of making.

    Having blown it with the iPhone 4, perhaps Apple will get back on track with iPhone 5... :)
  15. anonymous guy macrumors 6502

    Mar 18, 2010
    They're doing what they did last year with the 3G.

    Keep last year's model around as a 8GB "entry level" product for $99 USD. When the next version of the iPhone is released, the 3Gs will be discontinued and replaced with a 8GB iPhone 4.
  16. Dumbledorelives macrumors 6502


    Oct 24, 2010
    They don't make 8GB iPhone 4s, only 16 and 32. They're not going to start making them just to replace the 3GS. It will be 16GB iPhone 4, 32GB iPhone 5, 64 GB iPhone 5. Probably.
  17. TEG macrumors 604


    Jan 21, 2002
    Langley, Washington
    Except they did the same thing with the 3GS. There was no 8GB 3GS until after the iPhone 4 came out.

  18. IphoneGuy4daBay macrumors newbie

    Jan 14, 2011
    Id like to just offer that, Im still on the 3G and find it to be still a great phone on Tmobiles 2G network :)
  19. wordoflife macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    3GS can still run iOS very well and you can't really go wrong with an iPhone for $50. (even in 2011)
  20. WeegieMac Guest


    Jan 29, 2008
    Glasgow, UK
    If you think the 3GS has a better camera than iPhone 4, you need your eyes tested.

    And along with that, you're not stating opinion, you're actually wrong.
  21. Sedrick macrumors 68030


    Nov 10, 2010
    If you want an entry level 16gig iPhone, then the 3GS is for you. It's perfectly capable, and runs the latest iOS just fine.

    I bought a 32gig 3GS about a month and a half before the iP4 came out because I don't like to buy the first production model (and we say what problems it had).

    The form-factor is also much nicer to hold and pocket. I honestly expect Apple to go back to a rounded case around iP6.
  22. twentytwo22 macrumors regular

    Jul 13, 2010
    I sure hope not, I hate the rounded case.

    And to the guy above saying 3GS is better than iPhone 4--- right, you keep telling yourself that.
  23. JASApplications macrumors 65816

    Nov 24, 2010
    Scarborough, United Kingdom
    Because the 3Gs is still a fantastic phone and is probably still in the top 20 smartphones. Plus it's now pretty cheap!
  24. vincenz macrumors 601


    Oct 20, 2008
    I think you've mistaken that the iphone 4 has 4G capabilities. Both the 4 and the 3GS use 3G.
  25. h1r0ll3r macrumors 68040


    Dec 28, 2009
    1. Still useable. Also serves as a great entry level phone for those wanting an iPhone but not willing to fork over a couple hundred dollars for the newest model. I think BB has the 3GS for $49. Can't beat that.

    2. Somewhat. Can still run most apps well or at least a hell of a lot better than the 3G can. And for those wanting in on the iPhone craze, it may be just what they want without all the Facetime, HD recording, etc that the 4 offers.

    3. I've known a few that bought them. Most other people I know bought the 4 for themselves and then the 3GS for their kids/wife/girlfriend :D I guess it's good to be greedy every once in awhile.

    4. If by they you mean Apple, maybe. Depends on what the latest firmware has in store. It'll still be supported by Apple but whether or not they still sell it on their website/stores is anyone's guess. But, the 3GS will still be available for sale by AT&T, most likely in refurb/cosmetically blemished models.

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