Why keep the 3g 8gb in circulation ?

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  1. Accoladeuk macrumors member

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    By doing that , its allowed o2 to bump the prices up of the new model.

    sheer madness.
     
  2. GfPQqmcRKUvP macrumors 68040

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    So they could sell it to people for a far lower price and get more customers....

    Are you serious?
     
  3. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    Because in the US or some other places in the world, the cheap version will appeal to people with limited initial resources or people who don't want to pay alot up front for a device. Also, if you have a family plan, it appeals as you keep same minute usage but just add a small data charge which many people are willing to pay in order to receive a "better" experience.

    So, keeping it around is the best thing Apple could do business wise. It gets the iPhone into more hands.
     
  4. arkitect macrumors 601

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    Cheap(er) being the word here. ;)
     
  5. Accoladeuk thread starter macrumors member

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    £349 here in the uk, is hardly a cheap option that is gonna entice sales.

    by keeping this base rate of £349, it means the new phones are astronomically over priced.
     
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    Is that the subsidized price?
     
  7. Accoladeuk thread starter macrumors member

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    the thing is the price hasnt really been reduced at all. its the price listed both on the apple website and the o2 website.

    the new phone in the uk is £440 for (16gb)
     
  8. arkitect macrumors 601

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    As an unsubsidised phone O2 offers a Pay & Go iPhone 3G 8GB - £342.50

    Last year's technology at an outrageous price…
     
  9. anjinha macrumors 604

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    That makes sense if it's the full price. There should also a subsidized price, but maybe it's not out yet.

    What were the unsubsidized prices before?
     
  10. arkitect macrumors 601

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    Yes they have been published.

    Subsidised iPhones 3Gs range from £184.98 — £274.23… on the lower tariffs with 18 months contract.
    Link…
     
  11. Accoladeuk thread starter macrumors member

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    the subsidised prices are inflated from last years (latest technology prices)

    the unsubsidised 3g phone price was £349 prior to the announcement. So nothing has changed.
     
  12. joekun macrumors regular

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    I have a very difficult time believing that there are people out there who can afford a $100 phone, but not a $200 phone, who are also able to pay $70/month plus texting and taxes. If there are I can't imagine there are many. They need to reduce the monthly charges if they really want to expand the market greatly.
     
  13. anjinha macrumors 604

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    Are they inflated for people starting new contracts too or only for people who are already in an iPhone contract?
     
  14. arkitect macrumors 601

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    Same prices apply across the board.
     
  15. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    It's the up front cost people want to avoid, and sometimes while thinking over that, overlook the actual cost per year of the iPhone. It's like buying a High End 15" MacBook Pro (current) and paying in installments for 2 years.

    However, all people see is "OMGZ!?!?! IZ DAT SOME $99 IPHONEZ?! I MUST HAV3!!" and ignore that $70/monthly charge as that will let them "keep" their pppprrrrrecious.
     
  16. soopamac macrumors member

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    the $99 iPhone price is a significant move by apple and att to attract more customers. $99 for an iPhone, that's insane! nothing else comes close to that. why get a Pre, Storm, or G1 when you can get the iPhone for less than a hundred bucks.
     
  17. aerospace macrumors 6502a

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    The president here is more important I think. When Iphone 4g comes out 3gs will be $99, when 5g comes out 4g will be $99, that's a great setup imho.

    Instead of creating a pro and normal version, they made the new one pro, and kept the last version alive as a cheaper alternative to the cost conscious.
     
  18. instaxgirl macrumors 65816

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    In other words doing what every other phone manufacturer does. O2's just taking the piss with their PAYG price staying the same for the 3G.
     
  19. aerospace macrumors 6502a

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    The other option would have been 3gs being 299/399 or god forbid even more per month because it's now 7.2 ready(edge to 3g prices went up $10/mo)
     

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