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  • $99 8GB iPhone 3GS for Christmas?


    Is AT&T getting ready to roll out a $99 iPhone 3GS in time for the holidays? "Boy Genius", of Engadget fame, is asserting that two anonymous sources told him they are doing just that, as a "way of combating the DROID madness.

    Verizon's new Droid line of Google Android smartphones have stolen some of the iPhone hype as we move into the busy holiday season. Verizon would like to post big numbers to build momentum for the new brand, and it's not inconceivable that Apple could be trying for a knockout punch. The Droid Eris, HTC's low end Android 1.5 smartphone, lists for $99, and positioning an iPhone 3GS at that price point would make the newest iPhone competitive at all levels.

    Boy Genius wrote:
    Definitely not confirmed, but rather interesting nonetheless. Weve heard now from two sources that AT&T, and we guess Apple, are contemplating launching an 8GB iPhone 3GS at the $99 price point before Christmas. One source said this was AT&Ts way of combating the DROID madness.

    There's more than a few problems with this rumor, however. Apple has up until now announced new iPhones in the summer months, and the rollout of a low-end 3GS model would leave no real reason for the whole iPhone 3G line to even exist.

    It's not impossible that Apple's thinking of something that off-the-wall, but that doesn't mean it's likely.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: $99 8GB iPhone 3GS for Christmas? started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 46 Comments
    1. GIRLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL's Avatar
      GIRLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL -
      The only thing Android needs, is the Droid at Sprint/T-Mobile within 6 months. The current stuff they have is just not going to cut it for me power wise.. the 3G is killing me softly right now with how slow it is.

      June 2010: iPhone's free with a 2 Year contract. Everybody and their mother will have one exactly the same as the other since Apple is against customization and all..
    1. thatcoralguy's Avatar
      thatcoralguy -
      People are trying to compare the android OTB to the Jailbroken Iphone. When you buy the android, you need to "Root" the phone which is android jailbreaking and then install one of many custom "roms" which are customized versions of the OTB OS. This is where you will find the many custom themes, the ability to add many custom themes without a third party app like winterboard, tethering is already part of the cyanogen mod (custom os) so no need for any "hack" to enable tethering.

      Today, most developers take the stock android OS and modify it like we are doing today with cydia. Then they deploy the custom os for download so there are not "25 custom icons on your springboard to get you phone to look and act the way you want to. It's all imbeded as part of the OS and managed through setting.

      Oh, did I mention that you can download the custom roms through google and or through the android market which is the google equivalent of the appstore? Imagine that, phone makers and carriers supporing third party downloads which customizes not only the look but the functionality of the phone. Well, it has arrived on the android. Not to mention that the themes are much nicer looking then on the iphone and I don't have to feel like I am breaking the law by downloading a theme from the android marke because my cell phone carrier allows it.

      Why people still even own an iphone I will never understand. The earier post about the paperweight, that was the g1. The new mytouch is extremely light. My lighter then the iphone not to mention sleaker.

      Also the andriod has customized "widegets" that go with themes that are awesome. You guys have that sorry excuse for a weather widget called IBNWeather while we have one much more elaborate with a "flip click" that automatically recognizes your location and displays the weather. No having to adjust .cs files. Who really wants to spend the time manipulating code to have your phone display the weather properly on your theme. Just download and go I say.

      All this is on the android market folks. No need for cydia. I bet Saurik is shaking that his beloved cydia will be nothing more than a fond memory like the atari 2600 was in about 9 months time. Sorry for all your hard work Saurik but you have no one to blame but yourself for developing on a platform that is owned by someone who does not embrace what you are doing where on the android platform, you'd be celebrated by people like google, tmobile, htc, etc. Probably is the form of loads of $$$.

      But, chase after that cheerleader who you'll never go out with and wants nothing to do with you and see who ultimately prevails? Not to mention all the headaches and stress that go along with chasing.

      Android Rules!
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      ughhh? 8gb? what can you do with that?
    1. astalavistadear's Avatar
      astalavistadear -
      seems like good news
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      so its christmas time and i havnt heard anything yet on this
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Not happening