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  • NEW: iPhone 3GS - The S is for Speed


    WWDC is fun, huh? Today saw the official announcement of the iPhone 3GS.

    Available June 19th, the iPhone 3GS is billed as "the fastest, most powerful iPhone yet."



    Here's the key points:
    • 2 sizes. 16GB in black or white, $199 | 32GB in black or white for $299.
    • REQUIRES a new 2 year agreement for those prices. Upgrading AT&T users will pay $599 for the 16GB or $699 for the 32GB, even if you're replacing an iPhone 3G. (pf edit: check note below re:this price)
    • Video Recording in VGA up to 30fps, with built in editing features.
    • 3MP camera with auto-focus.
    • Compass.
    • Landscape Keyboard.
    • Battery life on 2G and WiFi increased. 3G battery life remains the same as on the iPhone 3G.
    • Audio playback increased from 24 hours per charge to 30. Video increased from 7 to 10.


    photo credit to Gizmodo

    EDIT: There's some chatter in the thread about AT&T actually offering iPhone upgrades at a lower price than quoted in this article. Upon checking out the AT&T website, it looks like the $349 and $299 upgrade prices are for the CURRENT iPhone 3G, NOT the 3GS - AT&T does NOT have the iPhone 3GS listed on their site yet (June 8, 11:45PM EST). HOWEVER, if you log in through Apple's website, they ARE offering existing users a lower price (see below graphic) of $399.00 for the 16GB iPhone 3G S (black or white) and $499.00 for the 32GB iPhone 3G S (black or white) on renewals (plus an $18 upgrade price).

    This article was originally published in forum thread: NEW: iPhone 3GS - The S is for Speed started by Kyle Matthews View original post
    Comments 431 Comments
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Darkjuvex89 View Post
      this is really saddening.
      wtf, laame prices for upgrading in regard to att.

      now thru apple i guess thats reasonable somehow.
      why? cause i try upgrading to 16gb white and att charged me 400

      i was ok that may be worth it. but knowing that i can pay the same price thru apple, and get 3gs i guess that sounds better...but idk that sucks the price and lack of thinking of customer satisfaction...

      however, question. if
      order thru apple...will i have to return my iphone 3g?

      or i get to keep it?
      You get to keep it....
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      What a depressing upgrade
      I wish I had been proven wrong. But I warned you... : \
    1. Darkjuvex89's Avatar
      Darkjuvex89 -
      thanks for clarifying my question thetoothfairy.

      if bought thru apple, $400.
      and sell my 3g then is sort of gain situation.
      since i get to sell it and i dont really lose 400



      as for jailbreak true, it would take some time due to the
      fact is a different slight firwmare than usual.

      more complex i think. but it is possible. just give it time.
    1. carlos.michell's Avatar
      carlos.michell -
      knowing apple there are hidden capabilities on the new iphone. Watch pretty soon are 3g phones are going to be obsolete with the new iphone.
    1. Darkjuvex89's Avatar
      Darkjuvex89 -
      thanks for clarifying that thetoothfairy.

      i guess is worth it, if i pay 400 thru apple
      and sell my 3g phone...is not much of a loss contrast
      to upgrading thru att..but here is the thing
      how sure i am ill get 3gs thru apple. they simply can send me a same one...mmmmm...

      as for jailbreak, it will take time but its not impossible.
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Darkjuvex89 View Post
      thanks for clarifying my question thetoothfairy.

      if bought thru apple, $400.
      and sell my 3g then is sort of gain situation.
      since i get to sell it and i dont really lose 400



      as for jailbreak true, it would take some time due to the
      fact is a different slight firwmare than usual.

      more complex i think. but it is possible. just give it time.
      Your welcome!
    1. NiteStar's Avatar
      NiteStar -
      Has anyone else gone to apples website to pre-order the 3gs and gotten an error message when going through the process of putting in your account info?
      "There was an error

      We experienced an error in processing your request. Please try again later."
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      Quote Originally Posted by bgorney View Post
      How long until it can be unlocked and jailbroken. Just an guess will help.
      One never knows... first of all the dev's have to get their hands on it.... then it depends on the programming Apple has used on it.... this is a question that no one can answer at this time....

      Quote Originally Posted by NiteStar View Post
      Has anyone else gone to apples website to pre-order the 3gs and gotten an error message when going through the process of putting in your account info?
      "There was an error

      We experienced an error in processing your request. Please try again later."
      Yes I have read that others are having problems as well... read this hole thread and you will see and also read this one..

      [ame=http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=713693]Apple Announces iPhone 3G S, Launching June 19th - Mac Forums[/ame]

      And do what it says try again later.... their server is probably being bomb barded with orders...
    1. mysteryskater125's Avatar
      mysteryskater125 -
      so does that mean for a current 3G user, we can upgrade to the 3GS for $500 without extending our contract another 2 years?
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      Quote Originally Posted by mysteryskater125 View Post
      so does that mean for a current 3G user, we can upgrade to the 3GS for $500 without extending our contract another 2 years?
      When ever any of us upgrade we will always have to extend our contract for two years....
    1. Darkjuvex89's Avatar
      Darkjuvex89 -
      yea, that the suck point of upgrading.

      if you wouldnt renew contract it be more expensive..
    1. mysteryskater125's Avatar
      mysteryskater125 -
      Quote Originally Posted by thetoothfairy View Post
      When ever any of us upgrade we will always have to extend our contract for two years....
      is there any way you could just get the 3GS without extending the contract?
    1. Darkjuvex89's Avatar
      Darkjuvex89 -
      "Requires new two-year AT&T wireless service contract, sold separately to qualified customers; credit check required; must be 18 or older. For non-qualified customers, including existing AT&T customers who want to upgrade from another phone or replace an iPhone 3G, the price with a new two-year agreement is $499 (8GB), $599 (16GB), or $699 (32GB)." so this is just thru at&t...? or also apple? (info found on appl.com)

      cause when i get to click on existing customer, it says "Replace a phone on my account with an iPhone. " idk i new to this...what you guys think?

      although important apple does say 400 for 16gb
    1. itaintrite's Avatar
      itaintrite -
      I don't know why people are complaining about having to pay full price if they have a 3G. You DO know you can always go sell your 3G for $300-350 then add another $250 for a new 3GS right? Basically the same as last year when you could trade up your newly purchased 2G for a 3G.

      I'm eligible for the $199/299 prices since I waited and didn't ugprade to 3G this February. Yay for patience.

      Order Details
      Product Name Product Number Unit Price Qty Subtotal
      IPHONE 3G S BLACK 16GB-USA MB715LL/A $199.00 1 $199.00
      Ships: Delivers by June 19th
      Subtotal $199.00
      Sales Tax

      $16.67
      Total Price
      $215.67
    1. iancdp's Avatar
      iancdp -
      For those of you getting errors when trying to order the iphone 3gs if you have a family text plan remove it. Then order the phone and then add the plan back again. It worked for me i saw it somewhere in the apple forums
    1. JayBern's Avatar
      JayBern -
      Was actually looking forward to the matte back cover. Lol.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      ^ I can't believe that didn't go down.
    1. A Retired Mod's Avatar
      A Retired Mod -
      I can't believe at&t isn't offering us 3G user a better discount!!!
    1. Darkjuvex89's Avatar
      Darkjuvex89 -
      Quote Originally Posted by itaintrite View Post
      I don't know why people are complaining about having to pay full price if they have a 3G. You DO know you can always go sell your 3G for $300-350 then add another $250 for a new 3GS right? Basically the same as last year when you could trade up your newly purchased 2G for a 3G.

      I'm eligible for the $199/299 prices since I waited and didn't ugprade to 3G this February. Yay for patience.
      i envy you lol
      nah, is kool. props man.
      what you think of the new 3gs?
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Yea, I am going to throw mine on craigs in a few months. Don't sell it too early because everyone is selling theirs and will cause prices to fall