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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. silent revolt's Avatar
      silent revolt -
      please some moderator find my post from ages ago where i told everyone that "an iphone a year" would DESTROY all possibality of the iphone changing from year to year, like i said they ARE with holding technologies from this years model for next years model, and they will keep doing it. Apple is ******* stupid anymore, yeah sure its an iphone but please, PLEASE look at the other options and you will see apple was indeed first, but the way thier company works now-a-days has put them last. Apple has NEVER realy done anything truly inovative with there small devices IE iphone, ipod. When it comes down to it, TO THE CORE, all apple does is take current technologies. Hell even semi old tech and put them together in a pretty package, hype the hell out of it, and sell it for top dollar. MORE OVER they never tell you when the new one is going to come out, so they can fleese you twice by keeping YOU the consumer out of the loop. So look here boys, bide your time and when the next gen phones come out, get away from apple..because the "iphone a year" trend has officaly put the nail in the coffin for inovation HELL they couldnt even change the name LOL 3g.....sssss for sucker if you buy it...UNLESSSSS you didnt have a 3g in the first place, although i would still recommend waiting on the better stuff from other companies...yeahp apple sucks anymore its offical
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      ^ Sure thing, I will get right on that
    1. NiteStar's Avatar
      NiteStar -
      I was having problems with apples website and ordering a 3gs, but I had no problem ordering it from AT&T's site. They promised no upgrade fee, FED-EX overnight shipping and that it would arrive by June 19th.
    1. salayyad's Avatar
      salayyad -
      wasnt the video feature available for the 3g. would there be a way to get that to work or is cycorder the only option.
    1. listenclose's Avatar
      listenclose -
      If I know someone that is eligible but does care between 3G and 3GS, is it a simple matter of swapping sim cards if I purchase the 3GS under their contract and give them my mint condition 3G for free?
    1. carlitos287's Avatar
      carlitos287 -
      Who's gonna buy it day 1, then cancel the AT&T contract on day 31?
      (after the 30-day period, and some $500 dollars on the phone, activation, plan, cancellation, blah blah blah)

      But does AT&T keeps the phone after the 30-day?

      I was thinking of doing it, and then wait for the iphone-dev-team to do their thing.....

      Pretty soon there will be TurboSims on ebay for the new iPhone 3GS
    1. kurosh's Avatar
      kurosh -
      IN CAPS TO GET EVERYONE'S ATTENTION

      I JUST CHECKED ON ATT'S WEBSITE, AND I AM ELIGIBLE FOR THE 3GS AT THE 199 AND 299 PRICE POINTS, THIS IS BECAUSE I HAD A 2G FROM THE TIME IT CAME OUT, MY SISTER AND FATHER HOWEVER HAVE TO PAY THE HIGHER PRICE POINT FOR AN UPGRADE, SO I GUESS I LUCK OUT

      Just wanted let everyone know, so the main post can be modified, i can post pics if wanted
    1. brahby's Avatar
      brahby -
      It's yours once it passes 30 days, I asked that specific question. Actually, what I asked was: Is there some kind of special clause with the iphone that it has to be more than 30 days before we can cancel and only pay the early term fee. I told her exactly what I wanted to do. Have my mom sign up, get the new one at 299 (32 gig), wait 30 days...cancel pay early term fee, switch sim from mine into 32 gig...sell mine to pay early term fee. she said that was an option and no phone is different. anything under 30 days you have to give it back, anything over 30 days you keep. hope this helps
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      Lmao. I've never took an iPhone contract out. Bought the iPhone 2G back in Jan 2008 from O2 without a contract, took it home and unlocked it instead of going on contract through iTunes. Never got the 3G.
      Now time to get the 3GS.

      Ps. iPhone's soooo laggy when I was posting this.
    1. cranie's Avatar
      cranie -
      My current 3G phone with 3.0 once jailbroken will be just as good as the GS IMO. For once I'll skip this one.
    1. CZroe's Avatar
      CZroe -
      Quote Originally Posted by silent revolt View Post
      please some moderator find my post from ages ago where i told everyone that "an iphone a year" would DESTROY all possibality of the iphone changing from year to year, like i said they ARE with holding technologies from this years model for next years model, and they will keep doing it. Apple is ******* stupid anymore, yeah sure its an iphone but please, PLEASE look at the other options and you will see apple was indeed first, but the way thier company works now-a-days has put them last. Apple has NEVER realy done anything truly inovative with there small devices IE iphone, ipod. When it comes down to it, TO THE CORE, all apple does is take current technologies. Hell even semi old tech and put them together in a pretty package, hype the hell out of it, and sell it for top dollar. MORE OVER they never tell you when the new one is going to come out, so they can fleese you twice by keeping YOU the consumer out of the loop. So look here boys, bide your time and when the next gen phones come out, get away from apple..because the "iphone a year" trend has officaly put the nail in the coffin for inovation HELL they couldnt even change the name LOL 3g.....sssss for sucker if you buy it...UNLESSSSS you didnt have a 3g in the first place, although i would still recommend waiting on the better stuff from other companies...yeahp apple sucks anymore its offical
      Start HERE. Yes, MMi does have standard search functionality! I just with it had a way to do threaded egosearches with persistent URLs so I wouldn't have to create a new session search result page wach time I need to follow up on my posts (subscribing to threads by default OVERWHELMS inboxes with popular threads!).
    1. sleek's Avatar
      sleek -
      I think apple has messed up this summer....
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      I think the S stands for Sucks @ss
    1. sleek's Avatar
      sleek -
      I think apple has messed up this summer....
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      ^ I will agree with you again
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      In the UK you don't get the 32Gb for free unless you sign up for a 2 year contract(who'd do that?) at 74/month - on all other contracts you actually have to pay for the phone.

      Tehering is going to set you back 14/month on top of your contract but MMS are taken at the rate of 1MMS=4SMS from your plan.

      Think I'll just stick with my 3G on T-Mobile where I get tethering included in my 20/ month.
    1. dale1v's Avatar
      dale1v -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      In the UK you don't get the 32Gb for free unless you sign up for a 2 year contract(who'd do that?) at 74/month - on all other contracts you actually have to pay for the phone.

      Tehering is going to set you back 14/month on top of your contract but MMS are taken at the rate of 1MMS=4SMS from your plan.

      Think I'll just stick with my 3G on T-Mobile where I get tethering included in my 20/ month.
      Once again, I don't feel like getting ripped off.
    1. Bleeditout2130's Avatar
      Bleeditout2130 -
      It's a bunch of monkeys running the show with Jobs recovering....

      I watched the Guided Tour and I'm psyched. The 19th can't come soon enough!
    1. MacBam's Avatar
      MacBam -
      Lol why is everybody so negative
      It has everything I wanted! 'm gonna upgrade from my good old 2G :P
      Are there really people who use a front-facing camera?
      Actually what is the use of it?
      It's fun for a while but nothing more in my opinion..

      Only thing I understand is with those contracts, but since I live in Belgium where it is sold unlocked that's not a problem to me
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      I've had a front facing camera on most of my phones for the past 6 years. I think I used it twice just to try it. Not worth having IMHO.

      Like I said, if you have a 2G it's worth upgrading to the 3Gs, if you have a 3G then probably not.