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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 -
      Check this out... I just looked at my account and this is what is says...

      iPhone Upgrade
      As a valued AT&T customer, we can offer you a discounted iPhone upgrade at a higher price, along with a 2-year commitment and an $18 upgrade fee. Please proceed with the online upgrade process for pricing details. You may qualify for a full discount on a standard iPhone upgrade on 07/23/2009

      What a valued ATT&T customer they will offer me a upgrade higher price? What a joke! I am no valued customer.... if they valued me they sure would not be charging me the prices for the 32 GB that they want... I would spit nails right now I am so p***ed!

      Check this out... I just looked at my account and this is what is says...

      iPhone Upgrade
      As a valued AT&T customer, we can offer you a discounted iPhone upgrade at a higher price, along with a 2-year commitment and an $18 upgrade fee. Please proceed with the online upgrade process for pricing details. You may qualify for a full discount on a standard iPhone upgrade on 07/23/2009

      What a valued ATT&T customer they will offer me a upgrade higher price? What a joke! I am no valued customer.... if they valued me they sure would not be charging me the prices for the 32 GB that they want... I would spit nails right now I am so p***ed!
    1. ta84's Avatar
      ta84 -
      It's cheaper to pay the early termination fee of $175 and then "rejoining" AT&T to get the cheaper price. What a bunch of stooges.
    1. XChrisX's Avatar
      XChrisX -
      Sometimes the comments here are quite hilarious. What other phone maker out there is going to drastically make cosmetic changes to their flagship device every single year? Also to those complaining about the no price break for existing 3g owners, why should their be one? What good is a 2 year contract if everyone is allowed to break it every year? What other phone service provider allows this? Regardless the 3GS is hardly an upgrade for us 3g users anyways. /rant.
    1. M4tt Dam0n's Avatar
      M4tt Dam0n -
      The F***ers know they won't gain anything by letting 3G owners upgrade. They know that 90% of people upgrading will be 1st Gen iPhone owners since theyre contract will be done. Then they can secure the users for 2 more years. They really don't give a S*** about customers and loyalty. Well guess what you're still losing tons money by not selling all those iPhones for $200 and not selling refurb versions of the 3G.
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Bleeditout2130 View Post
      Cheapshot at existing 3G owners with no upgrade discount. Assholes.

      How much is it to cancel and resign up? $175 + $299 - only $475 then haha.

      F**kers.
      Was thinking this myself! LOL Cancel and then go buy a new one! LOL
    1. lilzone's Avatar
      lilzone -
      I second third, fourth ah anyway, That is total B.S!!! How are they (Apple) going to charge current iphone owners all that money? You would think loyall customers would get a break? Guess I too wont be upgrading for a while.
    1. GrabYourWeapons's Avatar
      GrabYourWeapons -
      Hopefully they will change this. Why would they do that for existing 3G customers. When the 3G came out (a year after the 2G) they gave 2G customers discounted prices. Why wouldn't they keep doing it.. I'd say most of their customers that have a 3G would like to upgrade to the 3GS... but it so expensive, like TheToothFairy said, not everyone can dish out 600-700 dollars these days.
    1. peteo's Avatar
      peteo -
      WTF Doesn't any READ
      ITS NOT $599 & $699!!!!!!!!!!!!


      So for people on AT&T with iPhone 3g:
      iPhone 3GS 16 GB is $399 with reup to 2 years.
      iPhone 3GS 32 GB is $499 with reup to 2 years.

      The cheaper pricing $199 & 299 is only for NEW customers to AT&T (or people done with their 2 year contract)
    1. austin5678's Avatar
      austin5678 -
      Look what I saw on the Apple website:

      Download the 3.0 Software Update.

      Available June 17.
      I'm more excited for the firmware release than the 3G S.

      EDIT: Here's the link:

      http://www.apple.com/iphone/softwareupdate/
    1. peteo's Avatar
      peteo -
      WTF Doesn't anybody READ
      ITS NOT $599 & $699!!!!!!!!!!!!


      So for people on AT&T with iPhone 3g:
      iPhone 3GS 16 GB is $399 with reup to 2 years.
      iPhone 3GS 32 GB is $499 with reup to 2 years.

      The cheaper pricing $199 & 299 is only for NEW customers to AT&T (or people done with their 2 year contract)
    1. one1's Avatar
      one1 -
      Existing iPhone 3G owners will have to pay approximately $200 over subsidized pricing to upgrade
      Which I think is fair since current iphone 3G owners will not only be getting out of their subsidized phone price and keeping that phone, but getting a new one as well. No problem by me, I'll pony out the $500.

      As far as the new iphone : http://www.modmyi.com/forums/general...ml#post3896521

      Neener, neener... told ya so. I knew what they were doing months ago.
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      Quote Originally Posted by XChrisX View Post
      Sometimes the comments here are quite hilarious. What other phone maker out there is going to drastically make cosmetic changes to their flagship device every single year? Also to those complaining about the no price break for existing 3g owners, why should their be one? What good is a 2 year contract if everyone is allowed to break it every year? What other phone service provider allows this? Regardless the 3GS is hardly an upgrade for us 3g users anyways. /rant.
      I think we are all upset with the no price break is because last year there was on... and many thought they would do the same thing this year.... and no matter what... if they did give us a price break again this year we would still be in their contract for the two years... more or less if we kept getting price breaks we would always be with AT&T until the dev's do what they need to do so others could go to TMobile....
    1. andrewfashion's Avatar
      andrewfashion -
      "REQUIRES a new 2 year agreement for those prices. Upgrading AT&T users will pay $599 for the 16GBor $699 for the 32GB, even if you're replacing an iPhone 3G."

      You have to be ******* kidding me, I am not paying $700 ******* dollars plus TAX to upgrade, where the hell is apple justifying this? Hell I won't even pay over $300 for the new 32GB 3GS.

      They know current 3G owners, especially 3G owners who develop software as well are going to want to upgrade EXTREMELY BAD like myself
    1. indiscretion's Avatar
      indiscretion -
      im going to need some type of video proof of the new speeds.....if there is not significant upgrade ill just get the 16 gig 3G on a new contract(ive never had an iphone on contract) for 149 and save 50 bucks
    1. one1's Avatar
      one1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by andrewfashion View Post
      "REQUIRES a new 2 year agreement for those prices. Upgrading AT&T users will pay $599 for the 16GBor $699 for the 32GB, even if you're replacing an iPhone 3G."

      You have to be ******* kidding me, I am not paying $700 ******* dollars plus TAX to upgrade, where the hell is apple justifying this? Hell I won't even pay over $300 for the new 32GB 3GS.
      read 3 posts up newb. if you're going to be here new and complaining at least read the thread, eh? If you won't pay over $300 for a 32gb iphone you are exactly the person apple was trying to keep away from the iphone when the first gen came out @ $500 premiums... sometimes I wish they still were.
    1. Nefarious's Avatar
      Nefarious -
      My wife has a first gen out of contract now, so she's get an S in a couple weeks, but no way I'll pay their ripoff fees to upgrade my 3g.
    1. tom3k's Avatar
      tom3k -
      not flaming u but
      Quote Originally Posted by XChrisX View Post
      Sometimes the comments here are quite hilarious. What other phone maker out there is going to drastically make cosmetic changes to their flagship device every single year? Also to those complaining about the no price break for existing 3g owners, why should their be one? What good is a 2 year contract if everyone is allowed to break it every year? What other phone service provider allows this? Regardless the 3GS is hardly an upgrade for us 3g users anyways. /rant.
      "What other phone maker out there is going to drastically make cosmetic changes to their flagship device every single year?"
      Motorola RAZR *cough cough*


      "Also to those complaining about the no price break for existing 3g owners, why should their be one? What good is a 2 year contract if everyone is allowed to break it every year? What other phone service provider allows this?"
      i could go either way with this... having been in wireless sales with 5 years experience I think that it opens providers up to a world of churn. the price point does not need to insult existing customers and I think that is what they have done. drastically reducing the current cost for upgrading users and imposing a higher "upgrade" fee settles in your stomach a little better than getting hit with the ludicrous price on top of the commitment thats both welcome and unavoidable, on top of the upgrade fee that is just kinda tacked on there to mock u. poorly thought and executed by at&t. after all paying almost average $2000 during the lifetime of the phone's contract for inadequate service hurts enough.

      /ramble
    1. peteo's Avatar
      peteo -
      Quote Originally Posted by andrewfashion View Post
      "REQUIRES a new 2 year agreement for those prices. Upgrading AT&T users will pay $599 for the 16GBor $699 for the 32GB, even if you're replacing an iPhone 3G."

      You have to be ******* kidding me, I am not paying $700 ******* dollars plus TAX to upgrade, where the hell is apple justifying this? Hell I won't even pay over $300 for the new 32GB 3GS.
      Hey READ THE F'in posts

      ITS NOT $599 & $699!!!!!!!!!!!!

      So for people on AT&T with iPhone 3g:
      iPhone 3GS 16 GB is $399 with reup to 2 years.
      iPhone 3GS 32 GB is $499 with reup to 2 years.

      The cheaper pricing $199 & 299 is only for NEW customers to AT&T (or people done with their 2 year contract)
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Let me start by saying HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH! I told you all didn't I? The new iPhone is exactly what I said a new iPhone would be: minimal upgrades here and there for an all around better experience. But noooo, like every year you all bought every retarded rumor the Internet spewed at you and raised your expectations to impossibly high levels. The backlash to this new iPhone is some if the most hilarious reading this year.

      PS: reason 3G owners get to pay full price is because you go the 3G at a subsidized cost with a 2yr contract. When you bought the original, it wasn't subsidized so they were ok with it. However, you can't expect to get a 2ns subsidized phone less than a year after getting one NOONE anywhere allows that.

      With that said: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
    1. andrewfashion's Avatar
      andrewfashion -
      Quote Originally Posted by one1 View Post
      read 3 posts up newb. if you're going to be here new and complaining at least read the thread, eh? If you won't pay over $300 for a 32gb iphone you are exactly the person apple was trying to keep away from the iphone when the first gen came out @ $500 premiums... sometimes I wish they still were.
      I'm a dev, and been through more iphones than anyone can count on their hands, done paying ridiculous money

      Sorry for venting, i'll end up buying one anyways...