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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. Sullivan0930's Avatar
      Sullivan0930 -
      wow talk about screwing 3G owners over. i cant afford that much, $300 yes, $600 no. ill buy a ****** car instead.
    1. shaquk's Avatar
      shaquk -
      Ok, i am wondering if the 32GB model is really something I need. I got the original iPhone model and my carrier (O2 in the UK) has been pestering me since Jan to upgrade. I was however waiting for the new iphone this summer. A friend of mine sold me the 16GB 3G model for 200 (around $300) and i was happy to take it and sell my 1st G 8GB model on ebay for like 220. That was a good deal. Anyhow, now I am wondering if its worth upgrading just for the better camera and higher battery life..and the 32GB model. I assume we will all get the video recordingw ith teh 3.0 FW update anyway. I am currently using about 3GB for apps right now,and dont have THAT many videos, so i could live with another 16GB mode. But if the 3GS videos take a lot of space, then an upgrade to the 32 GB might be appropriate. What do you guys think? Anyone recorded videos on the 3.0 firmware yet?
      By the way, O2-UK charges following for existing and new customers:
      If you are going for the cheapest monthly plan for 29.38(75 outgoing mins, 125 sms, unlimited data) 8GB: 96.89; 16GB: 184.98; 32GB: 274.23
      Monthly Plan for 34.26 (600 outgoing mins, 500 sms, unlimited data) 8GB: 96.89; 16GB: 184.98; 32GB: 274.23
      Monthly Plan for 44.05 (1200 outgoing mins, 500 sms, unlimited data) 8GB: Free; 16GB: 87.11; 32GB: 175.19

      Oh, does this 3GS have more buil-in memory? Or do i need to continue using the free memory app?
    1. Amraam's Avatar
      Amraam -
      Quote Originally Posted by M4tt Dam0n View Post
      You probably have an iPhone why don`t you use Shazam?
      I did, but I wasn't sure that it gave me the correct answer.
    1. ForumSnoBorderRK's Avatar
      ForumSnoBorderRK -
      Quote Originally Posted by prozac4312 View Post
      What I meant is...could I keep the plan long enough to be able to keep the new iPhone, but then cancel the iPhone data plan on that line and use the new iPhone on my primary line...Know what I mean?
      Yeah you can get the new iPhone and put it on your new line that you would open up and switch it over to your original line whenever you want. the bad thing about that is that you're paying $9.99 for an additional line for the next 2 years that you wont be using. I guess you can give this number out to other places and have the calls be automatically forwarded to your own line?

      So in layman's terms, if you open a new line for $9.99 and get the iPhone for $199, you dont even need to put that phone on that new line. You can just steal the eligible upgrade that the line automatically comes with when you sign up and use it for your own number.
    1. prozac4312's Avatar
      prozac4312 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ForumSnoBorderRK View Post
      Yeah you can get the new iPhone and put it on your new line that you would open up and switch it over to your original line whenever you want. the bad thing about that is that you're paying $9.99 for an additional line for the next 2 years that you wont be using. I guess you can give this number out to other places and have the calls be automatically forwarded to your own line?

      So in layman's terms, if you open a new line for $9.99 and get the iPhone for $199, you dont even need to put that phone on that new line. You can just steal the eligible upgrade that the line automatically comes with when you sign up and use it for your own number.
      So if I do open a new line it will for sure be eligible for the $199 price? (I'm still a bit unclear on if the $199 is available to brand new customers)...
    1. HighTymes's Avatar
      HighTymes -
      I don't like that I will be paying more then I thought and the fact that right now it doesn't seem like they changed much but after watching the video Guided Tour of the 3GS, it has got to have way more ram and a way faster processor. Then there is the Fastest, Most Powerful iPhone Yet they keep saying.

      I am kinda more excited after watching this.

      Apple - iPhone - A Guided Tour
    1. NeoNightmareX's Avatar
      NeoNightmareX -
      Looks like I'm sticking with the 2G until the 4th Generation (hopefully 4G) iPhone. GG Apple, but you lost this one.
    1. jshdw1100's Avatar
      jshdw1100 -
      Didn't we all just pay alot of money for the 3g. There is no consideration of that. For as litlle as what is upgraded, it's just not worth the price.
    1. BoostedEvoIX's Avatar
      BoostedEvoIX -
      is the full cost upgrade apply to those who already have a 3g? Does this also apply for 1g phone users? Damn i dont wana pay 599..I was just added as an additional line to my families plan. Will i be elegible for the upgrade?
    1. NArush's Avatar
      NArush -
      Hmmm yea me too. I might just antyup the $$ for it. The new features are kinda sweet.
    1. sleepcore's Avatar
      sleepcore -
      Apple is a bunch of thieves, I can't believe they have the balls to charge people that much money for a cell phone with an upgrade? What honestly seperates new customers from customers with upgrades anyway? Its the same contract period and I know major corporations like AT&T lose money on new customers for the most part until they have tenure, its not until a few years in you actually start making profit off a person, so you're making a douchebag business decision and I'm using my upgrade I've been saving for something on the Android platform instead, I should have to go through the inconvenience of shutting my line off and then making a new one just because you all want to get 15 million dollars in bonus's instead of 10.

      I still love the company, I still love what you're all about, and I still hate Microsoft, but you really are a bunch of criminals and your new iPods are made poorly, and I'm sure this almost $700 investment still probably can get hairline cracks without even being mistreated. I hope you all get diahrea, for a really long time.
    1. ironwarlock's Avatar
      ironwarlock -
      the 3gs is worth the money for some and not for most. its worth money if you wanna run better more powerful programs (they are coming). its worth the money if you need 32 gigs of harddrive (i know i need more then that. if you don't need power speed and hard drive space. stick with your 3g its still a very good iphone.
    1. BoostedEvoIX's Avatar
      BoostedEvoIX -
      so if my contract is up, i dont have to pay the upgrade correct? I just transfered my account to my parents family plan as an additional line. Will i be elegible for the new one without the upgrade fees?
    1. Caleb_Soccer_Star's Avatar
      Caleb_Soccer_Star -
      Quote Originally Posted by thetoothfairy View Post
      For the upgrading part for Att users I am so heart broken! I can not believe that they are not giving us a price break like last year..... I am sooooo sadden by all of this.... I truly am.... they probably did this to us because they already have us hooked into another year with them....

      I could not believe my eyes.... really I could not when I read that.... almost makes me sick to my stomach...

      With times still like they are I can not believe the prices for the 16 and 32..... Apple the times have not got any better! There are many people that don't have this kind of money! What are you thinking? You must not want to sell many of them this year?????

      Yeah, that really makes me mad too, i was like oh i cant wait to get this, even though their was not a whole lot of changes but i was still wanna get it, but then the AT&T part, thats just stupid, in my opinion they could have made alot more money.
    1. sleepcore's Avatar
      sleepcore -
      So are we all claiming that the upgrade price is the same as new customer price? I am kind of confused. And the Milano dude with girl eyes in that iPhone 3GS video makes me so angry with his happiness and smiling.
    1. A Retired Mod's Avatar
      A Retired Mod -
      At&t need's to get their s h i t together, and offer us 3G owners a better deal!!
    1. Caleb_Soccer_Star's Avatar
      Caleb_Soccer_Star -
      Quote Originally Posted by jwalkd9 View Post
      The phone features are cool but it this is total BS that I can't effin upgrade my iPhone 3G to iPhone 3GS without paying $600 or $700. Apple and ATT don't realize how much this is going to hurt them. I bet many people like me updated their iPhone 2G to the iPhone 3G last year and got the subsidized price and those people wish to do the same this year for the 3GS BUT AREN'T because ATT is being retarded and won't let us do that.
      Yeah, its so stupid. It will hurt sales i believe, i mean i still think they will sell alot because all the rich people out their, but people who are stuck with the 3g contract should be pissed; like me. thing is about everything i want is in the 3.0 software. I hope* Apple & ATT get hurt bad.
    1. sactownstar's Avatar
      sactownstar -
      So no need to get this with T-Mobile pretty much?
    1. Bleeditout2130's Avatar
      Bleeditout2130 -
      Quote Originally Posted by sleepcore View Post
      So are we all claiming that the upgrade price is the same as new customer price? I am kind of confused. And the Milano dude with girl eyes in that iPhone 3GS video makes me so angry with his happiness and smiling.
      That's what the rep told me, but the site says I have to pay $499 for the 32GB....this happened last year when I upgraded and I did get the lower price....
    1. lostwhiteboyy's Avatar
      lostwhiteboyy -
      Does anyone wonder if thats it? Like if they would wait till the last day to announce a better or different iphone. Because isn't steve jobs suppose to come back soon? and if they are waiting till he comes back to announce it? i dont know maybe just wishfull thinking i guess! i just expected more, as well as i think everyone else did too! I dont see this one selling nearly as much! o well!