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  • AT&T to Begin Selling iPhone 3GS for $49 This Friday



    If you want a new iPhone 3GS for only $49, you no longer have to resort to a refurbished offering from Apple or wait for another week-long deal from Radio Shack. Beginning this Friday, AT&T will start selling the iPhone 3GS for $49. The only catch? You need a new two-year service contract and data plan. AT&T will include iPhone 3GS devices sold through AT&T and Apple.

    First released in 2009, the iPhone 3GS has sold for $99 by AT&T and Apple since the iPhone 4 was unveiled last June. The iPhone 3GS, however, still runs iOS4, although the software upgrade alone obviously can't deliver certainly functionalities incumbent upon the hardware attributes of the 4th generation Apple smartphone. Still, the move by AT&T represents a clear step toward the most competitive pricing plan even unveiled for a previous generation iPhone.

    Late last month we reported that pre-paid Android devices that currently retail for as low as $180 will drop in price by half early in 2011. As a result, many began speculating if AT&T or Apple would somehow react to the looming industry-wide price reductions affecting countless smartphone brands and virtually every major player in the mobile phone space. Clearly, AT&T is gearing up for the anticipated price wars ahead while helping deplete the older inventory now occupying the space that will be needed to stock the new devices 2011 has in store.

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: AT&T to Begin Selling iPhone 3GS for $49 This Friday started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 54 Comments
    1. marccarl21's Avatar
      marccarl21 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Westerman View Post
      Did you not pay outright for the android phone?
      yeah but they dont cost as much do they?
    1. LamboFan's Avatar
      LamboFan -
      I might look into it..
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      Quote Originally Posted by zozodouce View Post
      who cares about iphone 3gs? wake me up when apple makes a better phone than the crappy iphone 4.
      I still use the iPhone 3Gs here, works well still.... never upgraded to the iPhone 4
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      Quote Originally Posted by marccarl21 View Post
      yeah but they dont cost as much do they?
      Out right your still looking at 5-600 dollars for an android phone and the iphone 4 500-600 dollars. Now a factory unlocked iphone is a little bit more 800-1000 depending but still if your planning on dumping 100s of dollars into a phone anyways what a couple extra dollars???
    1. marccarl21's Avatar
      marccarl21 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Westerman View Post
      Out right your still looking at 5-600 dollars for an android phone and the iphone 4 500-600 dollars. Now a factory unlocked iphone is a little bit more 800-1000 depending but still if your planning on dumping 100s of dollars into a phone anyways what a couple extra dollars???
      put it this way the nexus s costs 429.00 sim free
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      Whats that in us
    1. marccarl21's Avatar
      marccarl21 -
      Quote Originally Posted by westerman View Post
      whats that in us
      $ 665.

      Quote Originally Posted by marccarl21 View Post
      $ 665.
      $ 788 for a 16gb ip4
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      I paid 600 us for mine out right
    1. marccarl21's Avatar
      marccarl21 -
      The uk always get stung.....
    1. zozodouce's Avatar
      zozodouce -
      Quote Originally Posted by Westerman View Post
      Not to try and start an augment but i am curious what draws you to andoid and a way from apple?
      What does you galaxy tab do that the iphone or ipad cant?
      well if you know about the galaxy tab you would know that it's an iphone/ipad all in one, i have the unlock euro model with the phone and i never have to worry about my phone been lock after a sofware update or when is the dev-tem is going to find a way for me to jailbreak my device.android open

      Quote Originally Posted by marccarl21 View Post
      why does evry post have to end up with android in it.....
      it's the future dude,a lot of people are tired of apple's bull.
    1. GoldenTequila's Avatar
      GoldenTequila -
      Is it just me or do you guys own way too many phones? lol
    1. Mes's Avatar
      Mes -
      I'll buy one .... when AT&T allows it to be unlocked (before, during, or after) contract expiration. Until then -- NEVER!!
    1. Dranon's Avatar
      Dranon -
      Why does the 2 year contract scare you??? I do not understand this. How many of you are switching carriers constantly? You can just pay the etf and it would just pay for what you would pay for the iphone if you bought it off eb ay.
    1. Mes's Avatar
      Mes -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dranon View Post
      Why does the 2 year contract scare you??? I do not understand this. How many of you are switching carriers constantly? You can just pay the etf and it would just pay for what you would pay for the iphone if you bought it off eb ay.
      Did I say the 2-year contract scares me?

      No ---- I said it can NEVER be unlocked -- after 100 years, AT&T does not allow unlocking. That is just plain wrong !!!
    1. Dranon's Avatar
      Dranon -
      Quote Originally Posted by Tfost View Post
      I just think its weak how they try to make you think you're getting a smoking deal. "Wow 50 bucks for an iPhone! Score!" but then rape you with the data plan and insanely high priced plan. I'd much rather spend more up front for a phone and take a reduction on the contract. Say maybe a 1 year contract option or just cheaper service or something
      HOW do they rape you????????? EVERY single SMART phone on every carrier requires a data plan! The data plans are all very comparably priced. SO how are they raping you????

      Quote Originally Posted by Mes View Post
      Did I say the 2-year contract scares me?

      No ---- I said it can NEVER be unlocked -- after 100 years, AT&T does not allow unlocking. That is just plain wrong !!!
      I was replying to post #4 DELUSION 950 post. Which I clicked reply to but it was not threaded! Sorry for not including quotes... I agree that he phone should be able to be unlocked after contract expires or if you buy it outright. Maybe this year when their contract expires with ATT
    1. Mes's Avatar
      Mes -
      ^^^^OK. No harm, no foul
    1. Retrolock's Avatar
      Retrolock -
      Quote Originally Posted by marccarl21 View Post
      put it this way the nexus s costs 429.00 sim free
      Should be cheaper because it's all plastic and easily damaged. Google should have sticked with HTC.
    1. brandyn baker's Avatar
      brandyn baker -
      The data plans are a freaking joke... 200 $10 mb or a 2GB $15 data cap? WTF? I go over 2GB in half a month the most I ever used is 5 in 1 month thank god for the old $25 unlimited data plan (Wich is actually capped at 5GB)
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Why not spend a few more bucks and get a 4? or wait for 5?
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      Why not spend a few more bucks and get a 4? or wait for 5?
      That's what I said earlier man.