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Analyst predicts that the iPhone 3GS will be priced at free when the next iPhone debuts

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Analyst predicts that the iPhone 3GS will be priced at free when the next iPhone debuts
Even though we’re all curious about the next version of the iPhone, there are some out there who are probably more attuned in learning about Apple’s plan of action to attack the other end of the spectrum – the low end market.

Well, RBC Capital Markets General Manager Mike Abramsky predicts that Apple will finally be on the market with a free smartphone when the next version of the iPhone arrives. Specifically, he claims that Apple will be selling the iPhone 3GS for free with an accompanying 2-year contract, which should hopefully prove to be combat the surge of low and mid-range Android handsets. Moreover, Abramsky believes that this logical move would double Apple’s market to approximately 150 million smartphones.

As we all know, AT&T still holds ownership to the iPhone 3Gs, which is evident by the advertising spots that continue to air on television. Although Verizon is now selling the iPhone 4 and appears to be on board with the next one, it’ll be interesting to see if Apple will grace them with a similar version of the iPhone 3GS.

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posted on 29 Jun 2011, 10:16 3

1. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


"which should hopefully prove to be combat the surge of low and mid-range Android handsets"

Hhmm looks like apple has finally met its match...

posted on 29 Jun 2011, 10:55 2

5. tuminatr (Posts: 670; Member since: 23 Feb 2009)


still a 2 year old model

posted on 29 Jun 2011, 13:30 6

11. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


that's better than a lot of Phandroid devices.

posted on 29 Jun 2011, 13:51 3

14. GoogleiPhone (unregistered)


Better than a lot of LOW END Android devices

posted on 29 Jun 2011, 14:00 5

15. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3847; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


You could not be more wrong. The Apple 3GS is a 600 MHz processor phone. Almost all low to mid-range Android phones have 800 MHz to 1 GHz processors now. These low to mid-range Android phones run Froyo or Gingerbread, so they are much more capable than an Apple 3GS. Heck they are just as powerful as an Apple iPhone 4. Plus with the new iOS update the phone will slow down so much. Hey it's awesome if you want outdated tech. You can use it as a free paper weight, heck even a coaster for your beer that lights up with some psychedelic colors! Lol So there are useful things the Apple 3GS is good for! I am getting a free one so I can have that bad a$s coaster! I will always know where my drink is at all times! lol

posted on 29 Jun 2011, 15:05 2

16. stealthd (Posts: 927; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


The LG Optimus says hi. Probably the best selling recent low-end Android phone around and it's just a 600 MHz.

Nice just spouting a bunch of crap like a true fandroid though.

posted on 29 Jun 2011, 15:14 1

17. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


wow you just showed your inteligence with that comment.... times have showed us that only geeks care about specs.... i know people that will choose a free iphone 3gs than any 2 year old android phone.... even if both are free... but I guess trying to pass a smart person gets the best of you.. lol..

posted on 29 Jun 2011, 16:30 1

20. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


Yea i agree isheep will always choose the iphone over any android, i bet if apple gave the older 3g for free isheep would take that 2yr contract just to have it.. its an isheep thing.. doesnt make the phone any better though....

posted on 29 Jun 2011, 16:56 2

22. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3847; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


I am not talking about 2 year old Android phones you moron, I am talking about right now. If a person gets an iPhone 3GS & compares it to a new Android low end model they will be PO'd because they will most DEFINITELY see that their phone is inferior. Only an iSheep like your self would even go and make a comment on someone’s intelligence. If a person just did a second of research they will see that even free that phone is not worth it. Your iSheep brain doesn't give people credit for being smart. Only a fool or a broke person would get the iPhone 3GS because it's free. For $50.00 you can get a low-end Android phone that does more while it's turned off than the iPhone 3GS does while it's on. So gallitoking you just showed your intelligence on how puny your iSheep brain really is!

posted on 29 Jun 2011, 17:20

24. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


jajajaja only geeks like your self care about specs.. i dont give a damm about specs... Apple advertise well there products...I rarely see an android phone being advertise.. at first the xoom was adevertise but now what??? they gave upp on that already and Apple doesnt..... even on 2 year old phones.. remeber one thing.. u geeks.. are minority .. u dont represent the average consumer... aahhh did I hit a nerve...

posted on 30 Jun 2011, 08:44

43. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3847; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Ok gallitoking you hit a nerve. Wow so your intent is to hit a nerve? Well how do you feel? Is your iSheep brain only capable of that? lol I feel so bad about this that I didn't sleep well last night. I stayed up all night so I can now respond to your comment. It's funny that the Android OS dominates the mobile world without advertising. Imagine if Android used some of the money they spend on making their OS the best, on some advertising. So maybe Apple should take a page out of Android & spend some of its ad money on making a new iOS instead of the same dry iOS but with an Android like notification system. lol
"aahhh did I hit a nerve..." lol

posted on 30 Jun 2011, 09:17

46. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3847; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Another thing if you don't give a damn about specs, why are you on PhoneArena.com? This website ONLY just talks about specs & gives news on phone related articles. A true person who doesn’t care about specs would never register to a phone blogging site & put their 2 cents about topics like this. They just wouldn’t give a damn as you say. Not only do you talk crap, but you are a fool too. Nice try on being benevolent, but you are only a lying hypocrite! lol

"aahhh did I hit a nerve..." Seriously?

lol WEAK bro! lol

posted on 30 Jun 2011, 11:12

49. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


dude I do read phone arena and still care about specs.. seriously... you wil hurt other people by implying only geeks read phone arena dont be ignorant ok.... you are too old to be dumb and a geek dude grow up.. and yes I am a hypocrite. because you are a geek a hole and I have to pretend I care about your post and that are smart posts.. when you just a geek ... yes GEEK..

posted on 29 Jun 2011, 17:36

29. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


there's some pretty crappy low end androids right now. Regardless of specs they run badly because of low memory and bad memory management

posted on 29 Jun 2011, 17:51

35. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


agreed.. cant even play angry bird!

posted on 30 Jun 2011, 08:58

45. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3847; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Yes the low-end Android phone from the time of the Apple iPhone 3GS couldn't play Angry Birds. NOW the low-end Android phone can play Angry Birds & so much more!

posted on 30 Jun 2011, 08:55

44. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3847; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Yes you are right taco50 BUT those are the old low-end Android phones. The new low-end phones are actually phones with good specs, good RAM, & good memory management. So get your facts right. A low-end Android phone from the time of the Apple iPhone 3GS, there is no comparison BUT if you are on the market NOW & had a choice for a new low-end Android phone or an over 2 year old free Apple 3GS the choice is clear. The $50.00 new low-end Android phone KILLS the free over 2 year old Apple 3GS. People will be upset when they get their Apple iPhone 3GS for free & see how inferior the phone is compared to a brand-new low to mid-end Android phone running Gingerbread & has a front facing camera so they can video chat. So again taco50 you are RIGHT, only if it was early 2009! lol

posted on 30 Jun 2011, 11:06

48. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


u geeks make me laugh thinking that people wil be dissapointed on buying the iphone 3g.. my brother has it and he seems very happy... I have yet met e single person not happy with their iphone 3g...but in your defense there are not geeks like you two ladies

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 09:24

50. haha (unregistered)


yeah it's great. If you like only having 8Gs of memory that can't be expanded, if you like being obligated to itunes for: music, updates, backing up your phone, etc. A less durable and customizable phone. And spare me...there is no such thing as FREE with and apple product. Apps=$. Tech support=$ Music=$ Apple only accessories=$ They advertise free but you never 100% own that 3GS..

posted on 29 Jun 2011, 10:24 6

2. Sarcasm (unregistered)


WOW! WHAT COMPELLING PREDICTION!!! Where do they FIND these geniuses?!

posted on 29 Jun 2011, 10:44 7

4. jogutier (Posts: 324; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)


My thoughts exactly. LMFAO!

posted on 29 Jun 2011, 10:36 1

3. jo (unregistered)


It has been since december that it is free in Canada

posted on 29 Jun 2011, 11:27 1

9. iosmaster (unregistered)


in several countries of latinamerica so its the case the 3gs its free on an 18 month contract, and it has been for a while

posted on 29 Jun 2011, 11:01 6

6. Synack (unregistered)


Oh WOW!! How did you come to this conclusion!? It's $199 brand new in 2009, $49 1 year old in 2010, and where ELSE can it go from here for 2011?! What an amazing prediction! Who woulda thought a 2 year old phone would be free by now.

posted on 29 Jun 2011, 11:08 1

7. Rich (unregistered)


2 year old phones arent even usually available anymore at this point... let alone STILL carrying a price tag...

posted on 29 Jun 2011, 11:25 2

8. GJ (unregistered)


SHOCKING

posted on 29 Jun 2011, 11:33 4

10. theBankRobber (unregistered)


This is just stupid. The 3gs is starting to run slow thanks to the new ios update and they want to keep pushing the old ass iPhone as long as they can. I guess they need to compete with Google that bad when Google said they are trying to have low end Android phones replace standerd cell phones like flip phones or anything without ios or Android. But poeple are suckers for FREE stuff and any old free iPhone would make people jump on it because they just would see the 2 words - FREE AND IPHONE- in the same page.

posted on 29 Jun 2011, 13:31 3

12. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Aww, do I detect jealousy here? An iOS device that's free especially when it's better than most Phandroid devices?

posted on 29 Jun 2011, 15:33 1

19. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 979; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)


not THE MIZ!!!!!! he is on phone arena lol....but seriously, its too little too late for Apple. i dont know why they havent thought about this 6 months ago when the iphone 4 hit verizon and no one doesnt even think about the 3GS since it hit AT&T almost a year ago.

If this was offered in february when the iphone 4 hit verizon, i can honestly say that its worth buying for those who want a decent smartphone for less than the big boys like the Atrix, Inspire, and now the Infuse....now i cant even say if this is worth it except for teenagers wanting their first smartphone from parents who dont want to break the bank for one

posted on 29 Jun 2011, 13:50

13. GoogleiPhone (unregistered)


Better than most LOW END Android devices.

posted on 29 Jun 2011, 15:16 1

18. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


better than any 2 year old android phone...

posted on 29 Jun 2011, 16:34 1

21. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


isheep..

posted on 29 Jun 2011, 17:04

23. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


jajajaj isheep?? I have a Droid X ok to start and listen to me geek..... I recognize a good phone.... and when i say good. dont mean specs... dude . there is more to life than specs..ok... bottom line a phone is just a phone.... your galaxy or whatever phone u may have ( honestly I dont care) may be faster or have better specs.. but My DX gets my job done.. even if it takes a couple of more seconds... I used to hate Apple but thats becuase I was one of you... a follower.,. now I see why iphone sells good even without the best specs...they done for years and you geeks still dont get it... hmmmmm

posted on 29 Jun 2011, 17:29

25. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


wow dude you dont even deserve to have that Droidx, you have the same mantality as an isheep! as i read your paragraph of nonsense i notice your starting to come up with the same excuses as isheep " it gets the job done" " its only a phone i dont need specs" "we dont get viruses" we dont need flash".. all just retarded excuses cuz they dont want to admitt the phone is outdated
.. how am i a follower? if most android owner get the phones because you can customize it and make it unique.. that makes me a follower? bieng different and unique?? yea i dont think so..
i really dont care how much the iphone sells its not like if it benefits me in any way???.. just like you, my phone gets the job done and more, with no extra seconds to wait....

posted on 29 Jun 2011, 17:35

28. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


then what is your point putting dumb comments on a topic not related to android... good u have a phone that is dependent.. but there u go about me not deserving the Droid X??? wow I didnt know i have to have certain mentality to own a phone...I dont think like an isheep.. becaue I defend my phone when the times comes.. but not going to defend the Droid X on every topic.. dumb a**.. thiiis about ..again.. about the iphone.. read the topic.. geek

posted on 29 Jun 2011, 17:58 1

36. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


umm i did post about the topic in my first post.. as you can see these last post i have done are replies to your retarded comments, retard...

posted on 30 Jun 2011, 10:18

47. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


well at least I am not an isheep... as u can see u were wrong before calling me an isheeo without knowing,....in my book makes u an idiot.. and by calling me retard,... again assuming.. well u just moved to the stupid idiota category.. congrats.. and by u replying to a "retard" like me.hmm well that will also make u a retard stupid idiot..wow.. u move up the ranges pretty quickly..ur mom must be proud....!! and wait for a phone that who knows when will it come... go form a line in best buy.. so u can be the 1st one....idiot.

posted on 30 Jun 2011, 00:01

42. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


So they're sheep because you think all people should own android? Sounds like you're the follower. Also why do u need a phone to be unique?

posted on 29 Jun 2011, 17:38

30. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


you used to work for Verizon I'm guessing and now you don't hate it cause Verizon has it lol

posted on 29 Jun 2011, 17:46

34. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


i love my DX. taco... is perfect .. for me...my brothers own Apple products... all of them.. and trust me are great product... one has the iphone 4 and the other the iphone 3g.. had it for a year os so. and stil works fine..anytime u get a year or more on a products.. then they are good products.. plain and simple...I honestly love Moto.. they are reliable for me i dont care what other people say about them..

posted on 29 Jun 2011, 17:31

26. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


this topic is about iphones being free with 2 year agreement.... not about being better than adroid.. there are plenty of topics already here on that.... if u dont have something related to this topic.... welll get stepping..trolls ..Apple or Androids...

posted on 29 Jun 2011, 17:39 2

31. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


A free iPhone would sell like crazy. It would put a big dent in the low end smartphone market. It's a much better phone than all the low end android phones even two years later.

posted on 29 Jun 2011, 17:42

33. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


thank you .. for once we have a person thats stick to the subject in hand

posted on 29 Jun 2011, 18:15 2

37. exo2u (unregistered)


I personally think that there are quite a few phones nowadays that are equally good/better than the 3gs. its hard to comment without sounding a little biased but i will say that its very very far from being much better than low end android phones specially to this day. If you want to just go by free phones (more spec and hardware wise vs. sales) then the 3gs would be blown away even free. obvious speculation. the iphone isnt even free yet which alone is kind of sad. no doubt its gonna make a dent in the market though, the general public has almost always been more swayed by the "name" instead of the hardware or specs.
ps. i dont count the people that check out PA or other phone stuff to be the general public in the phone world

posted on 29 Jun 2011, 20:39

38. josh (unregistered)


There are many phones better than the 3gs. As there should be. It's a 2 year old phone. But it still works. I don't know know why anyone would want it though. And I'm a fan of android and apple.

posted on 29 Jun 2011, 20:39 1

39. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6220; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


WHO THE HELL WANTS A CRAPPY IPHONE 3GS that drops a lot of calls and have lots of bugs in it?

posted on 29 Jun 2011, 23:23

40. phonedawg (unregistered)


This should have been free 6 months ago. You've got to be an iIdiot to get this phone now. I wouldn't even get the iPhone 4 this late in the game, not with the 4s/5 coming in a few months.

posted on 29 Jun 2011, 23:50

41. anaaana_musss (unregistered)


on what planet is the quality of a phone based solely, entirely, strictly on the "quality/quantity" of its advertising. i tell you: only planet
"everyoneHereIzzsaDiscussionTrollPaidToSpreadAndSti​rNonsense"

on Earth, we have many aliens visiting from that planet but it's a trainwreck we're ill-equipped to ignore.

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