The deal is supposed to give a huge push to the iPhone 3GS in prepaid markets globally, and bring more of the two year-old handset to developing countries.
What’s even more interesting is that the Jefferies analyst expects Apple to lower the current $375 retail price to between $250 and $300. Now, while the former part of the rumor sounds logical, we have our doubts that Apple really needs to bring down the price much, so we’d take this latter one with a grain of salt.
Currently, Apple sells the iPhone 3GS for free on a two-year contract with US carriers. At the same time, expectations are for Cupertino to launch its newest “completely redesigned” iPhone this fall, possibly October, with a 28nm chip and a bigger screen.