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Low cost, pre-paid Apple iPhone coming; could be the Apple iPhone 3GS

0. phoneArena 18 Jul 2011, 10:18 posted on

Sources for BGR say that a pre-paid, low cost model of the Apple iPhone will indeed be launched this year; the price of the unit is expected to be no higher than $350 off contract and could be the iPhone 3GS which couold combine with the Apple iPhone 4 and a new iPhone 4S/5 to cover the low, middle and high ends...

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posted on 18 Jul 2011, 10:28 1

1. jah (unregistered)


pretty sure the iphone 3gs already exists

posted on 18 Jul 2011, 10:34 3

2. hepresearch (unregistered)


Interesting... here is what enters my mind:

Rather than catering to somewhere in the middle as well, all they need to do is have a regular high-end device, and a mid-to-low end device. The lesser device will cover both the middle and low-end categories (if you can even consider a $350 phone to be low-end anyway). I would not want to go back to an older existing product for the mid-level, so I would think the iPhone 3GS will not be revived.

So, I'll bet the new iPhone 4S will be the contender in the mid-range, while the iPhone 5 will be the mainstay for the carriers at the high-end. I am not an iPhone fan, but to me, this does sound like very smart strategy.

posted on 18 Jul 2011, 15:53

23. BobbyTaba (Posts: 316; Member since: 11 Aug 2010)


why dont ppl just go to amazon and get a mid range android phone for free rather than the 2 year old 3gs

posted on 18 Jul 2011, 10:51 3

3. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2864; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Unless you absolutely want to have an phone as your phone this seems to be a good offer but don't expect to get ios5 on it. You might as well buy an ipod touch.

posted on 18 Jul 2011, 10:57 2

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


From what I understand the 3GS is getting iOS 5 os if this is true it will probably have the newest sw also.


If this happens this will increase Apple's marketshare and profitability by a lot.

posted on 18 Jul 2011, 11:05 4

5. hepresearch (unregistered)


It just makes sense from a support standpoint that Apple would update the software on the 3GS... they will have a much better reputation if they continue to support their past devices from the last two to three years, unlike some OS's that stop updating devices after a year or so...

And taco50 is right... this will improve Apple's standing with consumers, and not just the fanboys. Oh... my... goodness! I just agreed with taco50? Thunder and lightning, very very frightening...!!!

posted on 18 Jul 2011, 12:06

11. Paden (Posts: 262; Member since: 07 Jul 2011)


Not sure about a prepaid version getting iOS 5, but in the keynote speech they said 3GS would get it.

posted on 18 Jul 2011, 12:52 4

17. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


the problem with updating it to iOS5 is going to be the same issue that people had with the iOS4 update. The 3gs does not have the same processor as the iphone4. Its not going to handle the android copying experience of widgets and more functionality. Heck, android phones back then couldnt handle it well running on the same 650mhz hardware. Its not going to be magically better because its apple. Processor intensive is processor intensive.

Besides, if they updated the 3gs prepaid to iOS5 it just makes people less willing to spend the money on the new iphone5 when they can get the bulk of the features for free. Saleswise, it DOESNT make sence.

posted on 18 Jul 2011, 13:15 1

18. Paden (Posts: 262; Member since: 07 Jul 2011)


I've seen iOS 5 beta run on a 3GS. Works fine.

posted on 18 Jul 2011, 13:26 2

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


Don't worry Paden as usual remixfa has no idea what he's talking about. He just comes to troll on Apple articles because he's jealous of the iPhone. Unfortunately he's on t-mobile and can't have it. Don't worry remix there's hope yet. Rumor is tmo will finally get the iPhone.

posted on 18 Jul 2011, 16:50 5

24. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


and as usual u add nothing to the conversation exept blind izombie hate twards anyone u think doesnt share your view.

I offered a technical standpoint and not a quip about my feelings on apple.

I remember quite well everyone screaming about how thier iphone 3gs slowed to a crawl after it got the iOS4 update. I gained quite a few customers from that mess. To think that somehow this will be magically better as they cram even more features into the phone is highly unlikely. If it happens, then great, but I doubt it.


Also, its prepay. When you buy prepay you buy as is with no garuntees.. Its barebones. If you want garunteed updates, warranties, and every other bell n whistle, you get yourself a regular plan. Part of the cost of the regular plan is all those bells n whistles.

posted on 18 Jul 2011, 20:50 1

28. Paden (Posts: 262; Member since: 07 Jul 2011)


I agree remix. I do LOVE Apple. But even Taco's stand point on everything Apple makes me feel bad for liking their products.


Taco, have you ever taken an interpersonal communications class? Well, lemme tell you, if you attack people's view points they are less likely to listen to what you have to say. If you understand what they are arguing and some how cater your argumet to their beliefs it may change some minds. Don't attack. Understand and fight with some better ammo there, bud!

posted on 18 Jul 2011, 21:04

29. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2864; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


I know exactly what you mean. I use to love my old iphone 3g. Loved it when it was running the original software of the device but when they got to the 3GS update, that's when it all went to hell. App would constantly freeze and crash, I was always having signal issues that werent there before. It would act as if it was a dead zone when before I would have full bars. And even when I was in an area with full bars, I would get a horrible static and often dropped calls.

Like I said, before the update it worked flawlessly. But like every iphone, once it becomes dated, it becomes garbage. The SAME issue happened with my roommate who had the iphone 3GS, worked flawlessly until the iphone 4 ios update came. He had the same issues I had. From my personal expirence, it has been bad.

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 09:11

35. Junito (unregistered)


The only thing I'm happy about is, the garuntees (sic) your not going to be an English writer and in need of getting a spell checker.

posted on 18 Jul 2011, 14:38

21. hepresearch (unregistered)


That's like saying that you wouldn't buy the latest Samsung Galaxy S II if you could get Gingerbread on your MyTouch 3G... come on! S60 3rd Edition was around for so long that I had two such phones; even though the software was nearly identical on both (and I LIKED it that way!), hardware differences alone made it worth it for me, and I enjoyed my experience with both phones (at the same time for a while... one line for business, one for personal, and a prepaid line on the side just to sample other feature phones). Both received software updates during their time, and everything went well.

Saleswise, it always makes sense to follow through and support your legacy platforms for a few years... otherwise people who plan on keeping their phone until their next upgrade (which is the majority of consumers) will avoid buying a phone from you because they know it will not be supported for long (like Nokia under Elop...).

posted on 18 Jul 2011, 13:36

20. stevehobs (unregistered)


3GS is getting iOS 5 on it. I added the recent beta3 onto it for them. as of right now the 3gs can be jailbreak in ios5 untethered but the iphone 4 for beta 3 has to be tethered

posted on 18 Jul 2011, 11:07 5

6. PhoneLuver (Posts: 460; Member since: 05 Jul 2010)


Why are people apologizing for liking the iPhone?? lol

I have one! It's a great product! it's easily one of the best phones I've ever used! The software is stable and it's well made! I sold my 3GS the other day after using it for ages and it was still in a great condition and felt like it had some value.

And just because I have an iPhone, doesn't make me stupid! I keep an eye on and have used Android devices and I might even get an Android or Windows Phone device in future should I choose to, but that doesn't mean I have to apologize for using an iPhone!

There's a general bullying on this website of other OS's and products especially by Android fans. I'm not a blind Apple follower like some diehards, but I do appreciate their some of their products..

posted on 18 Jul 2011, 11:19 3

9. hepresearch (unregistered)


I know the feeling... on another forum elsewhere, back a few years ago, I was posting a response in defense of Nokia products. The other guys, well... ripped me a new one, and actually had the gaul to ask me to apologize for my comments in support of Nokia. Ever since then, I try very hard not to rail too much on other people's preferences. Mutual respect is healthy.

Do I have strong opinions? Well, yes. Do I let them drive me to be mean and nasty? I try not to.

I don't ever expect anybody to "apologize" for their own personal preferences, whatever they might be. They are personal preferences! Not a referendum that is determined by public voting...

posted on 18 Jul 2011, 11:07 1

7. snowgator (Posts: 3159; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Hey, I am happy there will be one more choice for a second tier type devices. Sure, it would be better if as Taco says that it will get iOS5, but will the pre paid and low end market really care? Or would they just be happy to have an iPhone option? My guess is they will buy it no questions asked with smiles on their faces.

posted on 18 Jul 2011, 12:14 1

13. nb2six (Posts: 298; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)


exactly it's all about the fashion statement a iPhone makes vs. tech to the average consumer. Don't get me wrong the 3GS was and still is better than some entry level Smartphones out there but once again the prepaid market wont care what it does as long as it's an iPhone.

posted on 18 Jul 2011, 11:11 1

8. avi87478 (unregistered)


yeah it's iPhone 3GS 8GB cause they have launched it some time back in India

posted on 18 Jul 2011, 11:41 4

10. Durrp (unregistered)


Wow this is awesome lets sell more 2 year old phones for a high end price. Sounds like an apple strategy. But most people with or who want apple products already think they have a 4g device. why would they want to go back to 3g :)

posted on 18 Jul 2011, 12:11 4

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


So if you don't like it don't buy it. Keep your dumb comments to yourself however.

posted on 18 Jul 2011, 16:51 2

25. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


if only you would do the same!

posted on 19 Jul 2011, 12:06

33. stealthd (Posts: 866; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


And you as well!

posted on 18 Jul 2011, 12:16 2

14. hepresearch (unregistered)


First of all, I know plenty of iPhone owners who are smart people... they tend to value convenience and a certain level of certainty very highly. Yes there are some here who let it get to their heads, and spew prideful filth out of their mouths, but I just try to let it roll off my back.

Think for a minute...

If I was Apple, here is what I would do, and how I would structure the new products, and then price them accordingly;

Legacy support
iPhone 3GS (8-16GB) GSM - supported with iOS 5 when available
iPhone 4 (16-32GB) GSM - supported with iOS 5 when available
iPhone 4 (16-32GB) CDMA - supported with iOS 5 when available

New sales (w/ iOS 5 out of the box)
iPhone 4S 8GB unlocked GSM - $299
iPhone 4S 16GB unlocked GSM - $349
iPhone 5 16GB unlocked GSM/LTE - $599
iPhone 5 32GB unlocked GSM/LTE - $649
iPhone 4S 8GB prepaid GSM (AT&T) - $249
iPhone 4S 8GB prepaid CDMA (VZW) - $249
iPhone 5 16GB postpaid GSM/LTE (AT&T) - $199 after 2-year agreement
iPhone 5 32GB postpaid GSM/LTE (AT&T) - $299 after 2-year agreement
iPhone 5 16GB postpaid CDMA/LTE (VZW) - $199 after 2-year agreement
iPhone 5 32 GB postpaid CDMA/LTE (VZW) - $299 after 2-year agreement

This looks good to me. I really have no idea what is really going to happen, but if I had to guess, this would be my best guess. Some of you will say this is cool, and others will no doubt be glad that I have nothing to do with Apple...

posted on 18 Jul 2011, 12:17 1

15. Rg (unregistered)


In India apple sell an unlocked iphone 3gs for around 180$ to 199$. Indian money Rs 20,000

posted on 18 Jul 2011, 12:33 1

16. medalaster1 (unregistered)


20,000 rupees means 400+ dollars not some 180,200$

posted on 18 Jul 2011, 15:26

22. Boti95 (Posts: 162; Member since: 05 Sep 2010)


iPhones are *** anyways. I'm happy with my prepaid Android phone.

posted on 18 Jul 2011, 17:56 1

26. yougotkilled1 (Posts: 167; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)


iOS5 should be out for the 3gs. I mean, it runs very smoothly on 4.x.x as it is. Apple will get a lot of rep if they do throw iOS5 on it. I'd say the 3gs will be able to handle it :)

posted on 18 Jul 2011, 19:36

27. Tino (unregistered)


And so begins the iPhone platform fragmentation :)

posted on 19 Jul 2011, 07:07

31. hepresearch (unregistered)


Well, I have to admit though, that to go for four years without OS fragmentation these days is incredibly... incredible. Everybody else has fragmentation, anyway, so it should not be a big deal as long as it is well-managed fragmentation.

posted on 19 Jul 2011, 03:02

30. 1701nino (Posts: 215; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


Men you don't know what you're talking about,the 3GS is a great phone for that kind of buck.It has a very powerful processor even better then the iphone 4s according to benchmark tests.Its very capable of handling ios 5 and maybe even ios 6!!!
It sure make sense to me that such a great phone would stay on market for one more year;)

posted on 19 Jul 2011, 07:18

32. hepresearch (unregistered)


I highly doubt that 3GS will be around for iOS 6...

My brother has an iPhone 3GS through his employer, and it is not bad. Even with the HVGA display, images are quite crisp and smooth, surprisingly so. That, and my brother is not trying to ram an iPhone down my throat all the time like some other un-named folks...

If they were selling me a new phone, the 3GS would not make my list. I actually would prefer the price and performance, most likely (after all, you're running a 650 MHz processor and HVGA resolution in contrast with an 800 MHz processor and four times as much screen on the iPhone 4), but I am not going to buy a phone that has been grandfathered into new sales after already being around for two or three years. Not a bad phone, or a bad deal, but still people are going to ask for something new. If the iPhone 4S could have the 800 MHz processor of the iPhone 4, but step back down to an HVGA display again and half the memory, I'll bet it could sell really well and for less than many people would expect. And the UI would be really really snappy...

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