Radio Shack offering discount on AT&T versions of the Apple iPhone starting Sunday
Starting with the latest model, the Apple iPhone 4S, normally $199.99 with a signed 2-year contract, is just $169.99 for a 16GB model. Those extending a current contract will pay $449.99 and of contract the price is $799.99. For the 32GB model, the prices respectively are $269.99, $549.99 and $899.99. The 64GB version of the AT&T Apple iPhone 4S is $369.99 for both a 2-year contract, $649.99 for a contract extension and $999.99 off-contract.
It is interesting how Radio Shack is pricing the AT&T Apple iPhone 4. For the 8GB and 16GB model, the phones are $69.99 with a 2-year contract, and $169.99 for the 32GB model with a signed 2-year contract. For those extending a current contract by an additional 2 years, the 8GB iPhone 4 is $349.99. The 16GB version is $399.99 and the 32GB phone is $499.99. Off-contract, the 8GB, 16GB and 32GB versions of the AT&T Apple iPhone 4 are $699.99, $749.99, $849.99 respectively.
The AT&T 8GB Apple iPhone 3GS is free for those signing a new 2-year contract while it is priced at $249.99 for those extending a contract, and is $599.99 off contract. This model has remained popular even though it is outdated, because it has been free for those locking up for another 2-years. We recently reported that Apple continues to manufacture the phone to meet demand for it with 2 million units made for the current quarter.
Radio Shack did not say how long the deal will run for and the company did not immediately return an inquiry with a comment.
1. networkdood (Posts: 6261; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
So, if you are not currently eligible to upgrade, then you are just going to pay the normal 2 yr price of whatever 4 or 4S you want + 250.00 + 18.00 upgrade fee. I bet you the reps there tell the customers to call the call center to get the upgrade fee credited or just fail to mention the upgrade fee.
Anyways, do not get the 3GS - I know it is free or 0.99, but from my experience with the wife's phones and others I know, the phone goes to crap after the updates to iOS 5 - similar to the iphone 3 with the iOS 4.0 from last year.
If you want an iphone invest in the 4 or 4S.
2. CapedCrusaderRobin (Posts: 31; Member since: 19 Dec 2010)
of course they fail to mention the upgrade fee, and of course they tell you to "call the call center to get the upgrade fee credited" ~ the associates are told to do so by their shady managers and/or district managers to do so, because all RS cares about is closing the sale for the contracted phone. If you go to their site, 99% of the homepage is all cell phones, u have to click a button to get to find reg electronics and electrical parts you may need. trust me i know, i used to work there.
5. networkdood (Posts: 6261; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
The worst offenders are those kiosks at mall....never buy from them. I bought my phone at AMAZON, and they do tell you everything up front.
3. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
i cant imagine anyone paying $1000 for a phone. just asking for that much money is ridiculous. idk im not on at&t. i havent owned any of their current smartphones but the atrix, infuse, and the inspire are all under $50 for new contract on amazon. the skyrocket is $180 the gs2 $130. id probably opt for the skyrocket or the nitro hd [i know no one likes lg but CM9 on the nitro will be incredible]. but im happy with my g2x on t-mobile monthly4g for now.
4. networkdood (Posts: 6261; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
no one pays a 1000 for a cell phone on any carrier...the highest is the iphone 4GS 64GB is 849.00. Now with taxes you will pay no more than 929.00 in Louisiana, NV, MASS, CA where taxes are based upon the full retail price. Add a case, and car charger from a retail (ripoff prices, of course), and you probably...are....looking....at, ok, 1000.00. WOWSERS!!
Then, if you are a new customer that first bill is like 2X or 3X a normal bill.....yikes.
But, for a 2 yr contract price phone....yeah, no 1000.00 price.
6. bigfluffy1988 (Posts: 1; Member since: 11 Dec 2011)
Just to clarify the above article, It is only an additional $250 for those using an "EARLY IPHONE UPGRADE" meaning you have had your phone for less the 14 months if you have had you phone for 14 or more months there is a good chance that you will get the phone at the 169.99(16GB) price point. Also the manager in my experience say you can try calling CS to get the $18 waived, but under no circumstances tell you that they will waive it for sure. However there are exceptions to the majority.
7. ZayZay (Posts: 556; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)
Support your local economy, don't buy online or at Radioshack or Best buy. The economy can not go up unless we spend a few extra bucks for our goods. I would rather make someone a few bucks rather than save a few bucks if it helps them feed their children.