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

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.

via BGR

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iPhone 3GS
  • Display 3.5 inches
    480 x 320 pixels
  • Camera 3 MP (Single camera)
    front
  • Hardware , 0.25GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB,
  • Battery 1219 mAh
  • OS iOS 6.1

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48 Comments

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.

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.

39. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

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.

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

31. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 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.

33. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

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

26. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 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...

18. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

better than any 2 year old android phone...

21. GALAXY-S

Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

isheep..

23. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 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

25. GALAXY-S

Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 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....

28. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 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

36. GALAXY-S

Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 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...

47. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 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.

42. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 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?

30. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

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

34. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 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..

13. GoogleiPhone unregistered

Better than most LOW END Android devices.

12. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

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

19. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 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

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.

8. GJ unregistered

SHOCKING

7. Rich unregistered

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

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.

3. jo unregistered

It has been since december that it is free in Canada

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

2. Sarcasm unregistered

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

4. jogutier

Posts: 324; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

My thoughts exactly. LMFAO!

1. GALAXY-S

Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 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...

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