Apple's iPhone 3GS to live its second life in emerging markets

Apple's iPhone 3GS to live its second life in emerging markets
Apple has a unique strategy in smartphones - with just one high-end model, it didn’t really have much to offer for customers looking for cheaper devices... until now. The thing is, Apple is still not making cheaper iPhones, it’s just that it’s older devices are selling for less while carrying the coveted Apple logo. And this might the company’s recipe for success in pre-paid markets as the latest rumor stemming from Jefferies analyst Peter Misek with Jefferies says that Apple has nailed a deal with "a leading distribution and logistics company."

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.

source: AppleInsider

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iPhone 3GS
  • Display 3.5" 320 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 3 MP
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 1219 mAh(12.00h talk time)



1. thelegend6657 unregistered

I seen a lot of teens using 3gs

2. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

hmm.. i could get an old tiny 3GS for nearly 400, or i could get a galaxy nexus for 400.. which should I chose? Called the "3gs" push in emerging markets months ago though. Nostra remix strikes again :)

22. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

the US si so advance that are getting the SGSIII whit a dual core chip.. enjoy.. the greatness.... while the world gets the exynos quad core..

23. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

if apple wants to compete with the emerging market they should sell 3gs to $200 - $250 range! because here in the philippines, the first iphone still cost 17000 pesos!its just overpricing!

24. xtian1103

Posts: 364; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

except that i'm also from the philippines and the rest of the world knows that apple stopped the production of the first iphone ages ago. The 17000 pesos or $400 you are talking about is the 32gb iphone 4 price.

3. Jericho unregistered

my cousin bought a second hand white i3gs(and became a part of the sheeps) for 180 dollars.

4. CharlieAtInfinity

Posts: 253; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

Not only teens, even adults use... I have seen In many south Asian countries like India iPhone 3GS is still popular even though its expensive (you can get a xperia arc S) but still people buy it!! and yes they flaunt it by saying "I HAVE APPLE IPHONE" and take out a 3GS (typical iphone fan boy) Its sheer dumbness to get this 3GS!!

5. imsickwithphone

Posts: 76; Member since: May 17, 2012

3gs price is quite bit high, with that price, you can get dual core android smartphone or even better specs WP7 other than that, a lot of apps will not run smoothly as compare to 4 or 4s the ui also a bit laggy, camera perfomance, bla bla bla etc try to lower the price down to match with its specs and apps compability APPLE!!!!!!

7. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

going on 4 years and fandroids still dont get it.. peopel pay 200 for a pair of tennis goes from a basketball player.. just for the brand.. and people buy cellphone based on the brands people have been doing this for ages.. now.. please stop it

12. md227a

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Just because people are stupid enough to my twice or three times as much for a brand name doesnt make it right. Like Remix said, Spend 400 on a three year old Iphone 3GS or 400 on the galaxy nexus .... To me its an easy choice. Im not a fan boy since I have had every Iphone since the 2G, and a crap ton of Android phone aswell. Just pointing out what I see. My $.02

13. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

but why call stupid people that want that 3 year old phone.. for remix and you are easy choices and also for the ones picking the iphone

15. md227a

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Because it is still stupid, since technology moves so fast. You would be spending your hard earn money on something that cant even run the latest version of Ios Here is an example, you can go out and buy a brand new 2013 model year car for $20,000, or a 10 year old car for the same price. Which would you buy?

17. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

that analogy is wrong as the iphone is not 10 years old... better example a 2007 Acura and a 2012 Ford Escape it should run about the same price..I would pick the Acura.. reliability is where I wanted to get

18. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

but lets still use your example.. 2 questions.. if the 10 year old car is valued so high it must be for a reason and if the new model is valued that low it must be for a reason. a smart shopper will pick the reliable 10 year old car that still values good after 10 years...

20. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Just because it has a high price tag doesnt make it reliable. when will you get that through your feathered head? Actually, the original car analogy was off, but not because the years werent far enough, because the gap wasnt wide enough. In the 3 years or so since the i3GS went on sale, its 600mhz processer has been eclipsed about 10x over. Modern A15 and Quadcore processors like the exynos are actually about 20-30x more powerful than the processor in the 3GS. Add in the super low rez crap screen, bad antenna, the fact that many apps wont even work with it anymore, and other old features of the 3GS, its more akin to saying: for 10k, you could have this posh BMW M3 turbo with all the trimmings, or you could have this 4 year old Geo metro with a nice new coat of wax and a tape deck on it. And just so were clear, the BMW is the G-Nexus, not the 3GS. The fact that its selling for more than 150-200 brand new (and thats being nice for brand recognition), is an utter joke. I have nothing against apple going after the low end. not only is it good business sense, but it absolutely abolishes all your idiotic fanboy nonsense about it being a premium brand for people that like expensive things. But ya need to quit daydreaming about where it stands in the world of smartphones.

21. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

my brothers as I stated before has the iphone and is working flawless now you can give me example based on paper or opinion or real examples like mine... you can talk to him if you don believe me.. he has for the record the iphone 3Gs... well the iphone 3GS in the world of smartphones actually stands pretty good better than Androids released on that year,, better.. research it if you dont believe,,, thats what I dont understand.. you hatred towards Apple dont let you see.. huh... I can quit daydreaming but you still be blind.. ps.. tell me the Androids devices released on the same year the 3gs what Android version are they operating ?

8. tward291

Posts: 559; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

i have nothing against apple they make a nice product build quality is unmatched so far only nokia can come close its just not the os for me but my girl loves it. my comment is to the simply fact that victor writes bias articles and articles that make no sense he is a tool

11. thedarkside

Posts: 654; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

You dont make too much sense yourself with the lack of punctuation. Noob.

16. tward291

Posts: 559; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

o no that hurt

10. thedarkside

Posts: 654; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

i had the 3gs, it was an awesome phone. if they cut the price a hundred or so i think it would work very well in a prepaid market.

14. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

lol... every apple article gets attacked on this site...

19. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

yup a bunch of angry fandroids

25. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Nokia is in trouble.

26. silver0681

Posts: 19; Member since: Sep 07, 2011

Tward291 first things first not everyone needs and or wants the newest biggest and baddest phone on the block. People buy want they want based on their opinions likes and dislikes. Second if you don't like the way the guy writes or think he's a tool please immediately do 2 things STOP reading his articles the. Trolling his comment section and 2 why don't you write some arrivals for phone arena since apparently much like your choice in phones your writing and oh so totally unbiased opinion must be better the. Everyone else's Your the tool my friend the guy is an apple insider writing an article about apple and you call him biased what a joke.

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