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

Low cost, pre-paid Apple iPhone coming; could be the Apple iPhone 3GS
A source for BGR is saying that a low cost, pre-paid version of the Apple iPhone is coming. The interesting thing is that this leads to a whole theory on how the Cupertino based firm could end up with an iPhone model for the three major price points-low, middle and high. According to the story, a pre-paid iPhone could come to market priced at $350 or less with no contract. This could very well end up being the Apple iPhone 3GS, still offered by AT&T for $49 on contract.

BGR's source, characterized as being "solid", also says that a newly re-designed Apple iPhone 5 could be out or announced at the end of this summer. While this sounds like something to look forward to, the absence of leaked photographs showing pictures of new cases would indicate the lack of a redesigned iPhone body. Regardless of whether this unit is called the Apple iPhone 4S or iPhone 5, this model would cover the high-end for the tech giant. At the same time, the current Apple iPhone 4 would remain available to complete the Low, Middle and High-end coverage that the manufacturer has been seeking.

The crew at Cupertino has been trying to emulate Android in the sense that there is a model available at a price point to suit almost everyone. Throw in a recent report of a possible Apple iPhone launch at Sprint and T-Mobile, and it would seem that the Apple-Android battle will be heating up before the year is out.

source: BGR



1. jah unregistered

pretty sure the iphone 3gs already exists

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.

23. BobbyTaba

Posts: 316; Member since: Aug 11, 2010

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


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 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.

4. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 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.

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...!!!

11. Paden

Posts: 262; Member since: Jul 07, 2011

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

17. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

18. Paden

Posts: 262; Member since: Jul 07, 2011

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

19. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 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.

24. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

28. Paden

Posts: 262; Member since: Jul 07, 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!


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 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.

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.

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...).

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

6. PhoneLuver

Posts: 481; Member since: Jul 05, 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..

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...

7. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 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.

13. nb2six

Posts: 298; Member since: Apr 27, 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.

8. avi87478 unregistered

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

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 :)

12. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

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

25. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

if only you would do the same!

33. stealthd unregistered

And you as well!

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...

15. Rg unregistered

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

16. medalaster1 unregistered

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

22. Boti95

Posts: 162; Member since: Sep 05, 2010

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

26. yougotkilled1

Posts: 167; Member since: Apr 27, 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 :)

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