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Apple to intro an 8GB iPhone 3GS?

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By Charles Starrett

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Published: Wednesday, August 5, 2009
News Categories: iPhone

Apple is planning to add an 8GB iPhone 3GS to its lineup, potentially replacing the current 8GB iPhone 3G, according to a new report. Based on screenshots from an internal Rogers Wireless memo, Boy Genius Report states that the company is in the process of shipping black 8GB iPhone 3GS units to its stores. While pricing is not mentioned in the partially obscured memo, it does inform readers to continue selling through available stock of the 8GB iPhone 3G while receiving the new handsets, and refers to a “smooth transition over to the new piece,” indicating that Apple may plan to replace the 3G model with the lower-capacity 3GS at the same price point of $99.

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1

I think it’s a really good idea. I decided not to purchase an iPhone until they release something a little less expensive.  If the price of an 8 GB 3GS is $99, I’m all in. Since I don’t have a contract with AT&T, I’ll qualify.

Posted by Dan on August 6, 2009 at 1:04 AM (PDT)

2

Seriously, who didn’t see this coming?  I never saw the appeal of a $99 3G when you could have a 3GS for only $100 more and get so much more for the same exact monthly charge.

Posted by TosaDeac on August 7, 2009 at 10:32 AM (PDT)

3

“for only $100 more…”

You know, $100 may not be a lot to you or me.  But for many, it’s groceries for a week or two, gas for their car, prescriptions for a month, etc.  Get the picture?  A $100 is $100 —it IS a lot of money.  If you’re talking $10 - $25 price difference, that is more in line with our economy right now and people’s paychecks.

Just my 2 cents.

Posted by Marcus Guerrero on August 10, 2009 at 11:00 AM (PDT)

4

Agree with #3. Personally, I’d have paid the extra $100 for the 3GS, but I also used to be one of those people who wouldn’t get a phone if it wasn’t free with contract. So to someone who isn’t looking for anything overly complex/fancy, a $99 price point may be acceptable, but a $199 one probably isn’t.

Posted by Sean Bond on August 10, 2009 at 8:11 PM (PDT)

5

I think it’s safe to say that prospective iPhone buyers are not also those looking for a budget phone/service agreement. For someone who is willing to fork over $100/month on mobile voice/data service, paying $100 less up front for a device isn’t likely to sway them.

Sure, it’s fair to equate $100 dollars with the cost of gas and groceries, but those struggling to make ends meet likely have larger worries than having the latest “it” gadget when there are much cheaper plans and even “free” phones to be had.

All that said, I love my new iPhone 3GS, but I recognize the fact it is not a necessity, but rather a well-made gadget/toy that also makes phone calls.

Posted by Jamie on August 10, 2009 at 9:09 PM (PDT)

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