"For someone that doesn't want to jump on the latest iPhone later this year, they will be able to pick up some great deals on older models as large retailers clear out stock of older models."
And one of those deals is today, as Best Buy is "selling" the iPhone 3GS for $0.00 dollars as long as you commit to a two year contract with AT&T. You can see the leaked ad here, but it appears the sale will be starting tomorrow for the normally $49.99 priced iPhone. With an iPhone 5 imminent, I can see why they want to clear these phones out of inventory. The demand is still there, since Apple is still building the 3GS. Personally, this close I think I would wait, but that is just me.
"Earlier this year, AT&T lowered the subsidized price of the iPhone 3GS to $49. Now, AT&T is offering refurbished 3GS' for just $9 with a two-year contract."
You can check out the deal here at AT&T's website, but basically they are giving you a $90.00 USD credit when you sign up for a 2 year plan, which means the iPhone 3GS will cost you a whopping $9.00 USD.
"'Canaccord Genuity analyst Michael Walkley says his retail checks show continued strong demand for the iPhone 3GS at AT&T and iPad 1 at Verizon, even as the iPhone 4 and iPad 2 continue to fly off the shelves.,' John Paczkowski reports for AllThingsD."
According to AT&T, the Android smarphones are gaining customers from Windows 7 but not from the iPhone. Of course when you are selling a phone, any phone, for $49.00 USD, you are bound to increase sales. It's basic economics. The price of the 3GS is half of the Inspire and about 25% of the price of the Atrix, so when cost is a factor (as it certainly is these days), consumers will look closer at it, and that is even before you consider the hype factor of the iPhone.
"Radio Shack is extending its iPhone sale until Friday December 31st, thanks to a number of store sellouts. The retailer is offering up the 16GB iPhone 4 for $148.99 through the end of the year. The 8GB version of its predecessor, the iPhone 3Gs, is priced at $48.99. Both models are marked down $51 from their suggested retail price."
Refurbished iPhones are also being discounted, the 16GB iPhone 4 can be purchased for $124.00 USD and the 32GB version of the iPhone 4 can be yours for $224.00 USD. Now all you have to do is find them in stock.
"Where's the cheapest place to pick up an iPhone 4 these days? For the next week or so, that title belongs to Walmart offshoot Sam's Club."
This beats the Radio Shack deal of $149.00 USD and will extend until Christmas Day. This is for the 16GB version, and if you don't want to spend that much for an iPhone 4, you can pick up the 3GS version for $47.00 USD. Sometimes it does pay to wait until the last minute to get your Christmas shopping done eh?
"Is an iPhone 4 on your holiday wish list? If yes, RadioShack has an attractive deal starting Saturday, Dec. 4. You instantly save $50 on the iPhone 4 and 3GS, but with trade-ins on your old device, that could climb as high as $175."
Not bad, pickup an iPhone 4 and get just short of $175.00 USD off if you trade in a 3GS. You can see if your old iPhone meets the Radio Shack standards by going to their online appraisal tool, and if it does fit the bill make sure you hurry in as this only lasts until December 11th.
"Support for Apple's new AirPlay is supposedly excluded from the iPhone 3G, reports 9to5Mac. Designed to let users stream their iTunes library anywhere in their house via WiFi or an Ethernet connection, AirPlay technology will be found in all manner of audio/video equipment in the coming months, including the AirPort Express and Apple TV."
AirPlay support is part of the recent iTunes 10.1 update, but if you have a 3G you are out of luck apparently. As quickly as technology is changing, not too surprised they are bypassing the 3G, but it certainly won't make the owners happy. Sounds like another lawsuit.
"Searching with Google on your mobile phone can be an eye-opening experience. Now your phone's camera can even help to find out more about the world around you."
This is a great addition to the Google Mobile App, and as the video shows above, the Google Goggles feature is easy to use. Take a picture of a landmark and get results about it and the area around you. Or take a picture of the cover of the book and get info on pricing and where you can purchase it. This is only supported on the iPhone 3GS or iPhone 4, as long as it is running iOS 4. You can find out more about it at the Google Help Center.
"The Los Angeles Times reported Thursday that Apple has not heard of any issues regarding iOS 4 on the iPhone 3GS. This may come as a shock to the nearly 1,000 replies on a single Apple Support Discussions forum thread where users are complaining of random reboots in the middle of calls after installing the update."
These types of situations drive me crazy. On one hand, Apple reps and support say they have not heard about any problems, yet on the other hand you have numerous postings on the support forum about this very problem. The disconnect between the two groups is very annoying sometimes. How about you 3GS owner, have you experienced your calls dropping? Or any other problem for that matter if you have upgraded to iOS 4 on your 3GS?
Speck products have been around awhile, well, 9 years in fact since they debuted their first product in 2001 at Macworld. They offer a variety of cases for everything from hard drives and Kindles to Macbooks and iPods. They have recently added bags and sleeves to the product line. I've used many over the years to protect my various incarnations of iPhones as well as my Macbook Pro, and they have served their purpose very well. Recently they came out with a couple new versions of their SeeThru Satin [Affiliate Link] and Fitted2 cases [affiliate link] for the iPhone 3G/3GS, both retailing for $29.95 USD. I put these two cases together in this article to provide a little contrast to what each one offers.
"Looking to pick up an iPhone without signing a contract? Apple Stores are again offering the iPhone for full unsubsidized pricing. It appears, however, the iPhone is still locked for the AT&T network."
The 3G is selling for $499 USD, the 16 GB 3GS is selling for $599 USD and the 32 GB will run you $699 USD. There is also a limit of one phone per customer per day, max of 10 lifetime, however if you are under contract you can purchase five phones per day. Hmmm, clearing inventory?
"Many cheap cell phones have had the ability to dial contacts by speaking their names for some time-the problem in is just that most of those voice systems don't work very well."
Voice control debuted with the iPhone 3GS, and if you are like me, you haven't really done much with it. It's not that I don't appreciate having that option, I just haven't embraced it yet. I'm thinking I will have to though, since on January 1st, 2010 in Oregon they will require you to use handsfree technology to make or receive calls when driving. And in danger of being called Captain Obvious, it certainly is safe using voice commands than trying to type in a number on your phone. So with that, here is a good primer on just how to use voice control on your iPhone.
"Is your iPhone movie-making prowess giving your viewers motion sickness? Are your carefully planned, in-your-face action sequences of your friends' skateboarding accidents or grandma's 80th birthday party antics not making it to Funniest Home Videos because of your inability to hold your iPhone still while you capture potential money-making footage."
While this is a bit bulkier than the ZGrip we told you about months ago, this grip from iSteady would do much more to steady your shot if you had too much coffee or just need that extra steady shot. This is priced at $99.95 USD, about $30.00 USD more than the ZGrip, and they expect to have it available for Christmas.
"Borrowing a line from Apple's (AAPL) "There's an app for that" TV ad campaign, Verizon (VZ) launched a high-profile attack on rival AT&T (T) last night in the middle of Monday Night Football's Viking-Packer game."
I have to admit, a clever take on the Apple ads, and to add some irony to the mix the person uploaded the commercial using his iPhone 3GS.
The claim: "The world’s thinnest rechargeable battery case for iPhone 3G & iPhone 3G S. Now available, the brand new mophie ‘juice pack air™’ is designed to virtually double the time you have to Rock, Talk, Surf and Send with your iPhone 3G or 3G S. The juice pack air™ is a rechargeable external battery concealed inside of a protective form-fitting case for the iPhone 3G & iPhone 3G S. It offers you the full protection of a hard-shell case while providing virtually twice the battery life of the iPhone alone; all in an ultra-thin, light-weight, low-profile design. The juice pack air™ is available exclusively through mophie.com and Apple stores world-wide. This is the first Apple certified “Works With iPhone 3G” attached battery in the world!"
The hardware: Packaged in a slim plastic shell, the Juicepack Air from Mophie offers protection and claims to double the battery life of the iPhone 3G and 3GS, but we all know how battery life claims work. Is this the one you should believe? Well, actually, I'm not telling you yet. Read on!
"I don’t know about you, but there were only about 20 people waiting in line at the iPhone 3GS launch at the Apple Store in Atlantic City on June 19, 2009. Contrast that with this video of the iPhone 3GS launch in Singapore posted on the Apple 2.0 blog. Shot by a student named Satya who was number 10 in line, the line is estimated at 3,000 strong. Satya literally took the protective plastic off his new phone and shot a video of the line as he left the store."
No matter how you spin it, that's impressive. I know the twentieth model of the same BlackBerry with the same OS, same screen, same keyboard, and same trackball gets equal attention from people, but nonetheless, the iPhone 3GS launch seems to be quite successful in Singapore. That's quite a line. Reminds me of the original iPhone lines a few years ago.
"Back when iPhone 3.0 launched, we heard Wi-Fi was giving problems to some - primarily iPod touch - users. Various network resets or OS restores seem to have quieted that down, but now TUAW is reporting that the newly launched iPhone 3GS might be suffering Wi-Fi troubles as well."
It's no secret that Wi-Fi is, at best, flawed, in OS 3.0. My 3GS and 3G both have weaker signals than before. I'm not talking about one or two bars, either. I'm talking standing on top of the router and seeing one bar of signal strength and being in the bedroom (the other side of my apartment) and dropping down to one bar when I used to have a full signal. It never drops to 3G, though, which I find interesting.
I'll be curious to see if this is fixed in 3.1 (or 3.01) along with the battery drain issues others have been reporting.