Not that AT&T is looking over its back at Verizon or that Apple is doing likewise with Google Android, but AT&T Thursday said it is roughly halving the price of Apple iPhone 3GS smartphones to $49 from $99 come Friday.
The price is contingent upon customers agreeing to a 2-year wireless voice agreement of $40 per month or more with a $15 per month data plan. The offer, available online, at AT&T stores and AT&T business channels, is good for new customers and existing upgrade-eligible AT&T customers (though they might want to wait until the next iPhone appears). The offer will also be available through Apple channels.
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The iPhone 3GS rolled out in June of 2009, with AT&T as the exclusive U.S. carrier. The phone was said to be twice as fast as the previous iPhone 3G and features a 3 megapixel camera and improved graphics capabilities over earlier models (see other features). Although the iPhone 3GS is about a year-and-a-half old now, it does run the latest Apple iOS 4 software.
Last summer, Apple introduced its iPhone 4 and the company is expected to launch the next iPhone model – possibly called iPhone 5 -- this summer.
Rumors remain hot and heavy that Verizon will also become an iPhone supplier this year. In fact, some expect Verizon to make some iPhone noise at this week’s CES 2011 show in Las Vegas.
The very fact that the AT&T announcement was released fits with predictions that some sort of Apple news would pop this week, since the company always just happens seems to grab at least a bit of attention away from the Consumer Electronics Show, at which it is not exhibiting.
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