Proud user of one, they are great :D, also you have full flash support if you jailbreak your device installing an addon called frash (do it at your own risk)
Know the difference between FREE and ZERO UPFRONT PAYMENT.
People sign-up on a 24 month contract but end up paying a cancellation fee for the handset if they want to get out of the contract.
Whereas FREE is even if you're on a contract and not yet done with it, as long as you want to get out of it, you DON'T pay for the handset.
This is partly the beauty of Apple's integrated approach. iOS runs very well, and get the job done. At the end of the day, that is what consumers want anyway.
What after 2-years of contract? Will the customer be able to change their GSM operators according to their local Telecommunication Network?
Uk, 22 Oct 2011The UK has one of the most competative mobile markets int the world. Enjoy your cheap mobileIts not just the UK that has the competitive market, where you can get 4S for free on 45pound / $60 AUD / $60 USD per month plans.
It's MOST PLACES outside the USA. Europe, NZ, Australia, Asia. You name it. Its NORMAL.
America has been ripping customers off for years and years and I for one can not believe you're just now working this out.
Oh my god. You have to be kidding.
iPhone 4S is free here too, on a $60/month or higher plan. (Australia). 4S 64 GB is free on a $80/$90/month plan.
You guys are getting totally ripped off having to pay such a high monthly fee just to get a 3GS for nothing.
Free highend phones on contract have been the norm for years and years outside of the US. It's time the US stops ripping off its customers with arbitrary upfront partial subsidies.
i am a nokia fan boy, but i tell you now after using all operating systems available for phones theres only one winner full stop. And the winner is i0s5 and thats that, what more an i say. love nokia to bits but good bye nokia.
Simy, 23 Oct 2011Maybe, but that screen was even more awful than Nokia's resistive touchscreens. It was and sti... moreit wasn't bad choice, Apple can't change their resolution how they want like android phones, who doesn't give a sh*t about fragmentation or devs.
It was only possible move which doesn't make fragmentation over another iPhone and also every apps worked without need to change them. Apple had then huge appstore already, so they had to think it very carefully what to do and how to make it easy for devs.
You call it bad choice, i call it very good choice if you see where apple is now. I bet Apple knew better than you which is good move to make ;)
yellow, 22 Oct 2011there wasnt any phone with that good screen in 2009..all android phones had 480x320 resolution!Maybe, but that screen was even more awful than Nokia's resistive touchscreens. It was and still is a bad choice made by Apple. I've seen much better screens in that year.
All this news about the iPhone 4S getting swooped off the shelves like crazy isn't legit around some parts lf the world, like here. We don't have the option to pay for it monthly, so we gotta cough up a whooping $2000 for the 32 GB version. The 3GS is out of stock here.
Sorry, I was the one who misread the text. It is free ON a 2-year contract. Even so, it is still a pretty good phonr and this may be a good deal if one does not need that very latest tech on a device.
Anonymous, 22 Oct 2011lol a phone on contract is never free you end up paying for it somehow...i would understand ge... moreThe article says that the phone was made free of contract. And my bet is that this is the main reason - it is a pretty good phone still.
Simy, 22 Oct 2011Overall, the phone is nice, but the screen is state of the art junk. It was horrible when it l... morethere wasnt any phone with that good screen in 2009..all android phones had 480x320 resolution!
Duel, 22 Oct 2011I'm not surprised, i'v been saying apple did iPhone 3GS to be too good for it ages. I mean its... moreAgreed Dual. I would say that this was Apples BEST iphone, as far as reliabilty and power goes. The 4s could still take it, but it's still only new.
I've just recently sold mine and miss it :( But I'm getting a SGS 2 until the contract on my N8 runs out. By then hopefully the iphone 5 will be out :D
Anonymous, 22 Oct 2011lol a phone on contract is never free you end up paying for it somehow...i would understand ge... moreYou get it on a cheaper contract, in Australia a 16GB 4S is free on a $59 plan, 8GB 4 free on a $49 and 8GB 3GS free on a $29, although I'd add some extra data to the $29.
Dimitriid, 22 Oct 2011I got the Galaxy Ace free on contract, which is closer to the iphone 4 than the 3GS when it co... morenot really:-
Where's the 720p video recording?
Simy, 22 Oct 2011Overall, the phone is nice, but the screen is state of the art junk. It was horrible when it l... moreSo get something like this:-
at that price level.
I'm not surprised, i'v been saying apple did iPhone 3GS to be too good for it ages. I mean its very hard to believe it's released 2009, im still using it and its very smooth and runs almost all the newest games butterly smooth. If you don't mind bad resolution screen or not that good camera, it's very good product. And also it got iOS5, which was surprise for all and it runs it very well.
3GS is best example about how well apple optimize their hardware and software. I think this is going to be very good rival for cheap and midrange android phones, where Apple hasn't had product before.
So things are looking extremely good for Apple.