1. cardfan's Avatar
    I think SamsClub is getting in on the act with 47.00 3GS and 147.00 iphone 4.

    iPhone 4 hits new low of $147 on contract at Sam's Club this week -- Engadget
    12-20-2010 09:37 AM
  2. rodney0905's Avatar
    Doesn't Best Buy have FREE 3GS iPhones with a 2-year contract, or was that just a limited-time offer?
    It was a one day deal last Friday. Hate I missed it. I picked up a Droid Pro that day. I didn't even think about getting one.
    12-20-2010 11:28 AM
  3. rodney0905's Avatar
    I think SamsClub is getting in on the act with 47.00 3GS and 147.00 iphone 4.

    iPhone 4 hits new low of $147 on contract at Sam's Club this week -- Engadget
    Radioshack also ran a promo like this recently. It was 50 dollars off current iPhones. I totally would have picked up the 4 then but again, missed the deal.
    12-20-2010 11:29 AM
  4. slide's Avatar
    I think it's one of those good deals not worth it. I'd spring for another $120 or so and get the 4. You got a 2 year contract. That means another $5 a month and you'll be using the 4 over the 3gs.

    I doubt there is a human alive who wouldn't pay another $5 / month for the use of a 4 over the 3.
    12-20-2010 07:22 PM
  5. rodney0905's Avatar
    I think it's one of those good deals not worth it. I'd spring for another $120 or so and get the 4. You got a 2 year contract. That means another $5 a month and you'll be using the 4 over the 3gs.

    I doubt there is a human alive who wouldn't pay another $5 / month for the use of a 4 over the 3.
    I understand your logic. Some people are saying it is a good deal. Some people are saying it is not. I still have not made up my mind. I still feel like the 3gs is a top 3 ATT phone. Iphone 4, Captivate, Focus/Torch are the top phones. And thats just spec wise. The 3gs is on par with the Torch (in my opinion). And its tough to compare the 3gs against the Focus because WP7 is still so young. I think it's okay to get a top three phone for 30 dollars. That's why I'm thinking it's a good deal. Still, (in my opinion) better than a lot of phones out there.
    12-20-2010 07:41 PM
  6. slide's Avatar
    Hey, Rodney. Just look at them. The retina display MAKES the 4. It's a whole new experience. There are other aspects, but for me, it's the display difference which would make the 4 (and did make the 4) the winner. You get a 3 and then see a 4 & then you'll just buy the 4 anyway.
    12-20-2010 07:57 PM
  7. rodney0905's Avatar
    I feel like I might be looking at this in different way than some people. Maybe I took your statement the wrong way so let me know if I did (sorry if so). The iPhone 4 is a better phone. There are a lot of phones better than the 3gs. The retina display makes any phone display look worse. I could buy an iPhone 4 or a Samsung Captivate and get a better specd' phone than the 3gs but I am looking for a good deal. I'm just wondering if the 3gs for 30 is a good deal. I think the quick answer is yes but this obvious takes some thought. I agree that there are better phones out there than the 3gs but having the "best" phone isn't a concern. Getting a good deal is. Thats all I am trying to figure out.
    12-20-2010 08:16 PM
  8. slide's Avatar
    I'm looking at the total cost of ownership which, to my mind, is the only way to look at this sort of contract purchase.

    Take the cost of a new 4g phone, add the total cost of the contract ($X times 24 months) and then do the same with the $30 3gs. You can't even see the difference in the total if you look at it per month. The 4 gives a much better experience so for me it'd be a no brainer that I'd do the 4.

    YMMV.
    12-21-2010 09:55 AM
  9. SeanHRCC's Avatar
    ^^^ You're talking a difference of $169 over the 24 month contract...the difference of the $30 3GS and the $199 iP4.

    Unfortunately, that is NOT what he was asking in the initial post...he was asking if a $30 3GS was worth the money...and the answer is an unquestionable YES, regardless of what anyone's opinion of comparison with other phones is. During his contract, he will still enjoy the instant saving of almost $200, and he can also take advantage of non-contract pricing people pay for iPhones. Right now the 3GS is floating around $200 for an 8GB, in a year, i think its safe to say that the 3GS will prob be around $125 if sold. Take that logic and add to it the $170 he saved from the initial buy and you have approx $300 towards another phone...which is almost assured to be more than an upgraded cost of the iPhone 5 by the time he is ready for an upgrade (12 months into the contract).

    So by that time, he'll have enjoyed a very capable 3GS, and have waited until bugs and issues are worked out of the iP5...he can upgrade his line, and if they stick to their typical pricing structure, he'll actually profit in the end depending on the condition of his 3GS at that point.

    The iP4 is a world different...and an all around better phone. That information is irrelevant to the OP's question though, because it actually makes more sense financially for him to buy the 3GS, and later upgrade to the iPhone 5.
    Last edited by SeanHRCC; 12-21-2010 at 10:52 AM.
    12-21-2010 10:13 AM
  10. slide's Avatar
    That is what he was asking simply because you CAN'T buy a $30 3gs. It comes with the contract. If you could buy the phone and walk out w/o a contract, that's one thing & it's a great deal. But you cannot. It comes tied to a VERY long tail - the 2 year highly prices ATT contract. Unless your world will hinge on saving $100 over the next 2 years, it's a stinker deal.
    12-21-2010 10:22 AM
  11. SeanHRCC's Avatar
    ^^^ You apparently have very poor reading comprehension. Did you bother to read anything i posted above you?
    12-21-2010 10:36 AM
  12. slide's Avatar
    ^^^ You apparently have very poor reading comprehension. Did you bother to read anything i posted above you?
    OK, major brain. You show me where you can buy a $30 3gs and walk out w/o a contract. You want to get into a flame war with me and I'll burn you stupid ugly *** off.
    12-21-2010 10:42 AM
  13. SeanHRCC's Avatar
    Holy sh*t e-Tough guy...again, your reading comprehension is apparently worse than i thought. Who said ANYTHING about getting a 3GS with no contract? lol...again, i ask you to read what i said...specifically pointing out the amount of money saved (WITH A CONTRACT) over the 24 months...

    Man...some of you on here really have to have things spelled out like 3rd graders before it sinks in dont you?
    12-21-2010 10:46 AM
  14. SeanHRCC's Avatar
    I did you a favor (since apparently your tough guy brain needed a little help)...i bolded the part of my original post that i'm guessing was confusing you so that you would better understand what was being said...i was pointing out that IF HE SELLS THE PHONE TO SOMEONE THAT DOES NOT WANT A CONTRACT when he gets ready for an upgrade, he'll be able to take advantage of the initial $170 saved from the price difference of the 3GS vs. iP4 + the amount of money the 3GS is worth at that time (which i estimated to approximately $125 based on how these things drop off in value over the years)...

    Meaning he will basically enjoy the 3GS for about a year, and then at that time, he'll have saved almost $200 and have a phone worth approx $125 that he can put towards the purchase (upgrade) to the newest iPhone 5 (which at the time will have the issues and bugs hopefully worked out).

    If that still isnt clear for you sweetheart, i can't help you...i would suggest some therapy or something, maybe a hug.
    Last edited by SeanHRCC; 12-21-2010 at 10:58 AM.
    12-21-2010 10:55 AM
  15. cardfan's Avatar

    The iP4 is a world different...and an all around better phone. That information is irrelevant to the OP's question though, because it actually makes more sense financially for him to buy the 3GS, and later upgrade to the iPhone 5.
    He won't have his upgrade to the iphone 5 (more likely the 6) for quite awhile though. Meanwhile, iOS 5 will be crap on a 3GS that Apple won't care to support.

    He'll profit no matter which iphone he gets right now.

    Maybe he doesn't need the latest and greatest but in this world of owning a smartphone, its the monthly costs you should focus on.

    I'm looking at adding one more relative to the family plan :P Their mostly Sprint users but they envy the iphone. 25+9.99 but i'll charge em 60-70.
    12-21-2010 11:03 AM
  16. Jayhoffa's Avatar
    Sounds like a good deal
    12-21-2010 11:05 AM
  17. SeanHRCC's Avatar
    He won't have his upgrade to the iphone 5 (more likely the 6) for quite awhile though. Meanwhile, iOS 5 will be crap on a 3GS that Apple won't care to support.

    He'll profit no matter which iphone he gets right now.

    Maybe he doesn't need the latest and greatest but in this world of owning a smartphone, its the monthly costs you should focus on.

    I'm looking at adding one more relative to the family plan :P Their mostly Sprint users but they envy the iphone. 25+9.99 but i'll charge em 60-70.
    The monthly cost is the same though between both phones...so as far as the contract, he'll pay the exact same regardless of which iPhone he chooses.

    AT&T contracts allow for 12 month upgrades...so if he signed up for an iPhone right now, he'd be eligible for an upgrade next December. Based on the assumption that the iPhone 5 comes out in July, that would be around 6 months after the iP5's release, and if the iP4 is anything to base logic on, the bugs (for the most part) would be worked out by then...and he'd be eligible for an upgrade and still have money to play with.

    I think the OP's real issue was the up front cash for the iP4 vs. the $30 investment in the 3GS...which is why he pointed out that he was cheap. To some, the difference between coming up with $200 vs. coming up with $30 is reason enough to take the jump, which is why im assuming the OP was even considering this 3GS in the first place.

    Saying that...and because we all know iphone's hold their value very well...BOTH phones would be great buys at this time, but the 3GS would be more easily obtainable because of the up front cost.
    12-21-2010 11:10 AM
  18. rodney0905's Avatar
    Really good points made here guys. The upfront cost was what I meant when I said "is it a good deal". I did not realize the decision would be this hard lol. Please keep giving me your thoughts because I am taking what you guys say into consideration when buying the iPhone. I still can't decide. Thanks guys.
    12-22-2010 02:34 AM
  19. rodney0905's Avatar
    I do not know why I have been totally ignoring this but ATT also sells the iPhone 4 (refurb) for 150. And the refurb with cosmetic blemish for 130. The refurbs are all in perfect condition but if you buy one with a cosmetic blemish, there may be scratches or knicks. I didn't think to buy a refurb iPhone 4 but I am already paying 30 for the 3gs that is refurbed. The 120 for the 4 refurb doesn't seem too bad.
    12-22-2010 02:38 AM
  20. andrewp23's Avatar
    thats a brilliant deal for $30 you wont get a better offer than that i say buy it and even once youve got it if yuo dont like it then you can sell it for more than $30 id definately buy it
    12-22-2010 06:31 AM
  21. SeanHRCC's Avatar
    A refurbished iP4 for $150 is a great deal, but still falls under that initial cost issue the OP was talking about...
    12-22-2010 06:41 AM
  22. rodney0905's Avatar
    Ok guys. I ordered the iPhone 3gs and just got it today....Surprise, the iPhone 4 (refurbished) just went on sale for 100 dollars. I am calling tomorrow to exchange them. Thanks for all the input guys.
    12-24-2010 12:32 AM
  23. slide's Avatar
    You will love the 4.
    12-24-2010 09:34 AM
  24. jhamilton3's Avatar
    I think it's a great deal..
    12-24-2010 11:31 AM
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