1. rodney0905's Avatar
    I am cheap. I wont lie, but I enjoy having a smartphone. ATT is selling the 8gb refurb for 30 dollars. I want it, I know its older but plain and simple is it stupid to buy? Should I just spend more and get the updated phone or is the iphone for 30 a good deal. I have to have this for 2 years so I'm wondering if its just stupid to buy now.
    12-18-2010 12:28 AM
  2. jdavis530's Avatar
    The 3Gs is a great phone. At $30 you really can't beat that.
    12-18-2010 01:11 AM
  3. rodney0905's Avatar
    I have to agree. I have been using Android a lot lately. I have not used an iphone since the 1st one. At 30 dollars its a great buy. Does ATT only offer upgrades every 2 years because doesn't Apple release a new iphone almost every summer. I have to have this 2 years, thats why I was hesitant to buy it, even only for 30 bucks.
    12-18-2010 01:41 AM
  4. ChrisGonzales90's Avatar
    it's by AT&T then yeah, but if it was from somewhere like e-bay or amazon I would be careful.

    If only the iPhone 4 was that much. You can't even buy a used one for less then $300 bucks
    12-18-2010 03:45 AM
  5. Nanci's Avatar
    I have a 3GS (with more memory because I'm an app-lover) and I _love_ it. It's my first iPhone and I think I've had it about a year (before that I had SE phones and a Palm, and later a Touch). So far I don't even really have the inklings of iPhone 4 envy. And I am pretty intensely gadgety. I think you'll be fine! Except maybe spring for more memory...
    12-18-2010 07:31 AM
  6. rodney0905's Avatar
    It is coming directly from ATT. The specs were no biggie, my main concern was maybe it was not a good idea to buy an iphone 3gs when the 4 is out already but for the price, i think its really worth it. anytime you can get an iphone that cheap, I'd say its worth it.
    12-18-2010 08:33 AM
  7. applejosh's Avatar
    I would say it's up to the contract. If it's two years before you can upgrade, then I would be very hesitant, if only because of future OS upgrades. It is a good price, though.
    12-18-2010 08:50 AM
  8. pizzafootbal's Avatar
    $30 is a great price, get it while you can!
    12-18-2010 09:48 AM
  9. vietalogy's Avatar
    Since your "cheap" your willing pay for data for that iPhone? If the 3GS is around $100 i would rather get that.


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    12-18-2010 09:51 AM
  10. rodney0905's Avatar
    I have had a smartphone for years so and the data plan is every penny worth it. I use my phone as my mp3 player, camera, gps, and internet so I do not mind paying for a data plan. But it is the 3gs on a 2 yr contract. I personally do not need the latest and greatest device. ATT sells the 3gs on their site, refurbished for 30 dollars. I know its older, thats why I was wondering if it was still a good buy.
    12-18-2010 10:07 AM
  11. iquinn's Avatar
    I have had a smartphone for years so and the data plan is every penny worth it. I use my phone as my mp3 player, camera, gps, and internet so I do not mind paying for a data plan. But it is the 3gs on a 2 yr contract. I personally do not need the latest and greatest device. ATT sells the 3gs on their site, refurbished for 30 dollars. I know its older, thats why I was wondering if it was still a good buy.
    Okay so here is my .002. First the iPhone 3GS is a great phone, it is what I am using now. That said I might advise you to just poney up and get an iPhone 4. The only reason that I say that is that in April when the next iPhone comes out the 3GS will be a full two generations behind as far as tech goes. You could then run into a problem with something like iOS 5 not being supported on the 3GS the way that iOS 4 was not supported on the iPhone 2G.
    12-18-2010 11:43 AM
  12. SeanHRCC's Avatar
    If the background details are sound, that is a fantastic deal for a 3GS...
    12-18-2010 11:54 AM
  13. rodney0905's Avatar
    Okay so here is my .002. First the iPhone 3GS is a great phone, it is what I am using now. That said I might advise you to just poney up and get an iPhone 4. The only reason that I say that is that in April when the next iPhone comes out the 3GS will be a full two generations behind as far as tech goes. You could then run into a problem with something like iOS 5 not being supported on the 3GS the way that iOS 4 was not supported on the iPhone 2G.
    I understand this point. I am not someone who needs the latest and greatest tech. I chose ATT because of their international coverage and they have the iPhone. Does anyone know if when the iPhone 5 comes, out will it be an improvement like from the 3gs to 4 or a something like the 3g to 3gs? I have a huge problem with looking into what might come in the cell phone world because I feel like I'll always be waiting on the next great thing. Thanks for the info though.
    12-18-2010 01:51 PM
  14. rodney0905's Avatar
    If the background details are sound, that is a fantastic deal for a 3GS...
    What do you mean background details?
    12-18-2010 01:51 PM
  15. rodney0905's Avatar
    Okay so here is my .002. First the iPhone 3GS is a great phone, it is what I am using now. That said I might advise you to just poney up and get an iPhone 4. The only reason that I say that is that in April when the next iPhone comes out the 3GS will be a full two generations behind as far as tech goes. You could then run into a problem with something like iOS 5 not being supported on the 3GS the way that iOS 4 was not supported on the iPhone 2G.
    The more I think about it, I really like your point. My question was, is it still a good purchase because its older. I do agree those who are saying it is a good buy but I really do understand this point.
    12-18-2010 01:53 PM
  16. jsntrenkler's Avatar
    3GS is a great device. If you are good with having it for 2 years then go for it.
    12-18-2010 02:08 PM
  17. SeanHRCC's Avatar
    What do you mean background details?
    Contract details, legitimate refurbished device, warranty on refurb (usually the same as a new iPhone but need to make sure that still applies on older models as well)...etc.
    12-18-2010 02:45 PM
  18. cardfan's Avatar
    I wouldn't buy a 3GS iphone especially an 8gb one. The difference between this and the iphone 4 is too great.

    Find other ways to make up the 170 difference. Sell current smartphone? Go light on data or text?

    Think of it as a deposit because you'll be able to sell it for the same or more later.
    12-18-2010 03:44 PM
  19. BreakingKayfabe's Avatar
    Refurb devices go through significant testing. One would argue that they're even better
    than brand new ones. But if it's $30 and would renew your contract for 2 years, then
    I wouldn't do it. Depends on what you want though.
    12-19-2010 05:49 PM
  20. phonejunky's Avatar
    I am cheap. I wont lie, but I enjoy having a smartphone. ATT is selling the 8gb refurb for 30 dollars. I want it, I know its older but plain and simple is it stupid to buy? Should I just spend more and get the updated phone or is the iphone for 30 a good deal. I have to have this for 2 years so I'm wondering if its just stupid to buy now.
    Yea thats definitely a steal you should jump on that. I'm sure everyone in the thread has told you that already.
    12-19-2010 08:48 PM
  21. rodney0905's Avatar
    It is a new 2 year. The reason I feel like it's worth it is because 6 months ago it was nt only ATT's best phone but one of the best in the US market. When the iPhone 4 came out, the 3gs became a "midrange" or second tier device. I am not comparing the 3gs to the other high end phones like the Captivate,Focus and iPhone. Exclude those 3 and you have the Torch, Pre Plus, Bold. On Sprint you have the Evo, and Epic, then phones like the Optimus S, Zio, and Transform. On Verizon you have the Droid X, 2, Incredible, but their midrange devices are the Ally, Vortex, Citrus. On T-Mo, its the MyTouch, G2, and HD7, and their midrange phones are Optimus, 8520, MyTouch slide. Comparing the iPhone 3gs to other midrange phones, I really feel like I'm getting my moneys worth. It is an older phone but compare it to other midrange phones that just came out the 3gs (In my opinion) still holds its own.
    12-19-2010 10:05 PM
  22. phonejunky's Avatar
    That's a very good point. I never really looked at it like that. I mean it is now a mid range phone being that the iPhone 4 is out. And it is definitely the best one out looking at it's competition.
    12-19-2010 10:17 PM
  23. SeanHRCC's Avatar
    $30 is a great price for ANY of the iPhones, including the 3GS...and with account upgrades and such, when you are ready for one of the newer models, you'll still get good money for that 3GS.
    12-20-2010 08:22 AM
  24. Gadgetholik's Avatar
    It can't get any better than this.30 dollars for a refurbished iphone 3gS!,you can't even get a nice iphone4 case these days for that price.Don't let this offer slip away go for it.And by the way even if you are not happy with at&t's contract you can unlock the iphone 3gS any time you wish to.
    12-20-2010 08:40 AM
  25. TampaDude's Avatar
    Doesn't Best Buy have FREE 3GS iPhones with a 2-year contract, or was that just a limited-time offer?
    12-20-2010 09:35 AM
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