1. ring o fire's Avatar
    worth getting at this point in the game? Me and the wife are considering the switch...the only reason we're considering the 3GS is that $50 bucks is a hell of a deal.

    Any advice would be much appreciated.

    **UPDATE**

    We got the 3GS' and are super stoked. I want to thank all the folks who put forth their opinions. They were all appreciated.
    Last edited by ring o fire; 04-28-2011 at 12:24 AM.
    04-17-2011 03:51 PM
  2. markhunsaker's Avatar
    It is if money is tight. But remember it is a two year old device.
    04-17-2011 03:58 PM
  3. Tom-Tom's Avatar
    Yeah, wait a few months and the iPhone 4 will probably be down to $99 once the iPhone 5 comes out.
    04-17-2011 04:05 PM
  4. cjvitek's Avatar
    I got this for my parents over Christmas.

    The way I look at it, they don't care about having a "cutting edge" device, they don't care about some of the features that the iPhone 4 has. As such, getting them an iPhone 4 (even if I waited till it reduced in price) wasn't worth it, because most of the features wouldn't be things they wanted to use. They mostly just cared about some basic apps, texting, camera, etc.

    Chris
    04-17-2011 04:13 PM
  5. BreakingKayfabe's Avatar
    It's worth the price. But not renewing a contract.
    04-17-2011 07:09 PM
  6. PhxBlue's Avatar
    The 3GS is still a very capable device. If you dont want to do Facetime calls or gotta have the latest and greatest then id say got for it. I actually miss the old rounded shape personally.
    04-17-2011 07:16 PM
  7. ajonesma's Avatar
    I just bought the 3GS about a week ago and I love it! Although I do wish I got the iPhone 4, the 3GS is still very awesome.


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    04-17-2011 07:28 PM
  8. ring o fire's Avatar
    Thanks for the advice. I think I am going to move forward with the 3GS. It will be me and my wifes first iPhone experience.
    04-17-2011 07:48 PM
  9. bellizima's Avatar
    Dont do it! look at all the new apps that come out that say iphone 4 , ipad only....why wast the money on a phone they wont even support after 6 more months with updates? If you plan on keeping it 2 years and renewing contract you will be sorry...no contract go for it!
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    04-17-2011 08:10 PM
  10. ring o fire's Avatar
    Dont do it! look at all the new apps that come out that say iphone 4 , ipad only....why wast the money on a phone they wont even support after 6 more months with updates? If you plan on keeping it 2 years and renewing contract you will be sorry...no contract go for it!
    Can you give me an example of all these new apps?
    04-17-2011 08:14 PM
  11. smalcom's Avatar
    Can you give me an example of all these new apps?
    There are enough apps for the 3GS to keep you happy and busy for a millennium. For every iPhone 4 only app that comes out, there are a dozen that are for all iPhones. The reason an app is for iPhone 4 only is because it uses features only available on the iPhone 4. If you don't need cutting edge technology, FaceTime or the Retina display, go for the 3GS. Yes, it's old, but it still works just fine (even if you sign a 2-year contract.) By then, the iPhone 4 will be $49, and you just go for it.

    BTW I have a 3GS that I bought 2 days after they announced the $49 deal and I couldn't be happier. I'm retired, and couldn't justify the cost of an iPhone 4. There are also apps that replace some of the iPhone 4 only apps/features like FaceTime and Find My Phone. They are available from the App Store, and you don't need to jailbreak your phone.
    04-17-2011 10:38 PM
  12. natefish's Avatar
    Don't do the 3GS. No way. Even the Android phone, the Galaxy S is way better than that. You will HATE the battery life and envy you iPhone 4 friends. My wife has 3GS and wishes she would have gotten the 4 like I have.
    04-17-2011 11:12 PM
  13. gvndeb60's Avatar
    If these are your first smartphones you will be happy. Front facing camera is the big factor for me though.
    04-17-2011 11:50 PM
  14. ring o fire's Avatar
    If these are your first smartphones you will be happy. Front facing camera is the big factor for me though.
    These will not be our first smartphones but our first iphones. We are both coming from blackberry's so this will be an improvement for sure.
    04-18-2011 02:30 PM
  15. PhxBlue's Avatar
    Yeah then the 3GS iPhone will be like jumping from your Jeep to a Benz. Go for it if keeping price low is your main priority. You wont be disappointed.
    04-18-2011 02:41 PM
  16. Jellotime91's Avatar
    Purchase price is nothing compared to contract price. $150 is not a big difference when the contract costs the same all year round no matter what phone you pick. I'd go with iPhone 4 if I were you.
    04-18-2011 02:49 PM
  17. jponte55's Avatar
    Total cost of ownership for average AT&T contract for two years.

    3GS - $2,210
    4G - $2,360

    edited for 2 phones!

    3GS - $4,420
    4G - $4,720

    Do people just not count the monthly cost of having a cell phone when determining what phone to get?
    04-18-2011 03:20 PM
  18. alpinestars1z's Avatar
    Total cost of ownership for average AT&T contract for two years.

    3GS - $2,210
    4G - $2,360

    edited for 2 phones!

    3GS - $4,420
    4G - $4,720

    Do people just not count the monthly cost of having a cell phone when determining what phone to get?
    Lots of people don't.
    04-18-2011 04:18 PM
  19. HellKatzX's Avatar
    My dad got one of these and it's his first smart phone. I think it's perfect because it was cheap and by the time he learns how to use the phone his 2 year contract will be up
    04-18-2011 05:35 PM
  20. Garz's Avatar
    Considering the 3G has been phased out of software updates, I would think 3GS may be soon. To me, its not worth using a upgrade. Go buy a used one online somewhere. Save the upgrade
    04-18-2011 05:37 PM
  21. Teemo's Avatar
    My gf also went for the 3GS some time ago, because she doesn't like the style of the new one ^^

    I also told her about the compatibility issue but she didn't mid. We'll see when she comes on knocking "I need this app, get it on you iPhone!"
    04-19-2011 04:18 AM
  22. Snownation's Avatar
    Garz is right. The 3G has been phased put of updates, and that phone is only 2 years old.

    This time next year, chances are your 3GS will no longer be supported, yet you'll still be on the dreaded 2 year contract.

    Get the iPhone 4. It's nicer in all possible ways. Price should not be an issue if you're shelling out for a phone. After all, you only get to do it once per 2 years.
    04-19-2011 05:34 AM
  23. AccessoryGeeks's Avatar
    I wouldn't even think of paying for a 2 yr. old phone especially with a 2 year contract.

    The phone is going to be four years old since its first release.
    You can find plenty of phones for a cheaper price. Try checking Amazon.
    04-19-2011 02:38 PM
  24. daspollak's Avatar
    Most apps that I see and use are supported on the 3GS. As long as a significant number of people still use the device it will be supported. I'd say the 3GS maybe has another 12 months in its development life for apps, but remember any app that you have on there should still work after that time.
    04-21-2011 12:51 AM
  25. Ipheuria's Avatar
    Why renew a contract there's got to be a ton of them on ebay or other online sales sites for dirt cheap. So buy one online and hook it up with your carrier then you'll still have the availability to sign a contract when the iPhone 4 goes down low.
    04-21-2011 07:00 AM
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