With all the news on Apple’s new smartphone centered on the iPhone 4S, another of the companies handsets the 3GS slipped mainly under the radar. The company announced the device will now be available free, which is a move by Apple to use the iPhone 3GS to take on Android head on.
Ok the device is getting on a bit but you can now get it for free on a two year contract, and according to an article on MacWorld cheap handsets have helped Android get to the position it currently enjoys. Previously you could get the 3GS on AT&T for $49 alongside a 24 month contract, but now it won’t cost you a thing.
There may be many consumers who may have decided against an iPhone because at the time similar spec Android handsets were available free. There are currently three Android handsets available free on Verizon, while Sprint has two and others available for $30 to $50. Meanwhile AT&T has two Android handsets that won’t cost a bean, and another two that only cost a penny.
Previously those consumers who were on a budget would have had to fork out $100 to get the 3GS, or choosing an Android smartphone for free. But now these same people can join the iPhone party for no initial outlay. It has to be remembered though that to service that free iPhone comes at a cost, as the two year contract will still need a voice and data plan.
But this can easily be said for all the free Android smartphones as well, as the free handset is to get you hooked up to a two year contract. The iPhone 3GS will still be getting iOS 5 and iMessage when they are available, as well as access to iCloud. The great thing for the consumer is there is now more choice, which can only be a good thing.
Do you know anyone who is going to get a free iPhone 3GS?