T-Mobile USA closed out 2012 with the news the fourth-place carrier would be getting the iPhone this year, but the even bigger news was an end to subsidy pricing on handsets -- a move which is coming sooner rather than later.
A new report takes a look at why prepaid cell phones have failed to catch on in the United States, despite being a far cheaper option for many consumers. Could the iPhone make it a more enticing option?
For a smartphone introduced in 2009, the iPhone 3GS has had a remarkable lifespan. Instead of being put out to pasture this fall, It appears the handset could instead be headed for developing markets as a contract-free, prepaid device priced under $300.
I’m thinking of buying an iPod touch 32GB, but I was thinking that I might buy an iPhone 4S instead. I like the idea of having Siri and the better camera. Is it possible to use an iPhone as an iPod touch without a data contract?
As inexpensive as the iPhone has become over the last four years -- with last year’s iPhone 3GS going for as little as $49 new with a two-year AT&T contract -- many are still holding out hope for a prepaid model. According to one analyst, their prayers may be answered when Apple rolls out the new model this fall.
Apple is reportedly selling free roaming iPhones to customers around the
United States. The internal memo sent out to Apple employees states
that customers do not have to be tied to AT&T to qualify for an
iPhone and can purchase the device at full price. However, customers
will only be allowed to purchase one iPhone at full price per day, or 10
during a lifetime.