Will you pounce on discounted iPhone or wait for update?

Update or cut-rate — which way do you lean?

Wal-Mart says it’s cutting the price of the most up-to-date iPhone in half, Associated Press reports. That’s another sign Apple is getting ready to unveil a new model.

Wal-Mart says that starting Tuesday the iPhone 3GS with 16 gigabytes of storage space will cost $97 with a two-year contract with AT&T. It currently costs $197, AP says.

Leaked prototypes for an updated iPhone surfaced on blogs recently. The price cut could signal retailers are clearing the shelves to make room for a new Apple smart phone, AP writes.

So, will you pounce on the discounted iPhone?

Or will you wait for the new version — and higher price — to see what bells and whistles are added?

Also, let’s hear from those not moved by the iPhone at all. Why not?

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27 comments Add your comment

Michael in Dunwoody

May 25th, 2010
10:08 am

I would recommend waiting at least until details of the new iPhone are formally announced, which is fewer than two weeks away (Monday, June 7). The new iPhone is unlikely to go on sale until a few weeks after the June 7 announcement, as has been the case the previous three times. Assuming Wal-Mart’s price drop remains in effect at least until the new phone is available, you could weigh the features of a new iPhone at full price versus an “old” iPhone at a significant discount to make a decision.

I’ll be sticking with my first generation iPhone, despite its relative shortcomings. When 4G/LTE compatability is announced, or my battery dies, I’ll propably upgrade.

Randal Stevenson

May 25th, 2010
10:17 am

Even as great as the Iphone is I would still not recommend it until it’s on a much more suitable network. From my understanding AT&T will lose the Apple product line next year. Instead of all the advertising AT&T does maybe it should invest in it’s network/customer service. I am amazed that I have Metro PCS and it works better than AT&T.

TB

May 25th, 2010
10:27 am

Even though I like the features of the iPhone, I would not consider it as long as it’s exclusive to AT&T! Instead, I’m considering Verizon’s Droid Incredible.

Ted

May 25th, 2010
10:28 am

Metro PCS better than AT&T? Maybe on price, but on network quality, no way. My friend has MetroPCS and half the places we go together, she either has no signal or the quality of the call is atrocious. I admire what MPCS offers in terms of pricing & contracts, but it’s service is not even in the same league as AT&T’s. Especially here in Atlanta.

ATLien

May 25th, 2010
10:32 am

No thanks. I’m not a fan of AT&T.

Hindu Elvis Pimp

May 25th, 2010
10:33 am

Android platform is the only way to go. The iPhone is far from it.

Mimi

May 25th, 2010
10:35 am

If Apple EVER becomes smart enough, it will come to realize it stand more of cornering the market when it allows it’s customers to decide which carrier they want to use it’s phone with. Why don’t they just use this same concept with their IMACS and MACBOOK PRO’S????? It’s crazy that they would cripple their sales, let the customers decided who they want as a carrier, all APPLE should be concerned with is getting their monies for the IPHONE, even if it does come out every year, let the consumers decided which carrier they want to use!!!!!!!

Andre

May 25th, 2010
10:43 am

If I didn’t have my current iPhone and contract, I would jump on that great deal.

blalock

May 25th, 2010
10:45 am

With any other network (other than AT&T) the iPhone would not truly multitask. Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile all have subpar networks with limited data/voice services. The focus is no longer on simply running multiple apps, which the OS4 will allow anyway, yet running those apps while talking/texting is more important (CAN ONLY BE DONE WITH AT&T). That’s why Apple contracted exclusively with AT&T. Also, the number of “loyal” customers leaving other carriers for AT&T has reflected the success of the iPhone and AT&T’s marketing and service.

Mishap

May 25th, 2010
10:56 am

blalock,

I’ve been able to text/talk/chat/browse the internet simultaneously day one on my T-Mobile Android phone. Admittedly you have to be using hands free/speakerphone on any smartphone to simultaneously use voice/data or you’re holding the screen against your head. Given T-Mobile utilizes the same technology (different frequencies) as AT&T and is actually higher speed in some cities, you’re falling for the Apple/AT&T marketing.

The new HTC Evo on Sprint also bypasses the Talk/Data limitation of CDMA by using its 4G connection so you can browse at 4G speeds while talking.

Why stick your foot into the AT&T bear trap now? Verizon, Sprint, and TMO all have better phones for $100-200 (Verizon BOGO) and all have expandable memory. If you’re gonna get taken on the data contract for the next 2 yrs, it might as well be for a phone that’s not 12 months out of date .

jw

May 25th, 2010
11:17 am

AT&T seems to work well for my house – 4 iPhones, 4 plans – never a problem – all the data I could want – even have an iPad on a plan – we are very pleased – had them for years -

Dre

May 25th, 2010
11:36 am

Just order your HTC Evo from Sprint and get on with a real phone on 4G speed in Atlanta.

Drew

May 25th, 2010
11:39 am

Sprint HTC Evo FTW.

It surpasses the iphone in nearly every way imaginable. Plus Sprint’s unlimited data/text/talk plan is $80, compared with over $130 from AT&T.

BeachBum

May 25th, 2010
11:49 am

When I saw this article, my first thought was that hopefully Verizon will now offer a lower price on the Droid Incredible.

While I see so many business people using the iPhone, it truly does not strike me as business friendly. I am in consulting, and as a result, I am almost never in my office. I use web based Exchange for my e-mail (don’t even have outlook set up). Based on conversations with iPhone users, and my own experience with my iTouch, there is no way to enter date in the iPhone through a PC interface. This capability exists with BlackBerry, Palm, HTC and Motorola (among others), and seems absolutely essential to me.

Desi

May 25th, 2010
11:52 am

Even though I like the features of the iPhone, I would not consider it as long as it’s exclusive to AT&T! It should be available to all cell phone users.

Jose

May 25th, 2010
12:10 pm

Will buy more at Wal-mart if they sell more goods made in the USA and not from China.

I prefer the Sam Walton Wal-mart.

paul

May 25th, 2010
12:10 pm

The iPhone is nothing but innovative. The iPad is even better. Just got my iPad in and it is amazing. The online news reading experience is incredible. Way to go Apple

Paul
Publisher of Apple iPhone and iPad news site
http://theecogiftsource.typepad.com/apple_ipad_iphone_and_ipo/

catherine

May 25th, 2010
12:23 pm

I won’t buy it until the iphone can be used with verizon. I left at&t because my house in metro atlanta is in a dead zone for at&t. Needless to say the at&t commercials about their coverage are a hoot to me. I can’t use an at&t phone in my own neighborhood in Atlanta. Nice job at&t

Money Man

May 25th, 2010
12:52 pm

Two years with mediocre service with ATT? No way!

Dave

May 25th, 2010
12:59 pm

No I will not buy – I’ll keep my money in my pocket. If prices are being dropped, then I believe they were to high in the first place! Price drops anger me in that the company drops a price because? The price should have been lower when placed on the shelves!

John

May 25th, 2010
1:16 pm

Remember that if you wait until June to see what the new iPhone has to offer, the ETF (early termination fee) for AT&T jumps to $375 after June 1st. So if you decide to go with the $99 iPhone 3GS, be aware of that. If you buy before June 1st, the ETF if only $175.

baller77

May 25th, 2010
1:18 pm

It seems to be more of a battle with carriers rather than smartphones. Most of you people that are praising the android phones would buy a iphone in a heartbeat if it was offered on your carrier. It’s like comparing a Lexus to a Toyota to me.

Jed

May 25th, 2010
2:05 pm

NOPE, not anytime soon.

Where do all of you get an additional $30 a month for the data plans the big carriers charge? Are you kidding me? Precisely BECAUSE you’re willing to shell out that money, the companies will continue to charge such. $10? I’d do that. $30? Hell no.

Until I strike it big or those prices come down, I will stay uncool and look directions up on my computer, or wait to update that oh-so-important Facebook status when I’m not on-the-go.

For those who can write those charges off, congrats. To the rest of you, SUCKERS!

smk

May 25th, 2010
2:19 pm

No proprietary Mac products for me (no iPhone, iTunes, whatever else).
No AT&T – didn’t like them in the past, so probably wouldn’t now.
Don’t do business with companies that suck the money out of their loyal customers, and then cut the prices to try to suck in the ones that refuse to pay that much. The reason tech companies can do that is because we let them. If people didn’t buy them at the high initial prices – prices would come down much faster (see televisions).

Pablo

May 25th, 2010
2:55 pm

Although the iphone has a big “cool factor”, I use my phone 99% of the time for calls. Therefore, there’s no need to jump into the bandwagon to get one, especially when the only carrier that has it is AT&T, the one that sucks with powerful suction… This brings another point: here in the States cell phones are decades behind the rest of the world (including third world countries), where the purchase of a cell phone and the service agreement are two separate and distinct transactions. This allows the cell phone buyer to get exactly the phone he or she wants, and the service they are most comfortable with. If the cell phone carriers ever figure out that they can have happier (and more loyal) customers if they separate the phones from the service, things will change for the consumers and for the carriers. In the meantime, thanks, but no iphone.

Court

May 26th, 2010
3:55 pm

I won’t switch from Verizon….but as soon as Verizon offers iPhone I’ll definitely try to get one! It’s hard to believe Apple would limit itself so much by only offering through one carrier. Imagine what their sales could have been otherwise!

Lee in South GA

May 29th, 2010
8:34 am

AT&T may be great in the metro area, but once you’re out of the city, service is spotty at best.

$97 is a good deal, but I’ll wait until another network is available.