iPhone 3GS Price Drop @ Walmart ($97), AT&T’s Dirty ETF Trick, iPhone May go to Verizon
It is evident that iPhone 4G is going to hit the scene this June. After Gizmodo’s leak and supposedly poor iPhone sales ever since, Apple decided to lower the price of the 3GS iPhone. It is available @ Walmart (Brick and Mortar stores only btw) starting 25th May, 2010. This may be the only chance to nab an iPhone 3GS with normal ETF of $175 (if you wish to cancel in the future).
Why a $100 price-cut on the most powerful iPhone ever?
Well, Gizmodo’s iPhone 4G leak supposedly weakened all iPhone sales (complains Apple). iPhone 2G has been quietly phased out (no more future updates and all 2yr warranties may have worn out by now) and iPhone 3G is next. They clearly lack the punch to handle the power-packed next-gen iPhone apps.
Android’s super strong response to Apple’s Flash ban in the form of Android 2.2 (Froyo) put them right in the spotlight. Android now leads phone sales when compared to Apple leaving Apple no chance but to make some serious announcements/decisions. Androids power lies in open source firmware and Google’s supporting nature towards mods/hacks unlike Apple.
AT&T’s Dirty ETF Trick : Possible Verizon-iPhone deal?
AT&T will raise the ETF (Early Termination Fee) from $175 to $325 (almost 200% hike) following the footsteps of Verizon starting June 2010. Why should AT&T take such a drastic measure all of a sudden – possibly because iPhone may soon be available on Verizon and AT&T also wants to cash-in on the much anticipated Dell Mini 5 aka Streak which is due this summer.
That leaves folks who are planning on grabbing an iPhone and then canceling their account a small window of 6 days to save few $$$. Walmart’s $97 iPhone 3GS (16GB) sweetens the deal a little. In any case, sit tight for 2 more weeks to see what iPhone 4G has to offer and then decide on getting the right device. If you just want to bag an iPhone 3GS for development purposes or to gift it, this is the perfect time before the crazy $325 ETF by AT&T kicks in!