The iPhone 3GS is no longer available direct from AT&T online as we approach the iPhone 5 announcement on September 12th and the expected release date on September 21st.
Users looking to buy the iPhone 3GS for 99 cents on AT&T are met with an out of stock sign.
This matches up with the news last week that Apple is planning to kill off the iPhone 3GS, even though it runs iOS 6, and offer the iPhone 4 for free or 99 cents on AT&T, and possibly on other carriers.
The iPhone 3GS remains available on Apple.com and as a refurbished model for a penny, but all signs point to a lack of supply as the iPhone 5 release date approaches.
The iPhone 3GS is out of stock at many Best Buy locations around San Francisco, though a few still stock the phone. The iPhone 4 remans in stock at AT&T and at many Best Buy locations in San Francisco.
AT&T’s online customer service rep tell us the iPhone 3GS goes in and out of stock “quickly” thanks to the “low price”, but it’s certainly worth noting given the proximity to the iPhone 5 announcement on Tuesday.
At this point it’s a bad idea to buy an iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 or even the iPhone 4S as Apple will likely drop the price on the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S after the event on Wednesday. Assuming the iPhone 3GS going out of stock is linked to the impending iPhone 5 release, AT&T is doing buyers a favor.
We expect to see the iPhone 5 at Apple’s press event on Wednesday September 12th. the iPhone 5 is rumored to feature a taller, thinner disgin with a larger 4-inch display and 4G LTE connectivity.
Read all we know about the iPhone 5 to catch up on the latest rumors.