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Apple Drops iPhone 3GS: iPhone 4 Now Free, iPhone 4S Now $99

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With the release of the iPhone 5, the new flagship smartphone will take over the current iPhone 4S pricing. That means that the iPhone 4S will now be dropped to just $99 on a two-year contract via Sprint, Verizon, and AT&T. The iPhone 4S will only be available in 16 GB capacity at that price point.

The iPhone 3GS is now dropped from the lineup and Apple will place the iPhone 4 in its stead. That means that the iPhone 4 will be available for free with a two-year contract in the U.S. in 8 GB flavor.

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Photos courtesy The Verge

The pricing of Apple’s adjusted older phone models matches the company’s strategy in the past. When Apple had debuted the iPhone 4S a year ago, it had dropped the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 3GS prices down to attract a more entry-level market that may not need all the latest specs of the flagship phone.

The free price for an iPhone 4 is an attractive option for users who are new to the smartphone space and want a capable device. This will definitely give Android a run for its money as the iPhone 4 is still a very capable phone for that money and new smartphone users may not need all the power features and customizability that Android affords; those features are more valuable for power-users anyhow.

In the past, the demoted iPhone 3GS was only available through U.S. carrier AT&T–neither Verizon nor Sprint offered the phone. This will place all carriers on a level playing field by being able to offer a free, entry-level iOS smartphone. Last year, Sprint and Verizon were both limited to the $99 iPhone 4 as their cheapest entries.

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14 Comments

  1. Kashif

    09/12/2012 at 11:33 am

    Is the Iphone 4 free available in Germany?

    • SAMANTHA

      11/27/2012 at 12:52 pm

      YES

      • tushar

        03/14/2013 at 12:39 am

        hi my no is that 09814921816

      • jada

        10/07/2013 at 7:04 pm

        is the iphone free at the apple store

  2. Jamie

    09/12/2012 at 4:06 pm

    Is the free iPhone 4 available in Australia?

  3. dfsdfsd

    09/13/2012 at 9:55 am

    is the iphone4 free in malta

  4. essdessessesr

    09/14/2012 at 3:05 pm

    My phone is now obselete

  5. Pierre

    10/20/2012 at 10:50 am

    where do i go or who do i talk to about getting two new i phone 4 phones?

  6. Trey Saunders (@trey_saunders)

    10/21/2012 at 2:27 pm

    I still have a 3GS, and it’s still kickn’. Probably won’t upgrade till next year.

  7. martice

    12/26/2012 at 7:01 am

    can i have one for free

  8. ruby

    01/30/2013 at 12:26 am

    please
    can I have one I am giving one to my dad for his bday.please please

  9. lilliana

    02/23/2013 at 9:23 am

    its my birthday march 10 all I want is an iphone any kind with a pink case can I please have 1

    • Burnset

      03/14/2013 at 5:30 am

      It’s free WITH 2 YEAR PLAN that doesn’t mean if you ask for it up get one for free, you have to either renew your plan or get a new one

  10. Avimael

    03/19/2013 at 4:10 pm

    nice

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