We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
80,259 News Articles

Apple to give iPhone 3GS a new lease of life

Apple has made a deal with a 'major global distributor' for cheaper iPhone 3GS aiming at prepaid phone market - analyst

Despite being three years old, Apple believes that the iPhone 3GS still has some life left in it, according to reports.

In a research note on Sunday, Jefferies & Company analyst Peter Misek claimed that Apple has signed an agreement with a "major global distributor" to make the iPhone 3GS cheaper, targeting the prepaid phone market, reports Forbes.

Misek says that the iPhone 3GS's wholesale price will be reduced from its current cost of $375 (£238) to between $200 and $250 (£127 - £158).

Misek also believes that Apple will produce between 28 million and 30 million iPhones in the June quarter, saying that the Wall Street's estimates of 26-28 million units of the iPhone doesn't account for production of the iPhone taking place in the new Brazil Hon Hai plant.

Computerworld blogger, Jonny Evans, says that Misek's prediction about Apple's contract-free and prepaid phone plans makes sense, quoting Apple CEO Tim Cook, who said at a Goldman Sachs event in February: "In most of the developed markets, the carrier owns most of the distribution themselves, but in the emerging markets, the retailer has a significant proportion of the distribution. And so, the whole go-to market has to be changed significantly as ou go in there."

The iPhone 3GS will be three generations behind when the iPhone 5 arrives, which looks to be on target for an October launch.

Read more about the iPhone 5 here.


IDG UK Sites

Best Christmas 2014 UK tech deals, Boxing Day 2014 UK tech deals & January sales 2015 UK tech...

IDG UK Sites

Apple's 2014 highlights: the most significant Apple news of 2014

IDG UK Sites

2015 creative trends: 20 leading designers & artists reveal the biggest influences & changes coming)......

IDG UK Sites

Ultimate iOS 8 Tips: 35 awesome and advanced tips for using iOS 8 on iPhone and iPad