Our Apple iPhone 3GS review looks at the handset's new features, including faster performance, video camera, voice control, tweaked design and the 3D compass.
iPhone 3GS prices, options and upgrades
Until late 2009, in the UK, iPhone 3GS owners had to be O2 customers, and commit to being O2 customers for either 18 months or two years.
When you’re considering an iPhone purchase you need to keep in mind the price you’ll actually pay and make your value judgments based on that price of phone and contract - or even the full unsubsidized Pay As You Go iPhone (PAYG) prices starting at £440.
You’ll also need to consider that buying a phone for the lower prices commits you to your carrier for at least 18 months. Only new customers and those who are out of contract qualify for the new prices when the next version of iPhone is released.
If you’re convinced that Apple will unveil another snazzy next-generation iPhone again later this year (not a terrible bet, given the company’s track record), keep in mind that buying a subsidized iPhone 3GS today will likely hurt your eligibility for a new subsidized iPhone price as late as 2012 (if purchased on a 24-month contract).
If you want to use your laptop out and about, internet tethering lets you connect your iPhone 3G or 3GS to your computer and use it as a modem so you can get on the internet, much like mobile broadband.
You can buy iPhone Internet tethering from all three carriers.
Consider your current mobile phone bills and your potential new bills carefully when calculating the cost of an iPhone.
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Jason Snell is Editor in Chief of Macworld.com
Michael deAgonia writes for Computerworld