I was in the same boat - no subsidy until December, which makes it $399 / $499 right now, depending on the model. However, after selling my old iPhone 3G for $200 (and applying that towards the purchase of a 3GS), it ends up being the same price as a fully subsidized 3GS! In that case, I felt like it was a no brainer.
Hello, new iPhone!
And yes, the speed totally makes it worth it. Especially at the "cheaper" price!
$500 worth it? It depends on how much $500 is worth to you. ARM Cortex A9 based devices should be shipping next year; if Apple wants to remain competitive I wouldn't be too surprised to see an even faster iPhone in about a year.
If spending $500 then another $200 - $500 in another year isn't a big deal, then go for it. The 3GS is significantly faster, so much that it does positively benefit productivity.
If what I just said doesn't apply to you, then wait :)
I really can't say it's $500 (plus tax!) better than the 3G so far, although frankly I didn't notice the speed upgrade until I went back to the 3G for a day and did some side by side comparisons. Video uploading is great, especially when you can copy-paste the YouTube link and throw it on Twitter. And compass? Can't live without that now...
... well anyway, I guess the larger point here is that you shouldn't start toying around with Ryan's 3GS because if you do, chances are you're not gonna be able to go back.
We've heard reports of 'VIP treatment' for corporate plan or high-profile users who visit AT&T stores asking for the full discount. Might be worth a visit with a video crew to see how it turns out... :)
My ATT subsidy goes full bore March 2010. Fuck apple and their incremental upgrades, and thank god for software updates on old phones: I'm waiting for the full on next gen iPhone. It'll only be 3 months after I can upgrade. And Ill feel better for not having bought every single iphone model to come out. Skipping generations (or two) should be par for the course, because man, the landfills aren't getting more empty and my wallet isn't getting more full. Last year's model is a-ok!
For me, it was somewhat about the improved camera and compass+map combo, but mostly about the speed increase. I pre-ordered at $499 (ahead of my December 2009 subsidy date) and lucked into the $200 rebate.
In my case, I've seen a battery improvement, but not everyone has. But the biggest deal has been faster access to apps and a generally more speedy response from the OS. After the two previous iterations, which were good, I feel like I now have something that approaches a full-featured handheld device. I'm using it more than I have in the past two years, for longer web sessions and email because it feels less sluggish.
I would wait until the a little while till the bugs are ironed out i have a 3gs and there is quite a few. Rumour has it 17th of July is when the new firmware will be out so id hold fire until then at least.I have always an early adopter but i have caused myself so many problems because of this and i will possibly never learn.
I think the iPhone 3GS has a lot of features that makes it a "must buy", however, you have to decide what's most important to you. Are you willing to pay more money instead of waiting until December? You didn't seem that excited about it until everyone else told you to get it. First, make sure this is the phone you really want/need then think about the December deadline.
a lot of features????????
a compas.. ohh please and 3.0 MP camera... .
I am not an iphone hater.. i love it.. and i was waiting for the 3gs like a baby waiting for milk, but see what we got.. this is not good.. i feel really bad i waited and got kicked in the butt with this stupid upgrade.. i won't do it.
still no multitasking and flashplayer.. i hate you apple.. i really do, why can't you cancel ur contract with youtube and put that shit (flashplayer) on?????????????????
3.1 went into Beta yesterday, so update should be coming soon. And those of you that upgraded and are seeing poor battery life, try deleteing your email account and re-building it...there is a loop in the fetch routine for pop email that makes it constantly check on accounts that were created in 2.2.1 or erlier.
That being said, I have owned (and still have) every version of iPhone, and 3GS has been great since I got it.
i wanted to have an IPHONE, but i don't want to be a slave of ATT, i really feel bad how the telecommunication companies are treating users...
Now i am waiting for a better phone to buy off contract and especially that phone should support multitasking and flashplayer....
I love you iphone, but you do need those 2 really badly.. i won't complain about the camera :)
Try the Nokia E63. It's not an iPhone by any stretch but if your looking for a relatively cheap unlocked GSM phone that does multitasking and has Flash, it's not a bad deal for $150-229 depending where you buy.
iPhone 3GS to buy or not? Veronica, I went ahead and got it and sold my 3G on eBay for almost the same amount. Out of a $450 purchase with tax, it cost me about $50 bucks to trade out. Do it now or the price will drop. Also, if you unlock your 3G, you could sell it for more than the new 3GS.
What I love so far is that the battery DOES last longer, but its newer too. Time to get rid of that one year old non-replaceable battery. Love the video and I've been shooting and sharing a lot! The new higher rez camera is quite a bit better and more fun to use with the new focussing feature. Love the new Maps with compass integration...very cool, very useful. And finally, NO LAG anywhere like when writing an email and you have to wait for each letter...remember that feeling...its gone. Go get one!
I upgraded from the 8gig 3g to the 32 gig 3GS. I am very happy that I did. I was an early adopter so ATT gave me the 299 price. The speed of the 3GS + the assortment of new features has made it well worth it. If you are on the fence, I would say get the 3GS. You will not be disappointed.
If you take the $399/499 price bracket you agree to a new 2 year contract. This is the "early upgrade" option. If you do this, you will NOT be eligible for another discount of any kind until you are at least 18, or as many as 22 months into that contract. This is a standard AT&T policy on upgrades.
So if you get the $499 32GB 3GS, you will be stuck with full retail when the next iPhone comes out in a year. Assuming the pricing stays the same, that's $599/699.
Waiting for it to be on Verizon. Too many years attempting AT&T, Sprint, and other networks. A phone's gotta work as a phone first and foremost. I almost switched despite wanting to stay on Verizon. And.... heard too many bad things. Once it's not exclusive to AT&T, I'm all in on this one.
My upgrade date was February 2010 (I bought it day one, but had to get a new one after it fell in a toilet durring CES, so my date was pushed back). I checked again right now and I can upgrade right now!! I'm going to the Apple Store tonight!! I want the video and map orientation.
I just bought a 32GB 3G S and the original 3G. I left Sprint, so no upgrading costs for me.
The 3G S was for me and the 3G for my wife. I've compared them, and the 3G S definately is faster in terms of productivity. However, the 3G is almost there with the 3.x OS from the functionality point of view.
Veronica, I would wait until December. It's only a few months away.
Part of it also depends on your financial situation, I feel. If you have the cash to spare, go for it. If you're like me and you're saving up for a new computer, then an incremental upgrade like this is not enough (And I do believe it's an incremental upgrade). There's something to be said for keeping with LYM (Last Year's Model).
Just wait though; I might just crack and give in to the shiny anyway.
If you aren't up for subsidy until December, why not hold out until the next revision? I'm sure it will be much more drastic and the only thing you get in the 3GS is video, compass (not all that useful...), voice commands (again not all that useful) and the better speed.
What are the main uses for your current iphone? Email, web, calendar, games, and/or apps? Right now there's a bunch of smartphones that are "similar" to the iphone. Blackberry tour(good for email), the new HTC android phone, palm pre, etc. HTC will be an awesome phone if you like to browse the web on the phone because it has adobe flash. The palm pre is good for running multiple apps at once. Iphone is ummm...well an iphone. I had the 3G but I switch to the palm pre because I wanted a physical keyboard and the ability to switch from app to app. Battery life could be better though. So I guess my answer is to figure out which applications you use the most often so you can find the phone that suit your daily lifestyle.
I was in the same boat for my wife's iphone 3g(i already got the 3gs on day 1. So i decided to get hers on ebay for a 1 day trial and her 8gb iphone 3g went for $345(before fees) shipped. Well i took the money the next day and got her the 16gb 3gs for $400. Well considering we only paid $200 bucks last year for hers i say we are waaaayyy ahead . Considering the added speed which really is a huge difference, the video which is awesome, the extra storage, and more it is well worth it to do it early. i didnt even have to ship out her currrent iphone until till the other was activated. So just to let you current 1st gen and 2nd gen owners of the iphone know, Dont be stupid. You can sell your iphone ebay for more than you think apply that money to the new one without even spending a dime! I hate to here people say "ohhh but i like mine the way it is...." come on people. You can use your current iphone to a. take a pic of itself in the mirror b. click on safari on your iphone c. post it on ebay d. sell it in 24 hours. e. following day take the cash to apple and get your new 3gs. f. activate it g. transfer your purchases from your previous iphone to your mac(or pc) &restore to factory h. go to ebay again pay for the shipping online &print it out.i. package the iphone and just drop it in a drop box @ a local Usps. And youre done! It is really that simple people. promise. Ive done it for mine, my wifes, a nd 2 buddies all this week and no one has spent an extra dime( i actually made an extra $150 because someone paid $450 for my 3g iphone 16gb when i paid $300 @ AT&T. questions?