AT&T to Quietly Offer Refurbished iPhone 3GS Models to GoPhone Customers

Wednesday August 21, 2013 10:49 AM PDT by Jordan Golson
iPhone 3GSAT&T retail stores will be offering refurbished iPhone 3GS models to its prepaid GoPhone customers -- no-contract accounts that do not qualify for subsidized phones -- according to a MacRumors tipster.

The iPhone 3GS was originally released in 2009 and, notably, will not run the new iOS 7 when it's released this fall. For comparison, AT&T sells the refurbished iPhone 4 for $325, so the 3GS would presumably be offered for well under $300.

The tipster claims the phone will not be displayed or promoted publicly, but sales reps will be able to offer them to certain price-sensitive customers. Not all AT&T stores will have them but it is claimed that AT&T's larger and more metropolitan locations should have decent amounts of stock.

Apple discontinued the iPhone 3GS in September of last year when the iPhone 5 was introduced. The lack of support for Apple's latest iOS operating system is a concern, but the extremely price-conscious customers that would consider the 3GS could overlook that issue.

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Posted: 16 months ago
If you're that price-conscious, maybe a smart phone isn't for you.
Rating: 14 Votes
Posted: 16 months ago

If you're that price-conscious, maybe a smart phone isn't for you.


Why not? Only rich kids use the internet?
Rating: 7 Votes
Posted: 16 months ago
Queue 12 pages of 'cheap plastic' bilge.
Rating: 6 Votes
Posted: 16 months ago
there are way better android phones for way cheaper. Can't see any reason to buy this at this point when you could get a dual core android phone for under $200 brand new
Rating: 6 Votes
Posted: 16 months ago
I hate to say it but the 3GS was one of the most comfortable phones to hold in your hand. The new iPhones are too angular and smooth. They fit awkward in my hand and slip out easily (when not in a case). Kinda miss the 3GS form factor and actually think the cheap iPhone5C will be better to hold than the fancy coming Gold iPhone.
Rating: 5 Votes
Posted: 16 months ago

If you're that price-conscious, maybe a smart phone isn't for you.


Price conscious and financial well being are not the same. For instance I could easily afford a BMW but choose to drive a Hyundai that's long been paid off.
Rating: 4 Votes
Posted: 16 months ago
Still too expensive to throw out every day before the cops can put a trace on the number. PASS.
Rating: 4 Votes
Posted: 16 months ago

I hate to say it but the 3GS was one of the most comfortable phones to hold in your hand. The new iPhones are too angular and smooth. They fit awkward in my hand and slip out easily (when not in a case). Kinda miss the 3GS form factor and actually think the cheap iPhone5C will be better to hold than the fancy coming Gold iPhone.


This.

3G and 3GS felt great to hold.

They need to explore curved designs again.
Rating: 2 Votes
Posted: 16 months ago

Price conscious and financial well being are not the same. For instance I could easily afford a BMW but choose to drive a Hyundai that's long been paid off.

Shhh... You're making too much sense!
Rating: 2 Votes
Posted: 16 months ago
I can't believe that people here seem to think that simply because hardware and software are no longer supported and updatable that a device is therefore almost useless. If that were the case then many android phones are useless from the moment they are purchased.

The 3GS has a few advantages that still make owning one a good idea.

1. The iOS environment is still there and there are tons of apps that still run on the 3GS since it can support iOS 6(not fully, but enough).

2. If you're a price-conscious person that can do just fine with older hardware(like PPC Macs which I own) then the iPhone 3GS is the last iPhone that the platform can sync with.

3. The fact that it will be offered as a go-phone makes it even better for people that rely on WiFi primarily and use apps like Viber to connect with people. I was able to talk with my wife in Germany without incurring extra fees.

4. They still work wonderfully well.

5. The glass is much easier to replace on the 3GS than the iPhone 4+ because a cracked screen on a 4S would require a device replacement as opposed to simply getting a new screen(that took less than 30 minutes at an Apple store).

6. It's compatible with almost all the docks out there now(including the universal dock).

7. Can be used as an iPod and still used as an airplay device with an Apple TV.

If I could afford one now, I would buy one.
Rating: 2 Votes

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