“Instead of being discontinued later this year, the iPhone 3GS, first released in 2009, may stay in production for Apple to sell contract-free in developing markets, where prepaid smartphones are popular,” Neil Hughes reports for AppleInsider.
“Analyst Peter Misek with Jefferies received word that Apple has inked an agreement with ‘a leading distribution and logistics company,’” Hughes reports. “That new partnership is intended to push the iPhone 3GS in prepaid markets around the world, and expand channels for the iPhone 3GS in developing countries.”
Hughes reports, “Accordingly, Misek believes that Apple is in the process of repricing the iPhone 3GS, which currently costs $375 without a contract. He expects that the third-generation iPhone will be priced between $250 and $300, which would allow someone to buy it with no subsidy for around the cost of an on-contract iPhone 4S.”