There's little to no doubt that Steve Jobs himself will introduce the
next generation iPhone at the WWDC
conference in California next month,
but if you had lingering pause, maybe this is a sign of things to come.
's iPhone 3G sells for $99 on contract; a great price by
any measure. The iPhone 3GS sells for $199 on a 2-year contract, which
puts it in direct competition with many, many other smartphones on the
But with a new iPhone on the horizon, there has to be room made for a
newcomer. It's unlikely that Apple would price the next generation iPhone
at a point above the $199 mark, which the previous two have
debuted at. So if a new iPhone will sell for $199, what happens to the
iPhone 3GS? Does Apple wipe it away completely? Probably not, since the
original iPhone 3G is still available now for those unwilling to pay
more for the iPhone 3GS.
Regardless of any of the possibilities, one thing is a fact: Wal-Mart
will reduce the price of the 16GB iPhone 3GS from $199 on contract to
$97 on contract starting today. There's no mention made of AT&T or
other iPhone sellers following suit, but when Wal-Mart starts something,
it usually doesn't take long for everyone else to follow suit.
So you have two options if you're in the market for an iPhone: save
yourself some money on the current version by shopping at Wal-Mart, or
just wait until WWDC and make sure it's the decision you really want to