Recently, Apple launched its newest set of iPhones: the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C. They have also retired two older iPhones, the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 5, while they retaining the iPhone 4S as a free phone for a contract based purchase. There are still people who are interested to know how the older iPhone 3GS can be at par with the latest set of iPhones that Apple is currently offering. Though this phone has been retired and manufacturing has been stopped for about a year now, when iPhone 5 was launched, many still show interest of getting this old phone.
Let’s see if iPhone 3GS can still be beneficial if one decided to purchase it.
Apple already stopped manufacturing this phone, therefore, any ‘new’ iPhone 3GS available on the market is considered an old stock, if not pre-owned, or passed down. The latest mobile operating system upgrade, the iOS 7, no longer supports iPhone 3GS but iOS 6.x still supports it, but only for features associated with its hardware. Know that until now, iPhone devices do not have any capability to be upgraded, hardware-wise.
And so iPhone 3GS is stuck with its limited features to offer. No LTE, no Retina Display, the camera only supports up to 3.2 MP with no support for wider screen format. Although it was launched with voice recognition feature, it does not support Siri.
Other features that are available on newer iPhones (hardware-wise) are definitely a no-show for this phone. And the most important information that a buyer must know is that App developers are pulling out any future development plans that includes iPhone 3GS, which means it’s stuck now with what is available on App Store.
But while there were several reasons why people need to stay away from thinking into buying the old iPhone 3GS, there are also good things it still brings. First, you can jailbreak iPhone 3GS even if running iOS 6.x version and be able to access Cydia, which is the alternate store for jailbroken iPhones. Even though Apple-accredited app developers stopped producing apps for iPhone 3GS, there are still lots of apps that can be downloaded from Cydia. And they haven’t announced any pullout of apps supporting this phone.
Another important thing to consider is the price. Being a retired phone makes it cheaper, but having the successor retired as well makes it much cheaper. Since iPhone 4 and iPhone 5 were already retired, prices for these phones dropped astronomically.
Not to mention that the iPhone 4S is being given for free under contract with AT&T, Sprint and Verizon. Logically speaking, those with financial limitations but needed to get a phone can rely on having iPhone 3GS. And compared to other new iPhones with high rate plans, iPhone 3GS definitely has an advantage for people looking for cheaper plans.
In these days when prices do not have any way to go but up, it is very economical to get iPhone 3GS especially if one is looking to get a phone with just basic features.