How low can you go? iPhone 3G 8GB refurb now available for $79, 16GB for $129

By on July 10, 2009 at 3:45 PM.

How low can you go? iPhone 3G 8GB refurb now available for $79, 16GB for $129

When Apple announced that the iPhone 3G would drop in price to $99 with the introduction of the 3GS, it was a big deal. It wasn’t much of a surprise of course as we had been expecting the iPhone to dip below $100 for quite some time already, but a big deal none the less. As was also expected, AT&T has just issued its first round of refurbished iPhone 3G models since the price cut and the prices, though not nearly as reduced as we’re used to seeing, are lower still: $79 for an 8GB model and $129 for a 16GB model. This poses the question, is the iPhone 3G any more attractive at these price points? Of course the real barrier for many is the additional cost of ownership over two years — a minimum of $1,680 plus taxes and fees on an individual plan. We know that lines up well with flagship phones from other carriers but a $79 handset isn’t competing with flagship phones anymore where cost and demographics are concerned. After all, $79 phone is what people spend on a phone when they don’t care what phone it is; the cost of owning said phone will likely come in at just over half of what an iPhone will cost over two years. What do you guys think — is an $80 iPhone 3G a great buy or is AT&T wasting its time with these new lower price points?

[Via TUAW]

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Zune HD to drop September 8th, 16GB and 32GB sizes?

By on June 25, 2009 at 7:44 AM.

Zune HD to drop September 8th, 16GB and 32GB sizes?

Perhaps the current crop of personal media players on the market just isn’t doing anything for you. It’s perfectly understandable of course, what with modern mobile phones catching up to dedicated players more and more each day. This very fact is the reason that Microsoft’s upcoming Zune HD continues to pique our interest. 3.3-inch 480 x 272 OLED capacitive touchscreen display, built-in HD Radio receiver, HD output (requires an optional dock), Wi-Fi, integrated web browser, multitouch support and Xbox LIVE integration… And of course we recently learned this little spitfire will pack NVIDIA’s Tegra processor at its core. According to a Gizmodo tipster, it looks like Microsoft plans to offer this peppy PMP in 16GB and 32GB varieties — fair enough — and it may be shooting for a September 8th launch. It’s as good a date as any we suppose, and leaves plenty of time to get early adopters on board before a nice little price drop/sale in time for the holidays. Why not?

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iPhone 3G 16GB to sell for $149 with a 2 year contract

By on June 8, 2009 at 4:02 PM.

iPhone 3G 16GB to sell for $149 with a 2 year contract

Yes, yes, the much rumored $99 iPhone finally came to light. But what about those 16 giggers? One of our AT&T ninjas just hit us up to let us know that the iPhone 3G 16GB model is available for $149 on a 2 year agreement on AT&T. Since Apple seems to be only touting the 8GB 3G model for $99 on their site, we’re guessing this is a “while it lasts, bitches” situation. Seriously though, you’re not going to spring the extra $50 for a brand new iPhone 3G S 16GB model? Also we’ve been told AT&T stores can now pre-order the iPhone 3G S for customers starting immediately, just like Apple.com.

Any takers?

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Apple introduces the new iPhone 3G S, in stores June 19th

By on June 8, 2009 at 3:05 PM.

Apple introduces the new iPhone 3G S, in stores June 19th

All right boys and girls… It’s time for the big show. For months now, it has been glaringly obvious that Apple would introduce its third-generation handset at WWDC today and sure enough — it’s here. Apple addicts around the world are rejoicing and Apple haters around the world are refining their arguments as to why the iPhone is a non-factor. Love it or hate it, hit the jump to find out how the new iPhone 3G S shapes up.

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Is the PSP Go! the new UMD-less PSP?

By on April 29, 2009 at 2:44 PM.

Is the PSP Go! the new UMD-less PSP?

We’ve heard some rumors about an upcoming PSP refresh in the past — ok, a whole lot of rumors — but new information is casting doubt upon the details of previous information. 1UP is reporting that the new PSP will be christened the PSP Go! and will finally do away with that awful UMD system while taking on a slider form. In place of UMDs, it is said the PSP Go! will come in 8GB and 16GB models meaning a green light for game downloads. As for games, Sony is reportedly planning to have around 100 old and new games ready for launch time. Sadly those of you who were looking for a bit of dual-joystick action will be disappointed to note that according to this new rumor, a second analog stick will not be added to the right-hand side. Such is life, we suppose. Word is Sony will make the PSP Go! official at E3 next month and have it hit the streets in Japan in September with a US launch in either late October or early November — ensuring its inclusion in plenty of letters to Santa. And yes, the image above is a mock up.

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$150 refurbished 16GB iPhone 3G from AT&T now available online

By on April 20, 2009 at 10:31 AM.

$150 refurbished 16GB iPhone 3G from AT&T now available online

That’s right fellas, dump that inventory! With new iPhone models right around the corner, AT&T and Apple have been doing everything they can to move current stock. Back in March we scooped $150 refurbished 16GB iPhone 3Gs hitting various regional stores and this time around it looks like AT&T means business. It is now offering the refurbished 16GB model in both black and white in the online AT&T store, meaning anyone and everyone willing to sign on the dotted line of a new 2-year contract can snag one. There is a limited of one purchase per household however, and the new line or new customer stipulation may apply — meaning you might not be able to renew your current contract and get the $150 price. So, as long as you don’t mind a factory refresh and maybe a tiny scuff here and there — and you aren’t planning to wait for the new iPhones to drop — this might just be the deal for you.

Thanks, Tyrone!

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Best Buy Reward Zone and Premier Silver members get iPhones on the cheap

By on February 22, 2009 at 1:28 PM.

Best Buy Reward Zone and Premier Silver members get iPhones on the cheap

Somehow avoiding the urge to ignore Best Buy checkout staff as they push discount membership programs on you is finally going to pay off – if you’re currently in the market for an iPhone 3G, that is. According to a new email promo flyer from Best Buy, Reward Zone and Premier Silver members are in for some serious discount love on new iPhone 3G purchases. According to the communique, members purchasing a new iPhone 3G along with a 2-year AT&T service contract will enjoy between $50 and $100 off a shiny new iPhone 3G (yes new, not refurbished). Here’s how the pricing breaks down:

Reward Zone members

  • iPhone 3G 8GB: $149.99 ($50 off)
  • iPhone 3G 16GB: $249.99 ($50 off)

Premier Silver members

  • iPhone 3G 8GB: $99.99 ($100 off)
  • iPhone 3G 16GB: $199.99 ($100 off)

These are indeed the lowest prices we’ve seen for new iPhone 3Gs but as always, there’s some bad news. The offers are only good through this coming Saturday, February 28th, and you had to be a program member as of February 21st to enjoy the discounts. In other words, you can’t sign up today and hope to be eligible. Best Buy is also offering a variety of additional deals for Reward Zone and Premier Silver members ranging from 20% off BlackBerry accessories to discounts on DVDs and Blu-ray movies.

Thanks, PJ!

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Samsung makes the OmniaHD i8910 and Beat DJ official

By on February 16, 2009 at 1:27 PM.

Samsung makes the OmniaHD i8910 and Beat DJ official

When we first met the Acme i8910 in rumorsville we instantly fell in love and the more we learned, the sexier it got. Now that it’s gone all official on us as the Samsung OmniaHD we have to say, surprisingly, that we’re even more in love now than ever. Running a TouchWiz 3D-like GUI on top of S60 5th Edition, the OmniaHD is sure to please with its huge 3.7″ glass AMOLED touchscreen display, an 8 megapixel camera that shoots 720p video, HD video out, video calling, Wi-Fi, GPS and 8 to 16GB internal storage plus microSDHC support — all crammed into a 12.7mm thin aluminum body. Sexy? Yes. Smart? Yes. Must have? Hell yes. As for its third cousin twice removed, the Beat DJ, it’s hard to get excited about it with the OmniaHD wooing us so incessantly. We pretty much learned all there is to know when it was leaked just over a week ago – B&O sound, kitchy DJ tools, etc. Can we see that OmniaHD again?

Just for the heck of it, hit the jump for what has to be the lamest promo shot of all time.

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AT&T offering refurbished iPhone 3G with $100 discount

By on December 27, 2008 at 9:21 AM.

AT&T offering refurbished iPhone 3G with $100 discount

Please don’t hate us for bringing the news if you bought an iPhone, or even a refurbished iPhone recently: For $99 or $199, you can get a refurbished iPhone 3G 8GB or 16GB from AT&T, respectively. It hurts a little, right? Luckily, there are always those 30-day return policies if you want to deal with the hassle and all the bother. Honestly, folks, if you’ve been aching for an iPhone 3G and have been waiting for the price to drop, it’s not going to get much better than this. Refurbs come like new and you really can’t tell the difference, and you can bet these will fly off the shelves soon so we hope your credit cards are within proximity. Is this deal finally going to make you break down for one?

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iPhone 3G goes on sale for two weeks only at Best Buy Mobile

By on December 19, 2008 at 9:37 AM.

iPhone 3G goes on sale for two weeks only at Best Buy Mobile

One of our trusty Best Buy Mobile ninjas just hit us with some good news for all you last-minute holiday shoppers out there. Starting today (December 19) through Saturday January 3, the iPhone 3G will be available from Best Buy Mobile for the lowest price in the country. Granted, those prices are only $10 off the standard retail price but money is money, especially in this day and age. Recession, people! The 8GB model can be yours for $189.99 and the 16GB version rings up at $289.99, both requiring new 2-year contracts of course. To sweeten the deal a bit, Best Buy Mobile will also toss in double reward zone points, amounting to about $10 in reward zone certificates for the 8GB model and $15 for the 16GB. That’s on top of the cash savings of course. Last but not least, your local Best Buy Mobile rep will happily set up your shiny new iPhone 3G with one personal email account for free as part of the deal. So what are you waiting for? Hit the jump for more details.

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SanDisk 16GB available on the market without SanDisk knowing

By on September 26, 2008 at 7:57 AM.

SanDisk 16GB available on the market without SanDisk knowing

It looks like the much anticipated 16GB microSD card is now available from SanDisk, but they haven’t started advertising it at all. Finally you can have all that space to waste on any smartphone that will support that capacity, and hey, the cost isn’t so bad either. These little buggers will run about $60 – 80 on most sites and that’s a damn good deal, just don’t lose the thing! Expect to see these everywhere soon with a formal announcement from SanDisk themselves.

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iPhone 3G unsubsidized pricing leaks out

By on June 12, 2008 at 5:31 AM.

iPhone 3G unsubsidized pricing leaks out

Hot off the wires, we’ve got a hold of the unsubsidized price for the iPhone 3G. Well, for Italy anyway. Vodafone Italy is setting an out-of-contract price at €499 and €569 for the 8GB and 16GB models respectively. We don’t know what the monthly nut is going to be yet but word on the streets is that this pricing is actually reasonable and dare we say competitive in Italy’s smartphone market. 

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