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AT&T drops pricing on refurbished iPhone 3G, still not worth skipping the 3GS

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 6:24PM EST

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Even AT&T must have expected that it would have trouble burning through iPhone 3G inventory once the 3GS was released. After all, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that a $100 difference in up front cost should be the least of the deciding factors when considering an iPhone — or any smartphone for that matter. Ok $100 might not do it, so AT&T tested the waters back in June with a $120 differential where refurbished 3G units were concerned. Apparently not many people bit because the carrier has decided to shave another $30 off the price of refurbished phones, bringing the 8GB refurb to $49 and the 16GB refurb to $99. So people, the bottom line is if you have $1,680+ to spend on your cell phone service over the next two years (or $960+ on a family plan) but that extra $30 on the handset price was scaring you away… Happy birthday. As far as we’re concerned, the difference between the 3G and the 3GS is well worth $150 up front.

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Zach Epstein
Zach Epstein Executive Editor

Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content. Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment.

His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.

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