Apple recently revamped its iPhone lineup with a 8GB iPhone 4 for $99 and a free iPhone 3GS with a two-year contract on AT&T. The iPhone 4S was made available on AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint at the regular $199 starting price.
CEO of AT&T Mobility Ralph de la Vega held a conference call with analysts today to discuss consumer demand for Apple’s cheaper iPhones. AT&T is seeing “tremendous, tremendous demand” for the iPhone 3GS.
“We have another device that I think is going to dramatically change those people that are on smartphones and quick messaging devices, the [iPhone] 3GS, which is free with a 2-year contract. We’ve seen a tremendous, tremendous demand for that device even though it’s a generation old. And actually, we’re getting more new subscribers coming on the 3GS on the average than other devices. So we also have an inventory sold out on that device.”
The iPhone resulted in AT&T’s best results ever for the third quarter. Ralph de la Vega is “very, very optimistic on what the fourth quarter is going to look like in terms of smartphone growth” for his network.
AT&T has sold 1 million iPhone 4S units on its network already.