AT&T Raises iPhone 3GS Price To $1

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Just when you thought you could buy a totally free iPhone, AT&T raises the subsidized price of the iPhone 3GS to $0.99! What gives?

As spotted by MacRumors, one of the nation’s largest carriers is listing the iPhone 3GS as costing $0.99 on its online store. The carrier activation fee is waved with the purchase and AT&T is offering free overnight shipping. What’s really weird is that Apple still lists the iPhone 3GS as costing $0 on its own website.

The iPhone 3GS has been free on AT&T for nearly a month and a half. When Apple announced the iPhone 4S, the 8GB iPhone 4’s price became $99 and the 3GS was dropped to $0 with a two-year contract.

When MacRumors asked AT&T about the slight price change, the carrier beat around the bush:

iPhone 3GS is still available at an incredibly low price and we’re confident consumers will agree that this remains one of the best deals for a leading smartphone.

Why did AT&T bump the 3GS price up one dollar? We have absolutely no clue. Both AT&T and Apple made a big deal about the fact that the iPhone 3GS is now free with a subsidized contact.

  • Bd7349

    AT&T is not the nations largest carrier, Verizon is. Get your facts straight COM.

  • Táyò Salako

    I had to read that part all over again to make sure i read it correctly

  • Srose428

    Bet it has something to do with accounting, my bet is AT&T gives you a .99 or $1 discount when you purchase.  Very strange though.

  • volodoscope

    I think their check-out system didn’t work properly when nothing is charged. So if there’s at least a dollar it works fine.

  • Gene

    I wonder if they still charge sales tax on the full price?

  • Kburleigh19

    My guess for charging you a dollar– they want your credit card information on file, in case you don’t pay your monthly bill on your contract, they charge you for the phone or termination fees. Or could be simply to verify your identity and address by running a one dollar charge through. Since they are offering free shipping, they’ve got to come up with some reason for you enter credit card info, or else you could just fill out the online form and tell them where to ship.

  • Marrowjames

    Yes it is and it has the fastest speeds. Get YOUR facts right.

  • Marrowjames

    Yes it is and it has the fastest speeds. Get YOUR facts right.

  • lynchtp

    In Ireland, and may other countries, you can get an iPhone 4s for free. http://www.emobile.ie/iphone/

  • DamienLavizzo

    So, buy the phone from Apple.

    Obvious solution is obvious.

  • Wayne_Luke

    If they are waiving the $18 dollar activation fee, you are saving $17 with the new price.

  • Wayne_Luke

    This makes no sense for several reasons.. First to start a contract you have to give them your social security number and driver’s license for the credit check. Second even at a $0.00 price, they are going to charge you sales tax on the $375.00 list price.

  • Wayne_Luke

    This makes no sense for several reasons.. First to start a contract you have to give them your social security number and driver’s license for the credit check. Second even at a $0.00 price, they are going to charge you sales tax on the $375.00 list price.

  • Wayne_Luke

    They do in California.

  • Brettsir

    I read it had to do with people stealing identities and then getting the phone for free. Now with the 99¢ charge you also need a credit card, not just a social number.

  • baby_Twitty

    I’m sure those $0 iPhones bought with stolen IDs are being remote-swiped and locked now.

  • MrSarcy

    I’m not a very smart person, but when I saw this story on MacRumors and here and both times the author was unable to figure out for himself what the reason was for charging a buck… I kinda felt good for a little while. So thanks for that.

  • EpiRen

    That’s the height of arrogance… AT&T waving their activation fee in our face. Oh, wait… Did you mean to write that the activation fee is “waived”?

  • bone67

    $1 is not true. If you buy it 1+39.99 one time fee+ tax + 2 years $60 plan. you do the math…

  • ApplePr0n

    I work at a 3rd party retailer where the 3GS remains free. However, AT&T is charging the $1 because they were having issues with identity theft for free iphones. By charging it, it now requires information other than the persons name and zip code