Every year there is talk about Apple releasing a smaller iPhone or a lower cost. Ever sense the original in 2007. However these have never come to be with Apple keeping the older iPhone as the low end cheep model. However China times reports Apple could once again be working on a so called iPhone nano to compete with the top level Android phones with a smaller price point. The 3Gs is reportedly too pricey at $375 (I thought it was free) to compete with the newer android models. However the iPhone’s have always been the best sellers of all the major US carriers so I don’t see a need for this to happen. Even if the phone is older it is a good piece of equipment making me say this is just another rumor that will not see the light of day… For a while anyways
With the upcoming release there has also been some reports of an iPhone nano or a budget phone going along with the next generation of iPhone. The phone would be a cheap alternative to the main iPhone 5 or 4S. BGR posted this article of what a source tells them.
“According to our source, Apple will indeed be launching a prepaid / lower cost iPhone this year.
We are told the handset will retail for no more than $350 without contract. Ready for the really interesting part? It’s entirely possible that the low-cost iPhone will in fact be the iPhone 3GS. Via BGR:http://www.bgr.com/2011/07/18/apple-to-launch-low-priced-iphone-for-350-iphone-4s5-end-of-summer/”
Seems expensive for a budget phone? Not really as it doesn’t require a contract with AT&T or Verizon. Of course there might be the option of buying the iPhone 4 with contract for $50 or by having the 3Gs by having the 3Gs a free phone with signing up with a new 2 year contract. Or they could have all of this together which might not be the worst idea they have ever done. The question would be what doesn’t the iPhone nano have that the iPhone 5(4S) has??