Another Apple iPhone For Others = Another Apple iPhone For Me
A year ago, I told you that I’d taken advantage of the situation of folks upgrading to the iPhone 3GS as a means of obtaining an inexpensive iPhone 3G off Ebay. A week ago, Apple formally unveiled the next-generation iPhone 4. And the day before that, I transitioned my no-contract cellular service from T-Mobile to AT&T. Can you already tell what I did just a few minutes ago?
Yes, that’s right, I took advantage of the situation of folks upgrading to the iPhone 4 as a means of obtaining an inexpensive iPhone 3GS off Ebay. Specifically, I snagged a low-end 16 GByte model, which came with an 8% post-purchase refund courtesy of soon-to-be-no-more Bing Cashback. The rebate, I confess, was part of the motion, as was the fact that I got the 3GS for within a couple of dollars of what I paid for the 3G one year ago. Another notable factor was the pending expiration of the AppleCare extended warranty on my 3G; the 3GS I just bought came with an owner-transferable extended warranty which will keep me covered for a substantially longer period of time. And ok, the fact that I just unloaded a bunch of widgets provided some measure of re-accumulation self-permission, too.
But the 3GS enhancements over the 3G, unmemorable as they seemed to be a year back, also provided an impetus for the purchase. Along with boosts in processor and graphics performance and capabilities, the 3GS offers twice the system RAM of the 3G, a factor which will allow for (among other things) application multitasking with upcoming iOS v4 (Apple-sanctioned multitasking, at least). Notable, too, is the 2x multiplier in on-handset flash memory storage capability; thanks to NAVIGON MobileNavigator and a few other bit-heavy programs, my 3G is half-filled in spite of not having any music, pictures or videos on it. And finally, there are all the other added and enhanced 3GS features to consider; the higher-resolution camera with macro and video capture capabilities, for example, and the silicon compass, not to mention higher-speed UMTS HSPA capabilities (where AT&T’s network supports them) and voice control.
Thanks to Spirit, I’ll still be able to jailbreak the 3GS albeit not carrier-unlock it, but the latter feature’s no longer a big deal to me since I’m pretty happy with AT&T’s service. It looks like I’ll sooner-or-later be able to jailbreak iOS v4, too. And speaking of carrier unlocking, since my 3G retains that rare capability in spite of its latest-and-greatest v3.13 software install, by virtue of its amenable bootloader and baseband code, I’ll probably be able to sell it on Ebay for at least as much as I just paid for my A&T-only 3GS.
Stay tuned for more after my new toy arrives.