Apple is reportedly launching a contract-free iPhone this year for the low price of $350. Typically, an out-of-contract iPhone model fetches anywhere between $600-700, so this is a pretty big deal for those who want the Apple smartphone without the burden of signing a contract. Last month, Apple decided to start selling the iPhone 4 contract-free in the U.S., so it’s nice to see a less expensive option possibly on the horizon.
According to BGR, an off-contract or prepaid iPhone might be the iPhone 3GS. If there is plenty of stock left over, this makes sense, although users will be limited to only 8GB of storage space if we’re talking about the current 3GS model being sold by AT&T.
BGR also happened to confirm that the iPhone 5, or the next generation Apple smartphone we might see this fall, is a radical new design.
We reported that we were able to independently confirm that the iPhone 5 featured a radical new design, however this source of ours isn’t quite sure that will be the next iPhone. Whether it’s the iPhone 4S or 5, it will be coming out or “at least announced by the end of Summer, late August-ish.” They theorized that we’d have seen new 3rd party cases by now if the upcoming iPhone featured a different exterior, though Apple has surely been cracking down on their case specification leaks.
At the end of summer or early fall this year, we expect to hear word of the new smartphone from Apple. For those of you getting tired of all the iPhone rumors and speculation, or you just can’t wait for the new model to come out already, the end is near and the new phone approaches.
Are you currently off contract looking for a decent smartphone to fill your prepaid or month-to-month needs? Would this be of interest to you at all? Let us know what you think, and whether you think the price is a fair deal in the comments.