It is not very unusual for retailers to be selling older iPhones. In fact, the previous generation iPhones tend to sell better thanks to the discounted price. It’s worth noting that this particular buying pattern is predominant among Apple buyers. Perhaps this has something to do with Apple’s brand value and the status quo. The news is that a South Korean carrier is planning to resell Apple iPhone 3GS, a device that was released nine years ago.
The carrier has announced that the models will be put up on sale starting from later this month. As with all the crazy things even the decision to sell a decade old smartphone has a background. Well, the retailer retrieved the phones from a warehouse with the original accessories and packing. He further tested the stockpile and found that the devices were in working condition.
It’s worth mentioning that Apple discontinued the iPhone 3GS in 2012 and this means that it can only run iOS 6. It is nothing short of a headache when it comes to installing modern apps on old iPhones. Adding to the woes is the fact that Apple has moved on to Lightning connectors as opposed to the 30-pin connector on the iPhone 3GS, so the spares and support can be a bit problematic.
While the basic functions might work properly, the other features won’t. Surprisingly, the Korean carrier has decided to offer the device contract-free at $40 which should incentivize the buyers. The only folks who would want to buy the iPhone 3GS are perhaps the ones with a budget for a feature phone but a desire for an Apple iPhone or someone looking for a prized memorabilia in their showcase.
As we said earlier, it is not uncommon for Apple to manufacture and sell its previous generation devices in regions like India. However, pumping back a nine-year-old device back to life is foolhardy if you ask me. The retailer apparently found a truckload of iPhone 3GS lying in a warehouse. The $40 pricing is a silver lining though.