Earlier this week we reported that Radio Shack had an awesome iPhone deal this week only, offering the latest iPhone 4 for at least $25 thanks to an instant discount and the trade-in value of the 3GS model. However Best Buy plans to call Radio Shack's bluff and raise it twenty by offering a free iPhone 3GS. The catch is that it's for one day only... Friday, December 10.
While little is known about the deal for the moment, the free 8 GB iPhone 3GS "giveaway" applies to new accounts, additional lines and qualified upgrades. Reports claim that Best Buy brick-and-mortar outlets have stocked up to the neck to support the promotion. There's also no need to worry about fronting the $99.99 and getting the money back later as a debit card, as it will be an instant, on-the-spot rebate.
There's speculation that AT&T is experimenting with pricing in regards to the deals with both Best Buy and Radio Shack, determining which promotion would have a greater turnaround. In either case, hopeful AT&T clients would need to sign the typical 2-year (ball and chain) contract. Those purchasing the iPhone for the first time might find Best Buy's deal a bargain whereas those looking to trade up might prefer Radio Shack's incentives instead.
The two separate promotions may also be Apple's attempts to clean house and prepare for the next iPhone model slated to make an appearance in April 2011. Apple may also be trying to keep sales figures higher than Google's growing army of Android devices (roger roger). Then again, if AT&T's exclusivity is about to dry up after the New Year, this could be an attempt on the carrier's part to reel in last-minute prospects and keep current clients from drifting over to the Land of the Big Red (read: a possible Verizon-iPhone marriage).
For those looking to get an iPhone 3GS with AT&T, the carrier offers three data plans: DataPro 2 GB for iPhone with Tethering @ $45.00/month, DataPro 2 GB for iPhone only @ $25.00/month and DataPlus 200 MB for iPhone @ $15.00/month. AT&T also charges a one-time activation fee of $36.00, and monthly plans (including messaging) could cost as little as $45.00 before tacking on the data package.
So even if the iPhone 3GS is free at Best Buy for Friday only, consumers will still need to head inside expecting to shell out some cash or credit before walking away with a shiny and somewhat new iPhone 3GS.
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