Monday, June 09, 2008

Is My iPhone 1.0 Still Worth Anything With The Price Drop?

I caught this headline and comment discussion at THESMALLWAVE.COM:

What Of the Old 2G iPhone? What of the iPod Touch?

OK, now that the 3G iPhone is only $199, the resale value of the original 8GB model is now in the toilet. Sure, I could hope to snag some suckers on eBay to pay me a lot, but it’s not my way.

Looks like my old phone will be a hand-me-down in the family.

Meanwhile, I’m surprised the iPod touch did not drop in price today. Still shows $299 for 8GB at the Apple store. Surely it will at least drop to $199?

Speaking of the touch, very interesting to see that the massive 2.0 software update is only $9.95 for touch users. That’s a great deal. Maybe Apple figured the $19.95 for the last update was too much? That update gave five new apps and was impressive ($20 was not that unreasonable) and yet [here] the new platform is only $10.

COMMENTS WERE (including one from yours truly):

Laura Says:

They can’t lower the price of the iPod touch until September 15. That’s because this year’s “Back to School” promotion is a free iPod Nano or iPod touch with the purchase of a new Mac — in the form of a $199 mail-in rebate on iPod Nano and a $299 mail-in rebate on iPod Touch. If they lower the price of the iPod Touch before the promotion ends, they will end up giving students rebates for an amount greater than the price of the iPod Touch.


Tom Says:

... Since it’s “free”, it would make sense to buy the touch even at $299. Still, any student paying attention should at least wait until after 7/11 and save $10 on the cost of the 2.0 update.

Rus Says:

The iPhone IS ACTUALLY NOT lower ... it is subsidized ONLY at the price. You will still have to pay $499 & $599 if you don’t want an AT&T contract. I actually think this will do very little to the 1.0 iPhone prices.

* Picture from MACRUMORS.COM


Anonymous said...


I know some rumors were that it would be subsidized, but I’ve seen no indication of that. The Apple site says only that a 2-year AT&T contract is required, which is something they’ve always said.

If it was subsidized, than I could only get the $199 price buying it (and activating it) at AT&T. In other words, I would not get that price from an Apple store or online, and yet all indications are that I’ll pay $199 no matter where I get it.

FYT said...

Apparently I was 1/2 wrong - only in countries where the subsidy is NOT allowed without contract will the iPhones be the original price. Here in the USA - the phones will only be subsidized and ONLY able to be activated in store - thus almost forcing a non jailbreak.