The iPhone is the smartphone that changed the world. Its revolutionary design defined the way we interact with a touch screen using Multi-Touch and it showed how apps can be distributed in a seamless manner through an App Store.
In case you didn’t know, the iPhone was first released exactly 10 years ago on 29 June 2007 after it was first announced at Macworld on 9 January 2007. At that time, the first gen iPhone was offered in two options: a 4GB option at US$499 (RM1,721 in 2007) and an 8GB option at US$599 (RM2,066 in 2007) on a two year contract with Cingular in the US.
Today, the 9th of January 2017, marks 10 years since Apple introduced the first iPhone ever — though the actual device was put up for sale on the 29th of June 2007. In a press release commemorating this momentous occasion, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that the “best is yet to come”.
There aren’t many technological revolutions quite like Apple‘s original iPhone. It was so radical and revolutionary that it ushered on an entire generation of new devices that we now probably couldn’t live without.
That was almost a decade ago and Apple’s idea of the iPhone has changed over 10 different iterations. So, with the launch of the brand new iPhone 7, we thought we’d take a quick look back at one of the most storied smartphones in the world.
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The 3 year old iPhone 3GS is offered as low as RM0 on contract with Maxis low commitment plans between RM30-RM50/month. This gives an alternative low-cost option to own a iOS device without expensive data plans.
In terms of bundling, the iPhone 3GS (believed to be the 8GB version) is offered on Value Plus Internet 50, Value Plus Internet supplementary 30 & Internet Value Plan 50. The first 2 are all-in-one package where it comes with voice, SMS & data while the Internet Value Plan 50 comes bundled with 1.5GB monthly data and calls/sms are charged separately.
For a period of 2 years contract, the iPhone 3GS can be yours free with Value Plus Internet 50 and Internet Value Plan 50. There’s also a 12 month contract option where you would need to pay between RM295-RM475 for the device. An upfront payment of RM750 is required for 24 months contract and RM500 for 12 months contract. The iPhone 3GS is going outright for RM1,099 at the moment, while the iPhone 4 8GB is priced at RM1,799.
If you have a supplementary or low commitment line which you don’t plan to change anytime soon, the free iPhone 3GS offer might be worth checking out. For more information, head over to Maxis.
When Apple announced 8GB versions for earlier iPhone models, it was meant to be entry level models to make it affordable for the masses. That doesn’t seem to be the case here until recently.
Apart from the iPhone 4 8GB which can be bought for RM1,799 outright, reader David had pointed out that Apple Store is also offering the iPhone 3GS 8GB for RM1,199 outright. This makes it cheaper and can be a choice for mid level smart phone buyers.
The iPhone 3GS is still decent smart phone with access to a huge library of apps on the App store. In terms of software, it is still on par with the latest iPhone as it supports iOS 5 albeit with reduced new features. Other smart phones within that price range are Sony Ericsson Xperia ray, LG Optimus Black, Samsung Galaxy S Plus and Samsung Galaxy W.
For more information, head over to iPhone 3GS product page.
Thanks to David for tipping us at the comments!
Maxis is having a big price reduction on the iPhone 3GS 8GB. Now it can be yours as low as RM199 on a new i3GS plan which has a monthly commitment fee of RM79/month. There’s only 1 contract duration option of 24 months.
However there’s a few things to take note. the i3GS plan offers 200 minutes which is restricted for Maxis to Maxis calls. This means calls to other networks are charged as extra. Also included is 250MB of data which after exceeding is charged at 5 sen per 10KB. If you plan to take up this RM199 offer on i3GS plan, there’s a RM840 upfront payment required which will be rebated back over 12 months.
If you’re a heavy user which usage more than 250MB, an extra RM21 for iValue 1 will give you 1GB of data and 333 call minutes which can be used to call all networks. However the iPhone 3GS 8GB costs RM800 on 24 months contract on iValue 1. So looks like you gotta pick between cheaper phone price with lower “value” plan or higher value plan with pricier phone.
For more information, head over to Maxis iPhone page.
For iOS users, the iOS 5 release is welcomed with much enthusiasm. There’s a lot to like about the many “new” (old for Android and to a certain extent Windows Phone users) features coming to the iPad, iPod touch and iPhone.
Speaking of iPhones, in the WWDC Steve Jobs did mention that iOS 5 will be available for the iPhone 3GS and while things like Notifications Centre, deep Twitter integration and native picture editing are all nice, many iPhone 3GS users are wondering what features will make it across to their not so cutting edge smartphone — one of us here at SoyaCincau.com still uses a 3GS too mind you.
Well the many enthusiasts out there who have gotten their hands on the iOS 5 beta are now coming back with their findings on the features that will be supported by the iPhone 3GS. You’ll be happy to note that most of the key features that make the iOS 5 special will be making it to the 3GS.
So far from reading the many posts, forums and comment threads about this topic, the known iOS 5 features supported by the iPhone 3GS that we can find include:
What is currently missing from iOS 5 on the 3GS:
Also, we’re not sure if iOS 5 will bring new ringtones and notifications sounds to the 3GS as well. Right now iPhone 4 users get all the new tones and sounds, while 3GS owners are stuck with the same old, though this is not really an issue for jailbroken 3GS.
That’s pretty much what we’ve found out. If you have gotten yourself the iOS 5 beta and have installed it on a 3GS because you are awesome, please do share with us your findings.
The WWDC 2011 is over and done with, and while we are hoping that Steve Jobs’ “one more thing” would be a new iPhone — which didn’t happen — his keynote revealed some pretty interesting stuff coming from Apple.
The iOS has been generally unchanged since it was first launched and at the same time Android has been evolving in such a short time span with both smart phone and tablet specific versions. So what’s new with iOS 5? If they are not releasing a brand new iPhone, there better be new features to make their devices appealing for today’s users. The Android platform has been moving in a rapid pace thanks to new hardware as well as custom software innovations by respective manufacturers. Read on as we run through the new key features.
UPDATE 14042011: Maxis WiFi Hotspot service now revealed.
UPDATE 29032011: Added iPhone 4 price comparison below. Maxis has removed the Free 3 months WiFi service offer from their page. Their WiFi hotspot service not ready?
Maxis has started cutting down its iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS 8GB pricing, an expected move before the new iPhone makes its debut. In addition, they are also giving
Free Maxis WiFi service for 3 months if you purchase an iPhone with their plans.
Compared with its initial iPhone 4 pricing, iValue plans bundle price see a reduction of RM100-200 depending on model and contract duration.
Just a few weeks ago, they have introduced iValue Lite plan of RM70/month which is on limited time offer until end of next month. There’s no change on the iPhone 4 pricing for the Lite plan except for the 24 months contract price for the 32GB iPhone 4 which was reduced from RM2390 to RM2290.
Comparison of price difference after the break.
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Steve Jobs has been busy bitching about Android lately and he certainly has a good reason to brag. The official figures for iPhone have been revealed with a massive 14.1 million units sold by Q4. This is huge jump of 91% over the same period last year. Last quarter they managed to sell 8.4 million units.
In total we’re looking at a massive 73.5 million iPhones sold since the original iPhone was launched. Impressive accomplishment indeed.
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