updated 01:45 pm EDT, Wed August 5, 2009
8GB iPhone 3GS Rumor
(Updated with Rogers statement) A rumor suggests that Rogers, if not more carriers, may be replacing the 8GB iPhone 3G with a 3GS equivalent. Screen caps of what appears to be an internal website for the Canadian provider have it already launching the more advanced but lower capacity phone and deliberately bleeding stock of the old model until their supplies run dry. According to the BGR tip, stores are under strict orders not to sell new models in advance even if they arrive before the older phones disappear.
It's not evident whether the price would change from the existing $99. An 8GB flash memory package doesn't cost enough by itself to justify a $100 difference in device pricing, although Apple is known to often disproportionate price increases for higher capacity models to make up for tighter profit margins on the low end.
Whether or not this will extend to AT&T or other carriers is equally unknown.
Outside sources haven't surfaced to corroborate the report, which if true would have Apple all but undermine the budget smartphone market by providing its best features at a price reserved both for entry smartphones as well as some mid- to high-end regular phones. Officially, Apple has only said it would phase out the 16GB iPhone 3G and has never characterized the 8GB price drop to $99 as a clearance.
Update: A Rogers spokeswoman contacted by Electronista would neither confirm nor deny the report and could only outline the company's current lineup.
"All I can tell you is that Rogers' current lineup includes the iPhone 3GS in a 16GB and 32GB version only," she said.