updated 11:30 am EDT, Fri June 4, 2010
ATT ends iPhone 3G's two-year lifespan
AT&T in a memo circulating to retailers has formally killed sales of the 8GB iPhone 3G. The two-year-old phone is now officially "Out of Stock," and staff are now being asked to steer customers to the iPhone 3GS. The only alternative seen by BGR's source is to check for leftover inventory in other company-owned stores.
The move follows after weeks of gradual tightening of supply and is a virtual confirmation that the 16GB iPhone 3GS will take its place as the $99 model. Walmart gave one of the strongest hints when it dropped the iPhone 3GS to $97, but only for the 16GB capacity; the 32GB model is still full price. Apple has just a short history of keeping two simultaneous generations but often drops the model with more storage.
Most predictions for the next iPhone have it getting capacities as high as 64GB, although Vietnamese leaks showed a new model with 16GB and implied that Apple may either keep capacities the same or jump directly from 16GB to 64GB.