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Unlocked iPhone 3GS Hits Pre-order, Samsung Jet Takes Off

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Unlocked iPhone 3GS Hits Pre-order, Samsung Jet Takes Off

iPhone 3GS sales (yep, '3G S' has been dropped/squashed now) continue to rocket along after topping one million units in just its first three days, but could this spark a second unit bump...?

Eagle eyed reader Martyn has spotted Play.com has now posted a listing for an "Apple iPhone 3G S 32GB Sim Free / Unlocked 3.0 Megapixel Mobile Phone". The price: a mammoth £899 (you do get free delivery!).

Naturally the big deal here is whether the handset is 'unlocked' or carrier free from the point of manufacture since that makes a huge difference with regards to future firmware updates. If it is then Play.com has just scored a major win, if not then it is wading into some pretty murky territory with regards to warranties and Apple raining down legal retribution.

We hope to hear more soon.

In related pre-order news Samsung has made the simply mind blowing claim that it has already taken two million pre-orders for the Jet (I did say the smartphone market was expanding). This 800MHz handset has made a lot of its potential speed on tap, but I have to say I hope the software on the unit I've tried was a long way from finished as I must warn it proved a distinctly underwhelming experience.

Unoptimised graphics drivers meant photo scrolling was poor, one finger zoom system clunky, the custom OS limited and the resistive touchscreen unresponsive. I'll hold my hands up if the retail version is the bee's knees but for now I have two million new worries...

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Play.com listing

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rav

June 23, 2009, 5:14 am

£900?!! surely the kool aid doesn't taste that good.

Greg17b

June 23, 2009, 5:42 am

Sounds to me like O2 are just about to lose their exclusivity.





If so, wait 2 more months and watch the prices tumble.





Apple fan or non-Apple fan - the 3GS is NOT a piece of hardware that is worth £900.

Tim Sutton

June 23, 2009, 5:52 am

£900. Nine. Hundred. Pounds.





In 2007, the 8gig iPhone cost Apple $280 (£170) to make.(gizmodo link: http://tinyurl.com/2kdnsq) I'd be very surprised if the 3GS cost Apple even that much to make now.





Unbelievable. And iZombies will buy it! It makes me cry.

DrDark

June 23, 2009, 5:58 am

£900? Is that a joke? C'mon that's the price of a MacBook. In fact, I'm pretty sure you can get a Blu-ray laptop for less than that. Wait a minute, that's THREE PS3s?


Are there that many people with more money than sense?!

Gormond

June 23, 2009, 2:25 pm

An iPod Touch 32GB is £275 so your in effect paying £625 for the phone and a few other features. Lets not forgot you could buy 3 x iPod Touch 32GBs and still have cash left over to get a phone.





Also the same phone tied to O2 costs £538.30 with a years free data and wifi so your paying about £360 for the privilege of being able to go with another network, O2 isn't that bad are they?

Keithe6e

June 23, 2009, 2:56 pm

Even though I believe the Iphone to be the best Mobile I've ever had, £900 seems a ridiculous price to pay. When you consider you'll still need a carrier, even if Pay&Go, and of course you'll want your carrier to give you internet access, the Iphone isn't really the same without it. Going on an 18/24 month contract seems like a bargain, maybe that's Apples ploy.

Steve

June 23, 2009, 3:05 pm

Just got myself a Nokia 6700 classic. I'll pass on the Jesus Phone thanks.

xbrumster

June 23, 2009, 3:11 pm

ultrasn0w is out...





let's unlcok iphone 3g...! I can finally give os3.0 a go

evil mart

June 23, 2009, 3:30 pm

I couldent believe it when i saw it and sent it to Gordon.





Funny enough when i saw it it was £999.99, Play kindly knocked £100 off for us...

DrDark

June 23, 2009, 4:47 pm

@evil_mart


When I read your comment, I couldn't resist ;)


http://www.hotukdeals.com/item...

evil mart

June 23, 2009, 5:21 pm

@drdark





Heh, careful now, if we spread it around too much they may sell out. ;)

lifethroughalens

June 23, 2009, 6:00 pm

well all this 3GS talk has seen a gluttony on 3G iphones pop up on flea-bay recently.





Yesterday I went weak at the knees and managed to pick up a 16GB Black 3G (4 months old with sim and data plan, mint) for £260! (and it was a local cash pick up and came with some accessories).





I don't mind being a year behind the curve on this one, popped my simplicity sim in, with 600 mins / 1200 texts and unlimited data all for £17.50 p/m on a 30 day contract - saved me a bomb! Looking forward to off-loading my 5800 as well :)

Geek in Training

June 24, 2009, 12:04 am

@lifethroughalens


Great way to save money. All these new phones are tempting but lets face it, there's a recession on and it's hard to afford or justify paying £35/£45pm on a 2 year contract. As well as the great specs, consumers need value for money!





At least June is living up to it's promise. I'm yet to find the ideal phone - if only the 3GS had a flash and was cheaper; if only the Jet had a larger screen and was Android; if only the N97 had a better UI; if only the Palm Pre, the i7500 and LG Crystal were available in the UK now etc. etc. So c'mon guys at TR, where are all the reviews to give us the guidance we need? My head is spinning with all these choices. If you can't cope with all these great new devices and need a guest reviewer to help you out, you only have to ask :)

Peter 14

June 24, 2009, 12:42 pm

mega lol at that price, and the fact that it is probably not legal in the uk what play is doing. as for a sim free iphone, would still be cheaper getting a ryanair flight to italy then getting it there payg, costs about £615ish (&#8364719) for the 32gig 3GS and &#8364619 for the 16gig one. still expensive though, no matter what

Peter 14

June 24, 2009, 12:42 pm

mega lol at that price, and the fact that it is probably not legal in the uk what play is doing. as for a sim free iphone, would still be cheaper getting a ryanair flight to italy then getting it there payg, costs about £615ish (&#8364719) for the 32gig 3GS and &#8364619 for the 16gig one. still expensive though, no matter what

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