A new iPhone will probably be unveiled next month. That’s what most rumors have claimed (and agreed upon) over the past couple of weeks or so. With every new smartphone launch, Apple keeps the predecessor around, but sells it at a discount – which so far has been $99.99 with a two-year contract.
Sprint now offers the iPhone 4S for just $149.99. That’s $50 cheaper than the ‘normal’ price for the iPhone 4S, and for any ‘current’ iPhone ever actually. Getting $50 off out of a phone when you’ll need to pay thousands of dollars over the course of that mandatory two-year contract might not sound like much, but consider that Apple’s hardware almost never gets discounted. The latest and greatest Android smartphone usually sees its price dropped pretty soon after release (especially by third party retailers), but in the Apple world this is still incredibly rare.
Which got us thinking that this move by Sprint may have everything to do with that impending iPhone 5 unveiling. The Now Network is trying to stop a predictable drop in sales thanks to iPhone 5 anticipation and rumors, hoping that a $50 incentive will make you ignore all that. If this strategy worked in your case, you can head over to Sprint right now and get your (cheaper) iPhone 4S.