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Tips For iPhone 3G S Shoppers

Tomorrow morning, as you may have heard, Apple will begin selling its new iPhone 3G S.

Prior iPhone debuts have been a bit of a circus. In the hope of making this one a little saner, I'd like to make two suggestions:

1) Don't wait on line to buy the 3G S tomorrow. Seriously. That may have been a cool thing to do the first time around, but sleeping on a sidewalk to buy the third version of a gadget gets a little too close to a living-in-your-parents'-basement level of fandom.

You'll spare yourself a wait, and possibly first-day phone-activation glitches, if you wait a few days--or even, perish the thought, weeks--to make your purchase. In other words, act like you've done this before.

2) If you bought an iPhone 3G last year, don't complain about not getting new-customer prices ($199 for a 16-gigabyte model, $299 for a 32-GB version) for the iPhone 3G S 12 months later. You did read the terms of your contract when you bought the 3G last year, right? The price you paid back then was subsidized by what you pay over the next two years. That's how the wireless business works.

AT&T Wireless has already agreed to cut some 3G S buyers a break by letting them claim the new-customer discount a few months early. That's more than it had to do.

You can, of course, disregard this advice as the cranky, curmodgeonly rant that it is--in which case, could you please post a report about your new iPhone in the comments?

By Rob Pegoraro  |  June 18, 2009; 7:38 PM ET
Categories:  Gadgets , Shopping  
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I got my Iphone 3gs in the mail today despite the warnings on activation it only took minutes very pleased

Posted by: leesherman06 | June 19, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

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