Just The iPhone 4 Sold For Less
The other big rumor of a possible budget iPhone revolves around the current iPhone 4. Many rumors are claiming that there will be a budget iPhone, but it will just be the current iPhone 4 being sold at a reduced cost. This definitely makes a lot of sense. Currently AT&T sells the iPhone 3GS at a reduced rate that seems to get lower every week. The problem is the 3GS is AT&T only. Verizon cannot sell the 3GS because it is not compatible with the Verizon network. I cannot see Apple redesigning the 3GS for Verizon. It makes much more sense to just sell the iPhone 4 at a lower cost next to the next generation iPhone.
Some rumors have even suggested that the iPhone 3GS will continue to be sold as an even cheaper option with the iPhone 4 and the next generation iPhone.
The iPhone 4 is a great phone with a lot of great features. Even though it is over one year old it is still better than many other phones on the market. Reducing the price and making it a budget iPhone would allow many people the opportunity to get an iPhone for less. Plus, the iPhone 4 is available on Verizon and AT&T so having a model for both carriers would not be a problem. However, if the iPhone expands to other carriers like T-Mobile or Sprint, having an iPhone 4 for those carriers would be a problem. I guess it is possible that the new carriers would have to wait until the next model is released to get their low budget phones.
So will there be a budget iPhone in the near future? Only Apple knows, but I think a lot of people would like to see it happen. If it wasn't attractive I think AT&T would have stopped selling the 3GS a long time ago. An iPhone (whatever the price) is always going to be an attractive proposition, and even if the release of an iPhone 5 doesn't get you excited, a cut down version at a cut down price just might. After all it would still allow you to be seen with an iPhone and give you the possibility of all those wonderful apps to use.
I personally think many people would even be happy with an iPod Touch with 3G connectivity and no true phone capabilities. As I write this, that possibility is even floating around the rumor mill right now, but that is a topic for a different article.