Apple follow AT&T with $49 iPhone 3GS deal

AT&T isn't the only place to get a cut-price iPhone 3GS now; Apple has followed suit and discounted the last-gen iPhone to $49 with a new, two-year agreement. With AT&T having begun $49 sales of the iPhone 3GS on Friday last week, Apple's own direct sales site has matched the pricing.

The discounting was believed to be a further stage in AT&T's attempt to lock in subscribers with new two-year agreements ahead of what's expected to be the official launch of the Verizon iPhone tomorrow. It's unlikely that Apple would be making a Verizon-spec 3GS, so this official discounting is likely to be a move to shift old stock before the new CDMA device becomes official.