Purchase an iPhone 3G S Without a Contract

iPhone 3G S It seems the people over at iTalkiPhone have found a way to purchase an iPhone 3G S straight from the Apple Store…contract free. You obviously do not get the subsidized price of $199 and $299 however, if you are looking for a way to get the iPhone 3G S contract free, this might be a way to do it. It does taking a little bit of a work-around on Apple’s website. Here is what you would need to do:

You need Firefox + Firebug (www.getfirebug.com)

1. Go to any non-apple product in the store.apple.com (e.x: http://store.apple.com/us/product/TV…mco=NjM0MTMwMw)

2. Click on the little FireBug icon on the bottom of the screen, now Firebug pops up and Click “Inspect”, and choose the “Add to cart Icon”

3. In firebug, right above where it’s highlighted, you should see “”. Click on “TV943VC/A” and change it to the value of the iPhone you want:

iPhone 3G 8GB ($499): MB046LL/A
iPhone 3GS 16GB Black ($599): MB715LL/A
iPhone 3GS 16GB White ($599): MB716LL/A
iPhone 3GS 32GB Black ($699): MB717LL/A
iPhone 3GS 32GB White ($699): MB718LL/A

4. Now click on the Add to Cart button, and the iPhone should be in your cart. Proceed to buy it if you want.

I personally have not tried this, I have an AT&T contract I am going to upgrade through, so I have no idea if it actually works or not. You might end up with an iPhone that is locked and can only be activated through a carrier or you might not receive it at all or an iPhone 3G S will show up on your doorstep ready to go with no contract….who knows! Let us know in the comments if you are one of the brave enough to give it a shot.

Check out the forum thread HERE. It contains screenshots of the process as well.

New Poll – Will you purchase the iPhone 3G S?

AIS - New Poll Like the last poll, I also did this poll before we knew all the details about the iPhone 3G S. Now that we have all the info (and the details from AT&T) I’m interested to see if the numbers have changed any. Let me know in the comments if AT&T’s policy has affected whether or not you are going to be purchasing the iPhone 3G S. Below are the results from the last time we ran the poll.

Will you purchase the new 3rd Generation iPhone?

* Yep – It will be my first iPhone! (8.0%, 64 Votes)
* Yep – Upgrading from the 2nd Generation iPhone. (28.0%, 219 Votes)
* Yep – Upgrading from the 1st Generation iPhone. (17.0%, 130 Votes)
* Nope – Keeping my 2nd Generation iPhone. (14.0%, 109 Votes)
* Nope – Keeping my 1st Generation iPhone. (4.0%, 33 Votes)
* Nope – Sticking with my iPod Touch. (5.0%, 39 Votes)
* Nope – Still no iPhone. :( (1.0%, 11 Votes)
* Undecided – Waiting until after WWDC! (22.0%, 168 Votes)
Total Voters: 773 [Read more…]

iPhone 3G S – Video Editing

Camera I know that there are a few cool features on the iPhone 3G S however, one that I am really interested in is the Video Recording and Video Editing. I have two children, my oldest is two and half and my youngest is 3 months old and even though we have quite a few cameras laying around our house (due to Doug’s obsession with photography), I still end up using my iPhone’s camera the most. So, I’m guessing I will end up using the video recording feature quite often as well.


The iPhone 3G S records in 30-fps VGA (640×480) which allows Apple to say that it is, “perfect for posting on the web” which is true. Video can be captured in both landscape and portrait mode. When you start recording you will hear the same “shutter” sound you get when you take a photo (unless your iPhone is on silent mode). While you are recording, the record button will blink to indicate that you are recording. You will also get a nice little thumbnail of the previous video (or photo) you took. It seems like you will be able to use the “tap to focus” method with the video recording as well.

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Demo Videos of New Features of iPhone 3G S and 3.0 Firmware

Demo Videos If you do not have time to watch the entire Guided Tour for the iPhone 3G S, you can watch short demo videos of just the features you are interested in (that is totally what I did). Below is a list of all the features that have short demo videos and the link to the demo video on Apple’s website. These include features of both the iPhone 3G S itself and the 3.0 firmware. [Read more…]

Typo on iPhone 3G S Tech Specs on Apple.com

Apple Tech Specs I was on Apple’s website yesterday checking out all the new specs of the iPhone 3G S and looking at some comparisons with the iPhone 3G. While doing so, I noticed a little mistake in the Power and Battery section of the tech specs for the iPhone 3G S. Below is what it says on the website and what they really meant it to say. [Read more…]

WWDC 2009 Keynote Video

AppleApple has posted the video from the recent keynote and the 2009 World Wide Developer Conference. Here is a link to that video:


New Poll – What new features of the iPhone 3G S do you like most?

Poll Now that we actually know what the new features of the iPhone 3G S are, I thought I better update the poll! A few weeks ago, we had a poll with some of the rumors of the iPhone 3G S. Below are the results of that poll.

What features do you think we will see with the next gen iPhone? (choose as many as you would like)

* More Storage (32GB and 16GB) (73.0%, 498 Votes)
* Faster Processor (76.0%, 522 Votes)
* More RAM (68.0%, 464 Votes)
* 3.2 Megapixel Camera (72.0%, 495 Votes)
* Video Recording (71.0%, 482 Votes)
* OLED screen (38.0%, 258 Votes)
* Built-In FM Transmitter (33.0%, 223 Votes)
* Illuminated Apple Logo (28.0%, 189 Votes)
* Turn-By-Turn Directions (53.0%, 363 Votes)
* Rubber Tread Backing on Device (22.0%, 152 Votes)
* Longer Battery Life (75.0%, 513 Votes)
* No Metal Band Around Edge of Device (22.0%, 148 Votes)
* Video (Picture) Messaging (62.0%, 425 Votes)
* Built-In Compass (41.0%, 279 Votes)

Total Voters: 683

Below is the new poll. [Read more…]

iPhone 3G S New Features

iPhone 3G S With all the information out there, it can be a little confusing on what exactly the new features are on the iPhone 3G S. So, below is just a simple list of the new features.

Note: These are the new features of the iPhone 3G S itself and not the 3.0 firmware. [Read more…]

Apple’s iPhone 3G S Guided Tour

Guided Tour Apple already has the Guided Tour online for the new iPhone 3G S. It is a 15 minute tour walking you through all the new features of the iPhone 3G S. It will walk through the new auto-focus camera, video recording/editing, the hands free voice controls, the digital compass, MMS, copy and paste and Spotlight Search. You can check it out HERE.