The iPhone 3GS could be about to get a new lease of life three years after it was released, according to an industry analyst.
Peter Misek, of financial advisory firm Jefferies and Company, claims that Apple has signed a deal with a “major global distributor” that will see the 3GS being introduced to emerging markets around the world. The device will be repackaged as a pre-paid model with a reduced price in the region of £150.
Recent research into mobile internet use recently revealed that in countries as Nigeria and Zimbabwe, over 50% of web traffic comes from mobile phones – the increased mobile data usage being something Apple will no doubt be looking to capitalise on through its deal with network providers in developing countries.
When the iPhone 3GS was unveiled in June 2009 it disappointed some customers who were hoping for a whole new device. Instead, they got an upgrade to the previous iteration of Apple’s smartphone, a move which the manufacturer later went on to replicate with the iPhone 4S.
Despite failing to please some Apple fans, the 3GS went on to become the Cupertino-based company’s best selling smartphone until that record was broken by each successive iteration of the iPhone range.