The announcement of a new iPhone inevitably leads to a avalanche of questions. This list of Frequently Asked iPhone 3GS Questions attempts to give you answers to the most common questions being asked prior to the device's release.
When Can I Buy an iPhone 3GS?
The iPhone 3GS goes on sale on June 19, 2009.
How Does It Differ from the iPhone and iPhone 3G?
How Much Does It Cost?
The 16GB model costs US$199, while the 32GB model goes for $299. That's with subsidy from AT&T, as usual.
Do I Qualify for Subsidized Pricing?
UPDATED Upgrades for iPhone 3G owners are being handled differently in this transition than during the iPhone-to-iPhone 3GSwitch. While the earlier upgrade involved simply replacing the contract and paying the subsidized price for the new phone, AT&T is this time choosing to charge iPhone 3G owners a $200 premium to upgrade to the iPhone 3GS mid-contract, making the phones US$399 and $499 each.[p/]
If you're unsure whether you qualify for the subsidized upgrade price, check your account at Apple's site.
Learn, based on your situation, what the iPhone 3GS will cost you.
I Already Own an iPhone. Can I Upgrade?
Yes, but it may cost you. AT&T made it very easy for iPhone owners to upgrade to the 3G, but as noted above, this time around, iPhone 3G owners in the middle of their contracts will pay $200 extra to get an iPhone 3GS before they're eligible to upgrade.
What Is the iPhone 3GS Contract Length?
As with the previous iPhones, you'll need to agree to a two-year contract with AT&T to get the subsidized price on the iPhone 3GS.
Is the iPhone 3GS Exclusive to AT&T?
In the U.S., yes, AT&T is still the exclusive iPhone carrier. No word yet on whether international carriers are changing or if everything stays the same (but I'd wager it does).