It’s one of the most successful mobile phones ever released, but now it seems the iPhone 3GS is finally edging towards the knacker’s yard. A leaked image apparently shows that Orange is planning to ditch the 3GS forever come March.
The iPhone 3GS is still available in Apple Stores, as well as on the T-Mobile, Vodafone, O2 and Three sites, but Orange’s actions could be a sign that it could be discontinued for good in the coming weeks. Does that mean Orange et al are making room for a new iPhone? Perhaps the fabled iPhone 5? Unlikely. What’s remarkable is that it’s been selling like hotcakes for so long – proof enough that it’s all about experience and not specs in smartphones these days.
The 3GS was launched in June 2009, selling a million units in the first three days it was on sale, and DigiTimes recently suggested that Apple produced another two million of the devices as recently as the fourth quarter of 2011. Not bad for a device two generations behind the current flagship iPhone.
We’ve contacted the Orange for comment, so stay tuned for an update.