After much anticipation, Apple has finally announced the new iPhone 4S — which of course means there are now great deals on the iPhone 4 and accessories. Since the general take on the newest Apple smartphone is lukewarm, why not take advantage of the discounted model? We've got a deal on the older iPhone 4 and a smattering of accessories to get you started.
Apple iPhone 4 8GB Smartphone
Price: $99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $100 drop
Is It Worth It?: Thanks to the new iPhone 4S model being announced, you can now grab the iPhone 4 for just $99 with a 2-year contract. (And if you don't mind going even further back into the iPhone catalog, the solid Apple iPhone 3GS is also now free with a contract.) Since the latest release only featured modest hardware upgrades, a bargain hunter should feel no shame in getting the iPhone 4 at a discount and upgrading to iOS 5.
OtterBox Defender Case with Holster for iPhone 4
Price: $12.95 with $2 s&h
Lowest By: $6
Is It Worth It?: Just snagged a new-to-you iPhone? Better protect it with the strength of an OtterBox Defender. It features a membrane for the touchscreen that repels scratches, and the tough, multi-layer edges of the case prevent your iPhone from being damaged by accidental fumbles and tumbles.
Discount iPhone 4 Cases from Meritline
Discount: 40% off via coupon code "MLC10B5N"
Shipping: Free shipping
Is It Worth It?: Just because you've shelled out for the newest iPhone doesn't mean you should get soaked on the price of getting cool gear to go along with it. Meritline is offering 40% off iPhone 4 cases via coupon code "MLC10B5N". The iPhone 4 Hard Phone Case with Denim Design (pictured) is a unique option for just $2.39.
Kingston Wi-Drive 32GB Flash Drive for iPhone, iPad
Price: $99.99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $30
Is It Worth It?: Staying connected with your iPhone or iPad isn't hard, but there is one limitation that some people run into: You can easily run out of storage space if you try to load too much media onto your iPhone. The Kingston Wi-Drive adds 32GB of additional media storage, accessed via 802.11n connectivity, to your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. Plus, it can be shared by up to three devices at once.
Discount: 20% off via coupon code "BDAY"
Is It Worth It?: Got a new iPhone or other tech toy like a flat screen, laptop, or game console? Then insure it against failure. Use coupon code "BDAY" to get 20% off a Squaretrade warranty and stop worrying. This coupon admittedly took 30% off a few days ago, for a greater discount, but it's better than full price if you need coverage now. (Otherwise, keep an eye out on dealnews for a future offer.) Because unlike Apple's warranty, Squaretrade supports all breaks, even if they're the result of drops and spills. It's real insurance against losing your favorite piece of technology to an accident.
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