NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Yes, we've all heard the news: The Apple ( AAPL) iPhone 4 will also be available on Verizon ( VZ) Feb. 10. But, rest assured, original iPhone provider AT&T ( T) is not standing idly by. In early January, the phone giant announced a series of pricing cuts that, when matched with some new network options, make the iPhone -- albeit an older model -- devilishly attractive for smaller firms.I have been giving the new, repriced "classic" iPhone the small-business sniff test for the past few weeks. And there is a lot for smaller firms, particularly those who use Apple gear, to like.
|AT&T is offering a $50 iPhone 3GS, which continues to perform well for document editing, email, apps and light music and media usage.|
The older, lower-cost 8GB, iPhone 3GS ($49 with plan) really is a good way to get this uber-hip device into your shop. AT&T knows exactly what it is doing here by dropping the price for the phone in half. While not a full-fledged iPhone 4, the unit is surprisingly efficient for basic business tasks. Most mobile email clients are supported, Safari runs perfectly well and most Apple software and features work just fine. And despite the bad buzz that Apple's latest iOS 4 runs poorly on the older iPhones, if you use some self-discipline -- as in, don't run too many applications at once -- the unit can perform perfectly well for document editing, email, apps and even some light music and media usage.