With the introduction of the next-generation iPhone a little more than a month away, carriers like Sprint have begun to drop the price of the iPhone 4S to help move more inventory. And in a welcome move, MacRumors is reporting that Apple retail stores are now authorized to match discounted prices from both carriers and retailers.

So, shoppers can snag an 8GB iPhone 4 for $49.99 from all carriers. And you can get a 16 GB iPhone 4S for $149.99 from all carriers. Sprint users can get a 32 or 64 GB iPhone 4S for $249.99 and $349.99, respectively.

And, like most price match offers, buyers will need to specifically ask for the discount to receive it.

Unfortunately, consumers won’t be able to get the discounted prices through Apple’s website. But if you prefer to shop at an Apple store, and you’re looking for a cheaper iPhone 4S, the information is great news.

Though if you can wait, the next-generation iPhone is expected to be introduced in San Francisco on Sept. 12 and be officially put on sale 10 days later. It will reportedly feature a larger 4-inch screen, support for LTE networks, and a new thinner design.

If you’re looking for a discount on the new iPad, you’re in luck as well. Apple just recently began selling refurbished third-generation units on its website for a $50 discount on its regular retail price. The tablets have the same one-year warranty as a new iPad.

Source: MacRumors