1/2 Price 3g iPhone? Not quite

{ Posted on Tuesday, June 10, 2008 at 7:04 pm by Steve }
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Categories : Electronics, Entertainment, News

Anyone who has watched television or has been on the internet the past 2 days has seen all the ads I’m sure. “Twice the speed. Half the price.”

But how true is that exactly? Yes, the 8gb 3g iPhone will only cost $199. But, barely mentioned anywhere is the fact that the US provider AT&T has raised the price of the iPhone plans by $10 a month.

So yeah, Apple lowered the price of the iPhone by $200. Too bad new owners of the 3g iPhone will have to pay $240 more over 2 years than people currently with plans.

I was definitely considering making the switch to AT&T and paying the early termination fee to Verizon. But the more I think about it now, I’m finding it very hard to consider paying $70 minimum a month for one of the iPhone plans.

Edit: After looking into this more, I noticed there is another change also. The base plan no longer includes the 200 text messages. You are now required to pay $5 a month to include 200 text messages.

I’m curious to hear what others think about this.


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3 Responses to “1/2 Price 3g iPhone? Not quite”

  1. J says:

    I fail to see what the big deal is. As an owner of a 1st gen iPhone, 3g is worth the extra 10 dollars versus the current situation of edge. Coupled with the fact that you’re getting the new phone for only $40 dollars more over the course of 2 years. In all honesty, the emergence of these details would stray the potential upgrading customers than it would first time buyers.

    That said, I’m not buying it, they only mentioned one of my big three:
    -3G with an unlimited flat rate.
    -MMS!!! (as in no more viewmymessage.com).
    -iPod/Safari crash being fixed.

    I’m waiting for those last two to be addressed before I consider forking over more money.

  2. M Baker says:

    i would rather pay the extra 40 dollars over 2 yrs than 200 up front but thats what id rather do

  3. bodydetox says:

    my iPhone was actually a gift from my girlfriend. i really love this phone and i think that this is the best phone that money can buy. i like the features and the design.