More plans for 3G iPhone from AT&T, costlier service

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Jul 01 2008
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Many people outside of U.S. can’t wait for the iPhone to reach their shores and ended up cracking or unlocking the phone so that the cool gadget could work with their local telco. U.S. residents meanwhile criticized Apple Inc. and AT&T because the two-year contract requirement with AT&T actually costs more than the first generation iPhone. So when Steve Jobs announced the price cut to $199 and $299 for 8GB & 16GB respectively, there were mixed feelings.

Today AT&T announced new pricing details for people who do not wish to tie-up with the carrier – at a whopping $599 and $699 for the 8GB and 16GB iPhone respectively. This means it would be $400 more than the price with a two-year plan but still this will only be available in the future. But with the $199 and $299 version (new 3G iPhone) to go on sale on July 11th, it is expected the number of units of iPhone could multiply for overseas shipment (after being unlocked). However if you wish to enjoy the $199 and $299 3G-iPhone offer in U.S. there’re some pre-requisites:

  • iPhone customers who purchased before July 11
  • Customers activating a new line with AT&T
  • Current AT&T customers who are eligible, at the time of purchase, for an upgrade discount

If you’re not any of the above, then you’re not eligible for an upgrade discount which means you still can purchase the new 3G-iPhone but at $399 and $499 for 8GB & 16 GB respectively. AT&T also announced Tuesday that iPhone 3G buyers will have no choice but forced into more costly service plans than those offered alongside the original iPhone – plans will now start at $70 for a month for a package that includes 450 minutes and no text messages.

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