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*UPDATED* iPhone 3G: more expensive plan, free swap for recent purchases

0. phoneArena posted on 10 Jun 2008, 13:05

AT&T will be charging $10 more per month and dropping the text messages, but users who purchased after May 27 can upgrade for free...

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posted on 10 Jun 2008, 04:09

11. kmichalec (unregistered)

Any know if you can just buy the iPhone, with just the $39.99 call package, but without the $30.00 extra data package? Just curious if it's possible, or if they require you to buy the data plan as well? Thanx!

posted on 10 Jun 2008, 08:30

12. (unregistered)

as far as I know, unless you unlock the phone, you have to buy the iphone package which includes the data plan

posted on 14 Jun 2008, 01:33

53. (unregistered)

The data plan is a requirement for an iPhone, since a lot of the regular phone features use the data network. This includes the voicemail, which can't be accessed any other way with AT&T. As for Jailbreaking the new 3G models, the existing methods will not work. If a teenager can do it and release a program to the public, Apple can figure out a way to circumvent the existing methods (and the tested it already and bricked a lot of the first generation iPhones, so you know that is fixed in a new one).

posted on 14 Jun 2008, 22:54

54. (unregistered)

Incorrect to Visual Voice mail: Visual Voice Mail stores the message to your handset and is accessable when the phones radio is turned off. Do your homework

posted on 10 Jun 2008, 09:43

14. c1 (unregistered)

People say this phone is cheaper. But is it really? It comes locked and can only be purchased at AT&T stores with activation, for 2 years. It includes a voice plan ($30) and a data plan ($30). $60 each month X 24 months = $1440 $1440 + $200 (cheapest iphone 3g) = $1640. This phone is more expensive than the previous version and than the ipod touch. OPEN YOUR EYES and DON'T BE FOOLED by apple's MARKETING STRATEGY. You end up paying a lot more.

posted on 10 Jun 2008, 09:58

16. (unregistered)

I agree. Even comparing with the old iPhone, iPhone 3G will cost $50 more over two years contract with AT&T. $10/month (increase in data plan) x 24 months = $240 $240 + $199 = $449 (iPhone 3G price)

posted on 10 Jun 2008, 10:14

17. (unregistered)

Actually the phone IS cheaper..... It's the service that went up. And anyone who wants a Smartphone like the new iPhone will pay the same price, so it doesn't really matter in my eyes I guess....

posted on 10 Jun 2008, 11:33

18. VZW Employee (unregistered)

This phone still sucks all around...

posted on 10 Jun 2008, 12:11

19. Sprint Employee (unregistered)

yes it does suck, i can agree with u on that one... i was not impressed at all with iphone 3g... they all act like 3g is something new, sprint and verizon have had it for years, it just doesn't make sense...

posted on 11 Jun 2008, 07:46

33. (unregistered)

verizon doesnt use 3g it uses EVDO which is pretty much the same speed but the service area is way bigger. everyone is overhyped over this 3g release. the phone is awesome but the fact that the 3g service area with att is still so small, very few people will be able to take advantage of the speeds.

posted on 15 Jun 2008, 15:04

59. (unregistered)

for vzw and sprint employee's: of course it sucks - YOU DONT HAVE IT!!

posted on 15 Jun 2008, 17:47

61. (unregistered)

That's why we don't have it.

posted on 07 Jul 2008, 22:45

65. (unregistered)

no apple wanted to go to a better network which is att after verizon did want it because they could put there stupid brew on.Iif verizon would of got the iphone it would of sucked!!!

posted on 10 Jun 2008, 12:46

20. (unregistered)

I think I will keep my old iphone.Live in small town Arkansas with no 3G.Only in the cities.So why change.Also the new 3G data plan does not include the 200 SMS.So there is another 5 bucks if you want them.This would up the data plan $15 a month if you want the same thing.I thought the iphones would be going cheap on ebay by now.Used ones selling for the same price they did a few weeks ago.This tells me a lot of people are going to stay with the old data plan. Everybody to their own!

posted on 10 Jun 2008, 13:56

22. (unregistered)

There is not going to be a "No Commitment" price... So it is safe to assume no way to purchase freely at ATT or Apple stores. And to the first response, exactly! nothing is free! Why does everybody complain so, wahh why isnt it with verizon, wahhh wahhh wahh.?? Your right, it does suck money.... PRETTY SURE THATS WHAT THEY ARE GOING AFTER. I dont see why anybody complains so about these things.... If its so important, become a big wig exec and change it.... geez Until then just bow down to the ones with power..... oh yeah, i work for att too.

posted on 10 Jun 2008, 14:43

23. (unregistered)

Seriously?? This isn't a marketing strategy. This is called phone subsidizing. It's nothing new. Why is there such a big freakin' stink about this? No, you probably won't be able to purchase this and walk out w/out a plan now that the price has been lowered. It will likely be the same as purchasing any other phone on a contract - you will walk out of the store with contract if you purchase this store. So all of you iPhone resellers can go cry a river, build a bridge, and get over it, as the iPhone buy-then-resell-at-double-the-cost-at-no-penalty-to-you days are likely almost over.

posted on 10 Jun 2008, 17:13

25. (unregistered)

All I know is I dont' get why people are so upset about the price here. Consider yourselves lucky for the past year and back to reality now. ANY smart phone with a major carrier is going to cost more for data as opposed to a standard phone. WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!!

posted on 10 Jun 2008, 17:44

26. (unregistered)

This makes Samsung Glyde and LG Voyager for VZW look real good right now! Too much tug-o-war with money here!

posted on 10 Jun 2008, 17:44

27. Burpnslurp (unregistered)

3G is what this phone is meant to live on. Rank n file cart boys and shelf stockers will have issues but watch out bberry markert share. I'm pissed for spending the $499 last year for a crawling device. Bottom line, this phone is not a phone, it's a kick ass portable mobile web surfing, tune jamming apple creation. Stop biotchin and go buy a razor if it's too expensive. this is the future. I'd rather line jobs pockets than gates/balmer/brin/page.

posted on 10 Jun 2008, 17:56

28. (unregistered)

the iphone will continue to have no effect on rims market share. it will hurt winmo, but rim will continue to grow b/c their product is 100x better and deeply entrenched in the core of many of the worlds top businesses

posted on 15 Jun 2008, 17:59

62. (unregistered)

RIM will have a good year. The iphone won't be able to touch RIM's market share (too loyal) and then they will release the Thunder. That will rip a huge chunck out of apple's market share. It's almost not even fair.

posted on 10 Jun 2008, 20:17

29. bacon (unregistered)

I am limited by my parents as to spending extra money on service ($50 more than my current plan- yeah, cheap ass plan) and I feel that there should be a way to get the iPhone 3G without data. It would make a lot more sense if they were just available on the same plans as other phones. The iPhone's basically a Voyager with more memory, a better touch screen (I don't really know the specs), and no key board. There's really no reason for AT&T to charge iPhone users (who are so limited as to monthly plan options) so much more than Verizon charges Voyager users. But make no mistake, we're not being ripped off by Apple. AT&T is really pissing me off and I will continue to support Apple and their products.

posted on 12 Jun 2008, 14:51

46. hola! (unregistered)

Honestly I hate Iphone but you cant compare the voyager to the iphone. Voyager is a phone whlie iphone is a smart phone.

posted on 10 Jun 2008, 23:24

31. Viper Matrix XM (Posts: 6; Member since: 06 Jun 2008)

Forgot To Say T-Mobile Has Unlimited Plan To! I Have Found Out AT&T's Plan Only Comes With Unlimited Calling! As For T-Mobile It Includes Unlimited Messaging, CallerTunes As Well! For People Who Have 2 Lines Or More: T-Mobile Has Unlimited For 2 Lines @ 149.99 Now! At&t U'll Have To Pay 219.98! Plus, More As Well! Lines 3, 4 & 5 Are 49.99 A Piece! If You Had 5 Phones @ T-Mobile It'll Cost You: 299.96! AT&T: 599.90 Add 30 To Each Line For Data That Totals: 749.90 For AT&T T-Mobile Add 19.99 Only Once Since They Do Give The Option To Bill It Once! Total: 319.95! That's Big Savings!

posted on 12 Jun 2008, 10:59

43. (unregistered)

There is a VERY good reason why T-Mobile has lower prices. Its not because they are a generious company and out of the kindness of their hearts giving you 'amazing' service for dirt cheap. Its because the company itself knows they have SEVERE weaknesses. What your trying to do is post sales pitches. As I shall restate from previous posts, T-Mobile THOUGH has tower agreements it has beyond poor service for a carrier with as much advertisment as it does if you dont travel and you live in an area that T-Mobile operates well in then your good but untill I become a 1 town work-a-holic who only lives and works out of her house and has everything delievered, I'll continue to live in the real world, and T-Mobile happens to not work in that world of reality.

posted on 11 Jun 2008, 00:15

32. Viper Matrix XM (Posts: 6; Member since: 06 Jun 2008)

Misprint!: I Forgot AT&T Has Family Messaging Unlimited For 30! So AT&T Totals Out To Be: 679.96 If You Sign-Up For T-Mobile On The Web You'll See That They Charge 19.99 For Data For Each Phone! After You Sign-Up Call T-Mobile Tell Them To Bill It As One For 19.99 Eliminating 4 19.99 Charges! But Still Take 679.96*12! You Get 8,159.52 A Year For A Phone! Take 319.95*12! You Get 3,839.40 A Year! You Save 4,320.12 A Year & 360.01 A Month! Just By Switching To T-Mobile!

posted on 11 Jun 2008, 12:53

35. Gameguy236 (unregistered)

Guys get this.. i just found out that sprint is offering 100$ for unlimited everything.. and by everything i mean data, voice, and text.. thats kinda what pisses me off most.. i can buy a smart phone with 3g and go to sprint and save 50$ a month.. what do you guys think?

posted on 11 Jun 2008, 15:30

37. (unregistered)

the instinct is not the iphone, but it has some advantages and you cant beat that plan

posted on 12 Jun 2008, 11:00

44. (unregistered)

I wouldnt even bother. Sprint and Nextel have given me nothing but headaches and Nextel in general isnt even worth the lump sums I drop into it on a regular day.

posted on 11 Jun 2008, 16:22

38. stickshift4cole (unregistered)

I just talked to a representative today about getting the iphone with NO contract he said that will be available and you WILL be able to get it on prepaid so there is no reason to fret.

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