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iPhone 3G US pricing finally revealed


iPhone 3G pricing

A few days ago we tried to make sense of the iPhone 3G pricing confusion that people have been going through. Well, we are happy to report that Apple and AT&T have finally provided all the answers we need on this front. Pricing for the will be as follows:

$199 8GB model, $299 16GB model:

  • New customers who activate a new line of service with AT&T
  • iPhone customer who purchased their phone before July 11
  • Current AT&T customers who are eligible, at the time of purchase, for an upgrade discount

$399 8GB model, $499 16GB model:

  • Existing AT&T customers who are not currently eligible for an upgrade discount.

$599 8GB model, $699 16GB model:

  • Customers who want to purchase an iPhone 3G without signing a contract
  • Customers who enjoy getting royally screwed

If you are a current non-iPhone AT&T subscriber and want to know if you are eligible for an upgrade, you can find out by logging in to the AT&T Wireless website and checking your upgrade eligibility there. If you aren’t, and you still want to buy a 3G at the $399-499 price point, just know that you will also be expected to sign a new 2-year contract when you make that purchase. Those of you looking to pay the insane non-contract costs, just know that you will have to wait to make your purchase until after the initial launch.

One thing that has me confused though, the non-eligible customers have to pay $200 more than those eligible for an upgrade. However, what’s stopping them from breaking their contract, paying an early-termination fee of $175 or less, and then just buying the phone at $199 with a new contract? I mean sure, there are more steps involved, but at least you save a minimum of $25 - and you will save more if your ETF has dropped in price. Just a thought.

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Forum Discussion

Yes I commented on the article on the front page. I still dont think its right that they dont offer their existing customers a discount. They should offer them something for being loyal. I understand that they are probably just trying to get new customers to but at the same time do the loyal ones right.

They are giving it to current users at a discount - not sure I understand what you mean. The full price for non-customers is $599 for 8GB and $699 for 16GB. Customers get it for way less than that.

They are giving it to current users at a discount - not sure I understand what you mean. The full price for non-customers is $599 for 8GB and $699 for 16GB. Customers get it for way less than that.

That is actually horrendous pricing. $600 is so much. Such a shame seeing as how apple probably could have made more money not making the deal with at&t;.

I read online this morning that it is ridiculous how expensive the iPhone will be here in Canada. In the article, it mentioned about RuinediPhone.com and how it is like an online petition for Canadians to let their voices be heard. I know the iPhone has a lot of hype and everything, but the pricing is pretty crazy and well, it probably leaves a lot of people speechless. I do hope the iPhone 3G does well, but with the pricing here with Rogers…eehhhh…

http://ruinediphone.com/

Never mind I misread the article on the front page my bad, I thought it said existing customers werent getting a discount. But I reread it Existing AT&T;customers who are not currently eligible for an upgrade discount. So another words its only the ones that arent eligible not all existing customers. I got it now…..lol.

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