Feeds

AT&T to slash 3G iPhone price to beat unlockers?

Making it cheaper to stick with the official network

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

AT&T is to follow the example of O2 in the UK and Germany's T-Mobile and chop the price of the iPhone. But not the current model - it's going to subsidise the anticipated 3G version to the tune of $200.

So claims a Fortune magazine report citing a single source.

The $200 discount will take the price of an 8GB 3G iPhone to $199, it's said, implying the new version will be a direct replacement for the two current iPhones. The 16GB 3G iPhone is said to have been priced at $499 before the subsidy.

The discount is almost certainly an attempt not only to draw more users to AT&T's network, but also a strike against buyers who plan to unlock the new handset and use it with another network. The subsidy makes the price of the handset plus the airtime package more attractive. It's tied to a two-year monthly airtime contract.

AT&T's deal will kick in when the 3G iPhone is launched, almost certainly in June, a couple of weeks after its anticipated announcement at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference, which kicks off on 9 June.

Fortune's mole maintains Apple will stop shipping the existing iPhone round about then. The Deep Throat also claimed the iPhone will be 21 per cent thinner than the original, despite packing GPS technology as well as 3G.

Last week, it emerged that Carphone Warehouse and O2's plan to discount the price of the 8GB iPhone by £100 has already caused them to sell all their remaining stocks of the handset.

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years
Fleshy techie disses network neutrality, helmet-less motorcyclists
Intel's LAME DUCK mobile chips gobbled by CASH COW
Chipzilla won't have money-losing mobe unit to kick about anymore
First in line to order a Nexus 6? AT&T has a BRICK for you
Black Screen of Death plagues early Google-mobe batch
Ford's B-Max: Fiesta-based runaround that goes THUNK
... when you close the slidey doors, that is ...
Disturbance in the force lets phones detect gestures with Wi-Fi
These are the movement detection devices you're looking for
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Designing and building an open ITOA architecture
Learn about a new IT data taxonomy defined by the four data sources of IT visibility: wire, machine, agent, and synthetic data sets.
How to determine if cloud backup is right for your servers
Two key factors, technical feasibility and TCO economics, that backup and IT operations managers should consider when assessing cloud backup.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.