AT&T prices up PAYG 3G iPhones
Remarkably close to alleged O2 price plan
AT&T will sell a contract-free 8GB 3G iPhone for $599 (£301) - exactly what the first version was priced at when it went on sale a year or so ago.
The 16GB model will cost $699 (£351).
Subsidised, the two models will set buyers back $199 and $299, respectively, but that price comes at the cost of a two-year airtime package.
But while AT&T today said how much the pay-as-you-go iPhone will cost, it didn't say when they'll go on sale. At some point "in the future", was all it would say, Associated Press reports.
AT&T said the cheaper version will be available from 8am on launch day, 11 July. That lends some weight - albeit circumstantially - that the handset will go on sale in the UK on 7am, as has been claimed.
So far, O2 has been as reticent as AT&T to discuss the details of its PAYG package.
Last week, it was claimed that the O2 website briefly flagged £300 and £360 as the prices for the 8Gb and 16GB PAYG - prices remarkably close to AT&T's.
So what happened to.....
Apple said the 3G iPhone will be rolling out in some 70 countries over the coming few months, with 22 nations getting it on 11 July. Jobs promised that wherever you buy the 8GB model, you won't pay more than the equivalent of $199 (£101/€127)
So he forgot to mention the contract!!
Sadly though it is a given the bulk of purchasers of the next gen model already have the gen one Iphoney's on existing yet to expire two year contracts , the ever gullible iFANS must truly have deep wallets, platinum credit cards and very small minds if they are so willing to keep on paying the the "Cupertino Pirates"
Oh well to each his own , but then again the smart ones who waited till the smoke and mirrors cleared will either be able to buy an old model online for a cent in the dollar and even recover the juicy data stored in flash memory or avoid the spy phone altogether , very sweet indeed !
Some people are just plain smarter then the dumb schmuck mob called ifans !
As Nelson and PH would say Ha ! Ha!
£10 a month to access my own WiFi network! shurely shome mishtake
@those complaining about Canadian pricing
First off, I'm neither Canadian nor am I affiliated with any phone service provider anywhere.
The problem in Canada is not a monopoly, but the rather disproportionate amount of country per customer. The whole of Canada has about the combined population of L.A. and NYC, with rather a bit more area to cover.
Obviously, mobile phone services don't extend very far into the wilderness, but even in the more densely populated corners a phone provider will have to install a rather large amount of hardware (same amount per square mile as anywhere else) to get full-area coverage -- for a much smaller customer base than in most other countries.
That's what is going to keep prices relatively high in Canada, whether there is a monopoly or not. Simple economics.
Now, if you want prices you can _really_ complain about, ask about data services in Namibia...
Mine's the one saying "No To Roaming Charges"
When comparing US and UK prices, as well as the exchange rate it's worth considering that pretty much always the UK price advertised includes 17.5% VAT and that US prices never include the state/local sales tax which is typically around 6%, 8% in CA.