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  • No More Online iPhone Sales | 3g Data Prices
    According to dallasnews.com there will be a new requirement for buying the 3g iPhone. You must buy it in person and activate it in the store.

    Direct quote from AT&T spokesperson
    When customers purchase their new 3G iPhone, customers will activate the device in the retail store. This is the traditional wireless activation model that our customers are very familiar with. In-store activation should take just a few minutes and customers will be able to leave with their iPhone up and running. This will be especially helpful if any questions or issues arise during activation.
    That fluff about helping people with questions is probably just the polite way of saying "We want the iPhones activated on our chosen carriers in front of us. We hope to kill unlocking. Muwahahahaha."


    Pricing for the 3g iPhone was also announced:
    • With a two-year contract, the price of an 8GB iPhone 3G will be $199; the 16GB model will be priced at $299.
    • Unlimited iPhone 3G data plans for consumers will be available for $30 a month, in addition to voice plans starting at $39.99 a month.
    • Unlimited 3G data plans for business users will be available for $45 a month, in addition to a voice plan.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: No More Online iPhone Sales | 3g Data Prices started by Cody Overcash View original post
    Comments 412 Comments
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      I'll go ahead and post this here too:

      AT&T- News Room

      It's the AT&T Press Release regarding the iPhone 3G.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      sweet!
    1. f3nd3rmus1c's Avatar
      f3nd3rmus1c -
      hmm... sweet.

      hey, probably the wrong forum, and i've been reading so dont flame me for this cuz i haven't seen anything about it.. how's the camera? recording video, yet?
    1. Safari's Avatar
      Safari -
      More and more restictions huh?....


      Well Im Glad as hell that I am an AT&T user!!
    1. whodatfan's Avatar
      whodatfan -
      ha! ha!! non att users must be passing out nationwide!! apple trying to one up the consumer again!!
    1. suprmallet's Avatar
      suprmallet -
      $39.99 a month for the basic plan and then $30 for data? So we're looking at 70 for the basic plan, which I imagine is 450 anytime minutes and 1500 night and weekend minutes, with no text messages included. If we're lucky, it'll be $59.99 for 650 anytime and unlimited night and weekends, but I'm guessing another $20 a month for unlimited text messages. So that would be $60+$20+$30 for $110 before taxes. Sigh.
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Right now the basic minimum iPhone plan is $39.99 for 450 anytime minutes, unlimited night and weekend + $20 for unlimited data + 200 text.

      So from EDGE to 3G, you're looking at an extra $10 for the new 3G package.

      So at a minimum, it's going to be around $80 a month.
    1. mfleigle's Avatar
      mfleigle -
      Wow i guess I wont get one. I live 45minutes from a at&t store that will sell them. Plus I was going to use billmelater
    1. suprmallet's Avatar
      suprmallet -
      Do the current iPhone plans offer rollover minutes the way all other AT&T plans do?
    1. 1sick94hb's Avatar
      1sick94hb -
      So now whats the workaround for people who are on diff networks? no more buying iphones on ebay huh? Kinda sucks cuz i am ready to buy one but im not paying the att deposit. Apple has just lost another sale IMHO!!!!
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Quote Originally Posted by suprmallet View Post
      Do the current iPhone plans offer rollover minutes the way all other AT&T plans do?
      Yes, all iPhone plans currently have rollover.
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      Why does Apple's website still continue to say:

      * Based on 3G and EDGE testing. Actual speeds vary by site conditions. Based on iPhone 3G (8GB) and first-generation iPhone (8GB) purchases. Requires new 2-year AT&T rate plan, sold separately.

      If the 2 year agreement is sold separately then anyone should be able to walk into an APPLE store and buy the phone at the advertised price ($199). The only way this could work is to exclusively sell the phones through AT&T stores only which you know isn't going to happen.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      At&t and Apple wont even sell it to you without you signing a contract
    1. suprmallet's Avatar
      suprmallet -
      Nice. So if the $39.99 plan offers unlimited night and weekend minutes, I could get that, bank on the rollover (I don't talk for 450 minutes during the day on any month), and save some cash versus getting the next highest plan.
    1. nycaznkidd0's Avatar
      nycaznkidd0 -
      i just spoke to a guy from the apple store at nyc, they said that you can activate the phone at home. and im guessing that apple stores is carrying theme right now.
    1. suprmallet's Avatar
      suprmallet -
      Why would you guess that?
    1. danimsta's Avatar
      danimsta -
      wtf

      what about existing iphone users?

      do we get to sign a 2 year extension from the day we buy it? or it HAS to be a new contract?
    1. the sr5's Avatar
      the sr5 -
      what about existing customers?
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Quote Originally Posted by nycaznkidd0 View Post
      i just spoke to a guy from the apple store at nyc, they said that you can activate the phone at home. and im guessing that apple stores is carrying theme right now.
      You would be guessing wrong!
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      For existing its the same thing you do when you buy a subsidized phone: a 2-year extension of the contract.