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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 -
      Quote Originally Posted by listenclose View Post
      There is no mention of a premium price which leads me to believe that $199/$299 is the premium.
      There is no mention of a premium price because the concept doesn't exist. Since they are not selling the phone without a contract anywhere they don't need to tell you how much the phone originally is.
    1. rusty778's Avatar
      rusty778 -
      unfortunately its business, they cant just fork over all this money to apple without making that money back. When you unlock at&t just took a hit. I kind of expected them to protect their investment a little more
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Quote Originally Posted by mastercyberjedi View Post
      best why is to buy the new Iphone for 199.99/399.99 and then a day later terminate your contract and pay 175.00. Sure the phone now costs 374.99/574.99 but what else can you do.
      If you cancel within 30 days you are required to either return the phone or pay the full price of the phone (estimated anywhere between 399-499) + 175 account cancellation fee.
    1. listenclose's Avatar
      listenclose -
      Quote Originally Posted by Happy Noodle Boy View Post
      There is no mention of a premium price because the concept doesn't exist. Since they are not selling the phone without a contract anywhere they don't need to tell you how much the phone originally is.
      Name one electronic product you can't purchase without a contract?
    1. Chase817's Avatar
      Chase817 -
      im so happy that im an official AT&T user
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Quote Originally Posted by listenclose View Post
      Name one electronic product you can't purchase without a contract?
      Name me one reason AT&T cares about any other electronic product? It's their iPhone and they want to do it their way.
    1. bklynjava's Avatar
      bklynjava -
      Quote Originally Posted by Happy Noodle Boy View Post
      There is no mention of a premium price because the concept doesn't exist. Since they are not selling the phone without a contract anywhere they don't need to tell you how much the phone originally is.
      You will be able to purchase without a contract.
    1. rusty778's Avatar
      rusty778 -
      TV,computer, xbox, stereo......im guessing you were trying to talk about mobile phones. Preety much any phone for sale you can buy with no contract for extra cash
    1. listenclose's Avatar
      listenclose -
      Quote Originally Posted by Happy Noodle Boy View Post
      Name me one reason AT&T cares about any other electronic product? It's their iPhone and they want to do it their way.
      God, It is not their phone it's yours @#%$!. The service is their's.
    1. rusty778's Avatar
      rusty778 -
      Quote Originally Posted by bklynjava View Post
      You will be able to purchase without a contract.
      How? (insider info??)
    1. mastercyberjedi's Avatar
      mastercyberjedi -
      Quote Originally Posted by bklynjava View Post
      You will be able to purchase without a contract.
      No you wont. The phone will have to be activated in stores and with a 2 year contract. I'm also glad I'm an AT&T custamer
    1. chrissurra's Avatar
      chrissurra -
      Quote Originally Posted by bklynjava View Post
      You will be able to purchase without a contract.
      Based upon what?

      ATT is the one losing money if people unlock it now, not apple. They will do everything possible to prevent people from unlocking it.
    1. rusty778's Avatar
      rusty778 -
      Quote Originally Posted by listenclose View Post
      God, It is not their phone it's yours @#%$!. The service is their's.
      They have the rights to sell it though, they have to protect their investment(no unlocking for t-mobile)
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Quote Originally Posted by listenclose View Post
      God, It is not their phone it's yours @#%$!. The service is their's.
      No one is putting a gun against your head and telling you "BUY THIS PHONE NOW". If you don't like the terms that come with it...

      DON'T BUY IT!
    1. btung's Avatar
      btung -
      i've been browsing and if you cant use the iPhone on t-mobile then why does Apple include an SIM ejector tool in the box?
    1. bklynjava's Avatar
      bklynjava -
      Quote Originally Posted by mastercyberjedi View Post
      No you wont. The phone will have to be activated in stores and with a 2 year contract. I'm also glad I'm an AT&T custamer
      Ok on the 11th when I buy mine from the Apple store without a contract I will be sure to post.

      Till then all of you can go back and forth with speculation, but common sense dictates otherwise...
    1. listenclose's Avatar
      listenclose -
      Quote Originally Posted by rusty778 View Post
      They have the rights to sell it though, they have to protect their investment(no unlocking for t-mobile)
      And there are laws to protect consumers which means you have the right to purchase any product as is from when it leaves manufacturing. That means in box shrink-wrapped. They cannot unbox for you without your permission. That goes for any manufactured goods in the U.S.
    1. rusty778's Avatar
      rusty778 -
      Quote Originally Posted by btung View Post
      i've been browsing and if you cant use the iPhone on t-mobile then why does Apple include an SIM ejector tool in the box?
      They actually are most likely including this for getting the contacts off your old sim,also this "ejector tool" is just an ordinary paper clip.
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      Quote Originally Posted by btung View Post
      i've been browsing and if you cant use the iPhone on t-mobile then why does Apple include an SIM ejector tool in the box?
      For people that have existing iPhones that want to upgrade and put their SIM in it maybe?! The new firmware (at least beta 3 did) also has a SIM card reader in it (like iSIM) so people can take their existing SIM cards and transfer their #'s into it automatically.
    1. chrissurra's Avatar
      chrissurra -
      People dont seem to understand simple economics. Apple used share revenue with att for each person who signed a contract with ATT.

      Now Apple got their money upfront from ATT. ATT will now lose money if you dont activate it with them and ride out your contract with them. ATT isnt in the business of losing money so they will do everything possible to discourage unlocking.

      You might be able to import one but ATT isnt that bad that I need to spend double for Tmobile.