iPhone 3G plans official, run from $70 and up

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U.S. customers on AT&T’s cellular network will get 3G iPhones for $200 (8GB model) or $300 (16GB), and pay $70 a month for the most basic service plan, which includes unlimited data, 450 daytime minutes, and 5000 night and weekend minutes. Overages are charged at 45 cents a minute.

For $90, subscribers get 900 day minutes and unlimited off-peak use. Additional minutes are 40 cents each. A $110 package bumps daytime use to 1350 minutes a month, and drops the overage rate to 35 cents. The $130 plan has unlimited everything.

Family plans begin at $130 for 700 daytime minutes, unlimited off-peak minutes, and the 45 cent overage rate. They top out at $360 for 6000 voice minutes with a 20 cent overage rate. Extra lines are usually $40 each, in addition to the cost of the handset, but if you pay $130 per line, a special unlimited-use family plan becomes available for $260.

Yes, they’ve thought about it so you don’t have to!

Current iPhone owners who want to upgrade will pay an $18 fee and get the handsets for $400 or $500 $200 or $300, incurring a two-year contract extension just as with a new line of service.

Update: Sorry about the prices! I still think that agreeing to subsidies in return for another two years of contract is brain-damaged: now you can, get it without a two-year contract and breathe easy.

Text messages are sold separately: $5 for 200, $10 for 1500, or $20 for unlimited use on standard plans, or $30 for unlimited use on family plans.

iPhone 3G: What you need to know [AT&T]

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10 Responses to iPhone 3G plans official, run from $70 and up

  1. Anonymous says:

    you misspelled “breathe” “breath” at the bottom of the note. Also, wtf happened to violet blue?

  2. Rob Beschizza says:

    “You really, really need to read these press releases all the way through (or at least read every single other technology blog that got it right) before calling people names like that. Embarassing.”

    I’m sorry for getting the handset cost wrong, but people who sign up for cellphone contracts are stupid. I was stupid when I did, for starters — and I’m far more embarrassed to have let myself get stuck with Sprint for 2 years than anything I might write about it.

  3. Latente says:

    iphone in italy:

    http://static.blogo.it/melablog/iphone_3g_tim_tariffe.png

    base paln from 30€ / 1Gb

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  5. Anonymous says:

    “I’m sorry for getting the handset cost wrong, but people who sign up for cellphone contracts are stupid. I was stupid when I did, for starters — and I’m far more embarrassed to have let myself get stuck with Sprint for 2 years than anything I might write about it.”

    I think you are missing the point again. If someone has an iPhone right now, they still have one year left on their AT&T contract. So if they want the new iPhone, their choise is (1) upgrade, pay $199 and sign a new 2 year contract, thereby extending their contract by 1 year; or (2) keep their existing contract, and pay $599 for a new, unsubsidized phone. So you are saying the people choosing option (1) are stupid?

    And by the way, getting out of a contract is not that big a deal. You are not “stuck” with Sprint — it just would cost you extra to switch somewhere else. You just pay the early termination fee. It’s $175 on AT&T — ie, substantially less than the difference between the subsidized and unsubsidized iPhone.

  6. alexander ayzenband says:

    yawn.
    just when i thought there’ll be a cheap cool new phone in my hand next month with a reasonable bill.
    probably not.

  7. Mikeywin says:

    @7 Anon

    I’m pretty sure that when you purchase the new phone it has to be activated in store. They will not let you go without activating it first, or thats what the last press-release I read said. So then techincally wont all new Iphones be subsidized, b/c the only way you are getting one is signing up for a contract?

  8. Anonymous says:

    Wow. I don’t think I have commented negatively on any blog post before, but that is embarassing. Current iPhone users upgrade at the 199/299 price — not the inflated price. You really, really need to read these press releases all the way through (or at least read every single other technology blog that got it right) before calling people names like that. Embarassing.

  9. andyduncan says:

    Hmm, it doesn’t say all current iPhone owners. In fact, it doesn’t explicitly call out iPhone owners at all. It just says those who are “eligible” for an upgrade pay $199/$299, and those who aren’t pay the higher price.

    I bought an iPhone in October and I just logged in to my ATT account to see if I’m eligible for the cheaper price and it appears that I am, which fits with earlier reports that existing iPhone owners would pay the $199 price.

  10. scaught says:

    Is this part right?
    “Current iPhone owners who want to upgrade will pay an $18 fee and get the handsets for $400 or $500, incurring a two-year contract extension just as with a new line of service.”

    Over at Joel’s former stomping grounds (gizmodo), they say:
    “As for the subsidized iPhone pricing, AT&T has clarified that it’s available for “new customers, current postpaid iPhone customers in good standing prior to July 11, and AT&T non-iPhone customers who are currently eligible for an upgrade discount” with a two-year agreement.”

    My upgrade phone page at AT&T says:
    “his line is eligible for reduced equipment pricing when you sign up for a new 2-year service agreement. All iPhone purchases require a 2-year service commitment.”

    I don’t know if “reduced equipment pricing” means subsidized ($199/299) or unsubsidized ($399/499).

    I’m so confused.

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