AT&T reveals Rate plans for iPhone 3G, Upgrade Policy & No-contract iPhone 3G

iPhone 3G and AT&T

When I had published the post regarding: 3G iPhone and AT&T: 3G Coverage, Where to Buy, Cost, Subsidy, Tariff plans, there was still some ambiguity with regards to the rate plans and the only thing known at that time was $30 a month for unlimited 3G data.

Not anymore as AT&T has finally announced the rate plans for Apple’s iPhone 3G as a follow
up to the iPhone 3G Guided tour published by Apple yesterday.

AT&T’s iPhone 3G rates plans now include the data plans, so don’t be shocked when you see them after the jump.

iPhone 3G rate plans:

iPhone 3G plans are as mentioned below:

    * 450 minutes with 5000 night and week end minutes additional minutes $.45 for $69.99
    * 900 minutes with unlimited night and week end minutes additional minutes $.40 for $89.99
    * 1350 minutes with unlimited night and week end minutes additional minutes $.35 for $109.99
    * Unlimited minutes for $129.99

The above plans include unlimited data (email/web) and Visual Voicemail.

However, the above plans does not include SMS and you will need to purchase that separately.

    * 200 Messages for $5 per month
    * 1500 Messages for $15 per month
    * Unlimited Messages for $20 per month

Upgrade policy:

AT&T has officially clarified the upgrade pricing for existing iPhone and non-iPhone owning AT&T customers.

The 8GB iPhone 3G model will be available for $199 while the 16GB model will be available for $299 pricing for the following customers:

    * iPhone customers who purchased before July 11
    * Customers activating a new line with AT&T
    * Current AT&T customers who are eligible, at the time of purchase, for an upgrade discount

AT&T customers who are not currently eligible for an upgrade discount i.e. those who didn’t purchase an original iPhone and aren’t otherwise eligible (you can check your eligibility to upgrade here) can purchase iPhone 3G for $399 for the 8GB model or $499 for the 16GB model. Both options require a new two-year service agreement.

AT&T customers who are upgrading to iPhone 3G will now have to pay an $18 upgrade fee and new AT&T customers will pay the standard $36 activation fee.

There is no need for current iPhone owners who are upgrading to return their old iPhone and can instead use them as a Wi-Fi iPod.

iPhone 3G without a contract:

Interestingly AT&T has also decided to sell iPhone 3G for $599 (8GB) or $699 (16GB) without the need to sign-up for a two-year agreement, however you will end up paying a huge $400 premium.

Erica Sadun at TUAW is recommending that "new and current iPhone users will be better served mathematically by signing up for the upgrade ($199 to transfer service to a new iPhone, phone included), pay for a month of service and then cancel the contract after 30 days, keeping the phone and paying the $175 early termination fee plus that one month of service, which will run about $70 plus $36 for activation. This comes to about $450 plus tax versus what AT&T is asking: $600 plus tax. For the 16 6B model, this works out to $550 (or so) compared to the $700 sticker price."

So for all those thinking that Apple had slashed the prices of iPhone 3G think again. iPhone Hacks reader, Stanley, was spot on when he said "I never trust anything to be truly free!"

[via iPhone Atlas]


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