NEW YORK (Reuters) - Apple Inc. and AT&T Inc. said on Tuesday they will offer three price plans, starting at $59.99 per month, for the widely anticipated iPhone that is set to go on sale this week.
The iPhone combines a wireless phone with music and video-playing capabilities and Web browsing. It will be sold exclusively through AT&T for at least two years.
Individual monthly plans, based on a two-year service agreement with AT&T, will be priced at $59.99 for 450 minutes, $79.99 for 900 minutes and $99.99 for 1,350 minutes, the companies said, adding that family plans were also available.
The plans include unlimited data, visual voice mail, 200 SMS text messages, roll-over minutes and unlimited mobile-to-mobile calling, they said.
The device itself, whose key feature is a touch-sensitive screen, costs either $499 or $599 depending on whether it has 4 gigabytes or 8 gigabytes of flash memory.
The iPhone is due to go on sale at Apple's retail stores and at AT&T outlets at 6 p.m. Friday. It will also be available at Apple's online stores.
Apple shares have gained nearly 35 percent since it unveiled the phone in January. On Tuesday, the shares rose 1 percent in premarket trading from its close of $122.34 on Monday.
I pay $5 for a non business 10MB a month which I find is reasonable but down there the plan is a $39.95/mo 450/5000 min plan + $20 unlimted data and 200 text messages :O I think Rogers is getting a two tiered system going in, I pay $5 for 10mb, those with Blackberries or MyMail push mail requirements would pay $40 or so for that same 10mb. I think that's the trend with most wireless companies, two tiered data prices. The bulk of us don't need push mail. Now just hoping that perhaps one day $5/mo would pay for 100mb of data.. haha.. dreaming away...
I think I came to the conclusion that US customers pay MORE for basic rates, there are no cheap $20 plans down there. But those who use their cell phones a lot for voice and data benefit the most because their bills are not that much higher than those who just use their phones for the occasional call and text message. The cell phone companies down there see profit regardless of whether their is a low or high amount of usage. Here, it's like the people who use their phones a lot subsidize those who don't. I think we need to go more into the American system, higher basic rates but packed with a lot of features and minutes and bandwidth.
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OK, bothers and sisters, as of 2 minutes ago I was talking to Rogers and was told that the iPhone will be available in "early July" - that is a direct quote from the business support section. The plans will be a phone plus data deal but will not look like the AT&T plans.
EDIT: I am going to copy this to a new thread so we can co-ordinate info on the Canadian situation, because what AT&T does doesn't mean a fat rat's fart here in Canada.
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