New iPhone 3GS…meh

June 8, 2009 at 12:35 pm | Posted in tech | 1 Comment
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Ok, so you can read about the tech differences between iPhone 2G and 3GS in many places. My rant is about the new $99 price for the 3G.  For those of us who haven’t purchased an iPhone by now the issue is not the price of the phone.  Bummer for someone who bought a 3G in the recent past.

For me the price of the phone isn’t an issue.  It’s the price of the monthly service.  At $30/month on top of my  regular AT&T bill I’m looking at an extra $720 a year for my wife and I to get an iPhone.    We can’t replace our landline so this is luxury for us and many others.  AT&T isn’t doing anything exciting on their end, either.

With the Pre on the market and many Android models due to arrive in the next year, Apple will soon lose its status as the only game in town.  Is this Apple hubris gone overboard in a challenging economic time?  Or are these reasonable prices for technology that was, and for the short term remains, a game changer.

My guess: wait three months for some kind of price drop.  Maybe from ATT this time.

UPDATE: This is what ATT tells me when via their website:
This line is eligible for equipment discount pricing when you sign up for a 2-year service agreement. You can take advantage of our no-commitment pricing option, with the exception of iPhone which requires a 2-year commitment.
iPhone Upgrade
As a valued AT&T customer, we can offer you an iPhone upgrade with a new 2-year commitment and an $18 upgrade fee.

Note that they never tell me the price of the phone itself.  All I know is that I will spend $18 for the privilege of upgrading  each number.

UPDATE #2:  ATT rep tells me that, as an out of contract, current ATT subscriber I will pay (it took 7 minutes for the rep to get this info):

for the 3G $99

for the 3GS $199/$299

I’m seeing contradictory info online.  Not running to the store.  I’ll wait for the fall price drops and keep an eye on the Pre.

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  1. I agree, I would wait for the fall price drops as well. Because persoanlly, eventhough the 3GS is a bit faster and has a few more features I do not feel that they justify the $100-$200 price difference.

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