Extra $5 for 200 text messages on iPhone 3G???
I havent seen much talk on this but...
My current AT&T iphone plan costs $20 for unlimited data and 200 text messages. I understand that the 3G plan will cost $30. But I dont know if the new 3G plan will include 200 text messages like the current plan does. I have seen a price of $5 to add 200 text messages. So... Does this mean that changing to the new iphone 3G from the original iphone and keeping 200 text messages will cost an extra $15/month, not the previosly advertised $10 extra month? Lets see.... $15 * 24 = $360 over two years....
- 07-09-2008, 12:43 PM #2
200 = $5 1500 = $15 Unlimited = $20
Please check out this thread for more info.
*Please excuse my mistake on the 1500 text plan on being off $5... *
Last edited by Jeremy Sikora; 07-09-2008 at 05:23 PM.
- 07-09-2008, 12:47 PM #3
- 07-09-2008, 01:12 PM #4
So.... yet another hidden cost. I am surprised there isnt much talk of this. Makes the "reduced" price of an iphone 3G seem less attractive to an upgrader. Cost of upgrade over 2 years = $200 (phone) + $360 (3G data plan + 200 text meassages) = $560 (200 messages used to be included). $560 for GPS and 3G for 2 years? Thats over $23 a month extra for GPS and 3G (and a plastic back for the phone and shorter battery life). Worth it? I guess it depends on the person, but it is becoming less and less attractive for me. Seems very sneaky to me...
- 07-09-2008, 02:01 PM #6
Maybe it's just me, but I don't consider it a "hidden cost". At least not in the way you do.
All other phone plans require the additional cost for text messaging. I currently have a Treo (and will be getting the new iPhone), and I pay $5 for 200 messages.
The only difference is that previously iPhone users got a break.
Is it a way to make more money for ATT? Absolutely. Could they have continued the plan with $20, including 200 messages? Certainly. But all they are doing is really bringing the iPhone in line with their other smartphones/PDA's.
But as I said, since I am not an existing iPhone user, maybe I have a different outlook. After all, I am going to switch to an iPhone, and my charge for text messages and data are going to remain the same.
- 07-09-2008, 02:06 PM #7
- 07-09-2008, 02:09 PM #8
That price is outrageous, with sprint text is included with their every 69.99 plan, but if that's what it cost for me and my iphone to be together, I will just cut back on cable to make up the difference. Get rid of dvr and use media center to record tv shows.
- 07-09-2008, 02:16 PM #9
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- 07-09-2008, 03:59 PM #14
This is not a standard cost for people like me who already have an iphone.
I'm taking the POV of an upgrader, cause that's what I am.
When you see all the advertising from AT&T and Apple, all you see is IPHONE PRICE CUT IN HALF TO $199!!!
Then it just adds on from there for upgraders. First it is $10 more a month for 3G, which is expected. Then +$5 for text messages. No where do I see in thier advertising: NOW PAY AN EXTRA $5 FOR 200 TEXT MESSAGES!!. or MONTHLY PLANS START AT $70! Its buried in a web page somewhere. What % of upgraders waiting in line on Friday will know that they are now signing up for $60/year for text messaging that they got for free before? Of course you dont have to sign up for text messaging, and just pay $0.20 per text.
Quite simply, I'm just looking to see how much it will cost me to have the same text messages on the new iphone. Its an extra $15 a month plus the cost of the phone.
- 07-09-2008, 04:14 PM #17
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- 07-09-2008, 05:45 PM #21
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- 07-09-2008, 09:51 PM #24
I understand that text messaging costs money in general. I am not asking for special treatment. I just asked for clarification and pointed out the fact that 200 messages are now extra. I am sure some people (upgraders) were not aware, and thought I'd point it out. Everyone is saying that it costs $10 more a month for upgraders. It does not, if you previously had the 200 message plan, and dont drop it. The other text plans may cost more as well.