- 06-08-2008, 08:34 AM #2
- 06-08-2008, 09:50 AM #3iPhone Beginner
- 55 Posts
Um... Apple has definitely learned their lesson from last year. Besides, they know that they now have to get aggressive with their pricing to keep competition from overtaking them. Look at all of the touchscreen phones now coming out! Not that any of them are good, but to keep people from just settling on another brand, they know they have to keep the momentum going. The days high prices with the original iPhone are gone, I believe.
- 06-08-2008, 01:19 PM #4iPhone Intermediate
- 476 Posts
I think the iPhone will be priced very competitively. I don't think the price will be outrageous and then have it drop a few months later. But Apple could also price it high and let carriers offer subsidies. It's all just a waiting game, a game that will end tomorrow.
- 06-08-2008, 03:56 PM #6
GPS is also independent of data. GPS just acquires a satellite signal to figure out your position. The mapping program is actually what uses the data, and the GPS just places the dot on the map. Paying $10 a month, or whatever it is, for TeleNav, or something similar, is for use of the program and voice directions, not the actual GPS.
- 06-08-2008, 04:05 PM #7
- 06-08-2008, 04:57 PM #8iPhone Newbie
- 38 Posts
We were talking about this in the "Why will the iPhone fail" thread- price seems to be the big factor everyone agrees would cause this phone to fail. *Someone* at Apple has to be hip to that, and one would think that they wouldn't set a ridiculous price for this phone when it's released.
- 06-08-2008, 09:23 PM #9
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- 06-09-2008, 07:41 PM #14
At&t has three data tiers. They have their MEdiaNet plans, their BlackBerry plans, and their PDA plans. Each of these tiers has subsections, but I will just concentrate on the personal side.
The PDA Personal plan is $30 a month for unlimited data, regardless of 2G or 3G.
The BlackBerry Personal plan is $30 a month for unlimited data, regardless of 2G or 3G.
The MEdiaNet unlimited is $20 a month for unlimited data + 200 texts, regardless of 2G or 3G.
The iPhone used to be considered a consumer/feature phone, and it was priced on scale with the MEdia Net packages. With it becoming an open platform and a competent business phone, it has now transcended into the realm of the smartphone, and as such, it is receiving smartphone/PDA data pricing.
They charge more for PDA/BlackBerry data use because they feel these user make use of far more bandwidth than a normal, consumer user.
If you have a Treo 750 and are paying $15 a month for MEdiaMax, you are getting away with something you aren't supposed to. Treo's should have the PDA Personal plan attached to them, NOT a MEdiaNet tier plan.
It has nothing to do with 2G/3G, regardless of what the press release says. It is just At&t bringing the iPhone inline with their other PDA/smartphone/BlackBerry devices.
There is also what Reaktor5 said. In essence, it is a combination of factors.
- 06-10-2008, 12:03 PM #15iPhone Newbie
- 24 Posts
Thanks, that makes sense. It's actually $15 MediaNet Unlimited + $5 200 Txt Msg which I think used to be called the $20 MediaMax+200. I'll keep my ignorance from AT&T for the time being. Moving to an iPhone will be expensive since my wife will want one as well... ; ) She has a Treo 680 with the $15 Media Unlimited Plan + $5 200 Txt Msg.
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