Could we see another iPhone price fiasco?
Could we see another iPhone price fiasco, like when the iPhone price dropped from $500?
I was debating whether I should pre-order the 3GS, disappointed in the fact that the monthly fees are extortion and no changes were made, when I thought of this.
AT&T's CEO has admitted that they are toying with the idea of lower iPhone fees, but also states that, "the company makes its money by selling data services, not by selling iPhones." <-- derrr more iPhone = more data fee...
Everybody was expecting a price cut in the monthly fee, but nothing happened.
So here is my worry- AT&T wants to continue the gravy train, but 3GS sales aren't as good as expected, Sprint, T-mo are catching up with their smartphones, everybody is hounding AT&T to drop the price and in a few months AT&T drops the monthly fee and everybody before that... oh well
- 06-09-2009, 12:52 PM #2
- 06-09-2009, 02:38 PM #3
I'm not understanding what the fuss is. The first Iphone was not subsidized. The second one is. The 3gs will be subsidized if you are a new customer or if your contract is up. ATT did not have to subsidize the second iphone and allow 2g owners to upgrade to the 3g. Have you ever seen them do that do any of the other phones?
NO. So please stop acting like it is ATTs fault. If you hate their network there are others.
- 06-09-2009, 03:08 PM #4
I think your point is well taken, as well as others (and Blogs) that point out there is nothing wrong with the proposed pricing strategy for existing users. I think someone on this forum made a good point - consider the high initial cost as the price for being the first to try out the device. If prices drop later, oh well. You wanted to be a first-adopter.
If the price seems high now, then the time probably isn't right for you to upgrade. No brainer for me. I will upgrade when my 18 months have passed.
- 06-09-2009, 04:02 PM #5
- 06-09-2009, 04:32 PM #6
Wow... I'm surprised by the positive feelings that everybody has for AT&T. Reading the blogs and news, I thought there was some animosity toward AT&T, but I guess not. If people are that happy with AT&T, then I hope that Apple sticks with AT&T!
- 06-09-2009, 04:57 PM #8
AT&T has iPhone exclusivity at least through 2010. If you want the iPhone, you have to use AT&T. If you want to be an early adopter, you wait in line/camp out, and pay the premium price without further question. Verizon has early adopters as well.
It's all about the iPhone and how cool it makes us look.
- 06-09-2009, 06:06 PM #9
- 06-09-2009, 07:07 PM #10
- 06-09-2009, 07:12 PM #11
BTW. I have been with AT&T/Cingular/AT&T for more than ten years. I have no complaints. they have always done right by me and their network has always worked for me. so yes, i feel warm and fuzzy for AT&T. I am extremely happy that two of my favorite companies have offered me one heck of a fun device! I will be sad to see the IPhone move to a basic carrier if and when that does happen.