So you’re getting the 3G iPhone come July 11th…
1) You’d be happy to know it’ll cost you just $199…
2) Until you realized that AT&T now charges regular data plan rates. There’s no longer any special iPhone treatment, so unlimited data costs $10 more per month (or $240 more for life of contract). No unlocking. That news makes you sad.
3) A glimmer of hope appears as you spot the following statement: “AT&T has stated that if you already have a plan with AT&T for your first generation iPhone, you can keep paying the $20/mo for the new 3G service, whereas newcomers will have to pay the full $30/mo for 3G data”. Sounds fine until my friend Peter listened carefully to the actual conference call and found NO MENTION of the above. Either way, You have stepped up to being subtly hopeful.
Bottomline: it’s still a possible win for existing iPhone users to upgrade to 3G + GPS.
Out of curiosity, I did some calculations as to what Singapore’s 3G iPhone plan would work out to. AT&T’s 1st generation (EDGE) iPhone basic plan offered 450min of voice, 200 SMS messages and unlimited data for $59.99 per month. An equivalent 3G iPhone plan pieced together would cost $74.99 per month. In Singapore, the closest plan on Singtel would lead to 300mins of voice and 500 SMS messages for S$48.15, with unlimited 3G data for S$69.30. This totals to a whopping S$117.45, or US$85.92. Here’s hoping Singtel offers a special rate for 3G iPhone users.
Update: This leaked AT&T internal memo reveals their 3G iPhone policy. Still no mention of whether 2G iPhone users can upgrade to the 3G iPhone, yet keep their cheaper plans.