iPhone 3G voice and data plans revealed (updated 4x)

iPhone 3G voice and data plans revealed (updated 4x)

Summary: If you already have an original iPhone and want to upgrade to an iPhone 3G you're going to have to purchase a new handset and extend your AT&T contract for another two years.Since there's no upgrade path to the iPhone 3G (Apple hasn't offered upgrades in years) you'll have to sell your original iPhone to a friend or in an online auction and purchase a new 3G handset from either AT&T Wireless or an Apple store.

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iPhone 3G upgrade options

If you already have an original iPhone and want to upgrade to an iPhone 3G you're going to have to purchase a new handset and extend your AT&T contract for another two years.

Since there's no upgrade path to the iPhone 3G (Apple hasn't offered upgrades in years) you'll have to sell your original iPhone to a friend or in an online auction and purchase a new 3G handset from either AT&T Wireless or an Apple store. Original iPhone owners that purchased in June of 2007 are one year into their existing two-year contract and will have re-up for two more years. AT&T requires a new two-year contract for customers with existing iPhone contracts that want to upgrade to the iPhone 3G. Note that this isn't a contract extension, you just get a new two-year contract when you purchase the new handset.

AT&T rate plans for iPhone 3G are as follows:

Individual voice plans:

  • $39.99 – 450 minutes
  • $59.99 – 900 minutes
  • $79.99 – 1,350 minutes
  • $99.99 – unlimited minutes

Unlimited 3G data costs US$30 per month.

Family Talk voice plans:

  • $69.99 – 700 shared minutes
  • $89.99 – 1,400 shared minutes
  • $109.99 – 2,100 shared minutes
  • $149.99 – 3,000 shared minutes
  • $199.99 – unlimited shared minutes

Family Talk plans can have between two and five lines and each line after two must add $10 per month to the rates above. Unlimited 3G data access costs US$30 per month, per phone.

AT&T issued a press release covering all the iPhone 3G details to date. For updates on the service, keep an eye on the AT&T iPhone page.

Update: AT&T has not yet announced their SMS rate plans for the 3G iPhone. It has been rumored that individual and Family Talk rate plans will no longer include SMS messages and that AT&T will charge US$5 per month for 200 SMS messages and US$20 per month for unlimited SMS messages. This is still unconfirmed.

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  • Translation:

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    • partially true

      'B' factors there with all Apple products. Good thing about iPhone is its great as a phone & cheaper than any PDA phone with unlimited data plan. Its not just 'B' its a good deal.
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  • Your numbers are different from Josh Taylor's, who is right?

    He has numbers $10 higher, with the statement that AT&T is
    raising the data cost by $10. So $39.99 for 450 minutes +
    $30 unlimited data = $69.99
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  • *calculation error

    I think u need to make a small correction here..

    with 2.5G iphone data plan is $20 more /month 20 * 24 = 480

    So the correct calculations would be:

    __2.5G (EDGE) iPhone__
    $400 handset
    $960 voice for 2 yrs
    $480 data for 2 yrs
    $0 SMS for 2 yrs
    TOTAL=$1840

    __3G iPhone__
    $200 handset
    $960 voice for 2 yrs
    $720 data for 2 yrs
    $0 SMS for 2 yrs (not sure its gonna be $0, let assure it for now)
    TOTAL=$1880 total

    So the difference is $40 + GPS + 3G data + MS exchange + iphone's new look
    So, folks decide now.
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  • iPhone 3G voice and data plans revealed (updated 4x)iPhone 3G voice and dat

    If your not willing to pay for a data plan then you may not get the phone you want. There is nobody to complain to it's the way the cell phone industry is going, people now want the ability to talk, text, and go online.
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  • data plans

    They are actually compensating for lost revenue on their new cheaper calling plans, so they are getting their money back with the data charges, they claim that they are trying to get people to realize the full potential of their mobile device, sounds shady to me.
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  • data plans

    If you can't afford the data plan then get a phone that doesn't require it. Most phones that are below the $100 range (with the 2-year contract) don't require a data plan.
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  • data plans

    If you can't afford the data plan then get a phone that doesn't require it. Most phones that are below the $100 range (with the 2-year contract) don't require a data plan.
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