Well, I just got off the phone with an AT&T customer service representative (who was very sweet, btw) and it looks like there’s some good news for some current iPhone owners about subsidized pricing that just came down the pike today.
AT&T has extended the following rad pricing:
- $99 8g 3G
- $199 16g 3GS
- $299 32g 3GS
…if you meet the following criteria:
- You purchased a 3G iPhone between July-September of ’08
- Your monthly plan is at least $99
- You have been a responsible bill-payer
- You are alive
And that seems to be pretty much it. The rep, Andrea, also said that AT&T had no idea that a whole new phone was going to be released until WWDC last week so they initially scrambled to put the pricing plan together that bummed everyone out. With all of the AT&T bashing that’s gone on lately (of which I am THOROUGHLY guilty) I think this is a good move on their part. Though many bash-opposers said that we were whiny and should just shut up and live with our contracts, I feel like it’s necessary to point out that it is VERY common to upgrade mid-term. The carrier’s upside is another full two-year commitment, so it’s not like we were asking for something and not giving anything in return.
In any case, the pricing rage was just the head of the anger pimple after learning that a few of the iPhone’s most coveted features wouldn’t be available in the States for a while (MMS & tethering), so this move to placate a large number of us is a much-needed panacea. It demonstrates the company’s good will and should keep us happy until those aforementioned features become available (though I’m not so sure about the reality of tethering).
Now, for the first time in a while, I can sincerely say, “Thank you, AT&T.”
Italicized Note: I will be reviewing said unit on Monday’s “Attack of the Show.”