Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Will Masses Embrace Apple's $199 Handset? - WSJ.com


Despite the price cut, users of the new iPhone 3G will have to spend more on their monthly service fees, at least in the U.S., than before. AT&T will charge users of the new device $30 a month for an unlimited data plan, instead of the previous monthly fee of $20, while the starting price for its iPhone voice plan will remain unchanged at $39.99. The increase will help AT&T more quickly recoup the subsidy for the iPhone.

The news that Apple will no longer be sharing in wireless subscriber fees with its carrier partners rattled some investors, sending Apple's stock tumbling by nearly 5%. The shares recovered, falling $4.03, or 2.2%, to $181.61 as of 4 p.m. trading on the Nasdaq Stock Market.

I'm tempted, as I'm eligible for a new phone + contract (and am already an AT&T Wireless customer), but I'll probably get a Blackberry or Windows Mobile device with a keyboard instead...

Will Masses Embrace Apple's $199 Handset? - WSJ.com

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