Apple Announces iPhone Rate Plans, iTunes Activation

On launch day (June 29, 2007), 400,000 Apple iPhones are expected to be available from 162 Apple Stores and roughly 1,800 AT&T locations. The iPhone will ship with YouTube integration along with a higher-capacity battery and a 3.5" display screen. The device itself will be priced at $499 for the 4GB model and at $599 for the 8GB model (both require a two-year service agreement).

Apple and AT&T also recently announced three rate plans that allow for unlimited data (email and web), Visual Voicemail, 200 SMS text messages, unlimited mobile-to-mobile and rollover minutes:

  • $59.99 plan: 450 anytime minutes & 5,000 nights and weekend minutes
  • $79.99 plan: 900 anytime minutes & unlimited nights and weekends
  • $99 plan: 1350 anytime minutes & unlimited nights and weekends
A one-time activation fee of $36 will also be charged for the iPhone. In addition, Apple and AT&T also announced that new iPhone users will be able to activate their phone through iTunes. "Users will be able to activate their new iPhone in the comfort and privacy of their own home or office, without having to wait in a store while their phone is activated," said Apple CEO Steve Jobs.

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I agree, you guys who say this is expensive are crazy. I pay $45 a month here in Michigan for Sprint 450 anytime and free nights and weekends. I figured the iphone would be at least that for the phone service plus another $40 a month for unlimited internet.

$60 a month for both isn't nearly as bad as I thought it was going to be. I'm actually pretty surprised.

Wow, those prices are actually pretty good for the plans if I am reading it right, $60 for 450min and unlimited data isnt too bad from what I remember... I *used* to pay $40/mo for just the 450min, so $20 extra for unlimited net seems reasonable

HOLY CRAP...!!!... :eek:

That phone is dirt cheap!

Before you flame me, let me explain why I say that.

Here in South Africa, I pay around $50 for 85 off peak minutes and 15 peak minutes.

And for data I pay around $ 0.30 per mb...

The sad thing is this is the prices of one of the cheaper carriers.

So if the iPhone is launched here in SA with those plans, I GUARANTEE it will sell out in minutes.

This is just another example of how Apple is exploiting the hype about iPhone and charging way too much for plans that with any other phone and plan would cost half as much as can be seen in previous posts. Perhaps Apple needs to stop being so greedy and actually trying to compete too. Some of their products are not worth as much as they offer them for and people are still too dumb to see that there are alternatives that cost less and do more.

basicguru said,
This is just another example of how Apple is exploiting the hype about iPhone and charging way too much for plans that with any other phone and plan would cost half as much as can be seen in previous posts. Perhaps Apple needs to stop being so greedy and actually trying to compete too. Some of their products are not worth as much as they offer them for and people are still too dumb to see that there are alternatives that cost less and do more.

AT&T are responsible for the plan pricing not Apple. The plans are also not that more expensive than the others listed. Even if you don't have the iPhone, the plans are the same price.

Im fine with my T-Mobile Dash for $50 a month with 1000 anytime minutes, unlimited nights and weekends and unlimited internet.

haha you people will pay anything for ijunk. enjoy getting the shaft and making jobs richer!

seriously though, wtf is up with that activation charge? reminds me of that radio ad "that must be some switch"... that's like pure profit for them.

Out of all the websites I go to everyday.. only a handful want (are going to buy) the iPhone, most people (like myself) think it looks cool, but too expensive. When you say "you people", add your-self to that mix, cause you're here too!

Activation fees are common in the U.S. The phone company charges you $44 to activate your account, which amount to nothing more than making a simple data entry on a computer.

My plan is 1000 anytime minutes + free call-me minutes (all incoming calls are free) for $40 through US Cellular.

@Croquant - I'm betting it will be plenty.

-Spenser

luv it, it's the first release, it's better than umm, the beta version they had knocked up in china rfor $50, this is typical marketing bull&*it from apple

eAi said,
Compared to what the previously announced? Seems kind of obvious?

it may be obvious but is a complete load of marketing BS, e.g. the company lied/ misled people on the battery life, and then came out and said nah we will make it better, there is no proof they did sqaut, all they did was say, its better than we originally thought it would be.

You've never had an American girlfriend, have you?

Back on topic, the plans look "OK", but the cost of the phone is too high for me.

Cheap is relative. I am traveling in Serbia right now and bought a prepaid SIM. The going rate for a call is 2.9 dinars/min, so 2.9x1350 (most expensive plan on there) = 3915 dinars, which is 65.54 USD.
I don't see any data plan rates, but here it is 3 dinars for 100Kb, or 0.05 USD.

So you can see that the US/Canada has horrible rates compared to what is offered worldwide. I have a 50/500 plan for $15 in Canada, which is also a rip off...and 0.05 CAD per Kb! Can you say gouging?