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Apple and AT&T continue to charge their returning customers more. This time iPhone 3G customers have to pay $599 for the 16 GB iPhone 3GS, while existing customers pay $400 less -- only $199.  (Source: Apple)
The scoop on when and where you can get the new iPhone 3GS and the higher fees for returning customers starts here

Expect Apple fans to be lining up in the not-so-distant future.  After all, an iPhone release is a huge event for the Apple community, and the release of the iPhone 3GS, announced at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference, is set to be one of the biggest tech events of the year.

Apple and AT&T have filled in the public at last on when and where they can get their hands on the new smart phone, which adds video, a higher capacity, and more.  Units will ship June 19 and arrive in time for a launch that day at AT&T and Apple stores.  AT&T is taking preorders on the handset online and at its stores.

Customers not preordering that hope to get their hands on the phone may be disappointed. AT&T says that it will form two lines on launch day -- one of customers who preordered and a second of customers who didn't.  Those who did not preorder will only be able to buy the phone during normal store hours, while the preorder customers will be able to line up at 7 am.  Further, upon the store's official opening the two lines will be merged, with the preorder line going first and getting first priority over the new phones.

Apple Retail Stores are set to also open early at 8 am.  Preorder customers are allowed to attend the early opening to pick up their new phone.

Customers who are new to AT&T or current customers that have gone through at least 18 months on their current contract will be able to score an iPhone 3GS for $199 (16GB) and $299 (32GB). Current iPhone 3G customers who wish to upgrade to an iPhone 3G S, but haven’t yet reached the 18 month mark must pay $399/$499 or $599/$699 respectively for the 16GB and 32GB models based on how much time is left on their two-year contracts.

One alternative for existing AT&T customers is to cancel their contract ($175), wait three months, and then return to AT&T and get the new customer pricing.  A returning customer will save $225 with this scheme on either model, but will have to endure approximately a three month wait.  Obviously this is infuriating to existing customers, but some will take what they can get.

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Yay for weasel words!
By crimson117 on 6/11/2009 2:34:28 PM , Rating: -1
Many iPhone owners are expected to endure this unfavorable pricing and upgrade immediately, though.

Way to insert your opinion into a news article, Jason Mick!

"Are expected" by who? By you?

Why don't you just be honest and say "I expect many iPhone owners will endure this unfavorable pricing and upgrade immediately, though."

Using the passive voice is a cowardly way out of having to venture an opinion or take a stand.

RE: Yay for weasel words!
By mofo3k on 6/11/2009 3:33:35 PM , Rating: 3
I can confirm Jason's comments as true. I've been lurking on the ATT Wireless forums of late and have heard from MANY iPhone 3G users who are going to do just that.

BTW - if you're in the mood for some great comedy, I suggest visiting the Apple products section of the ATT forums. There's a thread dedicated to the supposed "injustice" of ATT's policy on early termination fees for current iPhone users. It seems that many iPhone users feel that they shouldn't have to submit to the same policies as every other cell phone user has to.

RE: Yay for weasel words!
By callmeroy on 6/11/2009 3:38:22 PM , Rating: 2
You can't be serious --- you must just hate Jason. Your comment is ridiculous -- have you never read any article ever where the writer injects either a line of humor or presumption with the facts when talking about a product release? More over, you think he is lying? Apple fans are definitely FANactical more than other brand fans are....they may curse up a storm on the costs but they will indeed line up in droves for their beloved Apple Iphone.

Of all the bones to pick you get steamed over an opinion that will (with a very high degree of probability) come true...


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