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Rate plans start at $59.99 plus a one time activation fee of $36

The launch of Apple's iPhone is just days away and people are already starting to camp out for the next "it" device. Close to 400,000 units could be up for grabs on launch day from 162 Apple Store and roughly 1,800 AT&T locations.

In the mean time, Apple has been trickling out little tidbits of information regarding the iPhone to keep interest high. Over the past week, we’ve learned that the iPhone will ship with YouTube integration along with a higher-capacity battery and a 3.5” display screen with “optical-quality glass.”

Today, Apple and AT&T announced three rate plans that will be available for the iPhone.

"We want to make choosing a service plan simple and easy, so every plan includes unlimited data with direct Internet access, along with Visual Voicemail and a host of other goodies," said Apple CEO Steve Jobs. "We think these three plans give customers the flexibility to experience all of iPhone’s revolutionary features at affordable and competitive prices."

The entry-level $59.99 plan will get you 450 anytime minutes along with 5,000 nights and weekend minutes. Stepping up to the $79.99 plan will get you 900 anytime minutes and unlimited nights and weekends. The top-level $99 plan gets you 1350 anytime minutes and unlimited nights and weekends.

All rate plans allow for unlimited data (email and web), Visual Voicemail, 200 SMS text messages, unlimited mobile-to-mobile and rollover minutes.

Also noted in the press release is that a one-time activation fee of $36 will be charged for the iPhone. Given the extremely high interest level for the iPhone, it's likely that not many will bat an eye at the charge which would usually irritate consumers.

In addition, Apple and AT&T also announced that new iPhone users will be able to activate their phone through iTunes -- there is no need to wait at the store to go through the activation process.

"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 Jobs. "There are tens of millions of people in the US who already know how to sync their iPods with iTunes, and syncing their new iPhone with iTunes works the same way."

"iPhone’s user-driven activation is another example of how AT&T and Apple have partnered to bring innovative new features to our customers," said AT&T chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson. "iPhone’s innovative activation and sync is just one example of how this is going to be a real industry game-changer."

Apple’s iPhone will be priced at $499 for the 4GB model and at $599 for the 8GB model -- both require a two-year service agreement.



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RE: absurd
By Fenixgoon on 6/26/2007 12:32:57 PM , Rating: 3
i don't think it will be a disaster by any means because apple can market their products so damn well.

i can still wish for failure though :P


RE: absurd
By SandmanWN on 6/26/2007 12:43:44 PM , Rating: 5
Sony needs to put a spy satellite in orbit and train it in on Apple HQ for the next few months. If Apple can sell a ~$700 cellphone better than Sony can sell ~$700 digital entertainment system/BR disk/gaming rig then Sony needs to hijack the Apple marketing group at gun point for about 6 months.


RE: absurd
By crimson117 on 6/26/2007 12:52:27 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
Apple can sell a ~$700 cellphone better than Sony can sell ~$700 digital entertainment system/BR disk/gaming rig

Well, almost everyone uses a cell phone these days; not everyone plays console video games.


RE: absurd
By TheDoc9 on 6/26/2007 12:49:12 PM , Rating: 3
I think people will quickly be surprised at how much they HATE fumbling with a touch screen.


RE: absurd
By spacethefinalfrontier101 on 6/26/2007 6:09:04 PM , Rating: 2
Re touch screens: actually I tried a touch screen on an HP notebook and found it not to be an exact science. Deliberate touching several times on the corner of window bar regions to close or alter or hide or move a window. I suppose it can be fine-tuned. I think if the iPhone does not use windows that problem is solved. Otherwise, touch panels seem exciting enough on microwave ovens & touch screens long-overdue for phones. Blackberry's mouse roller drives an average guy crazy and it looks like she's stroking a device! Of course finger scrolling...


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