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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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Iphone data plan ?
By cracker123 on 6/27/2007 12:12:28 AM , Rating: 4
Guys from what I understand Iphone does not support 3G Wireless data Wi-Fi (802.11b/g) / EDGE / Bluetooth 2.0+EDR ,
All those nice stuff you have been seeing on the TV with browsing , YouTube, downloads are all being done via 802.11b/g not on the EDGE network.
, EDGE on AT&T is very slow sort of like a 56k modem. It will be hard for EDGE to handle YouTube sort of data.
IMHO data plan is crap if only EDGE, if it has HSPDA then it might be worth it.

My prediction is that Iphone will just be another phone on the market, it will not have the great story as the Ipod. Apple is entering the market where there are already lots of big players. Yes the phone does look cool, but other companies can also make cool phones, you should see the phones made in East Asia. Microsoft will not be sitting while Apple tries to take the market. MP3 market was pretty crappy when Ipod came along, so they had a great chance of success. There were very few players in the mp3 business. But Cell phones are a completely different story.
For Apple to have any great movement in the market it will have to be a revolutionary product, which I dont see I phone being.

I hope Apple good luck on this device, my prediction for Apple stock is to sell, since the expectation of this device is way to high, and if Apple has any problems. The stock will take a nice beating.




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