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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: Is The iPhone Insecure?
By crystal clear on 6/27/2007 3:11:37 PM , Rating: 2
Apple doesn't own this jerk any response

But Apple does owe an response to the public,as a responsible corporation & this guy wants an response from Apple in public forums.

Apple is not a dictator,that YOU DARE NOT ASK A QUESTION !

Buy an Apple or not -the public/prospective buyers have the right to ask QUESTIONS-This is democratic USA !

Every product comes under scrutiny here at D.T. let it be any company-Not only Apple

The same set of questions were put forward to M.S.-they did answer them in full-read below

Analysts: iPhone Has Neither Security nor Relevance

As a means of comparison, Microsoft supplied the answers to Storms' questions for Apple as if he had asked them of Windows Mobile. Microsoft's answers:

Is data encrypted while in transit? Yes, the data is transported using SSL, so it is encrypted during transit

Is data encrypted on the device? No.

Is data encrypted on removable memory? Yes.

Is data removed if the device hasn't checked in centrally, hasn't received a policy update within a time window or if battery power is too low? No. However, please note the Exchange server can remotely wipe the device. The device is also wiped if the password is entered too many times as a security measure.

Is there S/MIME support? Yes.

Is there PGP support? No (need third-party application).

Are there electromagnetic analysis countermeasures? No.

Are there DRM applications (ability to read but not forward data)? Yes, support for DRM for media content and IRM for e-mail (read and create is supported).

Is there user authentication by means of password, passphrase or smart card? Yes. Windows Mobile 6 includes the ability to lock your device and require a password to use the device after a specified period of disuse.

Does the device automatically lock and require authentication to unlock? Yes.

Are the encryption keys stored on the devices, and are they also encrypted? Yes, stored on the device and is possible to encrypt them.

Do the network devices have firewalls? No.

Are the network interfaces disabled by default, and does the user have the ability to disable at will? User can disable.

Is there the ability to remotely lock and disable the device? Yes.

Is there the ability to remotely wipe and back up data? Yes, can wipe but cannot back up data.

Is there the ability to centrally develop and enforce policy settings? Yes.

Is there centralized reporting of all device events—calls made, data transferred and usage statistics? No, not today.

So you see the difference.

Why is Apple not talking about security ?

“So far we have not seen a single Android device that does not infringe on our patents." -- Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith

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