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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 6/28/2007 1:34:59 AM , Rating: 2
You know nothing about the the iPhone so dont consider yourself as somebody who knows it all !.

You neither have used/checked/tested the iPhone-in short you are the real IDIOT ! that the real reason you respond this way.

Prospective buyer & the public have the right to ask for information that they think is necessary & or is important to them.

You know nothing about the security or anything else about the iPhone ! nor does anybody else.

You are commenting on the basis of press material put out by Apple,thats all ! like anybody else.

Thats the reason people are asking questions

Your comment does bring any CREDITABILITY to you nor does the language used.

RE: Is The iPhone Insecure?
By crystal clear on 6/28/2007 1:37:43 AM , Rating: 1

Your comment does bring any CREDITABILITY to you nor does the language used.

Should read-

Your comment does NOT bring any CREDITABILITY to you nor does the language used.

RE: Is The iPhone Insecure?
By crystal clear on 6/28/2007 2:11:17 AM , Rating: 2
An example of Apple press material-

Now you can enjoy worry-free web browsing on any computer. Apple engineers designed Safari to be "secure from day one"

From day one the browser was NOT SECURE !

Read previous article/comments on D.T. for more details.

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