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Apple does the unthinkable with the iPhone

Do you hear that sound? It's the sound of thousands of iPhone customers crying their hearts out. In addition to the new iPods, ringtones for the iPhone and iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store, Apple has announced a price cut for the iPhone.

Apple has dropped the 4GB model from the iPhone lineup. Its sales have been lagging behind the more spacious 8GB model so Apple decided to remove the dead weight. In addition, Apple has cut the price of the 8GB iPhone by $200 – the device will now retail for $399.

This move by Apple even undercuts the pricing for refurbished iPhones that was announced in late August. Refurbished 4GB and 8GB iPhones were listed on the Apple Store for $399 and $499 respectively.

Apple is being quite aggressive with its iPhone and the $200 price cut leaves room for a 16GB model on the high end in the future. Considering that the iPhone-esque iPod touch comes in a 16GB model, the move is inevitable.

Update 9/5/2007:
Although Apple is discontinuing the 4GB iPhone, that isn't stopping the company from offering it for $299 at the Apple Store until the supply is exhausted.

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I can't help but wonder...
By Koder on 9/5/2007 2:59:02 PM , Rating: 2
...about all those early adopters who are reading this news on their iPhone. Suddenly, the value of their investment has decreased by $200.

A price drop so early into the production cycle could hurt the launch sales of future highly anticipated and highly overpriced Apple products.

RE: I can't help but wonder...
By soydios on 9/5/2007 3:25:58 PM , Rating: 2
Talk about early adopter buyer's remorse. I wonder, was that $200 worth two months of use?

If Apple but the 80GB hard drive from the new iPod v6 into an iPhone and released it on the Verizon network, then I would get that when my contract came up for renewal. But 8GB or even 16GB isn't enough storage for me, and Verizon has the best service where I am, along with "In" calling to most of my friends and family.

RE: I can't help but wonder...
By Murst on 9/5/2007 4:24:01 PM , Rating: 2
What type of phone are you using that has more than 16GB of memory?

I have to assume you're talking about the phone, cause I just don't see what an iPod would have to do w/ your verizon contract.

RE: I can't help but wonder...
By h0kiez on 9/5/2007 3:55:46 PM , Rating: 2
Just imagine if you had an iPhone for sale on eBay right now. That would suck.

"I mean, if you wanna break down someone's door, why don't you start with AT&T, for God sakes? They make your amazing phone unusable as a phone!" -- Jon Stewart on Apple and the iPhone

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