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Steve Jobs has a change of heart

Yesterday's announcement of the $200 price reduction for the 8GB iPhone was a shock to the system. No one in the industry was expecting it and customers that had already purchased the machine at the $599 price point were fuming mad. To get an idea about how angry some customers were, look no further than this thread at Mac Rumors which is 1500+ posts long.

Steve Jobs got also got an earful with irate customers and his inbox was overloaded with customer complaints about the $200 price cut after only two months on the market.  In an open letter to all iPhone customers, Steve Jobs expressed his "observations and conclusions."

"First, I am sure that we are making the correct decision to lower the price of the 8GB iPhone from $599 to $399, and that now is the right time to do it," said Jobs. "It benefits both Apple and every iPhone user to get as many new customers as possible in the iPhone 'tent'. We strongly believe the $399 price will help us do just that this holiday season."

On the flipside, Jobs was also sympathetic to the outrage expressed by existing iPhone owners. “Therefore, we have decided to offer every iPhone customer who purchased an iPhone from either Apple or AT&T, and who is not receiving a rebate or any other consideration, a $100 store credit towards the purchase of any product at an Apple Retail Store or the Apple Online Store," Jobs continued.

Jobs noted that more details will be posted next week as Apple and AT&T work out the details of the program.

$100 of in-store credit isn't exactly the same thing as $200 in cold cash, but it's surely better than nothing at all.

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RE: Note to all Apple haters
By Blight AC on 9/6/2007 4:30:08 PM , Rating: 2
It's just a company true, but its a company a cut above the rest... What more does it take to stop the unending complaints and hatred for this company? I just don't get it.

People like you kissing the ground Steve walks on doesn't help.

A $200 dollar price cut on a just released product.. a $200 dollar price cut after all the Apple Loyalists just bought it.. in fact, in this case, most of the hate is coming from these Apple fans themselves. It is a bit funny how quickly they turned to bite the hand that feeds.

RE: Note to all Apple haters
By KeithP on 9/6/2007 4:56:30 PM , Rating: 2
Most of the hate is coming from forum trolls. Over on the Apple Support forum, there are a tremendous number of posts from new users that have never posted before. While I suppose they could be from legitimate users that signed up to express their feelings about being screwed, I am guessing the bulk are from people that don't even own iPhones.

RE: Note to all Apple haters
By rsmech on 9/6/2007 5:29:18 PM , Rating: 3
You don't have to experience or own something yourself to tell others they have just been bent over, and you know the rest.

RE: Note to all Apple haters
By wiiz3rd on 9/6/2007 5:29:30 PM , Rating: 2
I never like Apple products, but I don't see me signing up to complain. Why waste my time?

RE: Note to all Apple haters
By afkrotch on 9/6/2007 7:39:10 PM , Rating: 1
Yet you came to this site, look at the postings, then then placed a comment. Why did you waste your time? Isn't this all just hypocritical?

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