Discussion in 'WWDC 2008 discussions' started by integra93_4, Jun 19, 2008.
According to CNet.
so does that put the full price at around 575?
I guess so. This is why I will wait for the price drop.
Aww. that sucks.
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this is confusing. ithought the iphone 3g started at 199
To us it's $199.
Don't forget that the iPhone is still the same price. With the first iPhone, Apple received a portion of the monthly iPhone bill. Because Apple is no longer doing that, AT&T is receiving the full monthly bill. In exchange for Apple losing that cut, AT&T has decided to pick up the tab and lower the prices.
Apple does not make $199 per iPhone. They make about the same amount as before (commission of about $425 and $524) per iPhone.
To us, we only see $199. To Apple and AT&T, think of it like Apple selling AT&T the phone for $425, and AT&T reselling it to us at $199. to make up for the cut, they raise the data plan from $20 to $30 and take out the 200 SMS. They're also making you sign a two year contract. Eventually it will make up for it.
This is true for all subsidized phones. The iPhone was different cause it wasn't subsidized. If you go on att.com, you'll see the original prices of some of the blackberrys which are about $499 and $599. But with the two year contract price, they're considerably lower. That's the same for the 3G iPhone.
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