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AT&T reveals service plan for new iPhone. "The Real Cost to own one".

 
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AT&T reveals service plan for new iPhone. "The Real Cost to own one".
Real Cost of iPhone: Service Plan Revealed
Tue Jun 26, 2007 12:14PM EDT

At long last the final shoe on iPhone has dropped: The cost of voice and data plans that you'll have to buy from AT&T when you purchase the device. The good news: It's not as bad as some had feared. The bad news: It's still going to cost you a pretty penny if you're used to paying $40 a month for a basic service plan.

Here's the damage: $60 a month for 450 minutes. $80 for 900 minutes. $100 for 1350 minutes. If you need even more minutes, plans continue to climb up to $220 a month for a whopping 6000 minutes. The good news: All plans include unlimited email and web, rollover minutes, unlimited mobile-to-mobile, and 200 text messages a month. All except the cheapest plan include unlimited nights and weekends minutes; the cheapest plan includes a mere 5000 of those. Contrary to earlier rumors there is no voice-only option for the iPhone: Remember you need data service to do all the cool email/web/mapping business that makes iPhone an iPhone, otherwise you've pretty much got a pretty brick in your pocket that can play Avril Lavigne tunes. Additional details are here.


Is this a good deal? Let's compare. AT&T's cheapest voice-only plan costs $40 a month for 450 minutes, 5000 nights and weekend minutes, and no data services at all. (Even text messages are about 15 cents a pop.) Adding $20 a month for unlimited web isn't a bad deal. For the $60 of the iPhone's cheapest plan, you can get AT&T's 900-minute plan with no data service.

Looking at it another way, AT&T's Messaging Unlimited plan (unlimited MMS/SMS messages) costs $20 a month extra. Its unlimited messaging and media plan (which gives you access to cellular video as well) costs another $40 a month. The company has a variety of data plans for web browsing phones. The closest to what the iPhone gets you is SmartPhone Max, at $30 extra per month.

Whew, that's a lot of numbers. Putting it all together, designing a comparable plan to iPhone's $60 service on AT&T with a non-iPhone device would actually cost about $70 a month. Believe it or not, iPhone service is actually a bargain!

On the other hand, $60 a month or more isn't cheap. Over the life of the phone that equates to $1,440. Add in the price of the phone and activation fees and the cheapest amount you'll spend on an iPhone over the next two years is $1,975. You can almost buy a brand new MacBook Pro for that outlay. And don't forget the cancellation fee you'll pay on your old phone...

Overall I'm pleased. AT&T could have gouged consumers with a $100/month plan and few people would have flinched. Instead the company is offering an affordable option that should help to ease the sting of that initial $500 or $600 outlay. That said, I'm sure many will still find the plan too expensive. As always, I await your thoughts, opinions, and rants on the topic.
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Re: AT&T reveals service plan for new iPhone. "The Real Cost to own one".
Hell of a deal, but I eliminated my cell phone a year ago. I just couldn't justify the $50 bucks a month for a phone...

Anyway....I rather like the idea of not being accessible 24-7, LOL!
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Re: AT&T reveals service plan for new iPhone. "The Real Cost to own one".
You forgot to include the $1000 it'll cost to get someone to wait in line day and nite for 4 days plus food, drinks, sleeping bag and a tent.
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Re: AT&T reveals service plan for new iPhone. "The Real Cost to own one".
Hell of a deal, but I eliminated my cell phone a year ago. I just couldn't justify the $50 bucks a month for a phone...

Anyway....I rather like the idea of not being accessible 24-7, LOL!
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Hello fellow non cell phone person.

I did that too a couple of years ago. Didn't miss it a bit.
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You guys get so totally screwed there.
A cost to disconnect a phone?
Wow!
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$1,000 a year for a cell phone? Wow.

I've never used a cell phone in my life, don't plan to, and probably couldn't figure out how to work it, anyway.

As for $1,000 a year, just so folks could bug and bother me anywhere, anytime ... I don't think so.

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Re: AT&T reveals service plan for new iPhone. "The Real Cost to own one".
history proves this much at least...all these devices had a similar ring when they too came out: direct tv=$600, betamax/vhs=$600, color tv 1963=$600, dvd player=$600, mobile phones/cell phones=$600: all of which eventually ended up being "free" to the consumer who simply signed up for "endless monthly charges".
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only 200 text msgs a month?!

I use like 1200 - 1500 in a damn month!
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sounds cheaper to get a new rudimentary macbook and use skype with a headset free hot spots everywhere no pay no internet.. or get that stuff that comes up everywhere that's like 28 a month wireless access.. do you really need it to fit in your pocket? cell phones make me feel sick right before they ring i can feel it every time
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i'm gonna go camp out thursday night and get one.
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two more cents
vonage is cheap and i don't even really use the phone it answers for me when the phone is't plugged in and i can check messages in my email on laptop too

see i am AFRAID OF THE PHONE
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It really stands for idiotPhone.
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