p2pnet.net news:- AT&T splashed out $50 million, “to beef up its relatively slow wireless network in anticipation of the heightened activity expected to follow the iPhone’s debut next week,” says the Boston Globe.
Punters must now ask themselves if it’s worth splashing either $500 or $600 for a $phone, depending on capacity, especially considering they’re also compelled to sign up for an iTunes account (whether they want one or not). On top of the, they’re also locked into an AT&T contract for two years.
What’ll happen if they don’t want to use AT$T? They’ll have to fork out $175, continues the story which has AT&T spokesman Mark Siegel saying, “There are certain fixed costs we incur in serving every customer who establishes service with us.”
But he wouldn’t go into detail, says of the Globe.
Boston Globe – Canceling iPhone service early will cost $175, June 22, 2007
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