p2pnet view Mobiles:- Apple zealots — it’s hard to think of most Apple users in any other way – have a disproportionate influence on certain events, as do many other loud minority groups.
AT&T reckoned a new iPhone is on the way —-
—- actually, ‘reckoned’ is the wrong word. It knew one was coming, as did the Apple Faithful and the rest of the world, the latter largely because of unremitting hype on all things Apple from its tireless PR Corps — ie, the lamescream media — and brainwashed adherents in high places.
“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’,” said p2pnet, quoting the Boston Globe.
“Punters must now ask themselves if it’s worth splashing either $500 or $600 for a $phone, depending on capacity, especially considering they’re also compelled to sign up for an iTunes account (whether they want one or not)”, we said, going on, “On top of the, they’re also locked into an AT&T contract for two years.
“What’ll happen if they don’t want to use AT$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’.”
That was in June, 2007.
Forward to 2010 and many (most?) happy Apple / AT&T users, now have, presumably, unlimited $30 data plans. And three or four ‘new and improved’ iPhones gathering dust somewhere, depending on how deeply they’ve been sucked in.
Oh. And probably an iPad.
But as of today, new AT&T customers with the likes of iPhones and BlackBerry Curve “and soon Apple’s 3G wireless-enabled iPad”, will choose between >>>
1) A $15 monthly plan for 200 megabytes of data. If you go over that allotment, you will pay $15 for every additional 200 MB of data used.
2) Or $25 for 2 gigabytes of data. If you go over, you’ll end up paying $10 for each additional gigabyte.
“Existing smart phone customers can renew their unlimited $30 data plans”, continues the Washington Post, but, “When asked how long a customer can keep renewing, spokesman Mark Seigel said, ‘I can’t speculate on the future’.”
Why today, in particular?
Because today’s when the newest ‘new’ iPhone was officially ‘unveiled’ — officially because it’s already been thoroughly dissected on- and offline.
So what’s (going to be) new?
There’s not that much to surprise people with, says the Washington Post, going on >>>
There’s the issue of what sort of third-party services the new device could support — Skype video-conferencing and Facebook social networking come to mind.
There’s its name- – speculation points to either “iPhone HD” or “iPhone 4G,” though the latter wouldn’t make sense unless its unveiling is coupled with an AT&T announcement about deployment of its fourth-generation “LTE” mobile broadband network.
Oh! The suspense!!!
“WWDC” being a developer-oriented event, you can expect news about Apple’s iPhone-programming tools and App Store.
No need to stay tuned.
p2pnet – $175 to break AT&T iPhone deal, June 22, 2010
Boston Globe – Canceling iPhone service early will cost $175, June 22, 2007
iPad – Apple iPad and the Farces of Evil, June 4, 2010
as of today – AT&T dumps all-you-can-eat Net plan, June 3, 2010
Washington Post – AT&T wireless scraps flat-rate Internet plan, June 2, 2010
dissected- Man who sold Apple 4G phone identified, April 30, 2010
Washington Post – Yes, there’s a new iPhone coming today, June 7, 2010
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