iPhone 3G – Who is evil? ATT or Apple or Both?
Call it whining or something else but Apple and ATT cannot really screw many a number of people’s monthly expenses with just a new release, right? Firstly, Steve Jobs makes this statement at WWDC 2008 “iPhone 3G – Twice the Speed, Half the price!”. Seriously : How many cities can you possibly use 3G on ATT? 280 metropolitan cities, what about the rest? Why should they be lured into the same package? $199 is good for such a device but hey, you are screwing the customer with a potential $85 per month, minimum? Ok, so now you call me cheap but I am using a 450 minutes pm plan at $39.99 .
iPhone 2.5G had this amazing $20 unlimited data and 200 SMS package but that’s about it. Check how ATT is messing up with the whole 3G episode. Ok, now you say ATT is the culprit but Apple cannot be left out either. They tie the whole iPhone warranty to the contract. So, I have no ATT service in my area, but they sold me an Apple iPhone online and now for warranty purposes they ask me to get a contract first! If they are touting iPhone as more than just a phone, why wouldnt’ they handle the warranty in a similar manner? Apple gets paid $325 for every iPhone sold, great! ATT gets a ransom with a 2 year contract, great! The commoner suffers an $85 (minimum) payload 🙁 Yeah, commoner which includes students, jobless Apple fanatics or independent small contractors.
The best bet to counter the whole 3G episode would be to wait till hackers thwart Apple’s efforts to lock the device. Hello Apple, invest in copy/paste, MMS and other feature rich applications, not anti hacking mechanisms! You will be hacked anyway! And all iPhone 2.5G owners, eBay still rules given the no contract choose any plan options that are available for you. Why sell your device? You get the same features with iPhone 2.0 s/w and you can directly compete with your 3G counterparts! It is now upto the commoner to decide on ATT’s success and their own failure.
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