The iPhone will be cheaper for me because I have a Samsung Blackjack and unlimited data for $39.99 and 200 texts for $5.00.
I'm in internal debate over getting the new iPhone. Now that everything is done in the ATT stores it's lead to a lot of confusion. Any ATT store you go to will answer you differently about if you qualify for the upgrade, how much you'll be paying, what's included and etc.
This is directly from ATT's site.
In comparison to what the previous iPhone plan offered you're paying $10 dollars extra a month for th data, and $5 for the 200 text messages. You will have to pay an $18 dollar upgrade fee, and the new iPhone does not include a dock. According to two ATT phone reps I spoke with, and one store manager, if you area does not have any 3G you still have to pay the same data plan price, it doesn't revert to the last iPhone plan.
Interestingly they have announced the upgrade, early upgrade, and non commitment prices:
If you are upgrade eligible and your account is in good standing, you will pay $199 for 8GB (black) and $299 for 16GB (black or white). Two-year contract required.
You have the option to purchase an early upgrade priced at $399 for 8GB (black) or $499 for 16GB (black or white). Two-year contract required. Coming soon, AT&T will offer a no-commitment option of $599 for 8GB and $699 for 16GB.
One "work around" would be to buy as a new customer if you pass the credit check, pay the 200+tax. Then cancel immediately, keep the phone, and pay the $175 fee. Not a horrible idea.
I'm kinda let down about all this to be honest though, sure it's just $15 more a month but the entire thing feels way more convoluted and less simple than the old way of buying and activating at home. It ends up being $360 more than the old plan for two years of service, plus taxes and fees of course.
Anyone else feel let down? Annoyed? Fine? Or is it really no big deal.
I was told I am not eligible for an upgrade and that it didn't matter if I gave my iPhone to a family member or sold it, if it was put on another persons account I have to pay the $400. Boo.