no not until its offered on some other service provider. AT&T blows and I would not get locked into a 2 year commitment to bad service and shitty reception, not to mention most dropped calls of any network.
Apple is getting very scared. Android devices just reached sprint. Me and my girl got moments and what ive seen with these android devices, they have a real good reason to be scared. People are starting to get smart and want a phone that ur not chained to a closed platform. Anything apple just needs to go away because their closed business model does not fit in the way people are going.
First, give it a conservative estimate that the phone's retail value is 2x the value to actually make the phone ($200 phone = $100 profit). Second, figure that at least 15% of a phone contract goes to the cell phone makers... which is why you get a $200 for free when you switch carriers (1440*20% = $216)
Suppose a 3GS costs $200 to make. Apple is trimming costs to make a measly $100 on an 8GB iphone instead of a whopping $300 per 32BG phone. Hey... marketing costs a lot of money guys.
When does Apple do its iPhone refreshes, July? Buy in now and you'll be locked in to a 3Gs when the new hardware rolls around. At this point, 7 mos away, I'd pass and wait to see the new hardware will offer (March? April?) then take the $99 and 2 yr contract offering if the new hardware is not compelling enough to make the jump at $199 plus 2 yr contract.
I don't think it's just the droid Jane. With HTC ready to drop their HD2 "superphone" and some TP2 models already going at $199, Apple is no longer in the position to charge premium price. Competition has them cornered with better handsets, at less expensive prices, running on a better network.
They can offer a $69.99 and a $49.00 and $19.99 Iphone and i still won't buy cause ATT STINKS. They way over charge for their phone services. Why should i pay an extra $ 30 to $40 for the same service i can get anywhere else. Charging 30.00 a month for phone internet is like charging 4000.00 for a root Canal. Given the choice, I'd rather have the root Canal than give ATT my hard earned money for mediocore srevice at best.
[citation][nom]guess who[/nom]IrrelevantWhat is the relevance if a $299 vs $199 vs $99 iphone then the total cost for the contract is a few thousand bucks. Are consumers really that stupid?[/citation]
Exactly why I left AT&T, and gave up smartphones, period. I can wait to get back home to check my email or my facebook or tweet or however else people waste time. My plan saves me $1920 over the next two years.
I'm not a fan of apple, but I'm already locked into AT&T (work cell) and I'd gladly pay $99 to get something more functional than my POS HTC Diamond... Anything for a phone that doesn't battery drain in 6 hours of literally doing nothing, just being in the holster turned off...