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A Flickr account, presumably by an AT&T store employee, shows some of the early iPhone accessory arrivals. Despite Apple's claims that the iPhone will be relatively resistant to scratches, it is expected that carrying cases and protectors will be one of the hot-sellers.

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Of course, iPhone will also work with Bluetooth headsets, including its own Bluetooth headset, which an unconfirmed rumor points to a $129 pricetag for. iPhone also includes Apple's 30-pin dock connector, so most existing iPod accessories should work as well (car chargers, FM transmitters, etc).
 

b3beater

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A Flickr account, presumably by an AT&T store employee, shows some of the early iPhone accessory arrivals. Despite Apple's claims that the iPhone will be relatively resistant to scratches, it is expected that carrying cases and protectors will be one of the hot-sellers.

Of course, iPhone will also work with Bluetooth headsets, including its own Bluetooth headset, which an unconfirmed rumor points to a $129 pricetag for. iPhone also includes Apple's 30-pin dock connector, so most existing iPod accessories should work as well (car chargers, FM transmitters, etc).

to me that's always been the rub about apple gear.

it looks great - a design marvel....

but it's so damn expensive you have to put in it some ugly protective case so nothing happens to it... :D
 

iMichael72

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I'll definitely get some sort of screen protector.

B3beater, you are right. The iPhone looks amazing, it's a shame you have to (should) keep it in a case to protect it.

But, I'll have no problem doing that. Have to take care of it.
 

nagromme

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The iPhone is so thin and portable, I'd almost hate to bulk it up more than I'd hate to scratch it.

I've been carrying my iPod caseless for months now and its scratches are tiny and visible only in the right light, never interfering with use. And it's not made of glass. (I already know how scratch-resistant anodized aluminum is: my ~4-year old Al PowerBook has only one little scratch. Most sharp things write on it like a crayon leaving a "scratch" that just rubs off. So I'm not too worried about the iPhone back.)

Besides, if you carry it in an always-on case, it's like a tree falling on a mime. Who cares whether it's scratched or not if you never see the device itself anyway? I may as well carry it bare, let it get scratches (if any), and then hide the disgrace with a case later. (Any case risks making small scratches of its own anyway.)

If it wasn't for the glass, I'd probably use a film protector without a case. But with glass there's no need for that.

On the other hand, some cases look pretty nice in their own way, and let you customize your device. And extras like a belt clip can be useful. And whether it "really" matters or not, the first scratch on an Apple device is very annoying! They have better design than other brands, and so you tend to care more about preserving the looks.
 

Jack Nance

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120.00 per month

I just talked with an AT@ T representative yesterday. With all the features of the iphone, plus service with 1000 minutes of phone air time, the cost will be::::::

120.00 per month for one Iphone :(

i'm going to wait for prices to come down for sure.
 

FACT

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If i were in the market for an iphone, I would definately get a case, but I'd get one like the belt clip one shown in the picture because you can protect the device when you're not using it but have the phone caseless as it should be when you have it out. I think the rubber slide over cases like the one on the far right in the pic are ugly as hell and i personally would never even consider blemishing such a good looking product with something like that.

kthxbi
 

rdowns

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ATT reps don't have any details yet. ^^

One rumor says Apple will include a slip case with the iPhone.
 

nagromme

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sishaw

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I just talked with an AT@ T representative yesterday. With all the features of the iphone, plus service with 1000 minutes of phone air time, the cost will be::::::

120.00 per month for one Iphone :(

i'm going to wait for prices to come down for sure.

What if we don't need 1000 minutes of talk time? I'd be happy with 400 minutes (I hardly use 100 minutes a month, actually) plus unlimited data (I use lots of that). Did you get any sense of how that kind of arrangement might affect the price? Thanks.
 

DTphonehome

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I just talked with an AT@ T representative yesterday. With all the features of the iphone, plus service with 1000 minutes of phone air time, the cost will be::::::

120.00 per month for one Iphone :(

i'm going to wait for prices to come down for sure.

Even if that's true, 1000 minutes is a lot, and I'm sure there will be 450 minute plans for less, like $85-95. And I assume that $120 quote includes unlimited texts.
 

ravenvii

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Even if that's true, 1000 minutes is a lot, and I'm sure there will be 450 minute plans for less, like $85-95. And I assume that $120 quote includes unlimited texts.

He can't answer you. No one knows anything yet. Just wait until later this week and all will be revealed, rather than freaking out and declaring your damnation of the iPhone based on what some AT&T representative said.
 

ryanwarsaw

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I agree they need better cases. The hip case is functional but just too dorky. The wrap around thing takes 100% of the cool factor away.
 

eddietr

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What if we don't need 1000 minutes of talk time? I'd be happy with 400 minutes (I hardly use 100 minutes a month, actually) plus unlimited data (I use lots of that). Did you get any sense of how that kind of arrangement might affect the price? Thanks.

Just go to cingular.com and price out a plan for one of the HTC phones with the number of minutes you want. The price is not going to be much different from that.

I have a blackjack from Cingular/AT&T and my data plan for unlimited use including ActiveSync is $30/month over and above my 1500 minute family plan. On my wife's line we pay $40/month for unlimited data for her blackberry. I'm not expecting my bill to change much at all on Friday when we replace both with iPhones.

I really expect the pricing to be pretty much the same as every other data plan.
 

macridah

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1000 minutes is a lot to force everyone to get. I hope that's just an option. Also, what's the deal with family plans ... 1000 minute family would be ok, right now i have a 700 minute plan.

I sure hope that it comes with a wall charger. It would be cool if you could only charge by connecting it to your computer or buying a wall charger separately.
 

ajhill

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I just talked with an AT@ T representative yesterday. With all the features of the iphone, plus service with 1000 minutes of phone air time, the cost will be::::::

120.00 per month for one Iphone :(

i'm going to wait for prices to come down for sure.


Not to disagree with an employee who may or may not know his own name, but. Remember that Verizon turned Apple down on the iPhone. Ask yourself this: Would the top cell phone company turn down the hottest product in years at a price point of $120/month? The answer clearly is NO! Certainly not on the Edge network to boot.

Apple is holding back the pricing because that is going to be the final surprise, or if you will the "Killer App"

If Apple and ATT are dumb enough to bring it out at $120/month, they wouldn't be needing all those extra employees for crowd control, now would they?

Put on your thinking cap people. No one wants to pay $4/day for a phone, not even an iPhone. The price is the final unbelievable feature. That is why Verizon passed. Apple low balled ATT to get them to think long term and market share.

Apple ][ Forever!
 

bdj21ya

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How much for a bluetooth headset ??? :eek: :eek:



Hehe :D

$129 is pretty standard. You can get the cheap ones for less, but there is a clear difference between the quality of these products (and I'm not just talking materials, but performance, where it really matters). Trust me, I've got a cheap one and it's barely usable at times.
 

sbrownla

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Hmmmm

What if we don't need 1000 minutes of talk time? I'd be happy with 400 minutes (I hardly use 100 minutes a month, actually) plus unlimited data (I use lots of that). Did you get any sense of how that kind of arrangement might affect the price? Thanks.

Probably about 80-90 bucks. I know it's a broad range, but since plans won't be "exotic", they won't deviate from the current norm (39.99 for 450 anytime and 5k night/weekend, 29.99 smartphone max: unlim data 1500 sms = ~70.00 without taxes and fees, usually 15 bucks).

It just depends on whether they classify it as a PDA or not, and since it's offering POP, full email, visual voicemail (which is most likely adds to the price) and other stuff, it's gonna be significant.

As for cases, how many of the people saying they won't need a case have ever had a touchscreen PDA/Phone? It becomes a much more tactile device when it's touchscreen and is a lot more prone to dropping, so whether or not it is made of glass, there is a LOT more surface area to pay attention and that can get scratched. It has a lot more functions, so you can't really compare it to an iPod. With an iPod, you aren't poking and prodding it as much.

Also, someone else said it first but nobody should ever have anything attached to their belt unless they are a super hero or a mechanic/construction worker.
 
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