AT&T/Cingular to Give Away 18 Months of iPhone Service?

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Jim Cramer/ has notes from AT&T regarding their plans for the iPhone. His column suggests that AT&T will be using the iPhone to aggressively target customers and implies that they will provide significant discounts in service:

    A recap of the same article outright claims that AT&T/Cingular will be "giving away its service for a year and a half to those customers who buy the phone".

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  2. arn macrumors god


    Staff Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    strange that no other reports of this are out there. I would expect this was truly "implied" and not outright said. If anyone has more details on what AT&T said in their earnings call, let me know.

  3. whooleytoo macrumors 603


    Aug 2, 2002
    Cork, Ireland.
    Now THIS is revolutionary!

    Sounds too good to be true though. I was expecting very aggressive data-plan pricing, but this goes far further.
  4. philbeeney macrumors 6502


    Jul 24, 2004
    Brampton, ON
    Still doesn't help anybody else outside of the US though.

    I can't wait for the iPhone to come to Canada.
  5. tkidBOSTON macrumors 6502a


    Aug 14, 2005
    The Hub of the Universe

    I think this would turn many of the "price point is a deal breaker" people into "price point is a deal maker" people.

    I know I wouldn't hesitate to sign up for this.
  6. BillyShears macrumors 6502

    Jan 30, 2003
    According to this post, it is due in Canada (with Rogers) some time between September and December of this year. He also claims Apple won't let Rogers subsidize the cost of the phone (sounds like what might be happening with Cingular?), so maybe Rogers will have a similar plan with a certain number of free months.
  7. noverflow macrumors regular

    Jul 4, 2002
    If that was the case, I would buy the phone in a heartbeat. No question about it. Personally I think this is simply false though. Even at $50/m ($900 over 18 months) you SAVE $400 by getting the phone. It would be stupid not to get the phone. (assuming you can pay the $500 up front)
  8. arn macrumors god


    Staff Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows 98; PalmSource/Palm-D052; Blazer/4.5) 16;320x320)

    maybe its only basic serice
  9. wwooden macrumors 68000


    Jul 26, 2004
    Burlington, VT
    I don't get cingular here, but if I did and I was going to get the iPhone, I would have been extremely happy if said that if you get the iPhone, just pay for a regular service plan and the data plan is free. I have a hard time believing that they will give free service for a year and a half, I feel it will be more of what has already be speculated: that they will have a special all inclusive plan for the iPhone at a much cheaper price than buying everything individually.
  10. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    Show off.

    Wonder how this is going to translate down here where all our providers are GSM and the providers jump through the hoops to sell the cool phones?
  11. dernhelm macrumors 68000


    May 20, 2002
    middle earth
    Yeah, it makes no sense. This guy is either off his rock, or he misinterpreted something he heard from some "insider" at the company.

    If it were true. the only reason not to get the phone would either be the upfront cost, or the fact that you simply don't need a phone in the first place. AT&T can't go around handing out $400 to anyone needing cellphone service over the next 18 months.
  12. Darkroom Guest


    Dec 15, 2006
    Montréal, Canada
    tell me about it... i hope Telus Mobility will snag some deal with Apple 'cause they're for sure the best cellular company here in the east, but something tells me that the oh so evil Bell Mobility or Rogers *shiver* will be the ones with the iPhones.
  13. MacVault macrumors 65816

    Jun 10, 2002
    Planet Earth

    Now this sound 2 good 2 B true! But if it is true... YES! I TAKE BACK ALL THE COMPLAINING I DID ABOUT THE CINGULAR DEAL!

    Now, where can I sign up? Cingular.. I want to give you $500 right now for the iPhone and sign that 18-free-months + 6-payed-months contract!
  14. abrooks macrumors 6502a

    Sep 18, 2004
    London, UK
    Why don't they just go one step further and do what we do over here in the UK. Pay for the contract monthly (usually 12 months) and get the phone free. I would expect nothing else from my O2 contract, I expect the most expensive phone they have for free.
  15. MacVault macrumors 65816

    Jun 10, 2002
    Planet Earth
    Yea, that's what I would rather see too. I HATE cellphone contracts! They are from HELL!
  16. Max Payne macrumors 6502a

    Oct 27, 2006
    Brisbane, Australia
    I doubt it, except if you are going to take the most expensive tariff. I have been an O2 customer for more than 5 years and I only got a free mobile once.

    Nokia N91 -----------------> Free
    Nokia N80 -----------------> £70 with £10 discount on monthly tariff.
    O2 XDA II -----------------> £130 with NO discount.
    Nokia 8800 ----------------> £130 with NO discount.
    Nokia 8310 ----------------> £50 with NO discount.
  17. bokdol macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2002
    doesn't phone companies take up alot of the cost of phones so they can make people get 2 year contracts. i mean a razer retail for 300 dollars but you get it free with like a 2 year service i think. maybe this will bring the cost of service down.
  18. jackc macrumors 65816


    Oct 19, 2003
    I figure by the time I get out of my Sprint contract, the iPhone will be a few hundred dollars cheaper, so I'm good to go.
  19. Jerry Spoon macrumors 6502a

    Jerry Spoon

    Jan 8, 2002
    Historic St. Charles
    Absolutely. And you know how Apple hates to discount their products, so it makes sense that the only other thing the service provider can discount is the cost of their service. That being said, I can't imagine it would be 18 months of free service. Maybe 6 months. Even with that amount, I'd definitely give the iPhone a second thought.
  20. Americanloti macrumors member

    Mar 2, 2006
    For me the best option would be to sell the phone unlocked at the Apple Store. Even at 500 euro I would buy it in a nanosecond, and use the Sim Card I already have (which is prepaid). I really hope they'll go this way in Italy since the market is completely different than US.
  21. Max Payne macrumors 6502a

    Oct 27, 2006
    Brisbane, Australia
    I prefer paying things in advance. This was I wont be worried about high monthly bills. If this is adopted in the UK, I'll take one.
  22. Murty macrumors newbie

    Jan 25, 2007

    Sorry for the off topic comment:

    That's the first time I've been on one of these popular Mac rumour forums and noticed someone actually located near me! Max, live near Broadgate park, just down the road from you.

    As for the iPhone, hoping Orange will carry it here and offer some kind of discount. Knowing our luck in the UK, Apple will charge £599 for it! Also, hoping they offer a standard SMS thing, allowing one off texts, rather than always grouping by recipient into an iChat like interface.

    Fingers crossed...
  23. yg17 macrumors G5


    Aug 1, 2004
    St. Louis, MO
    I wouldn't take Cingular's service even if the iPhone and the monthly bill were given to me....
  24. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 17, 2002
    Bay of Fundy

    I'm afraid you're going to be disappointed, it's going to be Rogers. The iPhone is GSM and the only carrier of that kind in Canada is Rogers (and Fido which they now own).

    Also, Quebec is not the East of Canada, we are ;)
  25. aricher macrumors 68020


    Feb 20, 2004
    I'm not sure how Cingular's service is in St. Louis but here in Chicago it's been flawless. I've had no problems with the network anywhere I've gone in the nation and have had no problems using it in The Netherlands, France, Italy and Germany as well. I honestly can't believe there are so many Cingular haters out there.

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