Why 6 models?

rdrr

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Why would you create 6 models instead of 3 and allow tethering from your iPhone? It seems having another device with a 3g option is redundant. This is almost making me think about getting a regular dumb cell phone, and an iPad with 3g.

:confused:
 

GoCubsGo

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In a way I agree. I kind of think 3G should be CTO but people would bitch. If they have 6 models people wonder, if not then people bitch about lack of choice. It is a no-win situation.
 

Afterthecalm

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Because I don't have an iPhone, and I'm tired of going to the library to jack signal. Being broke does that to you. I look forward to the 3G model
 

master-ceo

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This is almost making me think about getting a regular dumb cell phone, and an iPad with 3g.

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exactly what i'm gonna do. i'm out of contract with at&t, and will give them the finger this month.

I'll probably try that vonage app out on the ipad also.
 

sumzero

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Why would you create 6 models instead of 3 and allow tethering from your iPhone? It seems having another device with a 3g option is redundant. This is almost making me think about getting a regular dumb cell phone, and an iPad with 3g.

:confused:
Same reason Microsoft had the "core" 360, and the "pro" version they want to try and appease a wider audience and then eventually they will convert everyone else.
 

mrgreen4242

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I think the majority of the future iPad owners will be iPhone owners too.
That's the most inane thing said about the iPad yet. Which is impressive considering all the female hygiene product "jokes". Congratulations!
 

hitekalex

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Why would you create 6 models instead of 3 and allow tethering from your iPhone? It seems having another device with a 3g option is redundant. This is almost making me think about getting a regular dumb cell phone, and an iPad with 3g.

:confused:
Forget tethering. If I am using an iPad outside of WiFi range, I don't want to be dependent on another device. The idea is to have a single device that can do everything.
 

jb1280

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why not 6 models? It's not some terribly complicated rubric where you have to consider screen type or product material or processor speed.

3 storage sizes, with or without 3G.

It's also not really redundant.

$99 for iPhone 3G plus 2 year contract is a bigger pill to swallow than $499 plus $15-30 per month on a month by month basis.
 

Chupa Chupa

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I don't think of it as 6 models, but rather 3 with a 3G option. It's like you choose vanilla, cherry, or chocolate, and then if you want spinkles you can add those too.

At any rate if it wasn't 6 models then people would be whining that Apple is only letting people with the most expensive models get 3G. Apple's approach is much more egalitarian and lets people buy the options that fit their own needs.
 

vertigo78

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the 6 models allows for a very low entry point and the enticement of upgrades. the memory size and 3g updates subsidize the low costs of the other models. its that simple. apple wants to get these to the hands of as many customers as possible.
 

colmaclean

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I wonder what amounts of each model are being produced.

My guess is the $499 option is going to be the most popular by far. The middle option probably the least, as people will either go cheap or all out.
 

richpjr

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If the rumor on the front page that the iPad is coming to Verizon is true, they may end up with 9 models!
 

ntrigue

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I'd also like to point-out that you pay a premium of $130 and $30/month.

The hardware for 3G chips' estimated cost is $12.

Why not just say $40/month unlimited and have three models with WiFi and 3G? $599 - $699 - $799
 

MTI

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3G is yesterday. 4G is already being deployed in various US markets. At the right price, a 4G "MiFi" mobile hotspot device is all your 802.11n iPad would need.