Why the outrage on 3GS prices?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by RKilbane20, Jun 10, 2009.

  1. RKilbane20 macrumors 6502a

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    Does nobody remember when the 2G iPhone came out? it cost 500 and 600 dollars. Then later dropped to 400 and 500. This is the same price you would be paying for 3GS iPhone. Everybody payed those prices before now that some people can pay only 200 and 300 everybody gets pissed. I dont understand.
     
  2. MTI macrumors 65816

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    I dunno, perhaps there's wisdom in the other 20-30 threads on the subject . . . ;)
     
  3. nfl46 macrumors 603

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    Its the 3G people pissed, when they knew damn well what they were getting themselves in when they sign the contract for the 199/299 last year.

    I had a 3G but I paid 399 for it last year, and now I'm eligible for the 399 one again...199/299 in September though.
     
  4. racers macrumors regular

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    No it's only some 3g owners. I for one knew exactly what I was signing.
     
  5. matttye macrumors 601

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    I'm not outraged, just disappointed. I want an iPhone but it's going to be out of my reach for about 6 months at the current price.
     
  6. Le Big Mac macrumors 68020

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    But I want to hear my whining, not read the whining of 500 other posters first.
     
  7. Shoot macrumors regular

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    I didn't know.
    When i signed up for the iphone 3g in october 2008 I asked this exact question:
    'would I be able to upgrade to a new iphone as soon as it comes out, and how much would it cost?' and was told 'yes, and you will simply have to lengthen your contract by say, 24 months but pay no fee for the handset'
    they lied.
     
  8. racers macrumors regular

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    You shouldn't have believed that
     
  9. Jonny75 macrumors member

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    The upgrade complaints are a COMPLETE SIDE ISSUE. Sorry for shouting, but it's the truth. No carrier allows you to break a contract, mid contract, on a subsidised phone for free. Get over it. Buyer beware.

    The issue in the UK is that Apple made it clear they want to expand the user base. They are dropping the price of the 8Gb 3G and have the same/lower prices for the new model in the US while in the UK, the prices are all going UP. Making the iPhone even more expensive than it is now. This will kill new uptake for all but the most fanatic/rich in the UK and stifle user base expansion. O2 are publicly defying Apple's business plan.

    The odd thing is in this recession, people would have been prepared to jump on the iPhone 3G at £55 and 3G S 32Gb at £160, but at £276 it's a pain.

    Today iPhone 3G 16Gb on £35pm plan: £57.74. Next week iPhone 3G 8Gb on £35pm plan £96.98 That is backward thinking.

    That is the fuss. Stuff the upgraders, they are trying to break a legal contract for free. It's the new pricing the BBC/Guardian are focussing on and the one Apple will have to face.
     
  10. Phil A. Moderator

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    That's pretty bad from O2 - it looks to me like they're trying to get everyone on to 24 month contracts (the iPhone 3G 8GB is free across the board on 24 month contracts: You can just imagine the conversation: "Yes, Mr Jones, the iPhone is expensive but if you are prepared to sign up to a two year contract, which is only 6 months longer, you can have it for free")

    I can't think of any other phone that costs £100 subsidized a year after it's release and that does smack of profiteering to me.

    I also wonder how many average users will even realise that they're getting an older tech phone - a glance at the specs will look like this:

    8GB - £96
    16GB - £184
    32GB - £274

    So it looks like £90 pounds or so between each model, and I'm betting a lot of people think they're getting an 8GB 3G S when they're not...
     
  11. joshellis625 macrumors 6502

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    At first I was not going to buy the new iPhone and then I checked my AT&T account and saw that I could upgrade for 399 for the 8gb 3GS and I decided to do it anyway.
     
  12. samab macrumors 6502a

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    You mean like 1 year ago when Steve Jobs said 1/2 the price --- but in reality the total cost got up because AT&T charged $10 more per month (24x10=$240) which is more than the $200 price reduction.

    Keynote speeches are advertisements --- not business plans.
     
  13. dwd3885 macrumors 68020

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    You CAN still get an iPhone and add 24 months. But seriously, you thought not fees for the handset? I got a friend in Nigeria who wants to talk to you..
     
  14. Primejimbo macrumors 68040

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    I knew what I was getting and I don't regret it. I am happy about the new 3GS, this just means next June it's going to be even better for me :D
     
  15. MikePA macrumors 68020

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    I missed the part of the announcement where people are forced to buy an iPhone.
     
  16. Gathomblipoob macrumors 68030

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    8gb 3GS?

    What a deal! :D
     
  17. MTI macrumors 65816

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    It's just implied that those that don't have one are merely lesser examples of the human species who should not be allowed to have their DNA advance . . . ;)
     
  18. Phil A. Moderator

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    I'm sure (or at least hope) you mean 16GB or 32GB 'cos the 8GB is a plain old 3G
     
  19. hefeglass macrumors 6502a

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    one day someone told me that the sky was red...


    then i noticed today that its blue.....they lied.


    its not fair because this whole time I have been drawing pictures with red skys...and now I find out that they are blue.
     
  20. John T macrumors 68020

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    I think you may have misread the prices - If you compare the two tables, you will see there's no change between this week and next - you compared 24month contracts with 18months.
     

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  21. mactastic macrumors 68040

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    Oh noes! 6 entire months?

    An 8gb 3GS? Really? Are you sure they weren't just several 8gb 3Gs?
     
  22. Jonny75 macrumors member

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    You're right! Oops, a but embarrassing-- too tired.

    BUT, it is more expensive to buy into the iPhone compared to the US; and Apple's plan as explicitly stated at the keynote is to lower prices. O2 is flaunting the exclusivity deal, which clearly has some time to run. Possibly 2 years.
     
  23. iphones4evry1 macrumors 65816

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    Why does monthly service cost so much less in the UK ?
    Your least expensive iPhone plan is £34.26 = $56.24, but in the US, the least expensive iPhone3G plan we have is $69.99 http://finance.yahoo.com/currency-converter?a=1#from=GBP;to=USD;amt=34
     

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  24. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

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    People want to have their cake and eat it, too.

    Some people want the newest iPhone for the price they see because they're used to buying iPods or computers. Cell phones are TOTALLY DIFFERENT and they don't understand that you get a huge price cut for agreeing to two years. You don't get that special deal until AT&T has made their money back, which is quite appropriate. AT&T isn't running a charity.
     
  25. John T macrumors 68020

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    I suppose the exchange rate is the real culprit! 10 months ago it would have been a different story!
     

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