Will iPhone Owners Have To Pay For iPhone OS 2.1?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Starflyer, Jun 26, 2008.

  1. Starflyer macrumors 6502a

    Starflyer

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    Can Apple account for the iPhone 3G over a 2 year period?
     
  2. nickspohn macrumors 68040

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    No iPhone owner will ever pay for software updates.
     
  3. alexboy45 macrumors regular

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    I am sure i have read it somewhere that because the iPhone is a subscription service the software updates are free. this is why the same update for the touch is chargable.
     
  4. razorianfly macrumors 65816

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    Agreed.

    The iPhone, as stated above, is accounted by Apple on a subscription-based business model. This means, because
    iPhone users are throwing money to Apple & the carrier every month (paying for their phone service amongst other services),
    they qualify to receive extra software-based functionality, without the extra fees. :cool:

    The iPod touch on the other hand is not based on a subscription accounting model, as it is a one-off-purchase,
    and this therefore requires these users to pay for extra software-based functionality (hence, why I'm currently selling mine). :)

    This will never change.

    R-Fly
     
  5. philgilder macrumors 68000

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    what i dont get is how apple can give apple tv owners a free update that gives many new features for free and there is no subscription service, and the ipod touch is also not a subscription service and you need to pay for upgrades...
     
  6. mavis macrumors 68040

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    Apparently the AppleTV is accounted for like the iPhone - as a recurring source of income for Apple. :rolleyes:

    As an iPod Touch owner I find the whole thing annoying. Especially now that I'll be buying an iPhone 3G, which will likely get free updates. :mad:
     
  7. 7on macrumors 601

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    I think it's not so much it's an upgrade as it's unadvertised features.

    AppleTV plays content, videos and the like.

    The iPod touch plays the same with a few extra doodads.

    Atv gets an update for a menu change and renting movies. Not a feature set update.

    iPod touch gets an update to send email - that was charged for.

    It's kinda shady and I haven't heard of other companies doing this. Maybe Apple's trying to get this "law" known so the people can vote against it?
     

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