Early early early birds waiting patiently for the 12am start of iPhone 4S pre-orders were faced with a rather frustrating pre-order process using Apple’s web site or the iOS “Apple Store” app. First, the “Come Back Soon” message, which is customary just before the midnight timeline, stuck around quite a bit past midnight. About 45 minutes past. Then rumors on various Mac blogger sites started to come in that pre-orders from the Verizon web site were working since BEFORE midnight. Frustrating the rest of us trying to access through AT&T, Apple or Sprint’s web sites Continue reading Trouble with Midnight iPhone 4S Pre-orders
Yes, it’s actually true. No, jailbreaking, no violation of an AT&T contract. I actually have one, for a grand total of $30…Here’s how I did it…
Well, a few weeks ago I was around my 1 year mark on the 2 year contract I had signed with AT&T when I got my iPhone 3G. So, I logged in to my online account, and, as I suspected, I didn’t have many upgrade options to get the newly released iPhone 3GS for a reasonable amount. Resigning myself to wait out the term of the contract and frustrated, I wrote the article about Apple, AT&T and iPhone’s with contracts being expensive.
Then, this past week, out of sheer morbid curiosity I signed in to my ebay account (of which I haven’t used in ages due to exorbitant fees and the PayPal monopoly they created) then proceeded to see what, if anything at all, a black, 16GB, iPhone 3G was going for. After all, if I could get enough for it, maybe it would be worth putting out another couple hundred to get the new phone and I was frustrated, the new toy was out and I wanted it…NOW.
It turns out, what my ebay searching showed, that a “contract” must be worth a couple hundred dollars because an OUT OF CONTRACT, Black, 16GB iPhone 3G (yes, previous generation) is going for around $275, USED! Because WITH a contract AT&T and Apple are still selling this model new for $99. So the contract is worth a couple hundred to someone. Buying an out of contract phone also allows you to jailbreak & unlock this phone and activate it freely with another carrier, e.g. T-Mobile.
Wow, I thought, if I could just get out of this contract… So I signed back in to my AT&T wireless account, clicked on “upgrade options” and voila! To my amazement and wonder, AT&T was offering the iPhone 3GS at the NEW CUSTOMER pricing of $199 and $299 for the 16GB and 32GB models respectively. Even for me, with still a year left on my previous contract. I think somebody wants me to upgrade…so of course I proceeded to do so as the planets were aligning in my favor.
So, I went to sell my 3G on ebay for $250 “Buy It Now” and it sold within hours. After seller fees and the free ground shipping I offered (that everyone seems to be offering nowadays), I took in roughly $220 for my year old, gently used, iPhone 3G.
I then went to the AT&T store who had just restocked 15 units of the Black, 16GB iPhone 3GS, paid my $199 + tax + $18 upgrade fee, totaling $250, and activated my shiny new iPhone 3GS.
It is very possible I could have gotten more for my iPhone 3G on ebay compared to the others I saw, but for $30 total a little ebay craziness and an extra year with AT&T I’m a happy camper. The phone is great and worth every penny. If anyone else has a similar story please post it here, I’d love to know about it.
It was reported today that AT&T added 2.4 MILLION IPHONE CONTRACTS IN Q2. 800,000 of them are NEW AT&T customers.
AT&T is gaining over a quarter million new mobile customers every month from Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile because of their iPhone exclusivity.
Meanwhile Verizon is begging Apple to allow them to sell SOMETHING! Have you read about that? Verizon’s not even ashamed to say they want to sell “a mobile Apple product” whatever that means.
Exclusivity contracts are ILLEGAL in Australia. That’s why my friend there got her brand new iPhone 3G, *FREE* with a 2 year contract, instead of $299. The $299 was a negotiation to get the customer.
AT&T Doesn’t have to negotiate since you can’t go to another carrier to get an iPhone.
Unfortunately, it only pays to limit a consumer’s choices.
Where are our anti-competitive laws? This is America!
Currently I am the owner of a Cingular 8525 from a manufacturer known as HTC. Generally, I have had a good experience with the device. Besides not being the most attractive phone I’ve ever owned, the more I use it (about 9 months now) the more I notice dropped calls, etc. Not as much as my Sony Ericsson S710a.
So, here’s what I need the iPhone to do before I buy one…
1) Grow up, and allow 3rd party application development. They’re already bashing the iPhone’s security (or lack thereof) so you may as well get rid of one of the complaints and open up app development like the PocketPC’s.
2) 3G…this one’s obvious. Lack of 3G in the first version of the iPhone was obviously strategic but I REGULARLY use my 8525 as a high-speed Internet connection provided wirelessly (bluetooth) to my MacBook Pro. Unfortunately, v.1 iPhone strategy left me out of the loop.
3) User Replaceable Battery
Those are really the primary features I would REQUIRE before purchasing. Secondary features being the following:
1) Removable Storage, my current 8525 takes SD cards and I use it regularly.
2) Voice navigation software…after 3rd parties can develop native iPhone apps maybe TomTom or TeleNav will take the reigns and finish the job!
This is my wish list for the iPhone at the moment. Apple is my favorite platform, Steve Jobs, my favorite CEO, my MacBook Pro, my favorite laptop, maybe they can make their iPhone my favorite cell phone too…