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Analyst: iPhone price cut portends 3G model

updated 01:40 pm EDT, Fri April 4, 2008

iPhone price cut

Piper Jaffray Senior Analyst Gene Munster is reiterating his theory that Apple will soon introduce new iPhones capable of operating on 3G networks, using T-Mobile's recent price cut on 8GB phones as his latest evidence. First confirming that T-Mobile cut the price of the 8GB iPhone to EUR99 from EUR399 ($156 from $624) while the price of the 16GB model remains at EUR499, Munster notes that the promotion runs through June 30, and requires a two-year contract and the high end data plan. Munster says this is "a sign T-Mobile is draining its channel ahead of a new iPhone launch."

Notably, the 16GB iPhone is expected to remain at a cost of 499, and the new plans will at least tentatively end after June 30th.

Munster recently said that in light of Apple's iPhone supply problems in New York, new evidence suggests that the issue is of a larger scale than initially thought. Gene Munster, senior analyst for Piper Jaffray recently called 20 Apple retail stores to confirm stock, and was met with the response that future shipments are uncertain. Munster estimates that the most likely reason for the shortage is the impending, but as of yet unconfirmed, upgrade to a 3G-based iPhone, with a slim chance of a manufacturing issue being a secondary explanation.




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  1. Mixotic

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    please please please

    let it be true

  1. unity@mac.com

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    My guess

    My guess is that the 16GB version will become the new "low-end" model and 3G for the other with maybe a third version in the mix.

    If only 8GB were in short supply my guess would hold more water, but both models appear to be selling out. It could me a new design across the board.

    Ah... speculation is so much futile fun!

  1. mgpalma

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    I know it's too much...

    to hope for, but...

    I want a 32GB 3G iPhone. If I can't hold all of my music on the phone then I cannot realize SJ's vision of only carrying one device.

    I know, I know...

  1. muso_rah

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    I'm in trouble, then

    >If I can't hold all of my music on the >phone then I cannot realize SJ's vision >of only carrying one device.

    Professional musician here - I can't even get all my music digitised....guess I have no hope of living the dream - ;-)

  1. UberFu

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    @unity@mac.com

    okay Captain Obvious !

    Not that Apple typically drops their current high-end products down to the low end spot - then kills off the low end product and intros a new higher end version of the line_

    Nah - that's never happened before - sound like a novel idea Apple came up with there_

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