updated 09:25 am EDT, Mon June 16, 2008
T-Mobile's 1 iPhone 3G
T-Mobile will sell the iPhone 3G for as little as 1, the company has announced. When the device launches in Germany on July 11th, shoppers will have the option of pairing an 8GB model with a high-end 69 per month contract, resulting in the sharp discount to the phone itself. People wanting cheaper tariffs will have to pay greater initial costs, with the 8GB capacity costing as much as 170, Reuters notes.
Costs for the 16GB iPhone will start at 20 with an 89 per month contract, rising to as high as 250 with a 29 per month agreement. The new fees are believed to be a response to low European sales of the original iPhone, which was often priced between 200 and 400 while still requiring high monthly rates. Many Europeans are able to receives phones for free with new agreements. The lack of 3G broadband is also said to have been a deterrent, as the technology has been widespread in Europe for several years.