updated 10:35 am EDT, Thu June 26, 2008
TIM iPhone plans leaked?
Telecom Italia's planned iPhone contracts have been leaked, an Italian site claims. A new memo, allegedly circulated amongst sales managers at TIM, suggests that there will be four two-year contract options beginning with the Starter, which costs 29 per month but does not have any voice or SMS messages included, and instead charges 15 cents per minute or text. More conventional plans begin with the TIM 250, which incorporates 250 minutes and 100 texts at a price of 49.
The TIM 600 option provides 600 minutes and 200 texts for 79, while the 79 TIM 900 plan gives users 900 minutes and 900 texts, the latter divided between 700 to any carrier and 200 to 3 Italia subscribers. Finally, despite its name, the Unlimited plan offers 5,000 general minutes with 500 to 3 customers, plus 1,200 texts (300 to 3), and 100 minutes of international roaming split between 50 incoming and 50 outgoing. This will cost 199 per month.
Controversially, each plan will only have a default data cap of 1GB per month, with the exception of Unlimited, which boosts this to 5GB. Sources suggest that this may easily be upgradeable in 15/1GB-per-month increments through a "service card," but this is not mentioned in the memo.
Prices for the phones are expected to vary drastically based on the subscription. Starter users are expected to pay 199 and 269 for 8 and 16GB iPhones; this shrinks to 189 and 259 on the 250 plan, and 149 and 219 for the 600 one. 900 subscribers will pay just 99 and 169, while Unlimited users will get the 8GB phone for free, or the 16GB model for 69.
All plans are expected to include free Wi-Fi on TIM hotspots. Final details should be announced in the middle of next week.