updated 10:55 am EDT, Thu July 3, 2008
German iPhone upgrades
German owners of current 2.5G iPhones are angry with T-Mobile, a local publication claims. Wiwo.de notes that even though Germans paid €399 for first-generation iPhones, at least $30 more than American phones before even September price cuts, T-Mobile now expects people to pay €15 for each month remaining in their contracts if they intend to upgrade to an iPhone 3G. For some customers, this could be as much as €240.
This contrasts sharply with the upcoming offer for new customers, who will pay as little as €1 for a 3G come July 11th, in tandem with a subscription. It has been suggested that Germans may demand a rebate similar to that offered in the US following the September cuts, which was meant to appease early adopters who spent $200 extra only weeks earlier.