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.