updated 04:20 pm EDT, Mon June 8, 2009
AT&T on iPhone 3GS
Expanding on Apple's introduction of the iPhone 3GS, American carrier AT&T has provided additional launch details. Preordering begins today, and when done online, will allow people to have a phone shipped directly to their home or office. In-store preorders will require customers pick up the device; both options are on a first-come-first-served basis.
Hardware prices are $199 for 16GB and $299 for 32GB as announced, with the 8GB iPhone 3G costing $99. New information is that the 16GB 3G should remain on sale for $149, though once current stock is depleted, no more will be available.
Subscription options remain unchanged, costing a minimum of $70 per month for personal voice and data, or $130 under a FamilyTalk plan. A two-year contract is typically required, though the phones can also bought at an unspecified premium without a contract.
AT&T warns that while the 3GS supports 7.2Mbps downloads, deployment of a supporting network will only begin later this year, and finish in 2011. MMS messaging should become available in "late summer," according to an AT&T representative, and come at no extra charge. A future tethering plan is confirmed, but no details are yet ready.