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AT&T details iPhone 3GS launch plans

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.

by MacNN Staff



  1. kerryb

    Joined: Dec 1969


    FIrst gen iPhone and Att

    My subscription is due to expire on June 30th for my 1st generation iPhone. I discovered calling ATT that they have a plan for $10 less than the basic $40 phone $20 data. You get 200 minutes which suits me fine so I switched my plan. They do not advertise this plan on their website and I think it is in place for expiring contracts. $10 plus tax time 12 months adds up to a decent saving I would suggest calling them if this plan works for you.

  1. jorgem4

    Joined: Dec 1969


    when can i change mine ?

    I have an iPhone 3G, bought it late July last year. I would like to pass it down to someone and buy a one of the new ones. Would i be eligible get the ATT discount prices ?

  1. jayparry

    Joined: Dec 1969


    No MMS/Tethering

    No MMS/Tethering at launch = Massive FAIL

  1. EternalGuest

    Joined: Dec 1969



    ATT sucks. What a weak link. In exchange for bowing to apple's high demands, they provide a terrible experience for the user.

  1. Eldernorm

    Joined: Dec 1969



    "ATT sucks. What a weak link. In exchange for bowing to apple's high demands, they provide a terrible experience for the user."

    Do I detect a new Pre owner. :-)

    Just a thought.

  1. yahtzee

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Jacked prices

    I have a 3G iPhone and was hoping to upgrade. Here's what AT&T is telling me.

    $18 upgrade fee
    $18 activation fee
    $399 for 16GB or $499 for 32GB

    I'm OK with adding another two years to my contract, but why kill me with the extra $200 to get a new iPhone?

    Plus, the $5 for text messaging is BS.

  1. VinitaBoy

    Joined: Dec 1969



    "ATT sucks. What a weak link."

    Fact: An equal number of people believe that Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, etc., ad infinitum, suck even more! Loathing one's mobile carrier is the new national pastime in this country, sir or madam, so your opinion is no better nor worse than anyone's here.

    So, relax and lower your blood pressure. Then pick your phone and provider at your reasoned leisure. I absolutely guarantee you will regret the choice you make within a year. Get used to it.

  1. EternalGuest

    Joined: Dec 1969



    current 1st generation iphone owner who just "reserved" his iphone 3G-S thank you.

    Comment buried. Show
  1. Stuke

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Technology can't provide

    $699 for a 32GB new iPhone 3GS user? You've got to be kidding. When will Apple, AT&T, or both get it. Don't rape the people. The iPhone is a smashing hit but tethered (chained) to AT&T just smacks of the usual Apple attitude...those who want will pay and still be evangelical about it. Yet budget-minded family people see the extreme usefulness of the product but cannot justify such a high device and subscription price, and therefore go to junky flip-phones or "just not there" smart phones. What really gets me is the blatant disregard for the economic environment...such an introduction is pitiful. I'm a 17 year Apple fan and now they've finally disgusted me.

  1. nat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    oh stuke

    show me another smart phone that's not "raping" the people. according to your standards.

    i'll wait...

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