updated 05:10 pm EDT, Thu September 23, 2010
Tethering available from start
The iPhone 4 is officially launching in the US territory of Guam on Friday. The expansion follows a series of recent releases, including South Africa and South Korea. GTA TeleGuam is set to be the carrier, and has already announced plan details. Of special interest may be the day-one availability of tethering, with a monthly cost of $15. It can be added and removed as needed. GTA is selling two family plans, and three standard plans.
The A-List plan offers unlimited calls to five local numbers, 800 weekday minutes and unlimited weekends and nights. All plans include free incoming SMS, with a $3 overhead on 200 outgoing texts, or $6 on unlimited texts. Family plans are set at $70 a month for 800 shared minutes, or $100 a month for 1,200 minutes.
The phone itself is selling for about $200 and $300 in 16 and 32GB capacities, in either case attached to a two-year contract. Early-upgrade customers must pay an extra $200 on top of the standard charge. In spite of the relative size of the island, 3G coverage is available.