updated 01:05 pm EDT, Fri September 30, 2011
Carrier exploits influx of new iPhone customers
Insurance costs will indeed be going up for AT&T iPhone owners on October 4th, as rumored, a page on the carrier's website reveals. On that date insurance rates are scheduled to jump from $5 to $7, affecting new and existing customers alike. The hike is happening in conjunction with the creation of a new device tier, covering the iPhone and "other devices" for which a $199 non-refundable deductible will apply.
The switch is clearly meant to coincide with Apple's iPhone press event on the 4th, at which time the company will announce one or more new iPhone models. Potentially significant is that AT&T is increasing rates in tandem with the hardware's introduction, and not at a later date when devices will presumably go on sale. It could imply that Apple is planning a rapid turnaround, opening up orders within the space of a week if not immediately.