comparing Apples and Oranges $199 iPhone Freerunner GTA02

Kalle Happonen kalle.happonen at
Tue Jun 10 12:58:01 CEST 2008

arne anka wrote:
>> It's 8GB not 4 and it's $199 with a 2yr contract.  Regular retail prices
>> have yet to be announced.
> as i understand, 199 is apple's price -- providers may subsidise the  
> iphone, too.
No, 199$ is a operator subsidised price.


"According to a press release from AT&T, the carrier will no longer give 
a portion of monthly usage fees to Apple. Instead carriers will pay 
Apple a subsidy for each phone sold, in order to bring the price from 
$399 down to $199 for the 8 Gigabyte model."

later in the same
"Now Apple will get its money, say $500, up front and it no longer has 
to police what people do with them."
which I guess is a fair estimate.

What this means is of course significantly higher monthly fees.

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