CNET has the inside deets about Steve Jobs announcement about the iPhone 4 released to hits retailers stores on June 24th, 2010. The folks who attended Worldwide Developers Conference had an opportunity to get first hand information from the CEO….he even gave attendees an official peek inside the iPhone to set the record straight. Basically he gave the haters a middle finger because CEO Steve Jobs is tired of all the shit talking about the iPhone from the thieves who stole the prototype and shout-out to the alleged Apple iPhone experts who tore apart a iPhone on their website.
For those folks who are fuming at the mouth and can’t wait to get their hands on the new shiny gadget…
For current iPhone customers: earlier-than-expected upgrade pricing. Steve Jobs announced AT&T’s “incredibly generous upgrade offer” during his keynote. In plain English, current AT&T customers eligible for an upgrade sometime in 2010 can buy the iPhone 4 on its June 24 launch day for $199 (16GB) or $299 (32GB)—if they agree to sign another two year contract. This includes customers nearing the end of their contracts (which AT&T labels “Upgrade Eligible”) in addition to customers who have at this point only completed a year and a half of their contracts (labelled eligible for an “Early Upgrade”—this also includes most early-adopter 3GS owners). This allows most of us who picked up a 3GS in its first few months to buy the iPhone 4 on launch day at its advertised price.
The press release goes on to detail AT&T’s availability and pricing structure for the 3GS and the newly announced iPhone 4. Customers can pre-order Apple’s newest phone from their local AT&T stores or online starting June 15, with it available in-stores June 24. Customers who order from AT&T in advance have the option of shipping their pre-orders directly to their doors (a welcome change from the 3GS’s long in-store wait times).
Apple also introduced an 8GB iPhone 3GS model on Monday, which will be sold for $99. AT&T’s remaining 16GB and 32GB 3GS models will cost $149 and $199 (with a two year contract), respectively, while supplies last.
Note: Combined voice and data plans will now start at just $55 (AT&T’s $40 Nation 400 voice plan plus $15 DataPlus) for all new iPhone 4 and 3GS customers. Current iPhone customers, as we know, can keep their $30 unlimited data plans when buying new hardware (although they will have to sign up for new two-year contracts). In either case, it looks like the days of an iPhone-specific plan are officially over—at least with AT&T.
If you’re an AT&T customer, go to the AT&T wireless site, login, and click on “Check Upgrade Options” to see for yourself. If you bought the iPhone last June on the cheapest plan with AT&T, you can now get the subsidized price on the new iPhone 4.
Steve Jobs on Monday made an announcement we all knew was coming: there’s a new iPhone. Jobs revealed that the device–dubbed the iPhone 4–will be available June 24 in five countries and will remain on AT&T’s network in the U.S. On the whole, this iPhone 4 has us more excited than we were last year when the the 3GS was born. New features, particularly those in the operating system, are long overdue, although we didn’t get a few things that we were hoping for. We give you a full rundown in our first take review. Read our first take