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An Analyst Says That the Recession Could Force AT&T to Reduce iPhone's Monthly Rate Plan

Could the Lagging Economy Make Your iPhone Bill Cheaper?

There's actual good news about the recession — the sad state of the economy is forcing cell phone carriers to get more competitive, which could eventually drive down the high price of the iPhone's monthly rate.

The article notes something I hear from people who want to switch to the iPhone but are resisting all the time: That they'd be able to shoulder the cost of the device, but not the bill. I hear that — I pay nearly a hundred bucks each month, which if it didn't do a thousand other budget-friendly things, I couldn't justify.

If the iPhone's bill were not prohibitively expensive, would you adopt it? Those of us who have, on the other side, are sighing in (albeit still hopeful) relief.


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floppyfish1986 floppyfish1986 8 years
Aylee: Thanks for the tip. I think everything is cheaper on a family plan. I had a blackberry for a month, it was an extra $30 a month. We have a VZW family plan that includes text and 700 mins (we don't talk a lot) so was only handing over an extra $30 plus taxes and fees. For 69.99 with AT&T are you still adding on unlimited texting? I think that's another 20 a month, so VZW would be cheaper on a family plan.
aylee aylee 8 years
That will great! Cheaper is always better. I really can't complain with my bill. I'm paying an average of $100 for 3 lines and 1 iPhone plan. That includes the 20% discount I get from work. Floppyfish... the iPhone data plan is $30 (with voice) or $35 (without voice). I've looked at Verizon before and I believe their plan starts at $49.99 (email and web surfing). Their $79.99 package only includes 450 mins and email. For $69.99 with AT&T, I can get 450 mins plus unlimited data (email and surfing).
kcwebgirl kcwebgirl 8 years
it would be stellar if att would stop raping my bank account each month and combine texting and data into the same group and keep the $30 a month fee. that would save me $15 plus taxes each month. and if they came up with some better talk plans i could drop down my mins since i'm carrying over a gazillion each month but the lower number is not a better deal. so frustrating.
darqbella darqbella 8 years
When it comes down to it, smartphones are not accessories. I have a Blackberry, which runs about the same rate on AT&T and I'd LOVE to see all data plans go down in price but ONLY if that didn't mean they cut back on other stuff like speed or the little extras they offer like CV, etc. I say get a smartphone if you NEED one but it's crazy to throw away an extra $600 a year on data + text if you don't have to have the features.
Elfyn Elfyn 8 years
When they offer the iPhone with another company besides AT&T then I will consider getting one. The plan must be reasonable too. Until that time I'll have to suffer along withe my iPod Touch. ;)
EvilDorkGirl EvilDorkGirl 8 years
I don't think the iPhone plan is too insane now... I was paying about the same amount for the data & voice plan on my Motorola Q through Verizon. Data is just 'spensive.
floppyfish1986 floppyfish1986 8 years
The only thing keeping me from getting an iphone is AT&T, if Apple branched out to other providers or switched to VZW I'd be one of the first in line. The iphone plans are insane, you have to pay what $40 a month for data and that doesn't include text messages....Plus my whole family is on VZW, think of all the minutes I'd use if I switched and I don't even talk that much
bugn bugn 8 years
One can hope! I pay double what I had w/ t-mobile and still I have less minutes. :-(
Twisted-Elegance Twisted-Elegance 8 years
OMG! if AT&T would lower their monthly bill that would be awesome! I have the iPhone 3G and I get a 20% discount because of where i work but even with that discount I pay $85 for just one line.. it's insane! Well, I guess I really can't complain because the iPhone does just about EVERYTHING but it's not fair, my bf had the first gen. iPhone and then upgraded to the 3G when it came out and he still pays his original price monthly.. which is way less than what I pay!
margokhal margokhal 8 years
I would buy an iPhone, but it's not just the monthly cost I'm opposed to. The problem is the *company*, AT&T. If it was seriously cheaper [like HALF the monthly cost], then MAYBE I would consider getting one. But I would really wait until the iPhone is open to other carriers, because they're just *better* all around. And they would give better deals for the *same* service.
verily verily 8 years
I have a first gen iPhone. I get a 20% discount at AT&T thanks to where I work and I still think AT&T's prices are still too high. I contemplated getting a 3G iPhone, but I have no desire to pay an extra $10 a month for slightly faster service. When my contract is up, I might consider other services and the Android phone.
Zivanod Zivanod 8 years
I'd love an iPhone but the monthly costs are too high. In Canada, the price will never go down and cell phone fees are among the highest in the world here.
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