I ragged about how AT&T is raping iPhone 3G owners who want to upgrade to the iPhone 3G S earlier today but I couldn’t resist the temptation… When I first tried to pre-order this morning, it said I would have to pay $699 for the 32GB. I tried again a few minutes ago and it was saying “only” $499.

So I cracked and pre-ordered the new 32GB iPhone 3G S. Total price including taxes: $560.16. Nowhere it mentions anything about activation fee and upgrade fee although it wanted to charge me an extra $36 for this when I first tried to pre-order this morning. I assume AT&T will charge this to me at some point, in which case I will ask them not to as this bill clearly doesn’t say anything about these fees.

That’s an expensive purchase and I really didn’t plan on spending that much but a couple things make me feel better about it. First, I will probably be able to get a couple hundred bucks from my current iPhone 3G as I will sell it unlocked. Second, my accountant will write this off of my taxes next year, so all in all, it shouldn’t cost me too much.

There were several delivery options. I took the free one as it said it would be delivered by June 19th. This or waiting in line for 3 hours like I did last year at the store? It’s a no brainer.

  • Vista USER !

    Thats a LOT of Money ! I’m in Japan and have my iPhone with Softbank, the official iPhone carrier in Japan, I got my iPhone 3G for free with a campaign they have called “iPhone for everyone” in any case if I wanted to buy the iPhone it will be about 30,000 JPY roughly about $300. anyhow I contacted softbank today and asked them if I could pay off my current iphone 3G and upgrade for the 3GS, I was told it shouldn’t be a problem. But I would just have to re-start my 2 year contract again to qualify for the Subsidized price for the 3GS. Such a big difference from AT&T. In any case I think Softbank understands that its important to maintain their customers happy, unlike AT&T who once they got you on their contract they don’t do anything to keep you. $560 is a lot of money for something that should of been given to us last year. Apple should at least allow its customers to upgrade the parts at least, since its pretty much the same phone. Anyhow, I think once again it is SAD how AT&T screws people over and over again.

  • I completely agree with you but I just could help it. Besides, Since I blog about the iPhone a lot, I kinda had to get the latest one. I’m glad you’re gonna be able to get a good deal on your new iPhone. Softbank seems to understand it’s important to treat your customers well…

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