Talk of iPhone rebates & subsidies, mine is already here

A little over a month ago I shared my surprise and discovery of a little snippet of text on a Cingular receipt that read "iPhone for Derek Punsalan, 2 YR Agreement SAVINGS $150". Looking through some of the comments on that post, as well as the ensuing Digg, a number of individuals believed that it was nothing but a mis-print or hoax.

Low and behold, I open my feeds today and find a post on TUAW which subsequently links to an article on Apple Insider titled Apple seriously considering iPhone rebate, subsidy – report.

“We are hearing rebates of $50-150 that will be offered by AT&T to lower the price points for iPhone (currently $499 for 4 GB and $599 for 8 GB) and to entice customers to sign longer term voice and data contracts,” the analyst wrote. “From AT&T’s perspective, a rebate is a great marketing tool and small sacrifice to make to entice a customer to sign up for 2-year voice and data cell phone plans that cost about $75-100 per month (before taxes and fees), meaning $1800-2400 in ‘guaranteed’ bi-annual revenue.”

Rebates up to $150? Didn’t we already see that coming with the Cingular receipt found last month? I see a smartphone in every high schoolers hands by next Christmas. What do you think?

My iPhone Nokia N95 is already here

As much as I would love to play with the iPhone, I don’t actually see myself ever purchasing one due to a number of reasons concerning the general design of the device. Aesthetically, it is a thing of beauty. Technically speaking, it is a little late to the game. From a practicality angle, tapping messages on a flat, unresponsive surface just doesn’t sound too comforting.

Good size

Fortunately for Nokia, their N95 flagship model is already shipping. Mine arrived a few days back and I am still wrapping my head around the features of the device. Check my N95 tag on Flickr for images. A review to follow in due time. Feel free to check out my Nokia N95 review.

Discuss - 17 Comments

  1. How much did you end up paying for that sucker? I heard the retail is near $800-900!

  2. Jack says:

    that phone looks delicious.

    I’ve always liked nokia’s phones. people seem to categorize them as “low-end” but in my experience, Nokia phones are really built to last. This says a lot compared to Motorola, LG, and SE!

  3. Derek says:

    How much did you end up paying for that sucker? I heard the retail is near $800-900!

    IM me if you really want the details.

    I’ve always liked nokia’s phones. people seem to categorize them as “low-end” but in my experience, Nokia phones are really built to last. This says a lot compared to Motorola, LG, and SE!

    I think the generalization that Nokia’s are low-end phones is due in part because of the devices that US carriers subsidize for use on their networks. I count maybe two higher end devices from Nokia being peddled for new contracts. All the while, overseas markets are enjoying the convenience of higher speed mobile data networks with handsets that make great use of the speed. Video calls anyone? Keep wishing. Networks are locked down here, politics, etc.

  4. Edwin says:

    Mine arrives today. Can’t wait!

  5. Andre says:

    Another phone? W-O-W. :P

  6. […] Well, that receipt probably referred to the iPhone rebate that AT&T now has up its sleeve. Thanks, Derek, for pointing that out. […]

  7. Andreas says:

    I’m a SonyEricsson guy myself, but the N95 looks sweet, no doubt about it. I will say this however: while gadgets are cheaper over in the US, you sure pay a lot for the service! $75-100 per month? Sheees.

  8. Sam says:

    Is it a phone with a camera, or a camera with a phone? ;)
    All jokes aside, I’d love to be able to use some sort of smart phone such as this. Unfortunately the mobile data plans in Canada make it hard to enjoy using some of the awesome features on a phone such as this.

  9. The Pearl didn’t seem to last long, do you think the N95 will last you a bit longer than it? (I would hope so looking at the price)

  10. Jeremy says:

    Wait, why so secretive on the price!? The opener of this article had lots of info about the iPhone and pricing/rebates etc etc. Then ya left us hangin on the Nokia.

  11. Derek says:

    I’m a SonyEricsson guy myself, but the N95 looks sweet, no doubt about it. I will say this however: while gadgets are cheaper over in the US, you sure pay a lot for the service! $75-100 per month? Sheees.

    US carriers sure do charge up the wazoo for services that are far cheaper in other countries. I’m hoping that competition between carriers rises driving prices lower while increasing features.

    The Pearl didn’t seem to last long, do you think the N95 will last you a bit longer than it? (I would hope so looking at the price)

    The Pearl is a solid phone, but when a manufacturer touts a phone as being a handheld computer powered by a respectable and current favorite Symbian, I just had to try.

    Wait, why so secretive on the price!? The opener of this article had lots of info about the iPhone and pricing/rebates etc etc. Then ya left us hangin on the Nokia.

    No real secrecy on the price. Some people have spent as much as $900 on the handset. Others much lower. There are essentially two versions (from my understanding) of this device. A European version (which is the one that is being marketed here in the US, and an Asian version. If you’re in the US, Nokia flagship stores are doing a special promo on this device which means they’ll ship it directly to you – no other phones in their line-up have this offer. Demand is high, supply is low. Make sure to call around or get yourself on the waiting list if you’re really looking for one.

  12. Very nice phone, the reviews on the N95 are mixed, some love the massive amount of features while others think it’s too full of features to be practical. I was waiting for the SE K810i but Australian providers should have these here in a few weeks.

    Is it nice to hold and use Derek?

  13. Derek says:

    My initial 3 day impression of the N95 is very positive. I was planning on waiting a week or so before sitting down to share my thoughts and concerns about the device. Check back when that goes up. It may convince or dissuade you from falling for it.

  14. Vvash says:

    You should take a few pics with the camera too, so that we can get an idea of what the quality is like with the camera. I currently have Verizon and was going to wait until the iPhone came out to switch services, but the N95 is pretty sweet and I respect your views when it comes to technology; so I’m going to wait to hear what you have to say about it before I go and spend half a month’s pay on a phone O.o

  15. Derek says:

    Vvash, check this link: Hands-on with Symbian powered Nokia N95 or my N95 tagged images on Flickr – Freemont Troll, Seattle Gum Wall, Wall Deco, and Lunch.

  16. dionak says:

    I have been looking at this phone. It looks really sweet! Could you reveal where you found yours? Or was it through a friend?

  17. Derek says:

    If you’re referring to the Nokia N95, you can find it at any Nokia retailer – check with the flagship stores here in the US.