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?
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.
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.