iPhone 3G S: What you need to know
Posted 12 June 2009 - 12:29 PM
Posted 12 June 2009 - 12:33 PM
That's what I want to know! I've got my finger poised on the Purchase button, but I ain't a-gonna unless AT&T lowers its price-gouging $30-with-no-texting data plan. Despite the media being all abuzz last month with rumors about an AT&T price drop, here we are at the final hours of the WWDC and still not a peep from AT&T about pricing. :(
Posted 12 June 2009 - 12:44 PM
Posted 12 June 2009 - 12:47 PM
Posted 12 June 2009 - 01:15 PM
I have an original iPhone, bought at launch, before they jacked up their monthly plan prices for the 3G model (and apparently, across the board for all their phone offerings).
I already called AT&T and asked if they'd raise my monthly price or cut my features when my 2 year contract is up and they said no, they pretty much maintain any contract a customer has until the customer signs a new contract for whatever reason.
What are my options of getting upgrading to the iPhone 3GS without signing a new 2-year contract? Can I get it unsubsidized? Is it kosher to buy it as a new phone line, with a 2 year contract, and then cancel it (paying the full amount of the early termination fee) outside of the 30-day "you must return the hardware" period?
I've already done a test with a coworker's non-S iPhone 3G.. and swapping our SIM cards (1G simcard into 3G phone and vice versa) appears to function as expected: everything works fine and the phones assume their new identities, so all I really want is the iPhone 3GS hardware, and to keep my current AT&T monthly rate, which is $70 for the 450 minutes/unlimited nights/wknds, and 1500 text messages.
Posted 12 June 2009 - 01:19 PM
The issue here is that Apple isn't using the standard Bluetooth "action" command (the one many phones use to initiate/end a call, redial, etc.). Voice dialing is part of a larger feature called Voice Control that's separate from Bluetooth functionality. In that context, Apple's answer makes sense, even if it's unsatisfying ;)