iPhone 4 NEWS!
Very useful info
Information regarding availability in different countries. The carriers its available with and also where you get the handsets officially unlocked.
Note: There are many countries where iPhone is sold without carrier unlock but in most of them you still need to sign a contract.
Launch dates know
June 24th 2010
India (mostly probably)
Pricing know till date
iPhone 4 16gb with 24 month contract (new connection or upgrade) - 199$ + taxes
iPhone 4 16gb with 24 month contract (early upgrade) - 399$ + taxes
iPhone 4 16gb with contract - 599$ + taxes
iPhone 4 32gb with 24 month contract (new connection or upgrade) - 299$ + taxes
iPhone 4 32gb with 24 month contract (early upgrade) - 499$ + taxes
iPhone 4 32gb with contract - 699$ + taxes
All the phones are still locked to AT&T network
Contract termination fee has been update by AT&T, its 325$ right now. But they will decrease 10$ per month for every month of usage. So if you use the iphone for a month and terminate the contract you need to pay an amount of 315$.
How do you get a phone for 199$ (16gb iphone 4)?
You need to sign a contract with AT&T that you will use their network for a period of 24 month.
Who can sign a contract?
A person having a valid SSN of USA (Social security number) can sign a contract.
Anyone with SSN can sign a contract?
Yes, but there is another twist in the tale. You need to have a proper credit history associated with you SSN else they will ask you for a 500$ refundable deposit to buy the phone.
Rentals in USA
The cheapest talk plan for a post-paid connection for iPhone starts at 39$. But you also need to choose a data plan which is a compulsion.
Data plan prices:
With tethering enabled, 200mb per month will cost you 15$ per month rental
With tethering enabled, 2gb per month will cost you 25$ per month rental
Without tethering enabled, unlimited usage per month will cost you 30$ per month.
So what is the minimum rent you need to pay?
Its 54$ minimum rental you need to pay for a period of 24 months.
What are the charges you need to pay if you want to take a phone on contract and terminate it.
Handset cost: 199$ for 16gb iPhone 4 and 299$ for 32gb iPhone 4
Activation charges: 36$ for new connection and 18$ for upgraded connection
One month rental (you need to use one month min. before you terminate): Minumum of 54$
Termination fee: 315$
Totally it comes to 604$ + taxes for 16gb iPhone 4 and 704$ + taxes for 32gb iPhone 4 for a new connection + termination.