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iPhone 3G rate plan poll ends, Apple debut poll begins

Our most recent iLounge Poll, “Have recent iPhone 3G rate plan disclosures changed your mind about buying one?,” has ended. With over 2,500 votes, the poll indicated a strong late shift in purchasing intent based upon pricing announcements made after Apple claimed that the new iPhone offered “twice the speed” at “half the price” of its predecessor. A full 41% of responding readers indicated that the costs of local rates had scuttled their plans to buy the iPhone 3G, while only 2% said that their local rate plans made the device more attractive. By comparison, 37% said that they were not surprised by the rates and were still planning to buy one, while 20% indicated that they had not planned to buy one, and the rates didn’t change their minds. Thanks for your responses!

We have just opened our new poll, “How do you think Apple has handled the iPhone 3G’s debut?” A variety of choices, ranging from great to bad to “don’t care” are available, allowing you to also express whether Apple met, surpassed, or fell below your expectations. The new iLounge Poll can be found on our main iLounge.com homepage in the left-hand column. Cast your vote today!


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This one is largely out of Apple’s hands, I feel. The total mess that is the new 3g iphone has been caused by the networks.
O2 seemed to be totally surprised that there is a large demand. Are they really that stupid?

Posted by Bryan in East Amherst, NY, USA on July 9, 2008 at 8:55 AM (CDT)


As for me, I agree with Bryan on this. The carriers have, in their own way, ruined the iPhone by the complexity of their plans. I’ve always thought that Apple’s simplicity of the iPhone itself would lead to the plans being simple to understand as well. I also blame the tech press and the wider community at large for the way the launch is going. Before the iPhone 3G was released, folks were expecting the device to be the best thing since sliced bread. As we know, it had 3G and GPS, but overall it was a small bump. This all proves that while Apple can do some amazing things, folks shouldn’t expect everything to be amazing all the time.

Posted by hoshieBIOTpod in East Amherst, NY, USA on July 9, 2008 at 2:46 PM (CDT)


Same here. I think this is a classic example of why cell phones in America suck. Clearly, AT&T got its way this time around. The simple at-home activation process of the first gen iPhone was the way one would expect the hardware manufacturer to have wanted things done, but the carriers obviously had other ideas.

The big concern I have about the iPhone is that supposedly AT&T took a loss by subsidizing it. This can’t be good news for those of us who would like to see them invest in expanding 3G coverage areas.

Posted by Paul in East Amherst, NY, USA on July 15, 2008 at 9:59 AM (CDT)

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