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T-Mobile reveals iPhone rates for Germany [updated]

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By Charles Starrett

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Published: Monday, October 29, 2007
News Categories: iPhone

T-Mobile, the exclusive carrier of the iPhone in Germany, has posted pricing and information for its monthly iPhone plans. The three plans, Complete M, Complete L, and Complete XL, are priced at €49, €69, and €89, include 100, 200, and 300 minutes of voice usage, and 40, 150, and 300 SMS text messages, respectively. The M package also includes 200MB of “unlimited” EDGE data, while the L offers 1GB and the XL 5GB. All three plans include Visual Voicemail, and require a 24 month contract. The iPhone launches in Germany on November 9. [via TUAW]

Update: All three packages also include Wi-Fi access at any of T-Mobile’s 8,000 HotSpots in Germany.

“This means that users can enjoy the fantastic experience of the mobile Internet on the iPhone with no worries,” said Philipp Humm, managing director, T-Mobile Germany. “The incredible combination of T-Mobile’s powerful EDGE network combined with the country’s largest offering of Wi-Fi HotSpots and the exclusive ‘iPhone Complete’ rate plans give T-Mobile customers everything they need to experience the iPhone to the fullest. The transparently structured Complete rates thus confirm our brand motto ‘simply closer.’”

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with T-Mobile and can’t wait to start selling the iPhone in Germany in just a few short weeks,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “Starting at just €49 per month, we think these three rate plans give customers the flexibility to experience all of iPhone’s revolutionary features at affordable and competitive prices.”

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Comments

1

When is the US going to see T-mobile or any other cell phone service provider supporting the iphone?!?!?! Having 11 months left on my contract sucks!!! I just can’t seem to justify spending the $200 to cancel my contract when I will have to spend another $400 for the phone!

Posted by Jesse on October 29, 2007 at 8:09 PM (PDT)

2

If you sign a two-year contract with any other provider here in Germany, with a monthly fee of EUR 30 or more, you get the option to purchase an upper class handset (Blackberry or whatever) for a symbolic price of EUR 1. Compare that to the additional cost of EUR 399 for the iPhone.

As for the data package: e-plus offers a contract called Zehnsation, where you have no monthly base fee and instead have to spent a minimum of EUR 10 per month on calls or SMS, whereas a call to any network is 10 cents/min. Add another EUR 10 and they’ll give you 250 MB/month EDGE traffic. So for EUR 20 at e-plus you get something very similar, to what T-Mobile sells for EUR 50 per month.

I don’t know what the T-Mobile management has told Jobs, but with these prices Apple shouldn’t expect to see sales figures anywhere near those on the US market. There german mobile market is completely different and so are the consumers over here.

Posted by Industry Insider on October 29, 2007 at 8:35 PM (PDT)

3

My current T-Mobile price plan is Pay-As-You-Go with Web’n'Walk internet access added. If I access the internet on my D900 it costs me no more than £1 a day (€1.43) - as I rarely use the internet on my phone it suits me to pay for it on this basis rather than paying for calls/texts/MBs I will never use.

It’s a bit like paying for a three course meal when all you really want to eat is a sandwich…

Posted by Bob Levens in UK on October 30, 2007 at 2:51 AM (PDT)

4

Jesse - July 2012 - 5 year exclusive deal.

Industry Insider - if the analysis I just read is correct - Apple gets $18/month per iPhone from AT&T - then you can see where T-Mobile’s rates might be coming from ...

Posted by WhoCares? on October 30, 2007 at 9:52 AM (PDT)

5

I’m thrilled how very uninterested I am looking at these rates.
It is not the €49 part. That’s fine. It is the cheaping out on SMS and the pseudo-dataflat plus the high pricing once you’ve used up the included minutes/SMS that kills it. Plus the phone itself is still in dire need of a significant software update that Apple up until now showed no interest even to hint at. As I said elsewhere: Thank’s Apple, I’ll check back once Rev 2 drops.

Posted by Bad Beaver on October 30, 2007 at 10:20 AM (PDT)

6

@ WhoCares?: I’m well aware that Apple’s greed to not only make money on the hard, but also the traffic it generates is the main reason behind these prices.

But I’m saying that Apple will have not a similar success as in the US, because the german market is very discount focused. I just read an interview with the e-plus CEO this morning and his opinion is the same.

The exclusive deal with one carrier has led to lot of discussions in the US, but this along with the iPhone’s high price tag (again: phones over here usually are highly subsidized, not expensively sold) will lead to failure. I seriously hope doesn’t have any high expectations.

P.S.: I’m a happy iPhone user, thanks to unlocking.

Posted by Industry Insider on October 30, 2007 at 11:16 AM (PDT)

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