iPhone: price plans details revealed

Range of iPhone tariffs and activation process unveiled

Apple and AT&T have revealed details of the price plans they will be offering with the Apple iPhone . Apple has also posted a video showing how customers can activate their iPhones remotely - and sign up for an AT&T account - via the iTunes Store . It demonstrates how the device can be synced with a PC or Mac as well.

There are six deals for new individual customers signing up for the iPhone, starting at $59.99 (£30) per month. As expected, the contract deals require the user to sign up for a minimum 2-year contract before activation of the iPhone's features - including the iPod functionality. The iPhone will be available in a 4GB model for $499 (£250) and an 8GB model for $599 (£300).

In addition to the individual deals for new customers, existing AT&T customers can upgrade to the iPhone by adding one of three extra monthly data packages to their existing monthly fee. This costs $20 (£10), $30 (£15) or $40 (£20), and includes data bundles plus inclusive texts.

The AT&T Individual rate plans for the iPhone include the following:

  • $59.99 - 450 minutes, 200 SMS, 5000 nights & weekends calls
  • $79.99 - 900 minutes, 200 SMS, unlimited nights & weekends calls
  • $99.99 - 1350 minutes, 200 SMS, unlimited nights & weekends calls
  • $119.99 - 2000 minutes, 200 SMS, unlimited nights & weekends calls
  • $169.99 - 4000 minutes, 200 SMS, unlimited nights & weekends calls
  • $219.99 - 6000 minutes, 200 SMS, unlimited nights & weekends calls

The AT&T Family rate plans for the iPhone include the following:

  • $80 - 700 minutes, 200 SMS, unlimited nights & weekends calls
  • $100 - 1400 minutes, 200 SMS, unlimited nights & weekends calls
  • $120 - 2100 minutes, 200 SMS, unlimited nights & weekends calls
  • $160 - 3000 minutes, 200 SMS, unlimited nights & weekends calls
  • $210 - 4000 minutes, 200 SMS, unlimited nights & weekends calls
  • $310 - 6000 minutes, 200 SMS, unlimited nights & weekends calls

Apple also posted a new video outlining the procedure for registering the iPhone online, via iTunes in a new video on the Apple iPhone website. It also shows how the phone is synced with a PC or Mac - in a similar way, in fact, to syncing iTunes.

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