In the aftermath of the iPhone 3G announcement last Monday, a lot of people who are considering purchasing an iPhone for the first time are looking for information about AT&T rate plans that cover the iPhone 3G.
I've had an iPhone for a year, so I am very familiar with AT&T's total charges. Although iPhone 3G rates will be structured similarly, there are a few increased charges.
At the end of this article, I estimate that my monthly charges for using an iPhone 3G will be about $86. That's up $15 to 17 dollars per month from what I pay today.
Read on for the rate details and my complete monthly service cost estimate....
AT&T Rate Plan Components
AT&T breaks iPhone 3G charges into two major components:
- Usage Charges
- Wireless Data Charges
Usage Charges (Individual Cell Phone Plans for Voice Phone Calls)
At this writing AT&T's National cellphone plans have the following costs:
- 450 Minutes, $39.99
- 900 Minutes, $59.99
- 1350 Minutes, $79.99
- Unlimited Minutes, $99.99
Wireless data charges
As I mentioned in my previous article about the differences between iPhone and iPhone 3G data plan rates, AT&T is raising the flat monthly charge for unlimited data for iPhone 3G users.
Users of the new iPhone 3G will pay $30.00 per month for unlimited data. (This is $10 per month more than users of the original iPhone currently pay.)
In addition, iPhone 3G users will be charged for all SMS messages. SMS messages currently cost $0.20 each unless you add an SMS message bundle to your monthly bill. The smallest SMS message bundle is 200 SMS messages for $5.00 per month. (Users of the original iPhone currently get 200 SMS messages at no additional charge.)
Total Estimated Monthly Bill
Taking into account the bills I receive from AT&T each month for my original iPhone, here's what I expect the final monthly bill to be for an iPhone 3G:
|Rate plan, National 450 minutes||$39.99|
|iPhone 3G Data||$30.00|
|Media Max 200 Msgs (SMS bundle)||$5.00|
|Federal Universal Service Charge||$2.99|
|Regulatory Cost Recovery Charge||$1.25|
|911 Service Fee||$0.90|
|State Sales Tax (in PA, estimated)||$5.55|
Your bill may vary from this one on a number of factors including rate plan, over plan minutes and SMS charges, international calls, and state taxes.I hope this article helps you estimate the true monthly costs of using an iPhone 3G, and I hope you'll come back to OperationGadget.com for more information on your iPhone in the future.