AT&T Out Of Stock Of iPhone 3G; Offers Unlimited Data Plan If You Order iPad By June 7
A couple of weeks back, there were reports that Apple may have stopped the shipment of iPhone 3G units to AT&T retail stores. This was seen as a move in preparation for the launch of iPhone 4G this month. With just two more days to go for the anticipated WWDC event, it now appears that AT&T may officially stop the sale of iPhone 3G.
An internal memo circulated among AT&T employees has noted that the iPhone 3G 8GB model is out of stock "effective immediately".
The memo also subtly hints at an imminent pricing restructure for the iPhone 3GS units. In the document, AT&T has requested its sales representatives to ask potential iPhone 3G customers to consider 16GB and 32GB models of iPhone 3GS instead. The memo appears to support earlier speculations that Apple may bring down the price of iPhone 3GS 16GB model to the current iPhone 3G price of $99. This may be in order to sell the new iPhone 4G (might be dubbed iPhone HD) at the $199/$299 price point.
This is the latest move from AT&T ahead of the iPhone 4G launch. Earlier this week, the company announced a major changes to its 3G data plans that will see the current unlimited data plans replaced by a tiered usage-driven pricing structure. The changes, which are expected to go into effect from June 7, has led several iPad customers to criticize the announcement since a number of iPad orders are expected to be delivered only after June 7. Following this, AT&T has announced that it will honor the unlimited data plan for customers who order iPad by June 7 – even if they're not delivered by that day.
So if you're thinking of buying an iPad 3G then it makes sense to order an iPad before the June 7 deadline in order to avail of the unlimited data plan from AT&T.
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