updated 04:05 pm EST, Thu January 25, 2007
Free AT&T With iPhone
AT&T plans to offer 18 months of free cellphone service with the iPhone, according to a claim by TheStreet's Jim Cramer. Referring to a recent AT&T financial conference call, the presenter said that AT&T would tie Apple's device to a year and a half of free service. Executives see the touchscreen phone as a prime opportunity to steal customers away from Verizon and other key rivals in the US market, Cramer said.
While Apple did not mention such a plan during the MacWorld San Francisco keynote, announcing only that the phone would be available from $499 with a two-year plan, the apparently confirmed plan has already sent ripples through the community, according to preliminary results from an ongoing poll by AppleInsider. The news and rumor site indicates that over 75 percent of potential buyers would be more likely to buy the phone, indicating a likely surge in real-world sales should the free service come about during the June launch of the iPhone.