AT&T Cuts iPhone 3G [S] Price To $49; Tries To Grab As Many People Before Verizon Gets iPhone

Hey guys, this morning, it looks like AT&T made a move of it’s own, looks like the iPhone 3G [S] is now going to be $49 per phone (on a 2-year contract). Now, this is very suspicious to me due to all of the rumors going around about Verizon finally getting the iPhone.

To me, it appears as though AT&T is trying to lock in as many iPhone customers as they can before Verizon can get their hands on an iPhone. In 2010, we reported that Apple, Verizon, and AT&T agreed to move the Verizon iPhone announcement until 2011 so that AT&T could sign up as many people as they could before Verizon had a crack at it.

So there you go guys!

Here is AT&T’s press release:

AT&T* today announced a new price for the popular iPhone 3GS – $49.00 – available beginning tomorrow, Friday, January 7, for both new and upgrade-eligible existing AT&T customers. The offer will be available online at www.att.com/iphone, across more than 2,200 AT&T retail locations nationwide and through AT&T business channels, as well as Apple channels.**

Available only on the nation’s fastest mobile broadband network, iPhone 3GS delivers the following advantages unique to AT&T and its customers:

Allows for true smartphone multi-tasking, such as talking and using applications at the same time, on AT&T’s mobile broadband network
Provides access to our entire national Wi-Fi network with nearly 23,000 hotspots
Provides the best global coverage with wireless voice and data access in more than 200 countries
“We want to deliver the best, most complete package for our customers – from price, to speed, to worldwide access and more,” said David Christopher, chief marketing officer of AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. “Combined with our new, lower monthly data plans beginning at just $15 a month, this new price brings even more value to one of the most popular devices in our leading lineup of smartphones. We’re very excited for more people to experience iPhone on the nation’s fastest mobile broadband network.”

iPhone 3GS gives users access to the latest iPhone iOS 4 software plus the revolutionary App Store. Additional information is available at http://www.apple.com/.

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

**Price for 3GS sold in Apple channels is determined by Apple.

Requires new 2-year wireless voice agmt of $39.99 or higher with min $15/mo plan. Subject to wireless customer agrmt. Internal roaming rates or charges apply. Credit approval req’d. Activ. fee up to $36/line. Coverage & svcs, including mobile broadband, not avail everywhere. Geographic, usage & other conditions & restrictions (that may result in svc termination) apply. Taxes & other chrgs apply. See store or visit att.com for details and coverage map. Early Termination Fee (ETF): None if cancelled during first 30 days, but a $35 restocking fee may apply; after 30 days, ETF up to $325 applies (details att.com/equipmentETF). Regulatory Cost Recovery Charge up to $1.25/mo. is chrg’d to help defray costs of complying with gov’t obligations & chrgs on AT&T & is not a tax or gov’t req’d chrg. Wi-Fi: Access includes AT&T Wi-Fi Basic.

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