Early iPhoners Get $100 Store Credit

Posted by Sam Churchill on

Steve Jobs apologized for disappointing early adopter iPhone customers and said that anyone who bought the Apple cellphone in an Apple or AT&T store, who isn’t eligible for a rebate, can receive a $100 Apple store credit. Mr. Jobs said further details will be posted on Apple’s Web site next week.

The move, announced by Apple CEO Steve Jobs in a letter posted on Apple’s Web site, was meant to assuage the bitterness early iPhone users began to express following Apple’s announcement Wednesday that it was cutting by $200 the price of Apple’s $599 iPhone.

Apple’s new iPods don’t have a phone built-in. The new media players include the iPod nano (starting at $149) on the left, the iPod classic (starting at $249) in the middle, and the 8 Gig iPod touch (starting at $299), on the right. Apple is killing the original 4GB iPhone but while supplies last it’s only $299 at the Apple Store.

Apple probably cut the price “to reduce the disparity between the iPhone and the iPod Touch,” says electronics analyst Ross Rubin with researcher NPD. The 8-GB Touch sells for $299, half the 8-GB iPhone’s original price. Rubin says many cellphones are heavily discounted, although the cuts usually come from cellphone carrier subsidies instead of manufacturers.

Of course you could wait for a Nokia Tablet with WiMAX.

Posted by Sam Churchill on Thursday, September 6th, 2007 at 11:51 am .

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