Guessing the iPhone's Voice, Data Plan Cost

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Business 2.0 has a nice guess on how much the iPhone's data and voice plan is going to cost. Instead of an all-you-can-eat plan that Wilson speculated on, Biz is estimating based on current BlackBerry fees.

The status now: between $34.99 and $79.99 for data and $39.99 to $99.99 for voice. If you're going for the lowest numbers, that's $80 a month sans fees and tax. Not too bad, but all that gets you is 450 minutes a month (your data is unlimited). For non-BlackBerry devices, unlimited data can be had for $19.99. For devices like the Treo who want BlackBerry connect, it's $49.99.

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Here's some good news. It seems AT&T's cancellation fee will only be $175, which is much less than what you'd pay in unused data and voice in your second year of service. It may be better just to cancel and eat the $175.

In the end, if you last the entire two years, you're going to wind up at least $2,218.12 (not including tax, plus $100 more for the 8GB model) poorer if you're getting the iPhone.

Apple's iPhone: Adding Up the Costs [Business 2.0]

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I have Cingular/AT&T right now, currently using a Windows Smartphone 5.0. I am paying $80/month for the 450 minute plan (with rollover minutes) with unlimited data. I would expect to pay something similar for my iPhone.

Lord knows when I'll be able to get my greasy hands on one. I'm far too old to camp out in front of a store, besides, I have a job. I'm hoping that I will be able to order one from Apple's website on Friday and get some kind of overnight delivery (hopefully Monday or Tuesday), however, I'm not sure how that will work with my existing Cingular account and wanting to keep my existing phone number. Does anyone even know if the iPhone even takes a GSM SIM card? If so, I could just pop the one from my smartphone in and be going, but it's not like Apple to have the device be able to open up for the user.