Costly AT&T IPhone Business Plans

Published by • January 22nd, 2008 RSS News Feed

Is it just good business sense to buy into the hype?

It seems that no matter where you turn lately, you can’t escape the word Apple when it comes to technology news. AT&T is helping to continue that trend as they earlier this week revealed their Iphone business plan. While there might have been a slight lull on Iphone conversation with all the other topics going on recently, I expect we can get ready to hear about it anew as excited employees across the country prepare to retire their current business phone to be the paper-weights they’ve always felt they were.

In my office, the Blackberry has been the phone of choice and rarely does a day go by that I’m not helping one person or another with a variety of Blackberry issues. Yet in our building filled to the brim with diehard Blackberry fans and self-proclaimed Apple haters, time and time again do I get asked by my coworkers, as they pause between tracks on the newest model Ipod, “when will we get to use the IPhone?”. Despite the fact most of them live and breathe by their Blackberry and that I do not know a single one of them who uses AT&T as their service provider, their desire for the IPhone is loud; a lion roar to my ears.

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I can almost hear their joyful, child-like glee as their minds race with fantasies about being able to open their Excel spreadsheets on their phone.

While I’d be interested to support the technical issues of the IPhone, (simply because that means I could play with them more often) after doing so with the Blackberry this long, I do not know how keen our Higher Ups will be to fork over the funds that AT&T is asking for, especially considering the excellent deals we have in place through a variety of providers. I would imagine this outlook applies to many businesses, yet the demand for the IPhone is so high it will be impossible to ignore. High enough that AT&T can confidently charge over two times what they do for consumer packages. And they can go to bed smiling, because we’ll pay it.

Those familiar with AT&Ts consumer rates will see the leap in price right away. With their business plans, they currently offer a total of three enterprise data options (each require a minimum two-year contract):

IPhone 200: 200 SMS, unlimited domestic data, visual voicemail – $45
IPhone 1500: 1500 SMS, unlimited domestic data, visual voicemail – $55
IPhone Unlimited: Unlimited SMS, unlimited domestic data, visual voicemail – $65

While I find the jump from 200 SMS to 1500 SMS for only a 10$ increase fair enough, it’s hard to swallow the IPhone 200 plan starting at $45 when the same level consumer plan will run you around $20, though the unlimited data certainly counts for something. In addition, AT&T is currently offering a $25 monthly credit to new accounts that are activated before the end of March, so that lessens the sting quite well, letting only those who miss this deadline take the brunt of the venom.

So while I’ll continue to wait patiently for the actual device itself to lower in price, I will be sorely tempted if my bosses end up breaking under the demand and decide to take advantage of these business plans. In the meantime I’ll have to be satisfied with my metal can with the string tied to it.

More details of the IPhone and AT&T’s service plans may be found on their website: AT&T IPhone Business Plans

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