No love for iPhone 3G users, forced to break contract to get iPhone 3GS

    After Apple’s announcement this morning of a new iPhone model, the iPhone 3G S (S for Speed), the reasons to upgrade are reasonably compelling on June 26th – the Australian release date.

    iPhone 3GS vs iPhone 3G  iPhone 3GS vs iPhone 3G

    Unfortunately after a phone call to Optus, I was informed the only way for an existing iPhone 3G contract customer to get the new device is to break the existing contract resulting in early termination fees. Then sign up for the new phone contract of 2 years.

    This is absolutely ridiculous !! Optus, I seriously hope you reconsider. I, like the majority of other Australian iPhone customers are with Optus, this is they’re chance to extend customer contracts for another year. Sounds like a good deal to me, after all the lions share of a telco’s revenue is from the monthly ongoing charges rather than the cost of the handset.

    So with an iPhone 3G and an $89 per month plan.. it looks like I’ll be stuck with the iPhone 3G for quite a while longer..

    Jason Cartwright
    Jason Cartwright
    Creator of techAU, Jason has spent the dozen+ years covering technology in Australia and around the world. Bringing a background in multimedia and passion for technology to the job, Cartwright delivers detailed product reviews, event coverage and industry news on a daily basis. Disclaimer: Tesla Shareholder from 20/01/2021

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