Ernst-Jan Pfauth is the former Editor in Chief of Internet at NRC Handelsblad, as well as an acclaimed technology author and columnist. He a Ernst-Jan Pfauth is the former Editor in Chief of Internet at NRC Handelsblad, as well as an acclaimed technology author and columnist. He also served as The Next Web’s blog’s first blogger and Editor in Chief, back in 2008. At De Correspondent, Ernst-Jan serves as publisher, fostering the expansion of the platform.
Believe it or not, Germans can buy the brand new 3G iPhone 8 GB version for only 1 euro – and a fat T-Mobile contract. To be exact: users have to sign up for a monthly 69-euro service plan. By doing this, Apple probably wants the early majority to pick up the iPhone in a dazzling speed as a lot of teenagers and twenty-somethings can’t resist such a low price.
Operators like T-Mobile can easily subsidize the phones, as long consumers sign for a very lucrative contract. The 16-gigabyte version will start at 19.95 euros with an all-inclusive data plan costing 89 euros per month going up to 249.95 euros for a minimal 29 euros-per-month contract.
I wonder how many of the shiny phones they’ll ship in. One thing is for sure.. “Is that an iPhone…?” will soon be history.
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