iPhone 3G

Those who decide to take the plunge for the new 3G iphone on July 11th are in for a surprise.

In addition to the curious extension of the no-MMS policy (the current iPhone currently cannot send photos to another mobile device via MMS), iPhone owners will now have to pay extra to send ordinary text messages.

Provisions of the new data plan ($30) indicate that text messaging is no longer included in the already-exorbitantly priced, standard contract that is tethered to the device.

Text messaging will cost an additional $20 for unlimited messaging and $30 for FamilyTalk plans (up to five lines).

Since A T & T wants .20 per text message from non-text-message-plan subscribers, a plan is almost a necessity if you plan on using SMS in any capacity (and who doesn’t nowadays?).

In the end, iPhone users are going to have to seriously question the value and feasibility of owning a device that unashamedly penalizes you ($$$) for using some of its most basic features.

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