Loc: Alexandria, VA
Well, the explanations I've been reading are, essentially:
If you bought the first iPhone, you paid full price for the hardware + a two-year contract, so AT&T wasn't "losing" anything when they offered the 3G at a subsidized price + two years (which was actually *more* expensive for the customer than the original deal) ...
This time around, since apparently they didn't make enough off your original purchase + 1 year of contract + raising rates for the second term + what you *did* pay for the new hardware + 1+ year of contract, they prefer to have you run out your existing contract ...
Otherwise, they want you to pay $200 to cover the remaining subsidy for the 3G, then essentially subsidizing the new phone + a new two-year contract ...
What they don't appear to offer is full-price for the new phone w/o the requirement for a new contract. That way their subsidy would still be paid-off under the existing contract and they'd (presumably) make some cash off the new equipment sale. They'd certainly not be any worse-off than letting existing contracts simply expire, and they'd gain good-will, at least, of existing customers instead of pissing them off ...
This is why I hate tying phones to plans. I would much rather pay full-price for the equipment and be able to buy service a la carte ... but then the service providers would actually have to focus on service and not hardware deals ...
I have a 2 yr old MB and am considering the MBP $1099 education. I calculate I can upgrade for about $230 !! (assuming I can get $800 for my old book - with all the software on it and 1 year left on AppleCare).
That includes taking the free iPod and Printer and reselling them. That gives me a faster Laptop and a new 3 yr AppleCare.coverage... I'll also save $30 on upgrading Snow Leopard and $30 extending my Mobile Me account 12 months.
IF it all works out .. final cost should be around $170 + Tax.
I'm just guessing, but I highly suspect that Snow Leopard will ship as an upgrade disc and a separate full install disc. I don't see any other way to distinguish if you're upgrading or using a full install AFTER you've already purchased the install DVD.
The sucky thing about that is, if you ever need to do a clean install, you would have to install Leopard first, then update to Snow Leopard - just like those stupid "drop-in discs" the Apple Stores were doing a while back for people who purchased a new Mac the day of and a few days after Leopard was released.
Even a downloadable update would be the same setup (check for previous install). I just don't see any other way of doing it. Got any ideas?
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Loc: Pinellas Park, Florida
Why would it do that? NeoOffice patches check for a supported version of Neo before it will install the patch. All it has to do is check for your current installed system version (or look at your receipts).
Loc: Finland, on the Arctic Circle
Dang! I just called the store I ordered my MacBook from and found out it had been shipped yesterday...and since I ordered for my small business, it is pretty much a done deal by law now as it is paid for and shipped.
Oh well, basically it would be just an SD card reader (no biggie) and a FW800 (somewhat of a biggie) upgrade on that setup. And yeah, the option to go to 8 gigs of max ram instead of four.
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