In a story appearing on Reuter’s website, AT & T, while still not giving too many details about the dollar and sense behind the new iPhone 3G deals, indicates that they are viewing this as an investment that will only pay off in the long term.
The phone service provider is stating that it’s earnings per share will drop between 10 and 12 cents in 2008 and 2009.
However, it is the following quote that I find the most interesting/disturbing.
There would be penalties for users who do not activate the iPhone in the first 30 days, AT&T said, in a move aimed at reducing the number of customers who buy an iPhone and tweak it so that they can use it on another network.
Penalties unless you activate the device promptly? Sounds like Apple/AT&T is taking yet another page from the Microsoft playbook in order to try to stop the hackapolosa that happened after the last iPhone release.