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iPhone fine print: No iPod features without service plan
: "We seem to have an answer to one of our biggest questions: Can you buy an iPhone and just use the built in WiFi and iPod features? Apparently not. According to the small print on Apple's rate plan webpage, you need to purchase a 2 year wireless service plan. This means your iPhonePod will cost you at least ($60/month * 24 months) + $500/iPhone = $1940 + $36 activation fee + tax. That's a might pricey even if unsurprising (and close to what Scott predicted). Although most media phones like Chocolate and its compatriots seem to have the same constraints, it just seems unnecessary and cruel. TUAW gives Apple's "Minimum new 2-year wireless service plan and activation fee required to activate iPhone features including iPod" a big old hometown raspberry. Boo!
Thanks to Kevin Reylek for tracking down the Activation fee."
Re: iPhone fine print: No iPod features without service plan
Actually the chocolate doesn't have that restriction. You can just purchase a chocolate and use it without the service (but that is like buying a car to use the high end audio system and never putting gas in it). If you do get the service you are not required to get the data plan to use the built in features in the phone.
As for the activation fee, if they do the standard then the new activation fee will be $36 and the renewal will be $18.
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