Over 8,000 ATT iPhone users sign Twitter petition demanding fair business practices.
Dallas, TX(JusticeNewsFlash.com)–Angry iPhone and AT&T subscribers have turned to internet social media giant, Twitter http://www.twitter.com, to express growing consumer resentment towards higher prices for current iPhone users to upgrade to the new iPhone 3G S, as reported by Information Week.
Dallas based AT&T, is the second largest provider of wireless service in the U.S., serves digital subscriber line Internet access, and holds exclusive rights with Mac to provide all iPhone cellular user plans as outlined by Wikipedia http://www.wikipedia.org. AT&T’s plans to charge current iPhone users an additional $200 to upgrade to the new iPhone 3G S above the cost of the new phone, has caused more than 8,000 people to sign a petition on Twitter, which is growing hourly. The Twitter petition is asking for AT&T to sell the new iPhone to current users for the same $199 and $299 rate they charge new subscribers. News Factor reports angry subscribers are encouraging other iPhone and cellular users to spread the petition through other social networking sites, such as Myspace, Facebook, Delicious, Digg, Reddit, and Stumbleupon. Even AT&T’s own Apple forum has become a sounding board of expressed concerns in pricing and other AT&T networking issues.
Industry insiders claim iPhone 3G users’ price difference has nothing to do with the model of the phone, but because of “subsidies”. These subsidies are discounts given to potential new contract holders as a marketing tool to acquire two-year cellular phone contracts. Usually upgrades on existing mobile phone contracts are not available until the end, or near the end of the contract life, which basically forces new customers and repeat customers to commit to 2 years with AT&T.
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