Apple has reduced the price of the 8GP iPhone by $200 (33%) and possibly discontinued the 4GB model, Engadget reports. Its quite a drastic price drop for the two-month-old phone and should easily lure more consumers to become owners. This could also change the iPhone unlock scene significantly. With a now less expensive phone, more people may be willing to experiment with unlocking their phones or pay the additional unlock-premium that will be added on by resellers. Good news for everyone, right?
Not quite, remember the iPhone unlock company iPhoneSIMFree who decided only to let resellers buy licenses of their unlock software? They supposedly launched yesterday and boy did they choose the wrong day. Surely some iPhone resellers stocked up on iPhones because they wanted to get those unlocked iPhones ready for sale right away. But paying an additional who knows how much per phone because of iPhoneSIMFree’s delivery date probably ruined their week. And that’s not the only thing. In addition to announcing their launch the day before the price cut, it appears iPhoneSIMFree didn’t even deliver the software. What’s that, three times now? Their website says, “We are experiencing a number of technical issues related to our business side of things and hope to have these resolved as soon as possible. Double Ouch!
Om Malik has posted something that may be helpful for those that bought the iPhone from an Apple store in the last 14 days. You are entitled to the difference between the current selling price and the price you paid if you request it within 14 days of the price reduction. AT&T also has a 14-day return policy on the iPhone and apparently has the same price difference policy as Apple. While this is good news for consumers, I doubt this helps resellers, who likely didn’t directly buy from Apple or AT&T.