AT&T has been “listening to our customers” and has decided to relent on their original pricing on the iPhone 3G S for users who upgraded to the iPhone 3G last summer. Because of the release dates being less than a year apart, users who got the 3G at it’s release were going to have to wait (or pay a premium) to get the 3G S.
The iPhone 3G was released last July, only 11 months before the release of the 3G S. Unfortunately those eager Apple fans who bought the 3G at its release would not typically be eligible for the fully subsidized 3G S price ($199 for 16 GB/$299 for 32 GB). Instead, they were offered a partial subsidy ($399/$499).
AT&T changed their minds, with a little help from the complaints of those early adopters, and decided to give customers who are eligible for an upgrade in July, August, and September 2009 the best price available. In other news, expected iPhone 3G S sales just went way up.