At&t announced to investors today on their “iPhone 3G Conference Call” revealed that their deal with Apple has changed, and as a result, Apple will no longer be receiving monthly revenue from iPhone subscriptions.
This could have a big impact on the future of the iPhone. Currently, iPhone users get updates to their software for free. The reason that iPod Touch users are charged is reportedly for “accounting purposes”.
If that’s true, then Apple’s accounting is going to have to be adjusted to no longer include monthly revenue from iPhone subscribers, and it is very likely that future updates will come at a cost.