I’m not like every other kid: I didn’t have a cell phone until I was 17. Not because I was restricted, it was mostly because I never needed it and I was dead cheap. After I started working however it became readily apparent that I needed a cell phone. My first choice was the brand new iPhone 4 with AT&T. And of course, if I got a cell phone, then my parents would also get cell phones and then we’d all have a family of iPhones. Great, huh?
Let’s start out with this: I love the internet and I’m clearly a blogger, here I am right now, blogging. I’m a programmer too and having an iPhone opens doors for me to program in a new environment, albeit an expensive one. Not to mention it’s plain cool to have an iPhone and the device itself is absolutely breathtaking – and it makes me think of that monolith in that one movie I never saw. Moving along, let’s look at the prices.
The black, 16 gigabyte iPhone 4 costs $199 with a new contract. If a person bought three, for a family, would they all cost that? I thought so at one time, but I doubt it now. So assuming it did, that would cost around $597 and with our capital city tax, $642. Just for three phones. Fine, that’s a one time expense, I could live with that, and so could my parents.
But then, I realize, what about the plan? Oh no! My parents see those AT&T bashing commercials and they think little of them – but hey, they were getting iPhones and that makes up for the potential loss of call quality, 3G coverage and reception, right? Yeah. The plans we wanted were aimed at keeping our cost down, but it made it work. Here’s the break down:
- 69.99 + 9.99 – Two bundled lines in the FamilyTalk 700 Plan plus an extra line
- 75 – The cost of 3 iPhone data plans
- 30 – Unlimited texting, you know, that’s what kids do these days – not me, I don’t play farmville.
That’s a grand total of $184.98 per month. Oh yes, per month! Of course, you’re scoffing at the idea of that price, it’s low you say, because you’re made out of money or you’re employed by a company that gives you a huge deal or you don’t care about money. I suppose we could live with that price for two years, but it’s still high. Tax though, is a deal killer: the price comes out to $199.14. That’s like $200. So yeah, no deal.
I’m not even done yet. I didn’t talk about we would have had to miss the iPhone 4.5 and the iPhone 5. In order to get an iPhone for $199, you need to skip two generations of iPhones. So you need a two year contract. When paying monthly for 24 months, do you realize how much $200 per month costs you? Let me do the math.
- 6 months – $1194
- 12 months – $2389
- 18 months – $3584
- 24 months – $4779
So in two years, while skipping the next two iPhones, my parents and I could buy an iPad and an iTouch for each of us with the money spent on the plan alone! See a problem with that? Yes, I do.
So in short, we didn’t buy the iPhones. I really loved them, and I still drool over them. I seriously do. I think I made the right choice in saying no to the iPhone however: the great price of the plan killed the deal. However, Apple will probably succeed when they give me a new iPod Touch, because, after all, the one time price is tiny compared to the endless gold sink of the AT&T plan.