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Discussion in 'iPhone' started by AppleNewYork, Jun 28, 2009.
It's $100 cheaper...
Or am I missing something
I think you're missing something. It's called the 2 year contract you have to sign up for.
Let's see your math.
2-year contract with AT&T.
we have AT&T and we can upgrade... am i still missing something
When you upgrade, you sign a new 2 year contract. <-------- THIS
32GB 3GS is $699 without 2-year contract.
With 2-year contract, you will end up paying far over $699 just for the iPhone even after adding all the great services AT$T provides you.
If you just need an iPod Touch, just buying an iPod Touch is way much cheaper deal.
2 year contract math:
$30 a month for data...it's necessary
$30x12 months = $360 extra per year
but its a 2 year contract...so double that
$720 extra for the contract that you have to pay for in addition to the voice you pay for your current cellphone...
no problem..we like att
^^^^^^ Okay. But that is how it is not cheaper than buying an iPod Touch. It doesn't matter if you like AT&T or not.
I don't agree with your math.
Sure, part of that $720 goes towards the iPhone subsidy. But part of it goes towards your ability to actually USE the 3G/EDGE network.
Your math implies that:
$299 + $720 = $1019 is the price of the iPhone, and the data plan is free.
You have to sign up for a special iPhone plan or add $30 a month for unlimited data to a current family plan. The iPhone, especially with the iPhone 3GS, has always been so much better to me since you can use data anywhere, and it obviously has a phone. The screen has also always been noticeably better on a current-gen iPhone than a current-gen iPod Touch. You're obviously getting
all of the much better specifications and features of the iPhone 3GS, as well as a camera, too. Even though the plan costs more, owning an iPod Touch has always been an inferior experience. iPod Touch owners don't know what they're missing out on until they get an iPhone.
Lol. Sure iPhone 3G S is at least $1679.76+299+tax while your iPod Touch is $399+tax. Think about it.
Where the **** is all this math coming in to play? The OP has at&t and will continue to have service with them. It's no different then his normal voice plan. It's not extra unless he doesn't have data in which I'm sure he was planning on doing so anyways. He is eligible to upgrade and two years does nothing to him if he is happy and is staying with the carrier. FAIL!
To OP: Yes, it's cheaper. Go for it. Enjoy.
my math doesn't take into account the true price of the phone (subsidy) and the data, but simply the cost of owning each device.
math comes to play because you pay a monthly price in addition to owning the phone.
he's with ATT, but I'm assuming he owns a voice only plan, meaning he still has an extra premium to pay in order to get the iPhone working...
You forgot to add or factor in the 2 years you have to pay $60/month minimum.
if you don't plan on using the iphone as a phone, just remove the sim card and put it in the phone your currently using.....you have to extend your current plan for 2 years... so yes its a good deal
if the phone your using is not a 3g phone you dont have to pay for a 3g plan
You forgot to add the $5 minimum SMS/MMS plan most likely many will add, also taking into account the minimum, the $39.00 most people will pay(others will pay even more).
I did not take into account those because he said he was a current ATT subscriber, so he wouldn't be paying anything additional to what he is paying for right now for voice and if he isn't paying for text right now, chances are he won't pay for it on the iPhone. If he does pay for it now, chances are that it won't change. All that I did take into account is the additional fees he would be faced on a monthly basis to get the phone working, which is $30 plus tax.
I'll leave the maths to others, but it has other benefits over the iPod. Apart from the camera which has been mentioned, it has a built in microphone so if you use voice notes you won't need to carry a headset. Also the speaker is much louder so it's better for music if you don't have your headset.
Negatives though, it's more bulky than an iPod. Compared side by side it's easy to see the difference. I know which one I'd prefer in my shirt pocket all day. If you are going to use it as a phone too then this does not matter.
Why doesn't the OP just wait about two months until the iPod touch refreshes come out?
They like AT&T.
I don't know why everyone bashes AT&T. Their service is better than T-Mobile, etc. Also, their 3G coverage is WAY better than the other companies. Here, in backwards Albuquerque, I get 3G even on the edge of the city where I live - full bars. Yes, AT&T are a little more expensive than most other cell phone carriers. BUT the whole Apple experience you get with the iPhone is definitely worth the extra cost IMHO. Plus, when I move to Dallas in one year, I will have even better 3G coverage than here. Apple made a smart choice in picking AT&T - their 3G coverage is superior. Look at the coverage maps from all carriers if you don't believe me.
although i dislike AT&T i go to what ever carrier the iphone is on
I think what the OP is trying to say is that since they will be signing a contract with a phone carrier anyway, it's cheaper and better for them to buy an iPhone than it is an iPod Touch and a (insert smartphone here).
I already own an iPod Touch. But this was mainly meant for when the new iPod Touch comes out in the fall, would it just be cheaper to run with the iPhone