Help me decide on an iPhone

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Shotgun OS, Aug 13, 2007.

  1. Shotgun OS macrumors 6502a

    Dec 18, 2006
    Not sure to put this under the buying tips or what; just seems that i may get more people with iPhone experience here. Also, warning: long paragraphs ahead.

    Heres my situation:
    I desperately need a phone with a data plan. I currently have a T-mobile prepaid phone, and recently have been burning through 100 minutes within a few days. Also, my phone is the most outdated thing to ever be seen in public. It has no function to me besides a phone and texting.
    Now, today, I was thinking about getting an iPhone(of course I wanted one before, but whatever.) The cheapest plan is $60 bucks and the phone itself is $500.(More than I'm willing to pay.) I would use the iPhone as a half-assed replacement of both my iPod 30 gig and my phone during each day(I'd still use the 30 gig daily, too.) I'd use the internet for checking mail and doing searches on Google when I m away.

    Here's the big problem: I have barely any money to buy the phone, let alone pay the plan. I have a very small job and work 2 hours a day on weekdays at $8 an hour, and I make about $70 a week. To pay for the iPhone, I would have to delve into my bank account and gank $500. I would also be sacrificing a weeks earnings to pay for my phone plan. Whats worse, I go back to school in a week: Meaning no weekday work. I would go into work on Saturday for 8 hours to make up for my missed weekly pay.

    The main question I'm asking is: Is the iPhone worth this sacrifice and effort?

    Will the iPhone stand the test of time in 2 years, and still be worth it?
    Are you happy with your phone?
    If you were me, would you make bite the cash bullet?
    Other Q's:
    I heard that by fudging the credit stuff on the iPhone, you could get a half-arsed prepaid iPhone plan thats 10$ cheaper. Is this true/worth it?
    Does having WiFi on all day kill the battery?
    And of course, is texting easy? How long does it take to get used to?

    I know theres a lot to read there, but I really, really appreciate all(any) answers/responses I may get. I would like to make my decision in the next 3 days, because I will be going to the Apple Store to pick up some other things. Thanks a ton!
  2. siurpeeman macrumors 603


    Dec 2, 2006
    the OC
    i love my iphone, but that really isn't the point. i don't think you can quite afford an iphone, and i really wouldn't bother trying until you can comfortably pay for it. a phone plan would be a week's pay, and you'd be working the other three weeks for everything else like food and other expenses. get a better job or wait until you're out of school.
  3. Joshua8o8 macrumors 6502

    Jul 2, 2007
    Honolulu, Hawai'i
    im not going to lie the iphone is really good, but it is not a necessity. I dont mean to sound rude but i think if i was in your situation i would not get the phone. I know it would take a lot of will power to stop myself from getting it but i would certainly try. $500+ is really going to be painful when you have to take it out of your bank account.

    To answer your questions more specifically...

    Im not sure what kind of shape my iphone will be in, in 2009... i had my nextel for two years, and well... it wasnt looking to hot. Then again with the capabilities of software updates who knows, the iphone might stay good as new, who knows?

    im not sure about the credit question, but if your going to pay $500+ for the iphone wouldnt you want to be activated to its full potential?

    Wi-Fi on all day will definetly drain the battery a lot faster than not having it on would. But you can always turn it off and turn it back on when you need it.

    And texting is really easy, it only took me about four or five days to get comfortable with the keyboard. A problem i face with my iphone is that my spell correcting software does not always work, and its hard to get every letter correct all the time. But when the spell correcting software does work its terrific.

    hope this helps! sorry its so long. i tried to keep it as condensed as possible.
  4. j00d macrumors member

    Jul 27, 2007
    forget it.

    200 txt msg's / 450 min talk (5k nights/weekends)

    you are wayyyy too poor for an iphone

    buy the next one, you'll have a better phone and the iphone flaws won't be as aggravating
  5. jersey macrumors regular

    Jul 9, 2007
    Just get one of the free phones, with the 39.99 plan and 4.99 for 200 texts. Then you have a new phone, and the $500+ you were going to spend on an iphone pays for the plan for the next 10 months.

    It doesnt sound like the iphone is right for you. The initial bill, with activation, will be at least $90. And if you're only making $70 a week, there are more important things you should be spending your money on.
  6. plumbingandtech macrumors 68000

    Jun 20, 2007
    skip it till you are making more.

    That being said, it is the greatest phone on the planet IMO.
  7. badtzmaru macrumors 6502

    Jul 1, 2007
  8. Shotgun OS thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Dec 18, 2006
    Thanks for the the responses everyone. I've been convinced to not get an iPhone. I'll take what money I have right now and get iLife '08 and a new keyboard instead like I planned. :)

    Thanks again!
  9. megfilmworks macrumors 68020


    Jul 1, 2007
    Sherman Oaks
    Smart move, spend less now and you'll have more money later!
    And when you feel you can easily afford an iPhone it will be a newer generation!

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