iPhone's True Cost?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by GITANAJAVA, Jan 20, 2007.

  1. GITANAJAVA macrumors regular


    Feb 3, 2006
    Have ibrik, will travel.
  2. Scarlet Fever macrumors 68040

    Scarlet Fever

    Jul 22, 2005
    they should do that research with other phones. I think they'll be suprised at the similarity of the results :rolleyes:
  3. heehee macrumors 68020


    Jul 31, 2006
    Same country as Santa Claus
  4. Fearless Leader macrumors 68020

    Mar 21, 2006
    no just people who Buy iphones.
  5. zap2 macrumors 604


    Mar 8, 2005
    Washington D.C
    also this is Apple first phone, which mean that had to design it from the ground up while other company can base things of there other phones, which leads to a lot more time put into the Phone. And as they say

  6. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    Doesn't this also neglect the possibility that Cingular will have a special iPhone voice+data plan?

  7. Rapmastac1 macrumors 65816


    Aug 5, 2006
    In the Depths of the SLC!
    Yeah, there are similarities when you look at the price of the cell phone plan, but there is about 650 more than what I pay, oh yeah, I think that is for the phone :rolleyes: . For heaven's sake, I got a Razr, but I only payed 20 bucks, AND I'm actually with a good cell phone company.
  8. clevin macrumors G3


    Aug 6, 2006
    that can go either way
    if cingular gonna push it to mass market, it will have cheaper plan,
    if cingular decide to target high-end market from the beginning, it will have expensive plan

    no matter which way it will go, u don't have a choice if u wanna use iphone.
  9. whooleytoo macrumors 604


    Aug 2, 2002
    Cork, Ireland.
    Apparently, it equates to:

    387 Starbucks grande drinks

    With all that caffeine, you're going to need a pay-plan with free night-time calls, because you're certainly not going to be doing much sleeping (ever).

    2,129 McDonalds hamburgers

    Would that come with a "Dude! I just ate Texas!" T-shirt? I'd hate to think what that would do to your insides, apart from forcing them outside!

    968 rides on the NYC Subway

    Ok, this would be fun for a while, but it would get old fast. Maybe if they added a water hazard, or had cardboard cutouts of muggers that popped out at you as you went by.

    A round-trip ticket to Japan from the USA

    "Hi, I'm from the US. I could have bought an iPhone (that you won't be able to buy for a year) but decided to pop over here and say "Hi" instead."

    Forget about making the return leg..

    A new LCD 42" tv with enough money left over to buy all 5 seasons of 24 on DVD

    The screen is better, I grant you that. But just you try holding THAT up to your ear to make a call. I double dare you.

    A Mac Powerbook

    Powerbook? And I was worried some of the iPhone's technologies were outdated...

    20% of a monthly ad on TechCrunch

    What's TechCrunch? Those guys seriously need to advertise!
  10. GITANAJAVA thread starter macrumors regular


    Feb 3, 2006
    Have ibrik, will travel.
    Aye, Whooley mate, yours is undoubtedly the most profound reflection yet on this topic. Well said (and calculated!)

    Anyone else have a go at the "exchange rate" for an iPhone? How many samosas = 1 iPhone, how many tanks of petrol, etc. Wherever you're from, whatever your vices and desires....

    Lay on! :cool:
  11. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

    Rodimus Prime

    Oct 9, 2006
    knowing cingular they will go with the more expensive plan. cingular gets most of their money from the phone plans and very little of it off of the cell phones so they have no motivation to sell the plan cheaper to cell more phones. Hell they at most just break even on the cell phones they sell.

    I would expect to see at least a $30-40 of extra charges put with the iPhone. Cingular could easily push that to $50 because they know people will buy it because it is the apple iPhone. They know apple has a huge following and will go to great lengths to get apple products so that translates into easy money. Most people who will be after the iPhone are people who are pretty much already set on getting it. That enhance system is going to add a lot to the cost on the monthly bill.
  12. buzzdroid macrumors newbie

    Apr 12, 2007
    Now that OS X has been delayed, at least we won't be jammed up on multiple Apple purchases in a short time span.

    I think there are a couple things that have been missed in the cost calculation. The iPhone Switch Cost Calculator at http://buzzdroid.com/apple/iphone/iphone-switch-cost-calculator/ takes a couple of other things into account like termination fees and time to break even or recoup your investment.

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