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The Real Cost Of The “Newer & Better” 3G iPhone From Apple/AT&T

Posted by mikenopolis on July 17, 2008

I should’ve posted this a long time ago but haven’t had time…so here’s a calculation of how the newest 3G iPhone is actually more expensive than people think. The first iPhone (8GB) was $599 but became $499 after Apple reimbursed $100 to owners when they decided on the sudden price drop. 1st generation iPhone cost $49.00 per month ($29.99 plan with $20 iPhone Package) whereas the new iPhone 3G cost $251.49 more by the end of the 2 year contract because sure! you have a lower initial cost of the phone, but your monthly charge is $69.99 with a $5 for the same amount of text messages. By the 14th month you would’ve paid more than the 1st generation iPhone owner!

Also if you really think about it the 3G network is still not widely available, so unless you keep your 3G iPhone’s 3G service off, it will constantly be searching for the network, causing it to lose battery power and a faster rate. Sure, you can turn the GPS off and the 3G off, then what’s the point of getting the phone?

Apple should’ve thought this through before releasing it….or maybe they have and are just trying to get more money from all of us when the 3rd version of the iPhone comes out!

1st Gen
3G Version
iPhone $ 499.99 Total Cost $ 199.99 Total Cost
Taxes $ 41.25 $ 541.24 $ 16.50 $ 216.49
Month #1 $ 49.99 $ 591.23 $ 74.00 $ 290.49
2 $ 49.99 $ 641.22 $ 74.00 $ 364.49
3 $ 49.99 $ 691.21 $ 74.00 $ 438.49
4 $ 49.99 $ 741.20 $ 74.00 $ 512.49
5 $ 49.99 $ 791.19 $ 74.00 $ 586.49
6 $ 49.99 $ 841.18 $ 74.00 $ 660.49
7 $ 49.99 $ 891.17 $ 74.00 $ 734.49
8 $ 49.99 $ 941.16 $ 74.00 $ 808.49
9 $ 49.99 $ 991.15 $ 74.00 $ 882.49
10 $ 49.99 $ 1,041.14 $ 74.00 $ 956.49
11 $ 49.99 $ 1,091.13 $ 74.00 $ 1,030.49
12 $ 49.99 $ 1,141.12 $ 74.00 $ 1,104.49
13 $ 49.99 $ 1,191.11 $ 74.00 $ 1,178.49
14 $ 49.99 $ 1,241.10 $ 74.00 $ 1,252.49
15 $ 49.99 $ 1,291.09 $ 74.00 $ 1,326.49
16 $ 49.99 $ 1,341.08 $ 74.00 $ 1,400.49
17 $ 49.99 $ 1,391.07 $ 74.00 $ 1,474.49
18 $ 49.99 $ 1,441.06 $ 74.00 $ 1,548.49
19 $ 49.99 $ 1,491.05 $ 74.00 $ 1,622.49
20 $ 49.99 $ 1,541.04 $ 74.00 $ 1,696.49
21 $ 49.99 $ 1,591.03 $ 74.00 $ 1,770.49
22 $ 49.99 $ 1,641.02 $ 74.00 $ 1,844.49
23 $ 49.99 $ 1,691.01 $ 74.00 $ 1,918.49
24 $ 49.99 $ 1,741.00 $ 74.00 $ 1,992.49
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