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[hothardware] iPhone3G to Cost More Than Previous iPhones

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Yes, you read the headline correct; you will pay more for a new Apple iPhone3G than you would have spent on the previous version of the iPhone. How can this be, you ask? The iPhone3G models are priced a full $100 cheaper than their predecessors. True.

But the total cost of a two-year contract with AT&T will wind up more than eating up what you save on the less expensive, iPhone3G handset. iPhone3G purchasers will be required to commit to two-year contracts and to activate the phones at the store at the time of purchase (in order to qualify for the $199 cost of the 8GB model, or $299 for the 16GB). At $69.99 per month for the cheapest voice plan and unlimited data, you'll be spending $10 more each month for wireless service (and that's before tax) than you would have with the previous-generation iPhone.




At the end of two years, an 8GB iPhone3G will cost you $1,879; the previous iPhone would have cost you $1,739 at the end of two years. You'll wind up spending $1,979 on a 16GB iPhone3G after two years; while the previous-generation 16GB iPhone would have set you back $1,839.


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150 $ difference over 2 year term umm

150/12 = 6.25 $ more per month. That isnt alot lol
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What freshman application of math.... they didn't use the correct economic present value formula.
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150 $ difference over 2 year term umm

150/12 = 6.25 $ more per month. That isnt alot lol
The point is it still costs more.

People moan about paying for Xbox Live Service all the time even when its $50/13months. So yea, money is money.
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post #5 of 35
how about.. buy it, use for one month, cancel, pay the ETF
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post #6 of 35
So basically the cost of the plan went up $10/mo?
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I have an edge iphone, and i have the $40 per month phone plan, and then pay another $20 for the data plan. I'm guessing that since the old iphone is edge, that they are only asking $20 for the data plan. When it goes 3G, the data plan will go up to $30.
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post #8 of 35
shouldn't be a problem for me, going to get the iPhone for free on O2 contract in UK. Yes I do live in UK
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The iphone is cheaper... Its not apple's fault AT&T are pricing like that!
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No way to get it plan-less?
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