I want an iPhone. The bug took a few years later to bite me than many others, but it did. I have played with countless iPhones and tested lots of cool apps. But oddly enough, it was actually the iPad that did it. I was playing with one yesterday and I was like “Okay, I get it. This is cool. Having this on my phone would be neat.”
Trouble is, I can’t justify the expense.
Because the iPhone doesn’t cost $99 for the 8MB 3G version or $199 for the 16MB 3GS version, as Apple currently advertises. The real cost of the iPhone is something like $1,400. Per year. Over a two year contract, that iPhone could cost you $2,600.
That’s because most people I know who have iPhones spend like $100 a month for their service contracts. (Add up a $60 voice plan, $30 data plan, and a $5 to $20 text plan, and that thing gets pricey).
I already have a Blackberry that costs me around $800 a year. That angers me when I start to think about it, although, compared to many smartphone users, I’m probably getting off “cheap”. Still, I can’t justify spending even more on communication technology than I already do.
For one, an iPhone is a definite want, not a need. We live in an era in which we think cell phones are needs, but are they really? If you have no other phone line, then having a phone for emergencies and a few minutes a month to make important calls is neccessary. But having e-mail and Facebook everywhere you go is a luxury plain and simple. And when you consider the $1,000-a-year price difference between an iPhone and a couple hundred dollars in prepaid cell phone minutes, it’s a big luxury.
I’m not judging anybody who has an iPhone out there. In fact, I’m jealous. I do, however, take pause when I consider what some things we take for granted actually cost. Our cars, our television, our phones.
Think about it this way: How many hours, days, or weeks do you have to work every year to pay for your phone?