Cell phones forum: What is the final cost of the iPhone?

by: WheelerCub July 17, 2007 5:44 PM PDT

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What is the final cost of the iPhone?

by WheelerCub CNET staff - 7/17/07 5:44 PM

Hey gang, I was hoping someone could give me some advice. My roommate was researching whether or not to buy an iPhone and we started talking about the final cost of the product after all is said and done. We came up with an estimated cost which we both found a little staggering. Can someone who has purchased an iPhone with service or someone who has also researched it, verify we are not going insane?

First, we felt that you kind of have to get the 8GB iPhone for music and file storage because the 4GB would run out of space too fast. Next, the $79.99/month ($80) service plan is the best deal for the features you get. But the plans only include 200 text messages (send or receive); so we'd burn through those pretty fast being out on the go a lot and making plans. So we need approximately $15 more for unlimited text pushing the plan to $95/month. Plus taxes and those ridiculous federal airtime surcharges of about $10 (it may be more with Web access) gives us a final total of $105/month.

Now we'd be locked into a contract which is 24 months long or $2520.00 over 2 years. Plus the $36 AT&T activation fee and the cost of the 8GB iPhone of 650.00 after taxes and the grand total becomes $3206.00 for the first 2 years!?!

Is our math correct? It seems like an awful lot to both of us to get a web device that won't support the fast web access we're paying for due to the lack of 3G.

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