Thursday, June 28, 2007
No, Not $2,000 for an iPhone
Kirk’s always been a pretty insightful blogger, but I feel he completely goobered the goat with his latest post:
…Even the cheapest plan, with a 2-year commitment, will run you $60 a month. Add that up over 24 months, plus the cost of the phone, and it’ll cost you nearly $2000…
Umm, no Kirk, you’re wrong. An iPhone does not cost $2,000. An iPhone plus 24 months of up to 10,800 minutes of talk time plus unlimited data transfer and an awesome voice mail feature that essentially no one else has—that’s what costs $2,000.
You’d have a point if someone plunked down two grand for a hunk of touch-screen circuitry that just looked pretty after you bought it. But that’s not the way it is.
Besides, that $2,000, minus the cost of the buying the iPhone, doesn’t even go to Apple. That’s paying AT&T for service. Apple just gets the one-time payment for the phone.
Would you say the same thing about your car? You might find a heckuva deal on a little car for just $2,000, but if you actually want to drive the car, how much is it going to cost you over two years to fill it with gas, change the oil, eventually change the tires, ad infinitum?
With your rationale, just about every phone on the planet costs thousands of dollars—even if the phone itself was free.
Echoing Tom’s words, I just can’t believe how many people exist just to piss on the iPhone. Apple isn’t the one to be pissed on, and both Apple and AT&T should be commended for even offering an unlimited data plan for a phone that warrants having one.
And that’s my soapbox.
» Posted by ALBj at 07:59 PM (ET)
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