I know, you couldn’t resist buying the original iPhone. But if you were afraid of the price tag, you went ahead and bought the iPhone 3G. Of course, since AT&T’s mandatory 2-year plan has increased by $10/per month (and if you aren’t “upgrading”), there is no price break. That’s something Apple doesn’t advertise.
So, let’s say you got duped and bought it anyway. I assume (tried) to cancel your existing cell phone, otherwise it would be awfully redundant to have two cells phones, right? Can’t get out of that Verizon contract, huh? Awww…
Well, by now (assuming you got past all the red tape and stress to actually sign up and ACTIVATE your new iPhone) you should have noticed that although the interface rocks and is simple, the consumer irreplaceable BATTERY loses power awfully quickly.
I keep reading and hearing about a struggling economy, yet it seems so many people are quick to use their credit card to “upgrade” and fork over $200 (8GB) or $300 (16GB), with 24-month AT&T contract worth around $70-$100 per month.
It is very important to note that if you aren’t upgrading than the price is actually 400 dollars. And if you do not want to hack the iPhone (see various message boards) and use it on another network the price of no-commitment contract is $600 dollars. WOW.
Also consider this: there are cheaper clones and more capable touch screen phones out there.
There is no doubt there are cool applications on the iPhone, and it’s very easy to surf (but do you REALLY think all your favorite web pages will display properly? Not.) But you really need to take a long hard look at yourself in the mirror to justify why it would be that important.
I mean, I’m sure you HAVE Internet access at home. So why pay twice?
I’m sure you already have a cell phone.
You may even have a REAL GPS (iPhone doesn’t have real-time- it uses Google Maps- HA!)
And a better camera.
And an iPod or mp3 player that can display photos and video.
Or a laptop.
But you just HAD to get this, don’t you. (By the way, be sure not to DROP this little guy.)
You don’t care that Apple is using you like a tool with an upgrade and “price drop” every 6 months, right? Who says peer pressure is dead?
You know, I could understand it if you’re making $70,000 and your wife is too.
But you’re probably not, and if you are, you probably have so many expenses that you still live from paycheck to paycheck.
Do you REALLY need portable Internet at your office?
I could be persuaded to understand it if you were on the road all the time.
Other than that it seems more of a vanity thing than a practical thing.
Hey, I’m just trying to save on your monthly bills every month.
Because I really do care about you and the economy.
Just chew on this, for something that suggests it’s an all-encompassing entertainment (Internet/phone/music/GPS hand held computer):
No Flash player for rich media content (Apple hates Adobe?)
Can’t send pictures in instant messages
No mobile TV
No replaceable battery
No flash memory card
No Linux compatibility
You’re going to be dropping hundreds of dollars on upgrades for years