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  • How Much That iPhone 4 Will REALLY Cost


    The price of a 16GB iPhone 4 is roughly the same as comparable HTC Incredible, Evo 4G and Nexus One phones. There can be a significant difference in the how much you pay over the life of your contract - what's called Total Cost of Ownership or TCO - for these devices, however, depending on the data plan you use. ZDNet's Apple Core blog pointed out a graphic that the folks at Billshrink worked up to help customers compare the how much each phone will cost in the long run. Bottom line: the 16GB iPhone with the stingier data plan had the cheapest TCO of all phones surveyed, while upgrading to the 2GB data plan made the same phone more expensive than all the other phones with unlimited plans, except for the Incredible.

    The sort of obvious problem with this is that it's not a direct comparison: paying $2,959 for an AT&T iPhone 4 over two years with a 2GB cap can't compare to the Sprint Evo 4G's TCO of $2,839 with unlimited data. I'm grandfathered in (for now) to the unlimited plan I had on my iPhone 3G, and I'm still paying $30/month for unlimited data on my 32GB iPhone 4. So, if I just pile the additional costs onto the number BillShrink came up with, my TCO swells to $3,179 over 2 years. Ow.

    The chart does also do a pretty good job of showing the features of the different phones, and for people that aren't heavy data users the iPhone 4 actually does come out as a good choice, in contradiction to all the hype about its high costs. But that's the kicker: you have to watch your data usage. A lot of overage charges would balloon the cost up into the Verizon/Incredible range.

    modified image from Billshrink.com
    This article was originally published in forum thread: How Much That iPhone 4 Will REALLY Cost started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 28 Comments
    1. staterunner180's Avatar
      staterunner180 -
      I hate how this is totals for the networks, not the phones themselves. I mean I like the idea of totaling up the price so people know what they get when they pay the phone bill every month, but I think the mobile market would be so much better if certain phones weren't restricted to certain networks. Oh well, competition breeds innovation I suppose :P
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      who cares lol i love and want and need my iphone plus i have unlimited data so im good to go
    1. eortizr's Avatar
      eortizr -
      Quote Originally Posted by squassss View Post
      Why do people cry about the data cap when it was clearly shown that most customers don't come near the cap. Even then it's like 5 bucks for each additional gig. Hmmm the EVO has less resolution on a larger TFT screen... pass.
      is $10.00 for each additional GB in the $25.00 plan and $15.00 for each additional 200mb in the $15.00 plan...
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      they are all more expensive than i thought
    1. klouud's Avatar
      klouud -
      umm... i have unlimited data and level 2 (whatever that is... 1500 messages I think) messages + spent $199 on my 3GS and my bill ends up being:

      $2059 per 3GS + line for 24 months (my wife and I both have 3GS's)

      [EDIT] We share 850 min between the 2 of us tho... we never use our minutes - we have like 5,000 roll over minutes
    1. squassss's Avatar
      squassss -
      "It's 10 dollars on the 25 dollar plan for each additional gig"

      It's not what they told me in the store but whore cares.. don't supersize for a week.
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      I intend to keep my $30 plan until they come up with a bogus reason that I have to switch. And they will.
    1. soderberg's Avatar
      soderberg -
      it's over $1200 here in my country :-(