- iPhone Newbie
- 15 Posts
Are iPhone service prices too expensive?
I think that the iPhone prices are expensive, but you're paying what its worth
So even its too expensive for individuals, cheapest is $59.99.
I'm thinking about getting a 3G iPhone, unless I win one from The iPhone Blog.
But unless there is an unlocking tool for the next-gen iPhone, Then i'll just use my T-Mobile.
But anyways, iPhone still is (I think) the best phone yet!
Last edited by CoolCowiesClan; 06-02-2008 at 07:30 PM. Reason: I didn't put all of what I was thinking.
- 06-02-2008, 07:48 PM #2
- 06-02-2008, 08:08 PM #4
At&t BlackBerry Personal Plan = $30/month and includes unlimited data and email. (This one is a little special because it uses a special BlackBerry proprietary internet service, but it is still just unlimited data)
At&t PDA Unlimited = $30/month and includes unlimited data and email.
iPhone Data = $20/month and includes unlimited data and email, visual voice mail, and 200 text messages.
By comparison, no, I don't think it is expensive at all. You get more than other smartphone data plans for less money.
- 06-02-2008, 08:16 PM #5
- 06-02-2008, 08:18 PM #6
- 06-03-2008, 02:49 AM #7
Remember, if and when you do buy the iPhone 3G remember that T-Mobile currently doesn't have any 3G offerings. Also, no one is certain of the specs of the iPhone 3G yet so be cautious to make sure it includes T-Mobile's 3G frequency..but then again I would be VERY surprised if Tri-Band 3G wasn't included in the iPhone 3G.
As I also recall, the data plan on T-Mobile is also $20 dollars. Same as the iPhone's but you also get 200 SMS to play with on your iPhone. Your issues with the price point is probably better served at an AT&T vs T-Mobile voice plan discussion rather than the iPhone's data plan which is VERY competitive.
Also, to whomever said it, rollover SMS is a genius idea! I guess that means we won't see it on AT&T anytime soon..haha
- 06-03-2008, 09:23 AM #8
Although I am not with ATT just yet, I have checked on the prices of the iPhone plans and they are pretty fair.
I am currently with Sprint and have a BlackBerry. I pay almost $200 per month for Family Plan, 800 F&F minutes. One BlackBerry and one Treo.
After checking with ATT, 2 iPhones should only be $160 PLUS taxes with 1400 min and unlimited texts.
Pretty fair deal, if the new phone has push-mail and push-calendar.
I like the BlackBerry for the email, but the rest of it is pretty rudimentary. The calendar looks horrible and I want better connectivity with my iMac and MBP. I'm a definite switcher the day it comes out.
- 06-03-2008, 11:19 AM #9
The big (and highly inaccurate) criticism of the iPhone when it first came out was that the plans were "SO EXPENSIVE." This is hogwash. Critics were saying that the iPhone "cost" $1,400 to $2,000 to own over the life of a 2-year contract. However, the completely ignores what you already would be paying your carrier for your voice plan.
I have a 1st-gen Blackjack. Voice-plans aside, if I were paying what I was supposed to be paying for the data & e-mail, it would be $39/month (that is what it was at the time I entered my contract). Add $5 per month for 200 sms, and I would be paying $24 more per month for comparable services to the iPhone plan. Over the life of a 2-year contract, that's a $576 difference, which more than pays for the phone itself.
At current rates, it is still $30 for data & e-mail + $5 for 200 sms, or $15 more than the iPhone plan. Over 24 months, that's still $360. If you add that to the $100 you pay to buy a current Blackjack or Blackberry AT&T is offering, you're up to $460. This means that over a 2-year contract, you pay approximately the SAME amount for a $400+ iPhone as you do a "cheaper" $100 smartphone.
The iPhone suddenly doesn't sound so expensive, eh?
- 06-03-2008, 03:13 PM #10
ALL PDA/smartphones require data plans and are more expensive to own when looked at in the "2 year scheme." This was something conveniently forgotten by most of the "iPhone is too expensive" nay-sayers though.
- 06-03-2008, 04:33 PM #11
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- 06-03-2008, 06:10 PM #15iPhone Newbie
- 27 Posts
I can imagine a lot of people opting out of the data plans with ATT or choosing the lowest possible ones if there were any options, which really limits the potential of the device for Apple. I think that ATT will be pressured into offering the same price so people can "feel" justified on spending $600 for a phone.
- 06-03-2008, 06:43 PM #16
All AT&T phone plans are expensive, not just iPhone. So no, I don't think iPhone plans are too expensive any more than all other plans are.
PDAs and Blackberries (as has been said) cost way more to operate, and the iPhone is essentially as cheap as any other basic flip phone running Media Net.
iPhone has the cheapest data plan and accounts for most of the data bandwidth used. I think it's fairly priced for the value you get out it.
T-Mobile is certainly cheaper than AT&T, always has been. I say you get what you pay for.
- 06-03-2008, 06:46 PM #17
They didn't raise data plan prices from GPRS to EDGE, and didn't do so from EDGE to HSDPA. In fact, they have dropped prices a little bit.
But everything surrounding iPhone is different (which bugs me.) I was personally shocked when they introduced the Media Net pricing for iPhone data, and not something more like Blackberry or PDA. But I'm glad.
- 06-03-2008, 08:45 PM #18
It's weird how wireless providers don't dictate their prices for data access based on access speed, whereas telephone companies and cable providers do. This is a plus. I think people have way to much fun on speculating stuff... WWDC less than a week away. People should just be patient and see what happens.
- 06-03-2008, 09:02 PM #19
- 06-03-2008, 09:17 PM #20
- 06-03-2008, 09:48 PM #21
The price is not going to go up because you are simply paying for data, period. You are not choosing the route through which your phone is going to access the data (in fact, the phone will do that by itself). For example, with a current 3G-capable phone, when the 3G signal isn't available or strong enough, the phone reverts to Edge. When Edge is not available or not strong enough, it reverts to GPRS. You don't choose, via a payment system, which technology your phone accesses, it just does it. That being said, they COULD say that ALL new users, or ALL purchasers of the new model must pay a higher rate, but the chance of that is pretty much nill. In any event, it's not like they will have a more expensive 3G plan and a less expensive Edge plan. A data plan is a data plan, and once activated, the phone looks for the best connection possible.
- 06-06-2008, 09:10 AM #22
- 06-06-2008, 09:58 AM #23
Prices are worth it only cause its the iPhone. I does make me sick that I got my wife a unlocked iPhone on Tmobile and her monthly bill is about $60 with 1500 txt, unlimited internet, 3000 min and free nights and weekends.
Oh and she has the 1st gen 4GB model.
I pay about $85
- 06-06-2008, 10:36 AM #24
The iPhone plan coupled with my regular cell plan and the taxes and everything is kind of expensive for me, not as expensive as $85 though. Considering before the iPhone I was paying like $30, not it is more than double. But I still love the phone and can't wait for the next version.
- 06-06-2008, 03:13 PM #25iPhone Intermediate
- 167 Posts
Last time I checked, I was paying about $70(I use automatic bill-pay mostly). I feel like it's worth it though. I couldn't be happier with any other phone by any other company, so I gottsta do what I can to make myself happy, right?
When I was with Sprint, I had TV, data, etc. and etc. and it was about $110 a month. Take away the TV and whatever bloated features I had and the cost is comparable.
What I am interested in is if 3G data will be more expensive, and if/when Apple stops revenue sharing, and/or ATT starts subsidizing the phone, if it will be more expensive then as well. I predict it stays the same though; the price point is perfect both for meeting demand, staying competitive, and maximizing profit.