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#1 Asrokhel

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 00:10

Data analysis group, Avalaunch Media, created a neat infographic using findings from a variety of online resources to show how owning an iPhone 5 can add up to you spending a little over $1800 and waste over 300 hours a year.

The greatest cost is obviously the data/voice plan you choose, which can be at least $1440 on its own, and the graphic compares the three major U.S. carriers supporting LTE and their various plans for customers.

Many of these costs may be little things you don’t think about, or wouldn’t consider, like a case, car charger, stereo dock, and the Lightning adapters, which price at about $30. Then there is the costs of what you buy in the various stores, i.e. iTunes, Bookstore, and App Store, and a good proportion of iPhone owners buy over $20 a year on apps alone.

Have you always taken these costs into consideration when buying any smartphone, or is this an eye-opening experience for you? Check out the infographic and let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 00:13

I'm no fan of apple but it's not just restricted to the iphone.

Lots of phones and plans are a rip off frankly.

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 00:16

All those proprietary devices/accessories really add up. Apple and all the accessory makers will be cashing in as well since millions will need new docks, cables, or adapters.

I like that I can take a mini USB cable and use it for my phone, camera, picture frame, video recorder...and countless other devices. $5 cable (or cheaper) for all of that.

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 00:16

I'm no fan of apple but it's not just restricted to the iphone.

Lots of phones and plans are a rip off frankly.


Well, the above infographic is only for the US market, someone needs to make one for us here in Canada!

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 00:17

I'm no fan of apple but it's not just restricted to the iphone.

Lots of phones and plans are a rip off frankly.


Yea, not just to Apple but Apple is more expensive if you consider that you need all new accessories/adapters/cables. BBs, Androids, WP......

I am sure a much time is wasted on other platforms tho.

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 00:28

I was going to say that it was worse for Android devices as most of them are different on each itteration requiring new cases and accessories for each model, however, one plus to non android phones is the standardization of Micro USB

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 00:31

This is why I have a $50 per month Verizon Prepay phone. The reason it's so cheap is because the phone selection sucks. They know nobody will go with the prepay because everyone wants the lastest cool phone.

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 00:33

I'm so glad I have my iPhone on Sprint. But this is no different to many other phones such as the Samsung Galaxy series.

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 00:37

This is why I have a $50 per month Verizon Prepay phone. The reason it's so cheap is because the phone selection sucks. They know nobody will go with the prepay because everyone wants the lastest cool phone.


Here in Canada, you can put any phone on a prepaid plan. If I wanted an iPhone 5 for example, I can go and buy it outright, and then put it on prepaid.

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 00:41

DISCLAIMER IN ADVANCE: I'm not for or against Apple in principle. I just can't stand it when this kind of thing is published to the web, and the authors haven't even bothered to do any checking of their figures before posting.

Firstly, the $1439.76 figure is for a TWO year contract, not one year. So, you have to halve that amount. Secondly, the other expenses shown (case, charger, etc.) are actually one-off purchases, so can only be counted once for the first year of ownership, or averaged out over the ownership period.

In other words, the cost "per year" for the iPhone 5 is nowhere near $1808.76. Based on an ownership period of only the two-year contract, given the figures shown above, the per-year cost is exactly half that amount: $904.38. The average cost per year would continue to drop the longer you keep the phone.

This would of course apply to any phone under contract, not just the iPhone 5.

Learn to do math people!!!!

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 00:43

$50 for a case? What?

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 00:43

Well, the above infographic is only for the US market, someone needs to make one for us here in Canada!


Well I'm currently on a plan with Bell that comes to a shade under $68 a month (taxes in). For 3 years (meh). Comes to about $2400 over that span. Plus all the lovely extra fees they get in like long distance when the person I'm calling is less than 100km away.

At least my device was "free"

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 00:53

Yes, people should stop spending $199 for an iPhone with a 2 year contract and data plan.

They should instead purchase <insert favorite alternative> for $199 with a 2 year contract and data plan.

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 03:33

The article seems a bit trollish in all honesty. You encounter these same problems on every platform.

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 09:24

The article seems a bit trollish in all honesty. You encounter these same problems on every platform.


Totally trollish... after 2 years, my iPhone cost me:
Device (iPhone 4 32GB) - £599
Tariff - £25 per month x 24 (600 any network minutes, 1GB web, unlimited SMS)
Apps - an estimate but circa £15
Case - £2.99 (but let's call it £5 to make the calculations easier)

And that's all folks - which to my calculation works out to be £610 a year (or £51 per month).
If I keep my phone for another year, which I will probably do... £507 a year (or £42 per month).