Infographic suggests iPhone 5 may have hidden costs

One very awesome infographic has been made by Avalache Media, which outlines the hidden costs to the iPhone 5 based on a number of resources. The company’s research indicates that consumers can spend over $1800 a year, and waste over 300 hours of time over the same period.

These costs do contain a lot of things that everyone might not need such as a case, car charger, docking station and much more, but then there are the costs of iTunes cards, Bookstore and App Store and there’s no doubt that people spend a decent amount of money over a year on premium applications. However, the thing you’ll definitely be paying for is your carrier’s data and voice plan, which can total up to $1440 in some cases.

If you’re interested in seeing what exactly adds up to the hidden costs of owning an iPhone, please look at the infographic below and remember that before fanboys get angry, most of these accessories and data plans would cost the same for some other devices.

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Uhm... paying for a cellular service, buying apps and buying car chargers are all part of having a phone period. Who ever made this titled it wrong... it should be, "Infographic suggests all phones have no hidden fees" LMAO

Sure some apps may be free on Android, compared to Apple, but not all and I prefer to pay .99 than having an annoying banner ad in game that I like... plus studies have been done to show free apps (with ads) actually drain your battery more than without ads.

One less internet connection needed everytime I play a certain game

One of my coworkers actually has a regular non-smart phone. I asked how does he go through out the day not checking his emails and what not. He said he's never had a smart phone before and if he did, then he would have questioned himself why he waited so long.

But he has a regular plan and it costs him $80/month and I know people who spend $80/month for their smart phone.

this is funny. Case..would buy with any phone, plus screen protector. Apps, I get free but can get same from any other phone. Do not need any other cables either. silly.

These really aren't hidden costs. People pretty much assume they will need new equipment when they buy a new phone. We've known for months they were changing the connector. And if you're upgrading from another iPhone (or even if you already have an iPad or iPod touch), you're not spending extra for different apps, so mentioning the apps is mildly disingenuous.

:-| but they are comparing against the cheaper plan (a petty 300mb)

$1500 cheaper plan (no accessories)
$6000 Expensive plan + expensive phone (again, no accessories).

Brony said,
:-| but they are comparing against the cheaper plan (a petty 300mb)

$1500 cheaper plan (no accessories)
$6000 Expensive plan + expensive phone (again, no accessories).

Or $1900 for Sprint's plan with unlimited data.

Is it just cool to bash on apple and the iPhone 5 at the moment?

For this article to have any meaning it needs to have a comparison with other companies phones like the Samsung Galaxy Range or the Nokia Lumia range.
Phones from the same company in the same "Set" which receives a new version every year or so will all suffer similar issues. Now admitedly there does seem to be a premium with apple products but compare that to another vendor and I bet it doesn't look so bad. I would almost bet money that there are not as many additional products for android phones that you can get for the iPhone (and I'm not counting generic mp3/phone plug in devices which just use the headphone jack I mean actually designed for that phone) and that in itself is a weakness of the phone range/product that should be highlighted and not counted against the iPhone

If you spend 50 bucks for a case, you're a moron. 20 bucks even is an expensive case, don't buy retail... go online and get a better deal. Water proof cases have been proven time and again they are a waste of money.

Car adapter? My existing adapter has a usb port on it and can use the same cable. $0
Home stereo dock? Same as above... also has bluetooth. $0

Armband? If you wear an arm band... well that's your problem.

The only additional costs I had was buying an extra cable in case something goes wrong with the one I have.

@Shoop Although I am pretty much an apple fanboi at this point, and while I do agree with GS that this article is horrible and shouldn't even be on the front page. Copy/Paste, I do however want to point out that this website was originally founded for Windows news, hence Neo-"WIN"
I fully expect more Windows bias/information here.

I almost missed your post down here. Yeah I suppose I understand that, I think the problem I'm trying to get off my chest is down to the focus on negativity. I've posted a bit more detail on that above.

SMELTN said,
@Shoop Although I am pretty much an apple fanboi at this point, and while I do agree with GS that this article is horrible and shouldn't even be on the front page. Copy/Paste, I do however want to point out that this website was originally founded for Windows news, hence Neo-"WIN"
I fully expect more Windows bias/information here.

Neowin should steer clear of the term "journalism" then, as Neowin tends to be a little more on the bloggish side of things, which is perfectly fine, but it's a thorn in the eye to see news articles wrapped around in opinion pieces.

I learned in 6th grade that news articles must be written as unbiased as possible and any sort of opinion has to take a back seat and be put as "commentary" or as editorial.

I also agree fully with what Shoop said, the negativity that tends to be on Neowin articles often, even though sometimes very subtle, is really driving me away from FPN.

I know I said before I'll not bother with them anymore, but I like Neowin too much to just "deal with it" and let it be the way I think it's harming itself.

It might be this mix of journalistic approaches and opinion in one article (blog style writing) is generating healthy revenue and views, but I think Neowin should set a higher standard on quality.

I've applauded when Neowin went from largely copy/pasting news to writing a lot more original articles, but I kind of think that the "news articles" should either be appropriately called blog entries or get adjusted in language, approach and judgements (as in: removal of latter).

GS:mac

Maybe I'm just dumb, but someone wanna explain to me why it clearly states that $1,808.76 is for a 2 year contract, yet below that, it states "The true cost of owning an iPhone 5 is a minimum of $1,808.76 plus 301.2 hours for ONE year."?

The true cost for the FIRST year as far as I can figure, assuming the prices above are accurate, would be $1088.88. The second year would be $719.88, since you would no longer need to buy the case, car charger, stereo dock, or armband, and you wouldn't have to pay the up-front cost again.

I'm surprised whoever made the graphic didn't multiply the 301.2 hours by the average hourly income of Americans, and add an extra couple grand to the total, labeled as "money you could have earned in the time you wasted playing games or using apps". /S

Edited by HellSpawn, Oct 4 2012, 1:03pm :

Since when are cable adapters and protective cases required? Never bought one and don't intend to start buying any in the future.

People have really missed the point.

Even the "you'll definitely be paying for your carrier's data and voice plan" part indicates that contracts aren't hidden and that they just add up to the cost.

I even say in the third paragraph that before people "get angry, most of these accessories and data plans would cost the same for some other devices."

There you go. I wasn't going to call this "Smartphones may have hidden costs", because the infographic was quite blatantly about the iPhone.

Also acknoledge the use of "may" and "could cost up to". I never said anyone was definitely being cheated out of money. Sheesh.

No need to get mad at me; I never made the infographic.

Edited by Zeikku, Oct 4 2012, 12:27pm :

Zeikku said,
People have really missed the point.

Even the "you'll definitely be paying for your carrier's data and voice plan" part indicates that contracts aren't hidden and that they just add up to the cost.

I even say in the third paragraph that before people "get angry, most of these accessories and data plans would cost the same for some other devices."

There you go. I wasn't going to call this "Smartphones may have hidden costs", because the infographic was quite blatantly about the iPhone.

Also acknoledge the use of "may" and "could cost up to". I never said anyone was definitely being cheated out of money. Sheesh.

No need to get mad at me; I never made the infographic.

It's a totally daft article that serves little point. Name me one thing you purchase in life that doesn't have hidden costs. I could have written an article about the hidden costs of baked beans - the tin opener, the plate, the saucepan, the gas, the bread you need to serve it on. I can't criticise the writing style because it's spot on, however I can't help but feel your skills are wasted writing drivel like this.

Zeikku said,
People have really missed the point.

Even the "you'll definitely be paying for your carrier's data and voice plan" part indicates that contracts aren't hidden and that they just add up to the cost.

I even say in the third paragraph that before people "get angry, most of these accessories and data plans would cost the same for some other devices."

There you go. I wasn't going to call this "Smartphones may have hidden costs", because the infographic was quite blatantly about the iPhone.

Also acknoledge the use of "may" and "could cost up to". I never said anyone was definitely being cheated out of money. Sheesh.

No need to get mad at me; I never made the infographic.


To be frank, posting this infographic and giving it stage time is what bothers me more.

GS:mac

I don't think the reaction is toward you or your article in particular, but instead toward the general slandering displayed on neowin. Even though you did negate the message in the article, you have written a title (yet another on neowin's homepage) that suggests a Microsoft competitor isn't doing so well. This, mixed with the repeated articles about a Microsoft Surface ad found suggests a bias for Microsoft and against its competitors. Also, the manner in which you clarified the fallacy of the graphic dismisses those who may think so by using the word "fanboys". You've already stated your opinion of the graphic in the first line: "One very awesome infographic..."

I could be wrong, and I haven't got the time to go through each article and check, but I've had the impression for the longest time that neowin tends to post mostly negative articles about Google and Apple in particular, and even when the article contains positive content, the title sometimes suggests otherwise. Something along the lines of "Google finally adds support for..." The word finally suggests they're behind on the game.

Perhaps it's just me but I much prefer completely unbiased material, though admittedly, it isn't nearly as enjoyable to read. I most often come here now to see why neowin think the latest apple product isn't as good as others think.

Shoop said,
I don't think the reaction is toward you or your article in particular, but instead toward the general slandering displayed on neowin. Even though you did negate the message in the article, you have written a title (yet another on neowin's homepage) that suggests a Microsoft competitor isn't doing so well. This, mixed with the repeated articles about a Microsoft Surface ad found suggests a bias for Microsoft and against its competitors. Also, the manner in which you clarified the fallacy of the graphic dismisses those who may think so by using the word "fanboys". You've already stated your opinion of the graphic in the first line: "One very awesome infographic..."

I could be wrong, and I haven't got the time to go through each article and check, but I've had the impression for the longest time that neowin tends to post mostly negative articles about Google and Apple in particular, and even when the article contains positive content, the title sometimes suggests otherwise. Something along the lines of "Google finally adds support for..." The word finally suggests they're behind on the game.

Perhaps it's just me but I much prefer completely unbiased material, though admittedly, it isn't nearly as enjoyable to read. I most often come here now to see why neowin think the latest apple product isn't as good as others think.

I can understand that and you do make a valid point. I value all readers' opinions. The only reason I referred to the infographic as being awesome, is because it's taken a lot of time to assemble. As for it's accuracy, I had my suspicions also which is why I threw in costs being the same for other platforms - which they are without a doubt.

I'm not going to lie, I'm an Android fanboy, and if I wasn't one, you'd most-likely find me buying an iPhone, the only reason I can't is my ties to Google applications.

As for the other pro-surface and Microsoft articles, Neowin was initially and still is primarily Microsoft-orientated. Over the years, we've had countless new writers of different platform preferences (like myself with Android) that cover turf where needed.

We're actually not all driven by the platforms we own, it just makes us have different knowledge of our fields. For example; Steven and Brad own iPhones, I believe, whereas me, Tim and Owen own Android's, a few of the others own Windows Phone-based devices.

I guess it generally depends on who writes the post, but I tried to be as unbiased as I could be without going off topic. This was an iPhone 5 article, but not much could have been done to soften up the information given.

I really do appreciate the feedback though. It's commenters like you that actually help writers focus on more topics of interest .

Thanks for the reply and taking my opinions on board. I honestly didn't expect that.

I think I also should confess that I own a lot of Apple products, and whenever I read an article about Apple or Google here, I'm subconsciously looking for something I disagree with, so I guess I may be biased also.

I find that Neowin seems to focus on negativity more than other news and review sites I visit, mostly in the comments and forums actually, but also in the news articles, and here's where the problem lies with me personally. As someone with an invested interest in technology, I much prefer to see positive news about how these technologies change our lives. By posting (what I believe to be) an excessive amount of negative articles regarding some technologies and the organisations behind them, I feel that it discredits Neowin's argument or point.

I'm sorry to hear that you value all reader's opinions (despite it being it's a wonderful trait, obviously), because the aforementioned negativity has shown its face in these comments and, though it may be valid and with cause, it may have had a negative effect on your day, and that's a shame because we're all here because we're big fans of technology. I don't think this particular article serves a purpose other than to slander the iPhone. I'd really like to see those who post news spend more time writing about their passion (in your case, Android), and less time preoccupied with what they dislike. Perhaps, then, the community will follow the optimism of your posts. I can see that to be the case in a few of your Android posts at least, and I think it's worth mentioning that they're well written and enjoyable to read.

All the best my friend.

50$ for a case?
Damn, I'll gladly sell you mine for hmm... 40?
Should be a good deal for anyone, as the "minimal price" is 50...

*cough* I paid less than 10 bucks *cough*

GS:mac

This is ridiculous. $50 for a case? Mine cost £1.99 and it's not essential, it's an option.
Armbands!? LOL

Any phone will have these 'hidden costs'

News just in! Cars have hidden costs. You need to pay for petrol!

I am surprised they did not read through the thread prior to posting this. This is not specific to the iPhone and even though I do not like apple i find this to be slanderous

littleneutrino said,
I am surprised they did not read through the thread prior to posting this. This is not specific to the iPhone and even though I do not like apple i find this to be slanderous

But bashing competing products (aside from BB maybe) isn't hip!

FPN isn't what it used to be.

GS:mac

Edited by Glassed Silver, Oct 4 2012, 12:33pm :

littleneutrino said,
I am surprised they did not read through the thread prior to posting this. This is not specific to the iPhone and even though I do not like apple i find this to be slanderous

yea, the only valid point is the new connector. that must be a thorn in the side of all the people who upgraded to the 5, even if they won't admit it

Glassed Silver said,

41¢ p.a.

GS:mac

Yep. Love when people talk about the cost of electricity from chargers and the like. It's pretty minuscule in reality.

If you ran a 60 watt lightbulb 24/7, 365 days of the year I think it comes to like $40 over the entire year. So a charger that uses less and is plugged into the phone maybe 6 or 8 hours a day tops costs next to nothing like you say.

DJ Dark said,
Lol Just like every damned smartphone out there...

True, but to be fair you would probably be able to get any other smartphone cheaper, the unsubsidized costs of most other smartphones are cheaper, and so are many accessories since they are utilizing a standard connector.

DJ Dark said,
Lol Just like every damned smartphone out there...

No. Not like every other smartphone. Yes my Galaxy S III did cost 199.99, but I don't have to buy a case because my phone comes built with one that is very protective. My plan with VZW is cheaper vs AT&T. For what it costs to have one iphoneon Allan, for $100 more I have 3 devices on my acct.

Many of the apps that are popular on ions are free.on Android or free solutions can be found. With iOS I paid over$300 buying apps. I have those and more on Android and I paid one third as much.

I also don't have to buy stupid accessories. The most expensive thing I bought was a ZAGG which I buy for any device I ever owned where possible.
My gs3 with 80gb of total storage would still cost less on retail vs the 64GB iPhone.
So no it's not like any other phone. The problems, fans don't realize how much it cost to be a clueless stupid fanatic like most of them are. It's nowhere near the same.

You mean I have to PAY!!!! for data, calls, and apps? DAMN YOU STEVE JOBS. DAMN YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!