Cheap 3G Apple iPhone, but Expensive Plan
June 9, 2008 by John
The new 3G iPhone will be available on July 11 for just $199 with 2-year contract. That’s much cheaper than the current 2.5G iphone that’s running on an unbearable slow EDGE network. Sounds like a good deal, right. Not so soon, you will no longer be able to get unlimited data plan for $20 on top the standard voice feature. Instead, like all other 3G smartphones, you will need to pay $30 for unlimited data access. Texting also costs extra. So, that’s at least $10 more expensive than the current iphone rate plan. And when you factor 24 month period, you will pay exactly $240 (assuming you don’t text). Compared to the current price of $399 for the 8GB version, you are actually paying $40 for the 3G service for 2-year period. Is that still a good deal? Absolutely, Blackjack 2costs $50 with a new 2-year plan, $150 cheaper than the iphone. But the iphone experience can not be imitated. Although both phones run on 3G, the apple iphone has faster processor and full HTML web browsing capability. If you are just surfing the web with, it’s still totally worth the money with new rate plan.