Is the iPhone 3G worth picking up?

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Sep 6, 2008
  1. Link5084
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    I have AT&T, and so far the iPhone has impressed me. I can't see any other phone better than this for AT&T. Should I get it?
     
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    no idea about carrier wise but i wouldnt go for it, it doesnt really have much to offer apart from the nice gui.
     
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    As long as you realize how much you'll be paying a month, and how to jailbreak it to install your own apps, I'd say go for it. But just because the phone is cheaper doesn't mean the plan is.
     
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    i have one, and while its nice i would keep the money in your pocket a little longer, there are a few issues, the 2.0.x os is really buggy, we are all waiting to see if 2.1 will fix the problems
     
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    Buy a 2G on eBay then go to T-Mobile (if they have decent coverage in your area of course).
     
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    Get 2G or 3G for $200 or less.
    The carrier doesn't matter since they are all the same prices roughly.

    Just whatever you do, JAILBREAK/UNLOCK your phone after getting it.
    Do NOT activate it in iTunes. In otherwords, do NOT sign up for the $30/mnth data plan AT&T makes you use if you have an iPhone.

    $30/mnth is basically like renting your phone.
     
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    I personally like the look of the iPhone alot, but that price is just way too much.
    Pick up another nice phone like the N95 or something else.
     
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    I think it's overrated, like all Apple products. As a phone, I'd say it's just okay, as an iPod, well, I hate iPod's anyways, but the games are pretty neat (and emulators if you jailbreak) and the YouTube is cool, but it's just too expensive for the plan.
     
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    The phone is really awesome, the plans aren't. [​IMG]
     
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    That's what I think too.
    I'll probably end up getting one soon though, even if I do have to spend half my pay check each month to pay for it [​IMG]
     
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    No, they aren't.

    I'm on T-Mobile and pay about 150USD a year TOTAL for my plan (which includes unlimited data).
     
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    You pay 12.50$ per month? And get unlimited data? wtf? or do you mean 1500$
     
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    I have an iPod touch, and it's a really nice product, especially if it's jailbroken. It is overpriced though, and it has some problems working on Linux. Still, the iPod and iPhone are nice, solid products.
     
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    I pay 7USD a month for data, and use prepaid minutes (generally ranging from 50-100USD a year since I don't use that many).
     
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    Worth every penny. Totally worth it!
     
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    You said you pay about $150 a year for cellular service.

    $7 x 12 months = $84
    $150 - $84 = $66

    So, according to you, you pay roughly $66 a year for talk time.

    There are two main T-Mobile prepaid plans:
    1) Pay $1 on days you use the phone (even for a minute). Then each minute you talk is 10 cents until 7pm, which then becomes unlimited talk time.
    2) Pay as you go - $50 for 400 minutes, $100 for 1,000 minutes. Using your estimates, you more likely use the $50 plan.

    So you either a) only make 1 minute phone calls 66 days of a 365 day year, or b) talk on the phone roughly 7 hours a year.

    Now, considering pretty much 99.9999% of mobile phone users talk a great deal more than your self-estimation, a pre-paid would be quite a deal more than $150 a year. This, in turn, makes monthly plans almost always a better option for the average mobile phone user.

    By the way, AT&T also has the same pay per day plan, but their per minute plan is about double.
    But generally speaking, an iPhone user is going to speak a great deal more than your very reserved 7 hours a year (which, by the way, I must commend you on. It shows great discipline to talk so little on the phone in today's system of things).


    So - again - carriers all cost pretty much the same for their respective monthly plans.
     
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    too expensive and unneccesary
     
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    Agreed. I already have an iPod 80G for music, a mobile phone (for, erm, phone calls & texts), a PC (for the interwebs) and a SatNav (so I don't get lost). I paid a lot of money for these things individually and I'm not about to write that off just to get one thing that does the same as all these (but slightly worse).

    Having said that, if I didn't have all the other gadgets I would deffo get one of these - I do love my toys [​IMG]
     
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    The voice cost is irrelevant to this conversation, I understand that. I only mentioned the number because he asked about it.

    The point is the cost for data.

    Unlimited data from ATT = 30USD

    Unlimited data from T-Mobile = 7USD
     

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