Sneaky iPhone or Crafty iPhone?

June 29, 2007: Apple releases its much-anticipated iPhone with a retail price set at $599. Sadly, I cannot afford one.

September 5, 2007: Apple discontinues the 4GB iPhone and cuts the price of the 8GB model to $399. I still remain unable to affford the price of entry.

July 11, 2008: Apple will release a new 3G model of the iPhone, with the price of the 8GB model dropped to $199. It would seem that with this new price point, your’s truly might actually get his hands on one. Paradoxically, this is not the case. Despite Apple’s announcement that the iPhone’s price is now $199, it has made a couple of other pricing changes with AT&T that are not so well-advertised: 1) the personal unlimited data plan will cost an aditional $10 per month, a price increase of $240 dollars over the course of the two year contract, and 2) the voice plan no longer includes 200 text messages per month, instead requiring a seperate $5 per month plan, a price increase of $120 over the course of the contract. With these changes, it can easily be argued that the new iPhone 3G is actually $120 more expensive than the first-generation iPhone. If you’ve been paying attention thus far, you probably already know that I, still, cannot afford one.

But Lo! Have I discovered the iPhone for me? I think I have– Behold, the iPhone Knit!


5 responses to “Sneaky iPhone or Crafty iPhone?

  1. pinstripebindi

    But how is the sound quality??

  2. freespiritwriter

    I love it – $600 to $200 and still not worth owning. Thanks for the humorous advice…I”ll let my employer know that next month…she intended on buying me one for business….I still own a pay-as-you-go-phone which only costs me $20/month – no hidden fees either!
    What other phones are available w/ PDA capabilities?

  3. Aha…. I appreicate the post–my partner was SO excited about the price drop and since our (evil) contract is up with T-Mobile next month… Yeah, you see where I’m going with this.

    So, perhaps we will renegotiate our current plan on what cell phone provider to switch too.

    Anyone thrilled with their provider?

  4. The standard thing to do if you want to avoid being chained to AT&T is to a) buy your phone anywhere other than Apple or AT&T (yes, this is possible), and b) ask to have it jailbroken and unlocked (this is typically an extra $100, but it allows you to download third-party software and gets around the AT&T tyranny).

    Or if you need a PDA more than you need a phone, get the iPod touch — it doesn’t have the phone bits of the iPhone, but it does have Wi-Fi so you can transmit stuff whilst sitting at the Caribou or Starbucks.

  5. haha quite nice. i would stick to the knit one myself. congrats on your discovery.

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