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Is the iPhone worth the cost? Answered

  • $200 for 8G or $300 for 16G**
plus
  • $30 data plan
  • $40 service plan
  • $20 unlimited texts
  • $10 in taxes
= $100/mo!

Is it worth it? I want to hear from current iPhone users!

**minus $100 each for refurb. any thoughts on new vs. refurb?

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mmikesanBest Answer (author)2009-03-03

Just seeing the grandbabies eyes when we play "coi pond" makes it worth it! Then there is weather, maps, stocks, calendar. Also Ebay, programs for diet, exercise, GPS, shopping, etc. I can even take a picture of a book or CD cover and it will tell me where to buy it and how much! Oh yea, it even makes phone calls.

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whoisthis (author)2012-03-02

An iPhone is definitely worth it ! You've got everything you'll ever need on it (weather, games, apps about literally everything..) it's awesome and i highly recommend an iPhone !

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The nerdling (author)2011-05-25

has it got xp or is it just a theme?

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Cartuner55 (author)2010-10-28

Get an Android. Apps can do much more, the iPhone's App Store only allows certain permissions, and on Android you can even install a different operating system.

EX. my phone, a HTC Hero (Sprint) normally would run Android 2.1
Sprint said that when 2.2 came out, my phone didn't have the proper specs to run it.
I hacked my phone, and now its running 2.2. Take that Sprint!

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shrek150 (author)2009-04-29

Of course it's worth it! IT IS AWESOME! You may have a different opinion though because I'm only 12. I don't pay the bill.

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scoochmaroo (author)shrek1502009-04-30

If you're 12, how did you get on this site? ;)

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zigzagchris (author)scoochmaroo2010-06-22

Someone need to make an instruct able on how to get on the site if ur under age? haha What is the age btw?

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zascecs (author)scoochmaroo2009-05-11

lol
rofl
rotfl!!!
ROTFLOL!!!

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Kryptonite (author)Sparkplug2009-11-10
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how did you think i got on the site if im 11

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sharlston (author)scoochmaroo2009-07-30

only thing you need to do is LIE!!!!!

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wupme (author)2009-02-26

There is only one real answer to this question. And the only one who can give you that, well, that be youself. The iPhone is pretty hyped (as the iPod is, wich is in fact just a good MP3 Player, never was anything special). There are other mobiles by other companys, some even offer more functionality. Test them out, read datasheeds and look what they can. For me: 100$ a month, and 300$the phone itself. Its not worth it, i'm actually thinking about buying a touchphone myself. The iPhone is already sorted out in that competition.

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scoochmaroo (author)wupme2009-02-26

What's a touchphone? Who makes them?

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scoochmaroo (author)Sandisk1duo2009-02-26

that's not a phone tho, right?

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Sandisk1duo (author)scoochmaroo2009-02-26

looks exactly like it, but it doesn't make calls

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Fieldownage (author)Sandisk1duo2010-06-01
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wupme (author)scoochmaroo2009-02-27

A phone with a touchscreen, like the iPhone (who wasn't the first one). I think all of the big mobile companys got one on the market.

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PKM (author)2009-12-07

FWIW, if you are reading this thread now rather than several months ago, the answer is "not necessarily".  The new generation of Android touch-screen phones are offering a lot of alternatives, mostly doing the same things as the iPhone.

I have a Huawei Pulse on T-Mobile.  It is a similar size (actually slightly larger, 3.5" screen), with 3G, Wi-Fi, a GPS with Google Maps, a browser, email, MP3/video player, a host of applications out of the box and the Android app store.  The handset cost half of what an iPhone does and T-Mobile have a deal whereby topping up 10GBP (15USD) per month on PAYG gives you unlimited internet access and text messages, or you can get it on a variety of contracts depending on your use needs.

It's not quite as pretty as an iPhone, there aren't as many apps yet and the hardware isn't quite as nice (the camera is poor, but good enough if you own a digital camera anyway), but if you just want a touchscreen phone/browser/email/GPS/MP3 player for less money, it's one of the options.  I did a Total Cost Of Ownership for both and I figure my phone to be almost exactly half the cost of the iPhone (but I use a lot of texts and make few voice calls).

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Zaphod Beeblebrox (author)2009-09-10

my mom has an iphone and i dont think it is worth it...

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tigergibb (author)2009-09-03

It's worth it for me, but I'm on a family plan. It's much cheaper that way. $30 for data, $10 for add-a-phone, $4 for unlimited text($20 unlimited family text divided between people), and whatever portion of the minutes you use.

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Marsh (author)2009-09-02

The iPhone is without a doubt the quitessential smartphone! Sadly it's currently only available on the ATT network which is ridiculously expensive and boasts the worst service of ANY carrier (in my area anyway). If you're willing to suffer the extremely poor performance and excessive cost to have this really cool phone now, I say GO FOR IT! Otherwise, hook up with a Blackberry for now and switch in two years when all the carriers have iPhones.

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neighborhoodfruit (author)2009-07-22

I had this same quandry, and I figured out that you can get a jail-broken and hacked 2G iPhone off of Craigslist for about $200. Then you go to T-Mobile (better service, no contract) and sign up for a plan and add unlimited data for $20/month. My plan is less than $70/month. Plus $200 phone Net present value of money: $100 buck verses $70 a month.

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raykholo (author)2009-07-17

if u need it then its a good deal. Period.

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Warlrosity (author)2009-07-10

Bul a lg kp500 I got onw yesterday!

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mg0930mg (author)fisknewell2009-03-28

ipo touch, NOT ITOUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Bartboy (author)mg0930mg2009-04-27

And especially not a itouch! And I don't think it is ipo touch either, is it? lol.

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mg0930mg (author)Bartboy2009-04-27

LOL. Yeah, it was bad. Should have been iPod touch. Why does everyone call it the itouch?

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Bartboy (author)mg0930mg2009-04-27

Why does everyone call every apple laptop a macbook?

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Trebawa (author)Bartboy2009-07-01

Probably because all new Apple laptops are MacBooks.

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Bartboy (author)Trebawa2009-07-02

Including the old ones......

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zascecs (author)mg0930mg2009-05-11
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mg0930mg (author)zascecs2009-05-11

You touch yourself. :P JK. It just annoys me....

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Warlrosity (author)2009-06-09
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Bartboy (author)2009-04-27

Well I don't know whether it's worth it, but I know for a fact that refurb is better : 1. WAY cheaper. 2. It already had a defect, so there is a WAY lower chance of it breaking again. 3.Other than that, it is the same. 4. Did I say it was cheaper yet?

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led235 (author)2009-05-01

I LOVE MINE!!!! GET IT GET IT GET IT! IT IS SO WORTH IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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rolandblais (author)2009-04-07

I bought my iphone during a sale @ bestbuy ($150 for 8GB G3), didn't get the unlimited text plan, so my bill should be around $80/mo. I washed my Katana (on accident, I swear), and it would have cost $100 to replace from my current carrier (Credo). So with 2 weeks left on my contract, it was a fairly easy decision. $50 more for a new phone, and about $30/mo month more for the new plan. So far I'm happy. I use this for much more than just a phone.

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ry25920 (author)2009-03-24

Half-half. the Ipod touch has many of the features other than the phone.

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Transience (author)2009-03-18

for what it does, you'll pay less for a windows mobile/palmOS/blackberry phone, don't waste your money on what is essentially a babyproofed phone. if you're not a big fan of windows, the google G1 runs a version of linux, and with a little effort supports multitouch.

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marshnt (author)2009-03-13

iphones are no where near as cool as the android phons go check out the G1 aka the google phone

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scoochmaroo (author)marshnt2009-03-13

The problem is I'm stuck with AT&T; for another good long while. It's just time for me to get an upgrade, and since my last phone s**t the bed, I figured it was time to check out the iphone. Maybe I'll convince the boyf to get the g1!

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gmoon (author)2009-02-27

Not according to this Wired article. In Japan they are giving them away for free...

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scoochmaroo (author)gmoon2009-03-10

This is what I found further on in that article.
http://blog.nobi.cc/2009/02/my-view-of-how-iphone-is-doing-in-japan-by-nobi-nobuyuki-hayashi.html

Seems the article misrepresented the people they quoted, and in fact they were trying to say that the iPhone has great potential because "In Japan, Cellphones Have Become Too Complex to Use"

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