That’s the question that the guys over at BillShrink asked themselves and they did some more digging. The results? Well, not very surprising if you ask me…
The iPhone 3G S seriously kicks the ass of the Pre and G1 on most levels except on multitasking. Where the 3G S takes a big slap in the face is on the total cost of ownership. The cheapest phone to own over a 2-year contract is the Palm Pre with a total cost of $2,600. The G1 comes at the second place with a total cost of $3,150. Our beloved iPhone 3G S is the big loser with a total cost of $3,800. Note that all these costs do not include the initial cost of the handset.
In other words, the iPhone 3G S costs about 17% more than the G1 and 32% more than the Palm Pre over the course of a 2 year contract.
No wonder why AT&T is trying to extend its exclusive agreement with Apple. AT&T is completely milking it because it knows the iPhone 3G S will sell. This being said, when Jesus Diaz of Gismodo writes that whiners should shut up about the iPhone 3G S upgrade price, I say screw you! You’re paying a premium just for owning an iPhone 3G S and you don’t see any problem with that?
I understand that no one forces me to get the new iPhone 3G S, and that if I’m not happy with the new pricing, I can always buy a cheap Motorola Razor, but that’s not the problem. The problem is that AT&T is butt raping us and no one seems to care.
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